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How to beat the wheat

Durango businesses cater to gluten-intolerant customers
Tiffany Stombaugh, health coach at Natural Grocers in Durango, arranges a shelf of gluten-free cereal. While gluten-free products are interspersed throughout the store, the cereal and cookie aisle is full of them.
Tad Brown, owner of Fired Up Pizzeria, and Joshua Teigen put toppings such as mushrooms and basil on waiting pizzas.
Fired Up Pizzeria’s freshly made gluten-free pizza also can be made dairy-free.
Gluten-free pizza cooks for just a few minutes at 900 F in the wood-burning oven at Fired Up Pizzeria.
Gluten-free cereals are among the products for sale at Natural Grocers in Durango.
A no-gluten guide to Durango

Traveling without being able to eat anything made from wheat, barley or rye – i.e., gluten – is more than a challenge, it’s a nightmare.
Durango, however, offers more choices than most destinations for the gluten-intolerant. From fine dining to pizzerias, coffee shops to gourmet stores, Durango is stocked with places that allow you to eat well, cook well and snack well.
Herewith, an incomplete list of merchants who go out of their way to make living and visiting Durango a tasty time for even the gluten-challenged. (Addresses are Durango proper unless noted, and phone numbers carry the 970 area code.)
Bakeries
Chimney Rock Farms, 500 C.R. 175, Bayfield, 731-1700, or at the Durango Farmers Market. Offers cheddar-jalapeño, multi-grain and pumpernickel breads, as well as brownies, snickerdoodles and ginger cookies.
Serious Delights, 300 South Camino del Rio (inside Nature’s Oasis), 403-1517. Carries a tasty but weighty gluten-free coconut-lemon muffin, a coconut macaroon and an intense flourless chocolate cake.
Wildflour Bakery at Durango Coffee Co., 730 Main Ave., 259-2059. Provides blueberry and chocolate-chip muffins and oatmeal-raisin cookies.
Yellow Carrot, 3100 Main Ave., 259-3773. Probably the most comprehensive gluten-free bakery in town, proffering cupcakes, macaroons and cookies to go. (The macaroons are to die for.)
Health food stores
All three carry a complete line of gluten-free products, including pasta, chips, bread and frozen foods, but Nature’s Oasis and Durango Natural Foods Co-op also have delis that produce gluten-free sandwiches and salads. Staff members happily serve as Durango’s unofficial concierges for the gluten-intolerant.
Natural Grocers, 1123 Camino del Rio, 247-4100
Nature’s Oasis, 300 South Camino del Rio, 247-1988
Durango Natural Foods Co-op, 575 E. 8th Ave., 247-8129
Restaurants, fine dining
Cosmo Bar & Dining, 919 Main Ave., 259-2898. Will prepare many entrees without gluten if you ask. Offers gluten-free triple chocolate cookies or hot beignets for dessert (both wonderful).
Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave., 385-6884. Features varied Mediterranean dishes and meal-sized salads with notes on the menu indicating gluten-free items. They also will customize a dish to exclude gluten, if they can.
Guido’s Favorite Foods, 1201 Main Ave., 259-5028. At last – pasta without wheat. Any noodle dishes can be prepared using rice noodles, and many seafood dishes are naturally gluten-free. (The steamed mussels in white wine are scrumptious.)
Ore House, 147 E. College Drive, 247-5707. Known for its straight-up steak-house food, the simplicity of its preparations means gluten isn’t used in many dishes and sauces.
Seasons Rotisserie & Grill, 764 Main Ave., 382-9790, presents continental fare in a swanky atmosphere. Waiters are equipped with lists of the menu’s gluten-free dishes, and the kitchen often can tweak an item to make it gluten-free.
Mexican
Linda’s Local Food Café, 309 W. College Ave., 259-6729. Provides an almost completely gluten-free menu, as well as wheat-free desserts.
Nini’s Taqueria, 552 Main Ave., 259-4221. Makes delicious tacos and salads with blue-corn tortillas.
Zia Taqueria, 3101 Main Ave., 247-3355. Pays special attention to special diet requests and will help you build your own gluten-free meal at the taco bar.
Asian
East by Southwest, 160 E. College Drive, 247-5533. Offers a large menu with many gluten-free dishes and marks items that can be prepared gluten-free for a small charge. (The sushi and tiradito dishes are amazingly fresh and served with gluten-free sauces.)
Sizzling Siam, 519½ Main Ave., 385-9470. Specializes in Thai food, serving many noodle-based dishes and soups that can be made gluten-free by substituting rice noodles for wheat. (Gluten-free entrees are listed on a sheet taped to the counter.)
Sushitarian, 601 E. 2nd Ave., 382-0001. Provides a full gluten-free menu and offers many naturally gluten-free sushi and seafood dishes.
Pizzerias
Fired-Up, 1050 Main Ave., 247-0264. Offers a pre-made gluten-free crust to personalize with many fresh and locally sourced toppings.
Iron Horse, 700 South Camino del Rio, Unit B, 259-9089. Prepares its own wheat-free crust on site and offers gluten-free sandwiches, too.
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How to beat the wheat

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Tiffany Stombaugh, health coach at Natural Grocers in Durango, arranges a shelf of gluten-free cereal. While gluten-free products are interspersed throughout the store, the cereal and cookie aisle is full of them.
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Tad Brown, owner of Fired Up Pizzeria, and Joshua Teigen put toppings such as mushrooms and basil on waiting pizzas.
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Fired Up Pizzeria’s freshly made gluten-free pizza also can be made dairy-free.
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Gluten-free pizza cooks for just a few minutes at 900 F in the wood-burning oven at Fired Up Pizzeria.
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Gluten-free cereals are among the products for sale at Natural Grocers in Durango.
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