Spokane’s Gluten-Free Restaurants Offer Safe Meals to People and the Community | arts and entertainment

Whether it’s a feel-good option or a serious allergy, going gluten-free can make it difficult to eat at restaurants with peace of mind. Despite this, gluten-free consumers can find some security in knowing that Spokane has options for them.

Here are some local favorites that promise great, gluten-free food:

bakery boots

24 west main avenue

Spokane, Washington 99201

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 8 am-4 pm

Boots Bakery, located less than a mile from the GU campus, is a family-owned gluten-free and vegan bakery that promises a safe environment for those with dietary restrictions.

Boots has a wide range of options, including baked treats, savory dishes, a cafeteria, and a full cocktail bar. The only thing you can’t find are pre-made mixes and ingredients.

Owner Alison Collins says this sets them apart from many other places that offer gluten-free and vegan products.

“Everything we serve is made here from scratch,” Collins said.

Boots not only accommodates dietary restrictions, but they also pride themselves on being an all-inclusive stop. They welcome all customers with open arms and invite them to stay as long as they like.

“We’re not the type of coffee shop that says ‘hey, you’ve got to move on,’” Collins said. “You could stay here eight hours. We don’t care, that’s great. We’ll cheer him on.”

Boots will also be releasing a cookbook in early 2023 featuring some of her favorite recipes.

Cole’s Bakery and Cafe

521 E. Holland Ave.

Spokane, WA 99218

Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-6pm, Friday-Sunday 8am-7pm

Cole’s Bakery & Café is another option that offers an exclusively gluten-free and peanut-free menu. Owner Jeanine Smith said they are committed to offering options for a wide range of dietary needs.

“The five things we focus on are gluten-free, peanut-free, dairy-free, vegan and keto,” Smith said.

Cole’s has breakfast, lunch and dinner options along with baked goods. Smith said she grew up cooking with her family, so she wanted to create a place to offer family meals to the community.

“I decided to start this to give people who have multiple different food allergies a place where they can get together with their family and friends, where their families can also enjoy food regardless of the food allergy,” Smith said. “They are my family recipes.”

Smith said it’s been amazing to see people who fear cross-contamination in other kitchens being able to eat freely at Cole’s.

Cole’s is expanding to add a new location in the Catalyst building by the end of the year. The Catalyst Building is located at 601 E Riverside Ave, Spokane, WA 99202.

Wiley’s Bistro

115 N. Washington Street #1

Spokane, Washington 99201

Hours: Monday 11:30am-2pm, 5-8pm, Tuesday-Friday 11:30am-2pm, 5-9pm, Saturday 5-9pm

Wiley’s Bistro, located downtown, offers an extensive menu that is nearly gluten-free. Despite having a few gluten-containing items, they assure customers that they take allergens seriously.

They recently posted about their engagement on Facebook stating:

Good morning Spokane! We recently saw a post about someone struggling to find a place to dine safely with celiac disease,” Wiley posted on Facebook. “So we wanted to remind those who know us and let new followers know, we take ALL allergies in I laughed. ! You can count on us to create a meal you can enjoy no matter what your restrictions are…because everyone deserves a night out! Got some wild allergies? We love a challenge. Let us serve you!”

Wiley’s accepts reservations for lunch and dinner and offers pickup and takeout.


901 West 14th Avenue

Spokane, Washington 99204

Hours: Saturday- Sunday 11 am- 9 pm

RÜT Bar recently arrived in Spokane’s South Hill neighborhood in 2019 and offers a vegan menu inspired by the Pacific Northwest.

While their menu is designed specifically for vegan foods, they also offer gluten-free options. Their menu outlines specific gluten-free, available gluten-free, and nut-free foods for easy choices.

RÜT, pronounced “root,” describes their commitment to showcasing the best of the local area through their food and atmosphere. The restaurant is filled with plants and natural lighting with art by local artist Hazel Miller on display.

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