Go gluten-free in the Twin Cities

  • On April 28, 2015

Originally Published: August 28th, 2013

Emily Weiss of City Pages


A bag of green beans, a tube of pureed garlic, and a canister of sea salt: They’re all items that regularly appear on my grocery list but lately have a different look. Food that is always, was always, and forever will be gluten-free is now being specifically identified that way. Apparently slapping a GF sticker on garbanzo beans makes them more marketable. Like it or not, gluten-free has gone mainstream, and for those who have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, it’s great news. However, if you are in that camp (or just a fair-weather devotee of the diet), you’ve no doubt experienced the frustration of being limited to steak houses and salad bars when eating out, or worse yet, being told to “just get the burger without the bun.” Gluten-free options have certainly increased and improved to accommodate the rise in requests, but there are a few local spots that stand above the rest. From afternoon eats to after-dinner treats, here’s our guide to gluten-free Twin Cities….
For a dress-up, drinks-first dinner experience, I’d suggest the recently opened Marin at the Chambers Hotel. Since their inspiration is the cuisine of NoCal and many of the entrees come in at under 600 calories, lentils, quinoa, and brown rice often stand in for dumplings, pasta, and croquettes. The results are restrained, beautifully presented dishes that make sure proteins play well with their vegetable pairings, such as lean and grassy bison strip with slightly sweet heirloom beans, or fatty seared tuna with the sharp and fermented flavors of kimchee. Start with delicate soba noodle spring rolls and plump shrimp ceviche before perusing the selection of entrees — all of which, save for one ravioli dish, are gluten-free…