Say you’ve opted for a gluten-free lifestyle. Does that condemn you to a life of having to avoid dining out? Certainly not in Summit County, CO!
There are many reasons to opt for gluten-free dining: for some people, removing wheat products from their diet is a great way to lose weight; others simply feel better, as wheat can be an allergen and hard to digest. And for a small percentage of the population, those with celiac disease, gluten from wheat products can trigger an immune response and cause serious illness.
I asked a number of local residents who eat gluten-free to share their favorite restaurants that offer gluten-free options, and got some enthusiastic responses. A word of caution for those with serious wheat allergies: be sure to check in advance with restaurants to verify how they prepare their menu items, if ingesting any wheat products might make you ill. And otherwise — enjoy!
I caught up with Courtney Hampton, DJ and owner of Hampton Entertainment, while she was shopping in Whole Foods for Glutina, a gluten-free cracker, and one of the many gluten-free food items offered by Whole Foods. Courtney’s favorite dining spot: Inxpot in Keystone. “Their gluten-free bread and sandwiches are awesome!”
Julia Landon, owner of Bun in the Oven Bakery, loves CAFÉ PROFUSION in Dillon. “I can tell you right off the bat that Café Profusion offers the best gluten-free food in the county — and the best food in general, in my opinion!” Julia’s bakery offers 100 percent gluten-free products, which can be found at Yellow Arrow Coffee and The Crown, both in Breckenridge, and at Abbey’s Coffee in Frisco.
Some other great options came from Vanesa Garcia, who lives in Silverthorne and is a ski instructor at Keystone. “My favorite pizza place is Last Chance in Summit Cove. Blue Moon Bakery has great gluten-free treats and a delicious breakfast sandwich with gluten-free bread made in house.”
Cookbook author, with his wife Shauna, and longtime Breckenridge resident Dan Ahern (“Gluten-Free Girl: American Classics Reinvented”) rounded out my search with these excellent suggestions: “Dick Carlton’s restaurants, such as Mi Casa, do a great job with gluten free. And Fatty’s Pizzeria has been a great, safe spot for my wife — and the Columbine Cafe is another great spot.” Ahern offers this piece of advice for gluten-free diners: “We always judge a place by how the wait staff react when we mention my wife is gluten free. If the restaurant truly cares about the food they are serving, then gluten-free people should feel safe.”
GLUTEN-FREE DINING OPTIONS
The following list includes those suggestions listed above, as well as several other favorite dining spots offering gluten-free menu items.
Is there a restaurant or other food establishment that we missed? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list!
AMAZING GRACE NATURAL EATERY
213 Lincoln Ave, Breckenridge
Good eats, and healthy treats! Delicious breakfast, lunch and dessert options with many wheat and dairy-free choices.
109 S Main St, Breckenridge
A favorite choice for hearty breakfasts. Ask about gluten-free options.
215 S Main St, Breckenridge
A large variety of breakfast items, sandwiches and salads, appetizers & flatbreads. With gluten-free options to choose from.
106 S Ridge Rd, Breckenridge
A local favorite, housed in a historic downtown building. Gluten Free crusts can be requested for all 10-inch pizzas.
130 S Ridge St, Breckenridge
Fresh, expertly prepared Colorado Cuisine. Offering a complete gluten-free menu
600 South Park Avenue, Breckenridge
Mexican and Southwestern cuisine. Ask for the extensive gluten-free dinner menu.
137 S Main St, Breckenridge
Seasonally updated menu that includes gluten-free entrees, such as gluten-free Penne Bugatta.
YELLOW ARROW COFFEE
103 South Harris Street, Breckenridge
Under the new library. Completely gluten-free bakery items, tacos, salads and more.
112 Overlook Drive, Breckenridge
Enjoy stupendous mountain views and choose from a menu of creative, expertly prepared entrees, which include gluten-free, and dairy-free meals.
720 East Main, Frisco
A great local coffee shop, offering tasty gluten-free baked goods.
261 Lusher Ct, Frisco
Offering healthy food options, prepared meals, and gluten-free snacks.
119 La Bonte St, Dillon
A fusion of Indian and Asian cuisine. All meals are gluten free.
LAST CHANCE PIZZA
40 Cove Blvd, Dillon
This “almost famous” pizza company offers a gluten-free crust option on its 10-inch pizzas
BLUE MOON BAKERY
253 Summit Place Shopping Ctr, Silverthorne
Breakfast, lunch, pastries and desserts. Many gluten-free dessert choices, all made from scratch.
195 River Run Road, Keystone
Gluten-free bread option available for all delicious hot and cold sandwiches.
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