Life is starting to settle down a bit so it is time to catch up on my massive back log of reviews! 2016 was filled with a year of gluten free travel: Los Angeles, Washington DC, NYC, Philadelphia, Boston, Spain, and Seattle. Looks like 2017 will be just as travel-heavy and I can’t wait 🙂 In the meantime, I would like to share my experience in Seattle, Washington, starting with Capitol Cider, a 100% gluten free food restaurant. Why did I include the word food? Well, all food is gluten free here but they do carry gluten containing beers….so technically can’t claim the entire restaurant is gluten free. However, personally (and this is just me), I am not too concerned about cross contamination from the beer since it is kept pretty separate and the likelihood of beer being spilled on my plate is slim to none since no one in my party was ordering beer, the wait staff wouldn’t be carrying a beer at the same time. But nevertheless, ALL THE FOOD IS GLUTEN FREE! I repeat ALL THE FOOD HERE IS GLUTEN FREE! And it is GOOD!
Oh and it gets better….our waiter told us that the employees are not allowed to bring gluten containing foods into the restaurant. YES YES YES!!! Thank you thank you thank you!! An often forgotten source of cross contamination at gluten free restaurants.
Capitol Cider is located at 818 East Pike Street in Seattle. This place prides itself in being a gluten free establishment and they should. Their food is top notch and very popular. Stamping gluten free on their menu and screaming it to the sky doesn’t seem to deter gluten-eaters from enjoying their meals. Which is fascinating to me given the number of times I have heard “Eeewwww” following me saying that I am gluten free. *Insert eyeroll*
Now lets get to the food and the experience…
Atmosphere: I went here with my college friend and his girlfriend, both gluten eaters for the record, and we had to wait quite a while to be seated. The restaurant was packed. Completely packed. It was a Saturday night but the restaurant was extremely packed (almost abnormally packed in my opinion). So many people were waiting for seats. I took this as a good sign for business. The wait staff wasn’t very friendly and seemed to be in a rush (understandably so)–this didn’t attract from our experience though. Restaurant was very loud so conversation was limited unfortunately.
Gluten free options: AMAZING! I mean the whole food menu is gluten free…need I say more? There are options for vegetarians and vegans too. Did I mention that their menu is LABELED for allergies including peanuts and dairy? And is clearly marked for vegetarian and vegan. Everyone can eat here happily 🙂
Quality of the food: SUPERB!!!! I ordered the mushroom rigatoni and added bacon for protein. The seasons were perfection. Sauce was delicious and just the right amount of sauce. 10/10!
Portion size: On the smaller side. I definitely had room for dessert. It should not be $18 for this dish…
Price: Expensive!! Unfortunately, since the portion size was smaller, the price didn’t really match. However, I am willing to pay the price for high quality SAFE gluten free foods.
Pros: Tons of options, SAFE gluten free, high quality food
Cons: Size of portions, price of portions
Would I return? YES YES YES! In a heartbeat. Capitol Cider was a safe option for me, which let me enjoy quality time with friends without having to worry about being glutened and spending the evening in the bathroom. I do wish that their portion sizes were larger given the price but maybe I will try dessert next time.
What is your favorite place to eat at in Seattle? Do you have a favorite gluten free restaurant?
**Please note that this review solely reflects my own honest opinion. I was neither paid nor compensated for my visit here. Also, kitchen protocols and menus can change at any time. Make sure to speak to the staff at any restaurant before eating to make sure that they can accommodate your dietary restriction.**