Gluten, Grain or Dairy Free?   Pour Me Cafe in Danbury Has You Covered 

Erika McQuade
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Pour Me Coffee & Wine Cafe is a fast fine eatery in Danbury that has options for those with specific sensitivities or diets, and accommodates for your needs.  They don’t necessarily specialize in food allergies.  This article is based on the perspective of someone with food sensitivities. 

You know how it goes.  When you have a food allergy or sensitivity, or if you eat vegan or paleo, and you want to go out to eat anywhere, it can at times be quite the task to find a place to accommodate for what you need and want.   Enter Pour Me in Danbury. I heard about them from a friend who also has food sensitivities and she called it a ‘healthy comfort food type place.’  So as someone who can’t have gluten or dairy, I was naturally intrigued.   It was so nice not to have to call ahead to see if they had options other than a salad! 

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Andrea Gartner, the owner of Pour Me, opened the fine fast food cafe in downtown Danbury on a mission to revitalize downtown, and to provide food that gives people the fuel they need to “go out and do good in the world.”

Starting from when you walk into the modern café on Main Street, the service you receive is super friendly.  The vibe is very chill and casual, which makes it a good place for the whole family or to meet up with friends.  They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, and you can eat in, grab and go, order take-out or schedule a delivery through Uber Eats.  The customer-centered atmosphere even continues on the walls that pay homage to Danbury’s history and the many cultures that live there.

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They have daily specials and many different options to choose from such as soups, sandwiches, wines, coffees, specialty drinks, all day toasts, all day burritos, salads, flatbread pizza (which can be GF) and even dedicated vegan and kid meals. I’m quickly able to pick out some potential options that are GF and DF.  And our waitress didn’t have to go back and forth to the kitchen 5 times asking the chef whether they could do this or that.  Score! 

I ended up trying one of their signature vegan & gluten free smoothies called the “brainiac reboot”.  Who wouldn’t want something named that?  With banana, blueberries, walnuts, hemp seeds, spinach, cinnamon and almond milk, it was a good mix of flavors and very filling.  Their non-dairy milks are apparently organic too. 

For those who want something “brunchy”, they will customize their all day egg burritos and either nix the burrito or give you gluten-free bread that is made locally in Newtown. 

If you want to stay in the safety zone of the salad, there are many to choose from.  The south of the border salad has a green lentil, sun dried tomato and spiced walnut crumble with rice on a bed of romaine and house made lemon & maple syrup dressing.  Dark leafy greens are my jam, so I was glad to see that they use them when I peaked at a nearby eater who was munching on a different salad. 

Or the all-day toasts may be a choice for some, particularly the smoked salmon with a yogurt spread, capers and dill.

When it comes to choosing a drink, you can choose from coffee, wine, espresso, latte, tea, kombucha, cashew chai and even turmeric milk.  The coffee is sourced from local roaster, Sacred Grounds, and the kombucha is from Cross Culture in Danbury.  They even have organic wine coming soon.   

And if you’re looking for a deal, each Wednesday from 3-7pm you can get two glasses of wine (or draft kombucha or beer) and a pizza for $15. Either way, for those of us with food sensitivities searching for an accommodating experience, you may want to check out Pour Me

Pour Me  274 Main Street Danbury, CT  06810 (203) 743-6246