A gluten-free diet offers many health benefits, but dining out can present a challenge. Give up gluten without giving up taste at one of these Denver restaurants which offer gluten-free items on the menu.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat and other grains, and people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity must avoid gluten. However, some people also are turning to gluten-free diets to lose weight and cut back on carbs.
True Food Kitchen opened in 2012 in Cherry Creek, and already has become a staple for health-conscious foodies. The restaurant, based on Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet, offers gluten-free pizza, salads and entrees. Vegan and vegetarian items are also available at the restaurant in Cherry Creek North. Beware of sticker shock for drinks, however. A pot of chamomile tea runs $5 while organic sodas are $4.
True Food Kitchen
2800 E. 2nd Ave, Suite 101
Denver CO 80206
Watercourse Foods is a 100% vegetarian restaurant on 17th Avenue that also offers gluten-free items on the menu. The restaurant started in 1998 in Capitol Hill, and moved to a larger space several years ago to accommodate more patrons. WaterCourse also gives back to the community by donating 10% of proceeds to non-profits on Mondays. Parking is limited at WaterCourse, but the restaurant gives bicyclists 10% off as an incentive to hop on the bike instead of the car.
837 E. 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80218
Have a craving for Mexican food? Blue Bonnet offers a gluten-free menu that includes favorites from south of the border, as well as gluten-free chips and salsa. Gluten-free items are not included on the regular menu, but ask for the gluten-free menu. The South Denver restaurant has been a Denver institution for decades.
457 South Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
Marco's Coal-Fired Pizza offers gluten-free pizza in the Ballpark neighborhood of downtown Denver, as well as a suburban location in Englewood. Any pizza on their menu can be made gluten-free for $4, from thin-crust Italian style pizza to New York pies.
Marco's Coal-Fired Pizza
2129 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205
A popular spot for brunch on 7th Avenue, Racines Restaurant offers a gluten-free menu upon request. Breakfast favorites are available gluten-free, including their famous omelets and skillets. Burgers and sandwiches are also available without bread for a gluten-free lunch.
650 Sherman St.
Denver, CO 80203
If you are curious about a gluten-free diet, visit What is Gluten Free Cooking? Learn to make gluten-free bread at home with Gluten-Free Bread Recipes.