Dining Deliciously Gluten-Free in Portland, Maine

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Portland is a city that is surprisingly rich in gluten-free dining

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Make Portland another culinary adventure to add to the map.

The beautiful coastal town of Portland, Maine has that majestic New England charm that draws tourists there in droves in the summer months. I visited recently for the first time to celebrate my best friend’s bachelorette party. The weekend plan was straightforward: have a few nice meals, enjoy a harbor boat ride and picnic, and dance the night away.

While the agenda sounded simple enough, we had to take into account that one partygoer and I are both gluten-free. While I happen to be gluten intolerant and our guest has Celiac disease, we had to make sure there were enough dining options for us to feel comfortable — and full — all weekend long.

Given I hadn’t had the pleasure of visiting Portland before, I was astounded by the number of gluten-free options in the city. Most of the restaurants we researched offered designated gluten-free menus, while others offered gluten-free bread, baked goods and desserts. 

Below is my gluten-free guide for visiting Portland:

Portland Regency Hotel

Situated in the middle of town, the historic Portland Regency Hotel carries gluten-free bread. I had the pleasure of enjoying toast in the morning with my eggs and bacon on one day, and sampled a gluten-free turkey club sandwich outside in the hotel’s front courtyard on the other.

The Portland Lobster Company

If you’re looking for a casual atmosphere with great cuisine, minus the fuss, check out the Portland Lobster Company. On most nights, there’s a live band playing while you dine on your delicious lobster. Ordering is the best part about the spot; diners can place their order at the counter and will be summoned by lobster buzzers to notify them of when their meal is ready.

Bam Bam Bakery

Have a sweet tooth? Then Bam Bam Bakery is a must-stop. Everything here is homemade and gluten- and dairy-free. The owners and bakers will amend additional ingredients so that customers are healthy and happy. Try all goodies, including cupcakes, cakes, muffins, cookies, and bread.

Flatbread

This local pizza joins has a variety of options to choose from to cater to those who are gluten-free, as well as vegan and vegetarians. Depending on severity of your allergy, they can make it in separate oven; they also offer gluten-free cider and wine.

The Bar of Chocolate

There is no better date spot than the Bar of Chocolate. Try one (or two) espresso martinis with a side of flourless chocolate cake. Just prepare to wait a while for a table, since this place is quite the popular late-night destination for couples and big groups. 

Kristen Oliveri is a special contributor to The Daily Meal. 

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