818 East Pike Street
Seattle, Washington 98122
A former art gallery, the space is now a 4,000 square-foot cider bar in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. It features 30 ciders on tap, another 100 bottled ciders and gluten free food. They also serve a variety of beers and wines. The atmosphere was less of a pub and more of a cool urban dining and drinking spot.
The dining area does not shout that it is gluten free, but the entire kitchen is 100% GF! Everything on the menu is made in-house. In other words, everything on the menu is safe for anyone who is gluten free and there is no chance of cross-contamination. I had the Pub salad – the salad was enough of a meal to leave me feeling full with a nice bed of lettuce topped with crusty prosciutto and a generous serving of white chicken.
As anyone who is celiac knows, truly GF French fries are hard to come by since most are contaminated when fried in the same oil as say wheat-breaded chicken nuggets. After confirming the fries are truly GF, I had to order a side of them to go with my salad.
After dinner, we went down to the basement for a glass of Cider. The basement is definitely the party area with a long wood bar and an impressive row of taps featuring a huge selection of cider. They call this area the Ballast Bar and Gameroom as it is adorned with two shuffleboard tables, a stage with a piano, a fireplace and plenty of big tables for large groups to gather.