A guide to the best gluten-free options in the Inland Northwest

click to enlarge A carne asada taco, el pastor taco and octopus taco at Cochinito Taqueria. - YOUNG KWAK PHOTO
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A carne asada taco, el pastor taco and octopus taco at Cochinito Taqueria.

Celiac disease, a genetically inherited condition, currently affects about 1 percent of Americans, or 3 million people. Thankfully, the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene is home to many restaurants whose owners and staff truly understand the needs of those living with celiac disease, including the crucially important need to avoid cross-contamination on cooking surfaces and utensils. The continued support of the following restaurants makes it possible for diners with the disease or gluten intolerance to safely enjoy eating out.

SPOKANE

Cochinito Taqueria
Tucked in the center of downtown and adorned with a colorful south-of-the-border vibe, Cochinito offers some of the best tacos in Northwest. Chef Travis Dickinson's handmade corn tortillas, savory twists on traditional recipes and vibrant fresca margaritas make Cochinito a solid choice for gluten-free diners. For dedicated GF fried tortilla chips, call the kitchen ahead of your visit to order as they take longer to fry up. 10 N. Post St.

Favorite: 20-hour carne asada taco.

Twigs Bistro
Whether it's on the sunny patio in North Spokane or with an urban view in River Park Square, Twigs has one of the largest gluten-free menus in the area. From delicious flatbreads to colorful salads and even a gourmet crab mac and cheese, gluten-free diners can find lots to satisfy at Twigs. Wandermere, 401 E. Farwell Rd.; River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave.; Spokane Valley Mall, 14728 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley; South Hill, 4320 S. Regal St.

Favorite: Moroccan beef appetizer

Veraci Pizza
Veraci has perfected its gluten-free take on traditional, handmade Italian pizza crust. The crispy crunch of the wood-fired crust nestled below a wide variety of savory, salty and sweet topping combos makes Veraci a favorite amongst local gluten-free diners. 1333 W. Summit Pkwy.

Favorite: Prosciutto arugula pizza, $21

click to enlarge The Ahi Tower at Wiley's Downtown Bistro - YOUNG KWAK PHOTO
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The Ahi Tower at Wiley's Downtown Bistro

Wiley's Downtown Bistro
Wiley's popped up in Spokane's food scene in 2017 with a new name (it was formerly Herbal Essence Cafe), newly renovated interior and an array of flavorful dishes. With an intimate environment supporting local artists and a menu that is mostly gluten-free, choices are easy here. 115 N. Washington St.

Favorite: Duck confit, $26

NORTH IDAHO

Beverly's at the Coeur d'Alene Resort
With captivating panoramic lake views and exceptional service, Beverly's should always be a stop when visiting the area. Most of what its menu offers can be made gluten free, including warm rolls before dinner by request. Sunset is a great time to visit. Coeur d'Alene Resort, 115 S. Second Ave.

Favorite: 6-ounce certified Angus beef filet mignon

Second Avenue Pizza, Sandpoint
As you step inside Second Avenue Pizza, you're greeted with small-town smiles and immediate assurance for a safe, gluten-free pizza. The owner and employees here understand celiac disease and are incredibly supportive to the local GF crowd. The crust is made locally and is remarkably fluffy, which isn't common with gluten-free dough. Grab a gluten-free beer on tap and check out the history that adorns the walls in this historic joint while waiting for dinner. 215 S. Second Ave., Sandpoint

Favorite: The Carolyn Special

MORE TO TRY

Spokane:

  • Boots Bakery & Lounge, Pumpkin waffles
  • The Shop, Rotating flavors of gluten-free cakes
  • Wild Sage, Honey-dijon chicken
  • Cole's Bakery & Cafe (dedicated GF facility), Lemon ricotta pancakes
  • Ginger Asian Bistro, Alaska roll (minus crab, eel sauce)
  • The Wandering Table, Crispy Washington steelhead
  • Method Juice Cafe, Blue majik bowl (minus oats)
  • Kobe Hibachi Sushi & Bar, GF steak and shrimp hibachi (prepared on separate grill)
  • High Tide Lobster Bar, GF lobster roll
  • The Melting Pot, GF Wisconsin cheddar fondue
  • Lucky You Lounge, Rice and grain bowl
  • Rüt Bar & Kitchen, Truffle mac
  • Saranac Public House, GF flatbreads

North Idaho

  • Dockside (Coeur d'Alene), Idaho trout
  • Thai Bamboo (Coeur d'Alene), Fresh rolls
  • Cosmic Cowboy Grill (Coeur d'Alene), Salmon plate
  • The Wellness Bar (Coeur d'Alene), smoothies
  • Ivano's Restaurant (Sandpoint), GF melanzane parmigiana
  • Spuds Waterfront Grill (Sandpoint), Chicken verde oven-roasted spud

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