The number of people eating a gluten-free diet has more than tripled since 2009, according to a study from the Mayo Clinic. As a result, more restaurants are offering gluten-free menus. You can give up gluten without giving up taste at one of these Denver restaurants that offer delish gluten-free menus.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat and other grains, and people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity must avoid gluten. However, many other people are turning to gluten-free diets as a way to cut back on carbohydrates.
True Food Kitchen
True Food Kitchen opened in 2012 in Denver's Cherry Creek neighborhood, and it has become a staple for health-conscious foodies. The restaurant, based on Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet, offers gluten-free pizza, salads and entrees. Expect the menus to rotate with the seasons. Vegan and vegetarian items are also available at the restaurant in Cherry Creek North. You'll find everything from poke bowls to heirloom tomato and watermelon salads here. Beware of sticker shock for drinks, however.
Watercourse Foods is a 100 percent vegan restaurant on 17th Avenue that also offers gluten-free items on the menu. The restaurant started in 1998 in Capitol Hill, and eventually moved to a larger space to accommodate more patrons. WaterCourse also features weekend brunch with gluten-free options.
Have a craving for Mexican food? Blue Bonnet offers a gluten-free menu that includes favorites from south of the border, as well as gluten-free chips and salsa. Gluten-free items are not included on the regular menu, but ask for the gluten-free menu. The South Denver restaurant has been a Denver institution for decades.
Marco's Coal-Fired offers gluten-free pizza in the Ballpark neighborhood of downtown Denver, as well as a suburban location in Englewood. Marco's can make any pizza on their menu gluten-free for an additional charge, and offers Gluten-Free Pizza on Happy Hour.
A popular spot for brunch on 7th Avenue, Racines Restaurant offers a gluten-free menu upon request. Breakfast favorites are available gluten-free, including their famous omelets and skillets. Burgers and sandwiches are also available without bread for a gluten-free lunch. If you're hitting up this spot for brunch, you'll find a "breakfast margarita" on the menu, served with grapefruit juice.
If you are curious about a gluten-free diet, visit What is Gluten Free Cooking? Learn to make gluten-free bread at home with Gluten-Free Bread Recipes.
Nina Snyder is the author of "Good Day, Broncos," a children's e-book, and "ABCs of Balls," a children's picture book. Visit her website at ninasnyder.com.