Sellwood, Brooklyn and Industrial Southeast Districts
Known for its myriad antique shops, the Sellwood area also has many other fun things to do. Drop in for a class at Sellwood Yoga (sellwoodyoga.com) and then grab a pair of funky socks or tights at Sock Dreams (sockdreams.com). Also near Sellwood is Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge (portlandoregon.gov/parks/finder), famous for its majestic blue herons and marshland trails. The area is also home to Oaks Park Amusement Park and Roller Rink (oakspark.com) to entertain younger ones.
Industrial Southeast is home to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (omsi.edu). With a variety of interactive exhibits, OMSI is a must if you’re coming to town with kids. Its newly remodeled cafeteria has many gluten-free options noted on the menu. OMSI also houses the U.S. Navy’s last non-nuclear, fast-attack submarine, the USS Blueback, open for tours year-round.
At OMSI, water lovers can pick up a jet boat ride from Willamette Jetboat Excursions (willamettejet.com) that takes you up and down the Willamette River, where you can check out the sights from the water.
The Eastbank Esplanade (portlandoregon.gov/parks/finder), accessible for pedestrians and cyclists, runs 1½ miles along the east bank of the Willamette River and includes a 1,200-foot floating walkway. If you’re on foot, keep an eye out for cyclists, skateboarders and in-line skaters—they come up quickly!
Jade Teahouse and Patisserie+ (jadeportland.com) features a delicious combination of Southeast Asian cuisine and French baking. The entrées and assorted pastries are mostly gluten-free. The staff understands cross-contamination and keeps the wheat pastries in a separate display from the gluten-free goodies.
Brooklyn House Restaurant* (brooklynhouserestaurant.com), which features healthy, European-style comfort food, deliberately doesn’t mention gluten-free on its menu, even though the entire restaurant is gluten-free. The staff wants people to come for what’s in the food, not what’s not in it. Start with a hot basket of gluten-free bread and garlic butter (or oil). Most of the food is made to order so make sure you have plenty of time to enjoy your meal.
Portland takes its beer seriously and gluten-free beer is no exception. Harvester Gastropub* (harvesterbrewing.com/gastropub) is the gluten-free dining and drinking establishment attached to Portland’s first dedicated gluten-free brewery. The pub has delicious food made by chef Neil Davidson and a bevy of gluten-free beer on tap.
* Restaurant is all gluten-free or almost entirely gluten-free. May have bottled beer, packaged foods with gluten ingredients or a distinct area of the kitchen where they handle gluten items. No ambient flour.
+ Restaurant notes gluten-free items on the menu
‡ Restaurant is happy to accommodate gluten-free dietary needs. Ask your server.
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