Let me just say that eating gluten-free in Anchorage, Alaska was an amazing experience. I love visiting cities where gluten-free and even vegan is embraced. While I am not vegan, Anchorage had a large pool of gluten-free and vegan restaurants to pick from.
I do have to say that I am a big fan of breakfast, and so many of my reviews are on breakfast locations. When I travel I try to limit eating out to one maybe two meals a day, and since my lunch was covered on the tours I went on, dinner was often the one I stayed in for. After a long day out in the cold having lots of fun, it was nice to shower and cozy up in my hotel room with the Hallmark channel.
The Red Chair Cafe
The Red Chair Cafe was the first cafe I tried out since it was only two blocks away from my hotel, and it was not a disappoint. Since I was there in the winter the restaurants were very quiet, which was very favorable no reservations. This charming little cafe lacked nothing. The waiters were very kind and understanding about me being gluten-free, and were very willing to work around it. I got extra potatoes instead of toast and those potatoes were to die for.
Sweet potatoes and regular potatoes inter mixed together with eggs and bacon seems fairly simple, but they were really good. Like really really good and these simple items can be messed up. But seriously order the potatoes if you go, on the side or to go.
Whenever you mention Snow City, everyone in Anchorage talks about how when the President visited Anchorage, he had a cinnamon roll. He enjoyed the cinnamon roll so much he bought all they had and gave them to everyone there with him. This got the Snow City a lot of publicity and having eaten their myself it really was amazing! While I couldn’t have a famous cinnamon roll due to them being filled with gluten, they had many other options.
On my first visit to the Snow Cafe the mixture of dry cold and talking too much outside I had no voice. I am not joking. I had to squeak table for one to the front desk, but the staff was so incredibly nice about it. Even though I probably should have ordered something hot for my throat I couldn’t resist ordering a smoothie. The one below is the pineapple express and I would highly recommend it, even if it is five degrees outside.
In attempts to help my throat I decided to order the oatmeal, and just a warning: it is a huge bowl! But on the bright side it is really amazing. Then I saw it on the menu gluten-free toast. Whenever I see gluten-free bread on a menu I always have to order it because come on gluten-free bread, how often do you run across that??? So go there eat the gluten-free bread and relish in the thought that the President has eaten there.
The day I left Anchorage I decided to make the journey back to the Snow City Cafe and have a yogurt parfait. Voice was basically gone at this point, but I did get a seat at the bar. My waiter was hilarious and did all the talking, which made me feel better with my still nonexistent voice. Literally Snow City is a must for anyone who journeys to Anchorage, I mean I went twice so that says something.
Long Rifle Lodge
After taking a walk across the Matanuska Glacier with Salmon Berry Tours, more about that click here, the group stopped here at Long Rifle Lodge. After being out in the cold, coming into a warm cabin like building with a stunning view of the glacier and warm hot chocolate hit the stop.
With burgers and sandwiches galore the menu had so many gluten-filled options, but they were very willing to work with me to create something gluten-free. I have never been to a restaurant that worked so hard to give me something gluten-free and something I wanted. The tacos below were on the menu, but with flour tortillas. After some looking in the back they were able to find corn tortillas and my day was made. If you happen to take the time to hike the Matanuska Glacier this restaurant is right there to refill you after your incredible journey. Not to mention you get one more goodbye to such a beautiful piece of nature.
Okay so this was one of the two restaurants that I forgot to take pictures of my food. I blame the exhaustion of fun-filled days, but I still wanted to share them with you. I was first drawn to The Brewhouse after looking at their website and seeing that they had gluten-free menus. I just knew I had to go to this restaurant, especially since they also have gluten-free desserts. I mean come on how many places have gluten-free desserts.
Alright so before you hit the gluten-free desserts they have gluten-free pasta, in particular, I ordered the Seafood Fettuccine. This is the first restaurant I have ever been to that had gluten-free pasta, so of course I just had to order it. DELICIOUS if I do say so myself! Then I finished it off with a Creme brûlée, which was a great ending to a perfect meal.
Orso is the other restaurant that I forgot to take a picture of my meal, but it is still worth making the list from my trip. This is because they also have a gluten-free menu, can you say YESSSSSSS!! I still get really excited about restaurants that have gluten-free menus because my hometown is very anti gluten-free and I can rarely eat out.
Since I was on a coast, I finally caved in and let myself get some salmon. Specially, I ordered the Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon and it was delightful. I really loved the maple sweet potato and probably would go back just for another serving of it. The salmon was everything I had imagined, and if you have followed my Instagram for awhile you have to know I love salmon. No dessert this time was trying to cut back Ha. more so stuffed from the amazing meal.
If you have a gluten-intolerance or Celiac disease then have no fear visiting Anchorage, Alaska, as they are more than willing to accommodate dietary needs without a problem.