Whether it’s lunch from the raw food bar at Whole Foods, a vegan pizza for dinner from Zaw, or a gluten-free peach raspberry treat for dessert from Pie, we’re lucky to live in a region that’s mindful of eaters with special diets. If you have a kiddo with a food sensitivity, it’s relatively easy to find gluten-free and vegan options in the Seattle-area. And lucky for us, we don’t have to only eat at restaurants that offer a single menu item or two that meets the needs of our kids. Here are five restaurants that specialize in serving only gluten-free, dairy-free, or raw meals that kiddos will actually want to eat, whether they’re maintaining special diets or just along for the ride.
We bet you visit Pike Place Market at least a couple of times each year. There’s no place in the city that offers more for kids’ senses, from smelling spices to watching fish fly. But roaming through all of those food stalls is bound to make your little ones hungry. Thankfully, Cinnamon Works near Post Alley is filled with mini loaves of banana bread, pumpkin cookies as big as their face and of course fat cinnamon rolls. In fact, half of the display case is filled with vegan, gluten-free and even sugar-free treats. The baked goods at Cinnamon Works might be made with tapioca flour and egg replacement, but you’d never know it.
1536 Pike Place
Seattle, Wa 98101
Located in the Roosevelt neighborhood in North Seattle, Thrive is a hopping spot for uber-healthy fare that’s fit for kids with special diets. The first veggie restaurant around to gain organic certification from the Washington State Department of Agriculture, Thrive makes it hard to believe that a raw, organic, gluten-free, vegan, wheat-free, dairy-free menu could be so delicious. Case in point is the Coconutty Dolce Vita Smoothie, a sweet frozen drink that’s better than any version you can make with milk. For lunch, kids can dig into the Thrivalicious Bowl: quinoa or red rice with veggies, salsa, guacamole and onion cashew cream. Note: seating is limited, so you might want to opt for a baby carrier instead of a stroller.
1026 NE 65th Street
Suite A 102
Seattle, Wa 98115
With locations in the University District and West Seattle, Chaco Canyon is one of only a few eateries in Seattle that offers more than 90 perfect organic ingredients throughout the year. Chaco Canyon was also the city’s first raw food restaurant, and after several years staff have perfected the recipes of colorful sandwiches, rice bowls and sweet treats. Both cafes are kid-friendly (expect plenty of students on laptops at the U-District location) and offer a laid-back, warm eating area with plenty of space to spread out.
3770 SW Alaska Street
Seattle, Wa 98126
4757 12th Avenue NE
Seattle, Wa 98105
An organic cafe and supplement store in Capitol Hill, Healeo’s claim to fame is its rich, creamy hemp soft serve. Kids can also score healthy riffs on classic breakfast bowls, like hemp seed, chia seed and flax seed porridge served with coconut milk and fruit. Acai bowls and an array of grab-and-go sandwiches will keep them fueled up without the wheat.
1520 15th Avenue
Seattle, Wa 98122
Nestled a stone’s throw up the hill from Greenlake, Jodee’s Desserts has slowly built a very loyal following since it opened its doors two years back. Everything is made from scratch, and Jodee’s happy endings are dairy-free, egg-free, wheat-free and gluten-free. While just about everything is good, you can’t go wrong with a slice of the vegan cheesecake or key lime pie. Jodee’s also prepares select savory meals-to-go for the wheat-free crowd, like special pizzas on Fridays. Check their Facebook page for details.
7214 Woodlawn Avenue NE
Seattle, Wa 98115
Where is your fave place to enjoy a gluten-free or dairy-free meal? Let us know in the comments section below.