Finding “safe” places to eat out when you have SIBO can be quite a challenge. I have created a list of places that either have SIBO-safe items, are adaptable, or have options that won’t send you into a tail spin.
It is always a good idea to check out the menu before visiting a restaurant. It will help you feel less overwhelmed and increase the likelihood that there will be options you feel comfortable eating. For my clients, I help guide them by identifying specific menu items at different restaurants that are least likely to aggravate their symptoms. Check out my services page for more information.
Here’s my recommended restaurants list:
Dick’s Kitchen (sit-down restaurant; outdoor dining available; great atmosphere; nice touch on American cuisine) – 2 locations: NW 21st Ave & SE Belmont St
Cultured Caveman (food cart & sit-down restaurant; offers larger plates and tasty, small items so that you can try many things) – 2 food cart locations: NE Alberta & SE Hawthorne. 1 sit-down location: N Denver
Broth Bar (SE Portland grab-and-go style restaurant that appeals to the paleo/GAPS crowd with its focus on nutrient-dense bone broth)
Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free (Vegan options, too!):
Prasad (organic, gluten-free, & vegan; great for breakfast or lunch; beverages, juices, smoothies, and flavorful dishes with plenty of veggies) – Pearl
Kiva (tea bar with many varieties; salads and light fare; outdoor seating)- NW Alphabet District
Freshii (best for to-go orders; you can choose a menu item and easily customize it to meet your dietary restrictions because the ingredients are listed on the menu; I like to order the Mediterranean bowl without feta cheese or onions)- 2 Downtown locations
Garden Bar Salad Co. (make-your-own-salad is the perfect way to keep your food SIBO-friendly while eating out. Choose the oil & vinegar option for your dressing.) – Downtown & SE Division locations
The Slide Inn (German American restaurant that is understanding of dietary restrictions, able to make many items dairy and gluten-free as well as vegan)
Departure (looking for a great place for a date night out on the town? this downtown Portland Asian-fusion restaurant is a splurge, but comes with a dedicated gluten-free menu and breathtaking views)
New Cascadia Gluten Free Bakery (a completely gluten-free bakery with a lunch menu; some items can be made dairy free; I typically order the Mediterranean Flatbread without onion or feta- hold the chips)- Inner SE
Petunia’s Pies & Pastries (best gluten-free, vegan sweets around; watch out- you might become addicted like I did- unfortunately, sugars feed my SIBO)- Downtown, also sold at grocery stores and cafes around town