Whether it is a feel-good choice or a serious allergy, being gluten-free can make it difficult to eat at restaurants with peace of mind. Despite this, gluten-free eaters can find some safety in knowing Spokane has options for them.
Here are some local favorites that promise good food and no gluten:
24 W. Main Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Boots Bakery, located less than a mile from GU’s campus, is a family-owned vegan and gluten-free bakery that promises a safe environment for those with dietary restrictions.
Boots has a wide array of options, including baked sweet treats, savory dishes, a coffee bar and a full cocktail bar. The only thing you can’t find is premade mixes and ingredients.
Owner Alison Collins says this sets them apart from a lot of other places offering vegan and gluten-free items.
“Everything we serve is made here from scratch,” Collins said.
Not only is Boots inclusive to dietary restrictions, but they also pride themselves on being an inclusive stop for all people. They welcome every customer in with open arms and invite them to stay as long as they want.
“We're not the kind of coffee shop that says 'hey, you got to move along,"' Collins said. "You could stay here eight hours. We don't care, that's great. We'll encourage it."
Boots will also be releasing a cookbook in early 2023 with some of their favorite recipes.
Cole’s Bakery & Cafe
521 E. Holland Ave.
Spokane, WA 99218
Hours:Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday- Sunday 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cole’s Bakery & Café is another option that offers an exclusively gluten-free and peanut-free menu. Owner Jeanine Smith said they are committed to offering options for a wide range of dietary needs.
“The five things we focus on are gluten-free, peanut-free, dairy free, vegan and keto,” Smith said.
Cole’s has breakfast, lunch and dinner options alongside bakery items. Smith said she grew up cooking with her family, so she wanted to create a place to offer family-friendly meals to the community.
“I decided to start this to give people who have multiple different food allergies, a place where they can gather with their family and friends, where their families would also enjoy the food regardless of a food allergy,” Smith said. “It's my family recipes.”
Smith said it’s been amazing to see people who fear cross-contamination in other kitchens be able to eat freely in Cole’s.
Cole’s is expanding to add a new location in the Catalyst building by the end of the year. The Catalyst building is located at 601 E Riverside Ave, Spokane, WA 99202.
115 N. Washington St. #1
Spokane, WA 99201
Hours: Monday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-8 p.m., Tuesday- Friday 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., 5-9 p.m., Saturday 5-9 p.m.
Wiley’s Bistro, located downtown, offers an extensive menu that is almost entirely gluten-free. Despite having a few items that contain gluten, they assure customers they take allergens seriously.
They have recently posted about their commitment on Facebook stating:
“Good morning Spokane! We saw a post recently about someone struggling to find a place to dine out safely with Celiac disease," Wiley's posted on Facebook. "So we wanted to remind those of you who know us, and inform any new followers, we take ALL allergies seriously! You can count on us to create a meal you can enjoy no matter what your restrictions are … because everyone deserves to be able to enjoy a night out! Got some wild allergies? We love a challenge. Let us serve you!"
Wiley’s takes lunch and dinner reservations and offers pickup and take-out.
901 W. 14th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99204
Hours: Saturday- Sunday 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.
RÜT Bar recently came to Spokane’s South Hill neighborhood in 2019, offering a vegan menu inspired by the Pacific Northwest.
While their menu is specifically tailored toward vegan foods, they also offer gluten-free options. Their menu outlines specific gluten-free, gluten-free available and nut-free foods for easy choosing.
RÜT, pronounced “root,” outlines its commitment to displaying the best of the local area through its food and ambiance. The restaurant is filled with plants and natural lighting with art by local artist Hazel Miller on display.