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Blue Moon Burgers: My favorite place for gluten-free in Seattle

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I used to eat at restaurants of all kinds, fairly frequently, without much consideration of food quality or agreeability. If I was splurging on a restaurant meal, I'd let loose nutritionally—that was my reasoning. Once I was diagnosed with celiac disease and had to eliminate gluten from my diet, I started eating out less often, and then almost stopped completely when I realized that going out without getting sick was too much of a hassle to be enjoyable.

Now, there are only a few restaurants I trust and love. Blue Moon Burgers tops the list.

When they opened a Capitol Hill location, and I caught word of their gluten-free buns, I headed over. I quickly learned that Blue Moon is dedicated to providing options for gluten-free customers that extend far beyond the bunless burger. For everyone, gluten-free or not, Blue Moon offers high-quality ingredients. When I began frequenting Blue Moon, my regular requests were that my burger have a gluten-free bun and that my fries be prepared in the gluten-free fryer. The person behind the counter also let me know that my Blue Moon sauce (which I consider heavenly nectar) would arrive on the side to avoid cross-contamination. I've come to know that the staff members understand what it means to truly offer gluten-free options, which makes me comfortable to return again and again.

In October, Blue Moon hosted a Social Media meetup at the Fremont location and brought out samples of each of their gluten-free menu items. The occasion was prompted by the company's adoption of Maninis Gluten Free for their gluten-free buns and flour. With a bunch of other gluten-free bloggers, I sampled bites of garlic Parmesan fries, regular fries, sweet potato fries, hamburger, cheeseburger, Hawaiian burger, mushroom burger, tater tots, grilled cheese sandwich, and Omission beer. Also on hand were BLT and onion rings—a big hit, but I was full and had to pass. All of these items are available at all Blue Moon locations now.

I've been back to Blue Moon since the meetup, naturally. The above photo was an order I brought home in early November: a burger with Beecher's Flagship cheddar, Blue Moon sauce, lettuce, onion, pickles, and tomato, on a Maninis bun; cole slaw; and sweet potato fries, which I think are the best around, perfectly crispy on the outside. This burger, like every burger I've had at Blue Moon, was fantastic.

My last visit was a few days ago, on my birthday. They offer free a free meal on your birthday—really, free!—as long as you wear a funny hamburger hat during your visit. I had no problem with that. Unfortunately, because I didn't have my camera with me, I have no photos, but the woman who was working took one, and I hope I'll see it someday. I had a burger and sweet potato fries. As I handed over the hat and left, just like every other time I've left, I started anticipating the day I'll get to return.

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  • tanya ci Friday, 30 November 2012

    I found Blue Mon 3 yrs ago when I was diagnosed, and making a trip to Seattle. We love it because the food is just so great and, as you said, I can eat without worry.
    I wore the hamburger hat last month :)

  • Sarah Saturday, 01 December 2012

    Happy birthday! Mine is a day after yours (November 30th) and you inspired me to go to a local place with gf buns - Bare Burger in NYC.

    Supposedly people born in warmer months have a higher risk of celiac than those of us born in the colder months, but we sure bucked that trend!

  • nina Friday, 29 November 2013

    Noted these posts are a year old (exactly) is this site still active? any suggestions for a good doc in Seattle? my GP is clueless, she is learning about celiac from ME. I have signed up for notifications...I am new to this gluten free stuff (interesting to note that i was MUCH better off the 8 months i spent in India).
    It was a gastroenterologist there who suggested eliminating wheat and dairy for a trial period. My iron levels are finally up. Diet and an excellent supplement called Proferrin, pricey but worth it....
    Oh and Happy Birthday!!

  • Elissa Friday, 29 November 2013

    Hi Nina! Yes, this site is still active, I'm still 100% gluten-free, and I'm happy to offer suggestions. I can highly recommend the University Health Clinic in Seattle. I have been seeing them for a year or two now and they take my celiac disease very seriously. They are also very attuned to other issues of diet and food intolerances. Any of the physicians there will be able to help you--it doesn't matter who you visit. Good luck! Feel free to email me at elissa@washuta.net with any questions you don't want to post publicly.

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