Best Gluten-Free Food In Denver

December 6, 2010 5:59 PM

Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease that effects all ages. When items containing gluten are consumed, it creates a toxic reaction that can damage the small intestine, not allowing food to be properly absorbed. Wheat, barley, oats and rye all contain the protein gluten. An estimated 3 million Americans have a gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease. A number of restaurants in and around Denver offer gluten-free items for those battling Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance.

Udi’s Bread Café on Broadway

7357 E 29th Avenue
Denver, CO 80238
(303) 329-8888

Chad White, head baker and food scientist for Udi’s Natural Food Company in Denver, came up with a way to make gluten-free baked goods with dough instead of a traditional batter. Udi’s now has a dedicated bakery just for its gluten-free products to avoid cross contamination. You can also buy loaves of bread and bags of granola at the café’. Some of the items on the café’s menu include pizza, sandwiches and burgers. Most of the cafes serve breakfast and lunch from 7am–2:30 pm.

Abrusci’s Italian

2 Locations

At both of Abrusci’s locations in WheatRidge and Cherry Creek the Italian restaurant offers a gluten-free lunch and dinner menu. There are a wide variety of options to choose from. Menu items include gluten-free appetizers, soup and salad, bread, pasta, pizza, sandwiches and desserts.To view the gluten-free items available on the menu, visit the Abrusci’s

Rheinlander Bakery

5721 Olde Wadsworth Blvd
Arvada, CO 80002
(303) 467-1810

The Rheinlander Bakery has been serving Colorado for 47 years. It’s a specialty German bakery. The Rheinlander Bakery offers a number of gluten-free options. They’ll even bake gluten-free wedding cakes, birthday cakes and special occasion cakes.The bakery also runs its own gluten-free site: The site provides a number of places where visitors can go to order gluten-free foods.

Le Central

112 East 8th Ave
Denver, Colorado 80203
(303) 863-8094

Le Central offers French food with gluten-free options. In fact, just about the entire lunch, brunch and dinner menu can be made gluten-free. The menu changes daily to offer appropriate seasonal items. The restaurant says if customers come in and need a particular dish made gluten-free, they can accommodate those needs on just about any menu item.
Le Central offers an online shop featuring its gluten-free breads, quiche and treats. From May-October the gluten-free baked goods are also sold at the Cherry Creek Farmer’s Market.

Lala’s Wine Bar And Pizzeria

410 East 7th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 861-9463

Lala’s is an upscale wine bar and pizzeria with a casual flair. Lala’s offers its own gluten free menu including gourmet sandwiches, pizza, salads and appetizers. Pizzas can either be made with extra virgin olive oil and roasted garlic or tomato sauce.

Melita’s Greek Café & Market

1035 Lincoln Street
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 629-1624

Melita’s offers everything from falafels to gyros to cheeseburgers. All of these items can be made gluten-free. Melita’s also has its own Greek grocery. The store provides gluten-free options for those with Celiac Disease. Melita’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.

Fat Sully’s

3237 East Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 333-4440

Fat Sully’s brings a taste of New York to Colorado with its New York style pizza. Sully’s offers pizzas with a variety of toppings. All of the pizzas are available with gluten-free crust. Sully’s also provides monthly specials on its food.

Deby’s Gluten-Free Bakery and Cafe

2369 S. Trenton Way, Suite M
Denver, CO 80231
(303) 283-4060

Deby’s Gluten Free Bakery and Café offers 400 gluten-free options. Deby’s is also the supplier of several grocery stores and restaurants in Colorado. A variety of items can be ordered from Deby’s. The bakery creates gluten free breads of all kinds, pizza crusts, stuffing mixes, muffins, bars, pies, cookies, pie crusts, and all kinds of entrees’ including pastas and even corn dogs.Everything at the café is 100% gluten free.Deby’s cooks with a variety of flours other than wheat flour. One flour used regularl by Deby’s includes rice, tapioca and potato.

Coors Field Concession Stand

2001 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 292-0200
Coors Field

In July of 2009, Coors Field became home to the first major league baseball gluten-free concession stand. While enjoying a Rockies game, Celiac sufferers can buy a gluten-free hot dog, cheeseburger or chicken sandwich. They also offer potato chips, pretzels, cookies, brownies and beer. All of the condiments at the stand are also gluten-free.
The gluten-free products do cost a little more than their alternatives. Hamburgers are about $9, hotdogs $7 beers $6. The stand can be found at section 147.

Gluten Free Dee

Dee Valdez is a gluten free ambassador in Colorado. To see a list of some of the local gluten free products that she recommends visit her website.