Those who have banned gluten from their diets will be right at home in Boulder, an early adopter to the gluten-free lifestyle. In fact, many of Boulder's restaurants have completely nailed the art of delicious, gluten-free cooking. Whether you're celiac, paleo or just gluten intolerant, you'll find plenty of choices in Boulder. The following range from entirely gluten-free to simply gluten-friendly.
The vibe: A bustling newcomer to the Boulder restaurant scene, Flower Child serves up soul-satisfying, made-from-scratch meals with farm-fresh ingredients. This crowd-pleasing spot offers clearly marked gluten-free dishes, as well as vegetarian, vegan, organic and paleo selections.
The dish: Try a healthy bowl, like the Glow Bowl, made with spicy-sweet potato noodles, bok choy, zucchini, onion, jalapeños, shiitake mushrooms, coconut milk and sunflower butter. Little ones will love the Gluten-Free Mac & Cheese.
The vibe: The deli-style Fresh Thymes is entirely gluten-free. Just hop in line and point to whatever gorgeous, colorful and fresh dishes look good to you, or order off the chalkboard menu.
The dish: The dragon tacos, with blue-corn tortillas and skirt steak are a big hit, but we also love just a simple soup and salad combo with a side of their famous rosemary flatbread.
The vibe: Chef Daniel Asher is a leader in the sustainable food movement, and it shows on the creative River and Woods menu, which puts a playful (often elegant) twist on family favorites. Everything gluten free is clearly marked.
The dish: Come for the gluten-free bacon-wrapped date skewers starter, taste the high-end cocktails and enjoy the peaceful courtyard out back!
The vibe: A Boulder brunch staple, The Buff offers numerous gluten-free dishes — more than three-quarters of their menu has gluten-free options! Grab a 99-cent Bloody Mary, Mimosa or Tequila Sunrise in a mason jar while you wait for your entree.
The dish: Gluten-free lemon pecan griddle cakes with fresh-grated lemon rind. You also can't go wrong with any of the egg dishes. These people know what they're doing with potatoes.