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The Ten Best Gluten-Free Menus in Denver

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5. Panzano
909 17th Street
303-296-3525

Have your pasta and eat it too at this Downtown Italian restaurant. Here, the kitchen not only churns out comforting pizzas and panini for wheat-eaters, but for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner, there are great gluten-free menus for those in need. Start your day with Panzano's eggs Benedict, a dish that features polenta cakes with smoked mozzarella rather than the usual English muffin. Then, come back for lunch and dine on mushroom pizza with truffle oil, and bruschetta with goat cheese and roasted beets. Dinner, too, produces great gluten-free dishes — for example, the prosciutto and grilled asparagus risotto and a grass-fed veal scallopini over mashed potatoes and spinach. All of this can be had in the restaurants laid-back yet elegant dining room, perfect for any occasion.  4. Ophelia's Electric Soapbox
1215 20th Street
303-993-8023

Catch a show and delve into a feast of gluten-free delights at this swanky downtown hot spot. Owner Justin Cucci is known for creating eateries that offer menus featuring local, sustainable and diet-conscious foods, and this location proves no different. The menu carefully maps out what items are gluten-free and vegan, so there's no mystery about what you're ordering. Highlights from the menu include the pineapple pico arepas, a savory lamb gyro, dry-rub ribs and a charcuterie-and-cheese board. Also, for $1 extra, you can get a gluten-free bun on items such as the Wagyu beef sliders with tomato jam and bacon.  3. Racines
650 Sherman Street
303-595-0418

For those looking to dine sans gluten, Racines in Capitol Hill has a separate bill of fare just for you. Simply request the gluten-free menu and a friendly server will hand you a list of tantalizing treats. Such items include hot artichoke dip with tortilla chips, double-fried buffalo wings, and an array of sandwiches like the Reuben, the tuna melt and Baja fish tacos. And for dessert, order the flourless chocolate cake. Add a gluten-free bun, toast or roll for just $1 more, and you won't miss out on a thing. Thanks to owners Lee Goodfriend and David Racine, the eatery hands out this special menu for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, so every meal is covered.

2. Root Down
1600 West 33rd Avenue
303-993-4200

Given that we already told you about Ophelia's great gluten-free menu, it shouldn't shock anyone that Cucci's other establishments offer the same sort of service. This proves especially true when it comes to Root Down, where a hodgepodge of seasonal, globally influenced eats are served. You can tell which items are gluten-free, or can be made such, by looking for a GF next to the dish. Right now this includes wild mushroom risotto, roasted baby beet salad, lamb andouille sausage and green garlic chickpea fries. In fact, more than half the menu caters to this dietary restriction, so the chances of you liking at least one, if not all of the food items remains high. Keep in mind if you're flying out of state, you can get the same dedicated menu in the Denver International Airport location as you can at the LoHi spot.  1. Zengo
1610 Little Raven Street
720-904-0965

What do Hong Kong, Tokyo and Thailand all have in common? In the case of Richard Sandoval's trendy downtown eatery Zengo, they are the areas that inspired the chef and restaurateur's menu from his travels abroad. They are also cuisines that sport many foods naturally sans gluten; the detailed menu displays little stalks of wheat to denote these items. Choose from the signature chicken salad, vegetable fried rice, duck confit and daikon tacos, Thai seafood ceviche and the spicy-tuna-spiked Angry Zengo Roll, to name a few. Overall, a pretty good collection of various foods in a venue that features eclectic fusions.

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Linnea Covington moved back to Denver after spending thirteen years in New York City and couldn't be happier to be home, exploring the Mile High and eating as much as possible, especially when it involves pizza or ice cream.
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