The Pearl District
Twenty years ago, the Pearl District was almost exclusively industrial. Now it’s the place to go for shopping, arts and touristy meanderings. On the first Thursday of the month, galleries open to the public and in decent weather, local artists sell their wares on the street.
Jamison Square (portlandoregon.gov/parks/finder) has a large tiered fountain where kids cool off on hot summer days and a grassy area that’s perfect for picnicking. You can pick up some gluten-free goodies from nearby Whole Foods Market.
If you’re a yoga type, drop in for a community class at Yoga Pearl (yogapearl.com), a beautiful space in the heart of the district.
On the edge of the Pearl is one of Portland’s best-known attractions, Powell’s City of Books (powells.com), housing more than 1 million new and used books. If you love books, Powell’s is a must.
Kick back at Deschutes Brewery+ (deschutesbrewery.com). They have a gluten-free-friendly menu with a dedicated fryer for gluten-free fries. Bonus: One of their gluten-free beers is on tap.
The authentic Peruvian restaurant Andina+ (andinarestaurant.com) was one of the first eateries in Portland to cater to the gluten-free community. The staff will bring you steaming-hot yuca to the table instead of bread and happily adjust many of the dishes to meet your dietary needs.
Oba+ (obarestaurant.com) is a longtime Portland fixture, which says quite a bit in a town that can have a high restaurant turnover. Oba serves nuevo Latino cuisine and has more than 30 options on its gluten-free menu. With a festive atmosphere, it’s a great place to go for special occasions or a night on the town.
Another favorite in the Pearl is Seres Restaurant and Xiao Chi Bar+ (seresrestaurant.com). This modern, sustainable Chinese restaurant offers gluten-free options (the sesame beef is particularly delicious) and a popular happy hour, as well as a Xiao Chi or small bites menu.
At Verde Cocina+ (verdecocinamarket.com), a farm-to-fork establishment that uses no gluten-containing ingredients, the vegetables are fresh and abundant and the corn tortillas are hand-made to order. One delicious option is the buenos dias breakfast, which includes tortillas, veggies, beans and “bacon candy,” slow-roasted chunks of sweet bacon to top off your dish.
* 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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