Gluten Free options at Food Carts

January 8, 2010

Over the past year, I have had more than a few inquires about carts that offer gluten free options. I am by no means any sort of expert on this subject, but from my reading on the Internet and according to recent studies, approximately 1.5-2 million Americans suffer from Celiac disease, a condition caused by a reaction to gluten protein found in wheat. That is a simple description for this autoimmune disorder, so please forgive me. In layman's terms, an individual with Celiac disease is challenged by most of the food in our prepackaged diet. Along with those who have Celiac, there is an additional portion of the population who generally have challenges with wheat gluten. Therefore, we give you a short list of carts that offer gluten free options. Further, we have some comments from our Facebook friends who discuss types of food which are generally gluten free (GF) which opens up cart options.

  • Savor Soup House on SW 10th and Alder has GF soup options and now offers New Cascadia gluten-free bread for their sandwiches.
  • Grilled Cheese Grill on NE 11th and Alberta has GF brown rice bread which they can use for any sandwich. The only sandwich they won't do GF is the Cheesus.
  • Buddha Bites down off SW 4th and Hall by PSU has many GF options including GF baked goods.
  • Ruby Dragon at Mississippi Marketplace on N Mississippi at Skidmore serves up vegan fare which includes numerous GF options including quinoa pancakes.
  • Also at Mississippi Marketplace is The Magic Bean which offers up GF falafel sandwiches.
  • Nong's Khao Man Gai offers up a GF meal if you don't get the sauce.
  • Potato Champion at SE 12th and Hawthorne serves up fries. These are GF and they offer up sauces that are GF.
  • Yarp?! at SE 12th and Hawthorne always has the option of rice noodles as a substitution and notes if they use wheat as a thickener for their sauces.
  • The Whole Bowl on SW 9th and Alder is GF. Rice and beans.
  • Sonny Bowl on SW 3rd and Washington has GF options also. Rice and beans.
  • Perierra Crêperie offers up GF crêpes.
According to some of the recommendations, most Thai food can also be GF, but to watch out for sauces as they could contain wheat filler. I'm no expert in any way, nor am I on the lookout for these options when I'm visiting the carts. I probably have missed some great cart out there that are GF favorites, so let us know and we'll add to this list. Enjoy.
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