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: The kitchen at Shine is 100% gluten free, yet the menu lacks nothing in flavor. A bright, cheerful interior reflects the attitude of the three sisters who own the eatery.
The dish: Grain-free ravioli stuffed with fresh chevre, arugula and herbs. Try their fun, house-made potions, too!
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 mini corn dogs on the happy hour menu, taste the high-end cocktails and enjoy the peaceful courtyard out back!
The vibe: With a James Beard-nominated chef at the helm, the cozy, high-end, farm-to-table Black Cat will take care of your every wish (including gluten-free requests).
The dish: Whatever Chef Skokan brings from his own farm that day (just ask your server for gluten-free recommendations).