Bustin' the Glutes

Where to find the best wheat-free options in Portland.

Andina: Luckily for Portlanders, Peruvians naturally forgo most things wheat. Though they do love their meat, the gluten-free, vegan and veggie menus are pages long; bigger than the full menu at some specialty restaurants and decidedly better-seasoned.


Bete-Lukas: This Ethiopian restaurant doesn't add barley to its teff-based injera bread. 


Brooklyn House (3131 SE 12th Ave.): The former German restaurant Berlin Inn makes Euro-inflected plates that are entirely gluten-, soy- and peanut-free (bottled beer does, however, contain gluten.) Their menu notes that they accommodate "gluten-, soy-, egg-, nightshade-, allium- and peanut-free as well as paleo, SCD-legal, [and] vegan" diets.

Dar Salam: Vegan and gluten-free items are noted on the menu, and there are many.


Departure (525 SW Morrison St.): Chef Gregory Gourdet at Departure is gluten-free—which means he's constructed a menu very sensitive to those needs.


DJK Korean: Glutens are in short supply except the trace amounts contained in soy sauce and the deep-fry breading.

IMAGE: Kyle Key

Ground Breaker (2030 SE 7th Ave.)The former Harvester Brewing opened in 2011 as the nation's first dedicated gluten-free brewery. It's since expanded to include a taproom with gluten-free food options. The base for most brews is chestnuts, locally sourced from a farm in the Willamette Valley. 


Harlow (3632 SE Hawthorne Blvd.): The bowl-focused eatery is gluten-negative, right down to the Harvester beer and the onion-bread burger.


Holy Mole (Southeast 33rd and Hawthorne, back alley): Juan Fernando Otero runs an entirely gluten- and peanut-free cart, with vegan options on almost every dish in his Pueblan Mexican menu, from scratch-made mole to some killer tacos dorado stuffed with potatoes. 

Hokusei: Although the focus of the sushi menu is fish, the vegetable tempura is light and airy. And if you're down with fermented soybeans, the natto's funk can't be beat.


Maharaja: No wheat is used in any of the curries, so celiac disease sufferers can feast to their heart's content.

Mi Mero Mole : Just avoid the albondigas and flour tortillas—most everything else has no gluten.

Mirakutei: Gluten-free items are marked "gf" on the menu. One of the best is the black Alaskan cod marinated in a rich miso sauce and grilled. It's like delicious molten silk.


Natural Selection: The tasting menu at this vegan spot always has a gluten-free option on each of the four courses.

Olympic/Olympia Provisions: Avoiding gluten? Good, OP's salami has none of it.  

Pok Pok, Sen Yai, Pok Pok Noi: For sensitivities and special needs, including gluten-free diets, an annotated "allergies" menu is available.


Teote: Completely gluten-free. Have at it.

Correction: The print version of this article did not reflect that Brooklyn House's kitchen is entirely gluten-free (aside from bottled beer).

 The Directory: Our 100 Favorite Restaurants in Portland

By Neighborhood: Southeast | North/Northeast | Westside | Suburbs 

 2014 Restaurant of the Year: Kachka 

Top Five: Old Salt, AtaulaAmerican LocalExpatriate

Counter Service Spots: Latin | Asian | Italian | Sandwiches | Burgers 

Wine Bars | Beer Lists | Veg-Friendly | Gluten-free | Elsewhere in Oregon 

Willamette Week’s reporting has concrete impacts that change laws, force action from civic leaders, and drive compromised politicians from public office. Support WW’s journalism through our Give!Guide Fundraising page.