Well, I'm super pumped because tomorrow I'm crossing off another item on my life list; attend World Domination Summit (WDS). This all got going several months ago when I applied to be an ambassador (volunteer) and was accepted - meaning in exchange for lending a helping hand during the event, I'd also get to attend. A pretty serious win considering the fantastic line up of speakers and the fact that the event is in one of the most gluten free friendly cities I've ever visited; Portland, Oregon. Seriously, I love the food in Portland - I may even love it more than New York City. Regardless of what your dietary needs might be, the eateries of greater Portland seem to be pros at catering to all sorts of dietary needs.
Since Portland has almost 3,000 people descending upon it to attend WDS and I'm positive I'm not the only gluten free one in the bunch, I thought I'd share some of the spots I keep returning to for great gluten free (and mostly vegan) eats throughout the city. I've also included a number of links to other resources for you to query for even more ideas.
Let's take this one step further as well, if you find a great gluten free friendly establishment during your weekend at WDS - share it on twitter with the hashtag; #WDS2013GF. Share the gluten free discovery goodness!
My Favorites in the Pearl District
- Gluten Free Menu.
- Go for the gluten free beer (don't forget to leave feedback!) and a burger.
- Almost entirely Gluten Free & Vegan Menu.
- Go for the teff toast and fruit plate with cashew cream for breakfast. Return at lunch for a grain bowl and juice.
- No Gluten Ingredients Used and Vegan Options on the Menu.
- Go for the fresh made corn tortillas and fresh ingredients.
Other Favorites Around Portland
- Mostly Gluten Free Menu.
- Go for all kinds of varieties of gluten free fish and chips.
- Entirely Gluten Free Bakery.
- Go for the pastries and bread.
- Entirely Gluten Free Bakery with Vegan Options.
- Go for the gluten free and vegan ice cream sandwich and other sweet treats.
View GFT's Gluten Free Oregon Map in a larger map
If you're in Portland for the weekend, it's highly likely you might spot me at a few of these great eateries more than once. However, I've also done my research and have a long list of new places to try including; Cultured Caveman, Los Gorditos (check), Seres Restaurant, Back to Eden Bakery, Abby's Table, Cravin' Raven Bakery, Jade Bistro, Por Que No, Petunia's Pies & Pastries (check), Kure Juice Bar (check), & Kyra's Bakeshop down south a bit in Lake Oswego.
Find even more gluten free and vegan friendly options and blogger recommendations here;
- Gluten Free PDX
- Gluten Free Portland Restaurant List
- Gluten Free Globetrotter's List
- Gluten Free Traveller's List
- Green Vegan Living's Favorite Restaurant List
- Gluten Free Registry List
- Gluten Free Girl's Gluten Free Portland
- Mister Belly's Gluten-Free Travel - Portland, OR
- Gluten Free Will Travel's Portland, Oregon
- The Gluten Free Vegan's Road Trip to Portland
- Gluten-Free Gourmand's Restaurant List
If you're still feeling totally lost, overwhelmed by all the WDS goodness, and starving for a gluten free, vegan, or otherwise allergy/intolerance friendly meal - feel free to reach out to me on twitter and I'd be happy to try and give you an idea based on what you're looking for. If you're attending and would love to chat all things gluten free travel, let me know - it's always great to connect with other folks making travel work for them.
If you're feeling lost and shy (or just overwhelmed by all the people), there is always the Whole Foods in the Pearl District where you can go and pick up the appropriate supplies to meet your dietary needs and have your own solo picnic.
Note: Full disclosure, the first picture in this post was not taken in Portland. However, it's only 30 minutes outside of the city and if you've got the means to make it there over the weekend - I would totally recommend the trip to Multnomah Falls. As far as waterfalls go, its a beautiful one.