From fine dining to boutique fast-food chains and specialty donut shops, Portland, Ore., has one of the best and most unique culinary scenes in the country. Its restaurants are also renowned for accommodating a variety of dietary restrictions while still being delicious. Are you craving meatless barbecue? That exists in Portland, and it’s pretty great. Do you love sweets but are lactose-intolerant? Some of the best frozen yogurt in the city just so happens to be dairy-free.
In recent years, Portland eateries have also begun catering to those with celiac disease – an autoimmune disorder that implies an inflammatory response to gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye and barley. It’s estimated that about 3 million people suffer from celiac disease, though many more could be living with the disorder undiagnosed. Several more suffer from an unspecific gluten intolerance, which displays symptoms that range from dermatitis and bloating to general fatigue.
Even if you don’t have celiac disease or a diagnosed wheat allergy, some people merely feel better when they cut gluten out of their diet. The fact that gluten-free food options are still high in demand — well after the gluten-free celebrity bubble has popped — is proof that the diet is more than just the food fad du jour. Here are the Top 5 gluten-free restaurants in Portland — arguably the alt-food capital of the country.
Whether you live in the City of Roses or are just stopping by, you’ll be glad to have checked out any of them. (Note: Not all of the restaurants on this list are suitable for those with severe celiac disease.)
5.) Sizzle Pie
Sizzle Pie might be a little bit of a cheat, which is why it takes the lowest spot on this list. It’s no longer merely a Portland institution — locations exist in Eugene and Seattle, and two Sizzle Pies even briefly existed in Brooklyn before shuttering at the beginning of this year. It’s also far from a dedicated gluten-free kitchen. This is a pizzeria, after all.
The jury is still out as to whether or not Sizzle Pie has the best pizza in Portland, but its gluten-free pizza is unrivaled. Not only is the crust a faithful approximation of what “real” pizza crust should taste like, but the pies are relatively hefty and capable of feeding more than one (which, as any gluten-intolerant pizza lover will attest to, is quite the feat). Combined with its vegan options and seemingly infinite number of toppings, Sizzle Pie is the go-to pizzeria for anyone in Portland with specific dietary restrictions.