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San Sebastian - gluten free mid-range lunch/dinner (...& pintxos?)

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San Sebastian - gluten free mid-range lunch/dinner (...& pintxos?)

annadc_maam | Mar 6, 2013 12:26 PM

Hello all! I hope I'm not asking questions that have been covered in too much depth in the past. I searched and couldn't find much, so any suggestions would be helpful.

I know it's early, but my boyfriend and I are doing a 6 night, 7 day trip in mid-July to San Sebastian, where our whole focus is on the food. I've already made a reservation for lunch at Akelarre and I'm waiting on confirmation for a dinner Zuberoa reservation. We're also planning on dinners at Bodegon Alejandro and Elkano.

First part of my question: I have celiac disease (i.e., I cannot eat gluten). All of the above restaurants have been recommended as accommodating, though I know tasting menus may or may not be available to me. Because of this, we're mostly doing lunch and dinners at actual restaurants. Does anyone have recs for good places that aren't insanely pricey (30-50E/person avg)? Some ideas I've found are:

- Narru
- Ibai
- Casa Urbano
- Restaurant Astelena
- Bokado
- Ni Neu
- Zelai Txiki

Which of these are worth it? Or other suggestions? We prefer a mix of modern/innovative and simple/traditional food, and obviously places that don't rely heavily on bread/breads/batters and/or are happy to make accommodations (without losing the essence of the meal).

But then the SECOND part of my question is that my very patient and non-celiac boyfriend is still interested in doing at least one pintxos crawl (and I agree it's an essential experience!) But is there anything I can eat in any bar? I know I can probably get jamon or olives-and-anchovies, but I'm concerned that cross contamination would be high and that all the bread pintxos would be pure torture. I've heard whisperings that Bar La Vida offers non-bread based pintxos, but can't get confirmation. Anyone have any experience with GF pintxos (or lack thereof)?

Thank you in advance!

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