Gluten free in Denver

July 5, 2010 at 5:45 am 6 comments

I recently had the opportunity to vacation in Denver Colorado. It was my first vacation where I didn’t have access to a kitchen where I could designate a gluten free section and manage my own food. Needless to say that made me nervous.

If you’ve been to Denver recently or live there, you probably know that I had nothing to fear! I ate like a gluten free queen!

The Mercury Cafe had an nearly an entire menu that could be made gluten free. Not to mention dancing! I shouldn’t have eaten Elk Bean and Cheese Enchilada’s before a night of east coast swing but it was worth it! We loved our waitress who was also great entertainment. What a fantastic dancer! She was cute. We tipped her well.

Denver’s gluten free treasures had only begun that night. The next day for lunch, my friend took me to Udi’s, a bakery with a dedicated gluten free facility. Woo HOO! I ate a huge sandwich on bread that was to die for. It was so exciting I took a picture.

The fries are made in a dedicated vat and everything tasted amazing! Going gluten free only cost an addition $1. Not bad especially after you’ve taken a bite. Udi’s is a must if you are in Denver.

For the grand finale we ate chinese at PF Changs who, since my glutening experience, have been forgiven. I talked with the manager and have seen all the precautions they take in assuring their gluten free guests are safe and can confidently say, they are one of the few places I trust implicitly. NOW.

The trick is, look for your food to be served on round plates with the PF Changs label. I got glutened by eating an appetizer on the plain square plate, which the server neglected to recognize. Purely human error.

Now I ask a lot of questions and am never afraid to say, “How do I know this is gluten free?” or “This is something I’ve never seen before, what’s the breading on the chicken?” That “breading”, by the way, is potato starch.

Have you been to any great gluten free digs lately?

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kathryn  |  July 5, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I love Z pizza, which is gluten-free & they are largely organic. I love the health food store that has a restaurant, tho they won’t guarantee GF because they do regular stuff there. We have a few other options, too. CA has its problems, but access to good food isn’t one of them. :)

    You’re expecting again? Congrats. :)

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    • 2. Jess @ Blog Schmog  |  July 5, 2010 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks. :) Ah, I wish we had Z pizza. Is it spendy? I think there is one pizza place locally now but I’ve heard you have to take out a second mortgage.

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      • 3. Kathryn  |  July 5, 2010 at 10:02 pm

        Well, they only have the GF pizza in a 10 inch size. The one i like runs about $11. Is that pricey? Honestly, i don’t keep track. But considering the pizza my hubby likes (at a different place) runs $18 for a 14 inch, i don’t think it too bad.

        I suppose buying for a family, the 10 inch GFs would get pricey. But i have only me. (Hubby doesn’t go there with me.) One advantage, i guess, to having no children.

      • 4. Jess @ Blog Schmog  |  July 7, 2010 at 8:49 pm

        Yeah, bummer. :( Considering my boys can each eat a half a pizza (and they are only little still) that would be a splurge but maybe if I make it down south you can take me. Girls only!

  • 5. Kathryn  |  July 7, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    You bet. :)

    That would be so fun.

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  • 6. Iris  |  July 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    I love PF Changs, and also appreciate that they serve their gf food on different plates so I know I got the right one. I didn’t know Udi’s was in Denver, but I have heard Colorado in general is a great place to be gluten-free. Glad you had such a great experience!

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