The Ten Best Gluten-Free Menus in Denver
Gluten-free black cod with miso.
Thanks to Celiac disease awareness and diet trends, nowadays finding gluten-free options at most restaurants isn't so challenging. But while you're pretty safe dining on sushi, ordering a steak with potatoes or nibbling on a salad, sometimes the gluten-averse crave other staples like pizza, burgers, pasta and scrumptious desserts. That's why these ten eateries have gone above and beyond to make their guests happy by offering a superb diet-conscious menu. Here are the ten best gluten-free menus in town, in alphabetical order. So go ahead, sit back, relax, and order whatever your gluten-free heart desires.
Lamb charcuterie from Beast + Bottle.
10. Beast + Bottle
719 East 17th Avenue
Get ready to dine on chef Paul Reilly's delectable dishes whether you consume gluten or not. The menu at this Uptown eatery marks each gluten-free dish with a simple GF next to the item, and if you have any questions, the helpful staff will gladly steer you in the right direction. Keep in mind that the options at this seasonal restaurant frequently change as the chef whips up new creations, butchers whole animals and works with what's coming out of local farms. Past gluten-free items have included charred-octopus crostini, smoked lamb ribs with chimichurri, heritage pork with chorizo, and pan-seared black bass with spring vegetables. Dessert proves a little more tricky, but since the team constantly has freshly made ice creams and sorbets available, chances are one of those will work just fine with your diet.
The forest-themed interior of Beatrice & Woodsley.
9. Beatrice & Woodsley
38 South Broadway
Once seated in the forest-like setting that is Kevin Delk and John Skogstad's Beatrice & Woodsley, all you have to do to get the super-special gluten-free menu is ask. The waiter will bring over your own bill of fare, a list that could include such gems as an artisan cheese board, pan-seared Niman Ranch pork chops with caramelized Brussels sprouts, poached octopus or grilled baby carrots topped with spiced Greek yogurt. Pair your meal with a naturally gluten-free glass of wine or ask your server if any of the cocktails are safe for you to consume. After that, all you have to do is nestle into the nature-inspired venue and wait for your meal to arrive.
The Parma Italia at Blue Pan, which you can order gluten-free.
8. Blue Pan Pizza
3930 West 32nd Avenue
This Highland pizza joint doesn't have an extensive gluten-free menu, but it does offer crusts made with flour blends from Boulder's Wild Flour Gluten-Free Baking Co. This means you can still go for Blue Pan's famous Detroit-style deep-dish crust. True, you can only order this pie in the small size, but that's actually a boon given that each slice will have the oh-so-tasty caramelized cheese edge on two sides. Get it topped with your favorites, whether green chiles, crisp arugula, creamy New York ricotta, kalamata olives or even white anchovies. Accompany that with a fresh salad and gluten-free bread sticks, and voilà! — dinner is served.
The inside of City, O'City.
7. City, O' City
206 East 13th Avenue
It shouldn't surprise you that this vegetarian and vegan restaurant would also cater to the gluten-free crowd. The Cap Hill favorite does, in fact, have one of the best brunches for those looking to eschew the usual gluten-heavy offerings. The menu includes spicy chilaquiles, huevos rancheros with corn tortillas and tofu, a power waffle laced with nuts and berries, as well as plenty of egg dishes. The options continue throughout the day with dishes such as the chilled rice-noodle bowl, kimchi stew and savory waffles with vegan fondue. Eat your meal with a crowd at one of the hearty tables, or grab a bar stool late at night and enjoy an all-day breakfast sammie with a cocktail or hard cider.
Gluten-free fries go great with the lamb burger, especially when you add a gluten-free bun.
6. Highland Tap & Burger
2219 West 32nd Avenue
Burger lovers, rejoice! You can have your meat patty on a gluten-free bun at this LoHi eatery — and there are plenty of other options, too. While the Tap doesn't offer a separate menu for dietary restrictions, the regular roster has symbols showing what items can be made gluten-free — like the fabulous duck-fat fries with white-truffle aioli, the perfect companion to gluten-free, barrel-smoked chicken wings. Regular fries also fill the bill, as well as the candied-chili-bacon-topped wedge salad, organic quinoa salad and pan-seared Colorado rainbow trout. Sadly, most of the beer doesn't jibe with this theme, but there are plenty of wine and tequila cocktails from the bar. And, given twenty rotating taps, it wouldn't surprise us if an occasional gluten-free draft popped up from time to time.
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