| 02/15/2024 | Updated | Restaurants, Savor - Food & Fun |   

Eating Gluten Free in Bellingham & Whatcom County

Travelers on a gluten-free diet will be pleasantly surprised with the number of options available for delicious gluten-free eating in Bellingham, Washington. Restaurants may have different gluten restrictions, ranging from gluten-free bread options to kitchen facilities that are completely gluten-free. If you're severely allergic to gluten, make sure to call ahead to make sure the business can safely accommodate your needs. 

Here's our roundup of the best gluten-free restaurants and bakeries in Bellingham. 

In addition to gluten-free bread from Great Harvest Bread Company, this popular breakfast spot in downtown Bellingham serves up a large selection of delicious breakfast items that are naturally free of gluten. Choose from a variety of omelettes, tofu scrambles, and egg & potato dishes. You can also opt to have your meal served with corn tortillas instead of toast. And if your meal comes with a biscuit, you can get a gluten-free corn muffin instead. 

In addition to serving only vegan fare, Wild Oat Bakery & Cafe has a variety of gluten-free options available. Breakfast sandwiches can be served on gluten-free bread (and you can opt for gluten-free toast with other breakfast items). For lunch, they offer a wide selection of burgers and sandwiches; on any of them, you can opt for a gluten-free bun or bread. They also use organic ingredients and products whenever possible. 

Though the cafe does its best to avoid cross contamination, they do use wheat products in their facility. If you have strict dietary restrictions, let your server know and they will do what they can to accommodate your needs!

Make any sandwich at Colophon Cafe gluten-free with Udi's yummy gluten-free bread! This cute cafe next door to Village Books also offer plenty of filling salads, soups, and quiches (which can be made with a gluten-free sweet potato crust). 

This seed-to-table restaurant in Downtown Bellingham offers up hearty soups and salads (the Orchard Salad is especially delicious). For something more substantial, try the fish tacos or fish and chips. Both are made with gluten-free breading. Other gluten-free options include the mac and cheese and the chimichurri steak tacos. 

Aslan is famous for their delicious beers--which are, of course, glutenous--but their restaurant is also known for serving incredible food. Choose from a variety of gluten-free options like the BBQ tofu or curry bowl, or make your meal gluten-free on request! All of the restaurant's bowls and burgers can be made gluten-free. 

Best way to avoid gluten? Eat meat and veggies. Luckily, that's what Carnal does best. What began as a popular Brooklyn food tent is now a bustling restaurant in downtown Bellingham. The menu features the finest ingredients sourced from local farms and fishers. Though not a dedicated gluten-free establishment, the menu offers many dishes sans gluten. Choose from veggie-forward starters and meaty mains like the slow cooked bone-in beef short rib.

This sophisticated pizza spot is located in Fairhaven Village, just steps away from the South Bay trail leading to Taylor Dock. For a small fee, you can upgrade any of Ovn's pizza to come with a gluten-free crust. The wood-fired pizza restaurant has one of the tastiest gluten-free crusts in town. Beyond this, their cream-based béchamel sauce is gluten-free, so you can enjoy any white sauce pizza on the menu. Finish off your meal with a gluten-free lemon bar. 

You don't have to stay at Semiahmoo Resort to enjoy incredible seaside dining at Packers Kitchen & Bar. The restaurant is open to the public and serves up fresh seafood, burgers, salads, sandwiches, and more. Their menu offers a handful of gluten-less options, like their roasted garlic fries, house-made chips, boneless chicken bites, butter basted steak, and cedar plank wild salmon. And don't forget about their oysters, served on the half-shell. 

Located in the countryside outside Bellingham, this restaurant offers epic views of the mountains and a delicious menu featuring Southern-inspired farm-to-table food. The chef is gluten-free, so he strives to make as many dishes sans-gluten as possible. All of the fried food (including French fries, fried shrimp, and fried green tomatoes) are breaded with rice flour, so you can still enjoy Southern comfort classics without the gluten. You can also opt to have any sandwich served on a gluten-free bun from Shambala Bakery. Some desserts are gluten-free, too. 

From biscotti to baguettes, muffins, donuts, scones, cupcakes and more, Avellino serves up delicious gluten-free bakery items at its location on Cornwall Avenue. These gluten-free pastries are moist, fluffy, and affordably priced, so you'll always go home happy. They also occasionally offer gluten-free sandwiches for breakfast and lunch. 

If you're in Downtown Bellingham, stop by Avellino's sister business, Avellino Coffeehouse. You'll find plenty of gluten-free pastries in their display case, and can also grab a delicious coffee and a gluten-free breakfast sandwich while you're there. 

Find pure bliss at this cake and dessert shop in Downtown Bellingham. Among their large menu of treats you'll find several gluten free classics, like their carrot cake (which you can also get vegan), coconut macarons, double chocolate chunk cookie, peanut butter wedge, and cocoa nutty wedge. In the fall months, they also offer a delicious pumpkin crunch bar that's gloriously gluten free. Get your sweet tooth ready and head over for some sugary bliss. 

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