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For a Brit, visiting our 'cousins across the pond' would on the face of it seem one of the easier trips to make if looking for gluten free food. However, in a strange place it is often hard to find somewhere but rest assured, someone will have been there before.

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Urban Picnic
San Francisco, California (CA) View On Map
Of the many spots off Union Square in the Financial District of San Francisco, more and more are opening up and more and more are offering menus that cater to those with food allergies or gluten intolerance. I stumbled upon Urban Picnic one day and it has become a favorite lunch spot of mine when it comes to allergy-friendly and gluten-free menu items.

Urban Picnic calls itself a "California Asian Eatery" serving pho, rice bowls, salads and much more. It's the perfect place for to-go, sit-in or group / office bulk orders. While there are fish, tree nuts and peanuts noted on the menu, I personally have not had an issue with the way my dishes have been prepared. Urban Picnic notes cute little icons for gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, vegan, superfood(!) and nut/seeds. So, if you're gluten free, you'd just scan for all the items noted with a "GF" icon. You can expect to find a lot!

Their fresh pressed juices and gluten-free desserts are total hidden gems of the restaurant. While they're noticeable, they're not the star. But trust! You must try whatever juice they have for the day. My recent jaunt had me drinking cantaloupe watermelon juice. And my dessert was a gluten-free banana walnut cookie. Really enhanced that day's lunch!
Recommended By: @PlateItSafe / plateitsafe.com On: 2013-05-29


Banker's Hill Bar and Restaurant
San Diego, California (CA) View On Map
I was very surprised upon walking in by the decor. "Banker's Hill" as a neighborhood sounds stuffy and pretentious to me and for that reason I expected the restaurant to have a similar stodgy feeling. Nothing could be further from the truth. It was around 6:45pm when we arrived and the restaurant was buzzing with activity; we were lucky to get a seat at the community table! We ordered a few dishes to share, beginning with the Chili Marinated Shrimp Skewers and Local Strawberry Salad. The shrimp skewers were well spiced and served alongside corn tortilla chips and guacamole. The strawberry salad was divine; sitting on a corner of the plate was a delicious cylinder of goat cheese which we wasted no time in dipping our forks into. For our entrees we ordered the Snapper. We both agreed that the corn tamale was perfectly prepared and that the braised tomatillo added great flavor to the dish. The service was great, the ambiance was perfect, and, most importantly, the food was delicious. Just as importantly, of course, was the server's knowledge about which dishes were and were not gluten free (or possibly made to be gluten free). I'll definitely be back.
Recommended By: @glutenfreeways / glutenfreeways.com On: 2013-05-25


Whisknladle
San Diego, California (CA) View On Map
I dove right into the menu after ordering my drink, knowing that I'd likely be ordering a full meal since. I asked the waitress to guide me through some of the gluten free options and she said that most everything could be altered to be gluten free, with some dishes requiring more alterations than others. I had looked at the menu during work so I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to order and was glad to hear my hunger wouldn't be stifled by gluten issues.

I began with the Whisknladle Caesar without croutons and it was awesome. It was a pretty plain salad, with long shears of romaine lettuce sprinkled with parmesan cheese. While I know it wasn't the most exciting appetizer on the menu it was executed perfectly; I've had enough experiences to know that while a Caesar salad is a common menu item it isn't always prepared as well as Whisknladle's.

For my entree I went with the scallops prepared "a la plancha." The order was still delicious, with the scallops coming buried beneath a pile of crows pass spinach. I wasn't familiar with that type of spinach but it was very similar to an arugula in its size and texture. The pine nuts added a nice touch to the dish, but the focus was on the five scallops, all of which were grilled to perfection.

I ended the meal with the chocolate mousse. I'll definitely visit Whisknladle again. Our waitress was super helpful, the food was delicious, the ambiance was great, and the location near the La Jolla Cove makes for some nice walking before and after dinner.
Recommended By: @glutenfreeways / glutenfreeways.com On: 2013-05-25


The Mission Restaurant
San Diego, California (CA) View On Map
This morning I visited The Mission, a brunch hot spot in Mission Beach which normally comes with an hour plus wait. After picking up some coffee (and summer fruit passion tea for me) we had . The restaurant has a pretty big gluten free menu and the waitress was helpful with choosing my breakfast dish. Ultimately I went with the Plata Verde con Huevos as it most closely approximated my normal brunch order of huevos rancheros. They were delicious, definitely different than huevos rancheros with the flavor of the sweet corn tamales and roasted tomatillo sauce. I enjoyed the food but was a little thrown off by the ambiance. All in all, I'd visit again, particularly because of its awesome location steps away from the beach. The restaurant also has locations in North Park and the East Village which may bring in a different clientele.
Recommended By: @glutenfreeways / glutenfreeways.com On: 2013-05-25


TOAST Enoteca & Cucina
San Diego, California (CA) View On Map
Recently I was invited to visit Toast Enoteca and Cucina to sample the restaurant's gluten free menu. Regardless of the restaurant's neighborhood the restaurant itself was friendly and welcoming. I was a bit late so I joined my friend at our table and noticed she had an iPad. I joked that she brought her own in case she got bored when it was the restaurant's method of displaying its wine menu. I asked the waitress about the rationale behind the iPad and she explained that the restaurant introduces new bottles of wine so frequently it made more sense to have them displayed on an iPad rather than having to often reprint paper menus.

Moving on to the real reason you're here: the gluten free options. The waitress was helpful in explaining the gluten free options and the menu in some cases speaks for itself, with markings alongside options that can be made gluten free (and/or vegetarian). I ordered gluten free spaghetti with diavola sauce, my friend ordered a gluten free Verde Bianco e Rosso pizza and we decided to split an order of roasted cauliflower with cheese in a tomato sauce. All of the restaurant's gluten free options like the pizza crust and spaghetti are made in house; later on in our meal the manager came over and told us that the restaurant often changes up its gluten free pasta offering, including ravioli, fettuccine, and ravioli.

While we sipped our wine and caught up the cauliflower was delivered to our table. It was dripping in a thin tomato broth and delicately covered with melted cheese. In a word: delicious. It wasn't too heavy nor too light as the beginning of our meal. Our entrees were similarly excellent. The diavola sauce had a great kick to it and the pasta had a texture that closely paralleled the taste of real pasta, not a simple task. The pizza was similarly great and definitely a great item to share. All in all, Toast was a definite success: the service was great, the food was delicious, and the wine flows freely from the various wine taps. While it may not be in the most bumpin' area of town I would definitely recommend it to anybody looking for gluten free Italian options.
Recommended By: @glutenfreeways / glutenfreeways.com On: 2013-05-25


URBN
San Diego, California (CA) View On Map
This restaurant was on my list of places to visit since moving here, but I hadn't noticed that it offered gluten free pizza. When I ran into a friend she suggested URBN because of these gluten free offerings that were previously unknown to me. As we caught up and reviewed the menu I put the ball in her court as for ordering. She kindly requested my opinion on the final decisions before we ordered two small gluten free pizzas: the Mashed Potato (to which we added bacon and basil) and the Chicken + Spinach.

The Mashed Potato pizza is what you would imagine: pizza crust topped with mashed potatoes. Without the added flavor of the bacon and basil I'm not sure the mashed potato would have had enough flavor. I'd definitely recommend adding your flavor of choice, otherwise I imagine this pizza would be a little bland. The Chicken + Spinach pizza was great, with large chunks of chicken. The prices were reasonably, especially given that we both had about 6 slices to take home. I'll definitely go back to URBN and sample more of the pizzas. The atmosphere is great, the restaurant is cavernous, the drinks were delicious, and the service was helpful.
Recommended By: @glutenfreeways / glutenfreeways.com On: 2013-05-25


The Baked Bear
San Diego, California (CA) View On Map
I heard rumors of an amazing new ice cream sandwich shop in PB and was shocked to hear that the shop was offering homemade gluten free cookie sandwiches. I'm not a tough sell: make me something sweet and you've found the key to my heart. When I learned about The Baked Bear I knew I had to visit as soon as possible. This past weekend I made it over to The Baked Bear and indulged in their gluten free ice cream 'wich. The shop is big and welcoming, with indoor seating and a location practically on the beach. They have lots of ice cream flavors which you can use to construct your ice cream sandwich. The gluten free option is a chocolate chip cookie which you can then fill with your ice cream of choice. For those of you bringing gluten eating friends they have a wide variety of gluten filled cookies from which you can choose; you can even mix and match two different types of cookies when building your perfect 'wich.

I went for the mint chocolate chip even though the rocky road did look quite appealing. The cookie sandwich came out to $2.95 which, considering the often exorbitant prices of gluten free desserts, is definitely a bargain. Of course it wouldn't matter if the cookie sandwich tasted horrible but, fortunately, that is not the case at The Baked Bear. Instead, this cookie sandwich was unbelievably good. The cookies tasted fresh baked and practically melted into the ice cream as I greedily ate chowed down on the 'wich. I'll definitely be going back to the The Baked Bear, especially as summer begins in San Diego.
Recommended By: @glutenfreeways / glutenfreeways.com On: 2013-05-25


Friedman's Lunch
Chelsea Market, New York City (NYC) View On Map
We arranged to meet our friends and their small baby at Friedman's Lunch since they offer lots of lighter gluten free options such as sandwiches and salads and are conveniently located to the High Line which we walked afterwards (highly recommended). Despite the name, Friedman's Lunch offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. Chelsea Market reminds me of a slightly sanitised version on Brixton Village; small, independent restaurants offering good value food in a converted former warehouse. Next door to Friedman's is a health food store with many naturally gluten free options (fruit, veg, cheese etc) but strangely we didn't find any specifically gluten free items there.

Friedman's operate a no reservations policy and we had to wait around 40 minutes for a table, although not entirely the restaurant's fault. A table had become available before our friends arrived and their policy is to only seat complete parties so we had to wait around 20 minutes for the second table. Since I was in New York I chose the grilled pastrami Reuben sandwich. This sandwich came served with sauerkraut, Gruyere cheese and Russian dressing, and a very generous portion of pastrami, all on toasted gluten free bread. I was impressed that almost all items on the menu could be gluten free. The waiter explained they also have a separate fryer so if I wanted to have the herbed fries, these would be safely gluten free. Who am I to refuse chips on a cold day?!

Unsurprisingly I loved the tangy Russian dressing. Since N and I met when we sat next to each other at work in Moscow, it seemed quite an appropriate choice. We enjoyed many great meals while we were in New York but I think the food here might've been my favourite. I liked the relaxed atmosphere, friendly service and the excellent quality and range of gluten free food on offer.
Recommended By: @GlutenFreeMrsD / glutenfreemrsd.com On: 2013-05-04


Luigi's Ristorante
DuBois, Pennsylvania (PA) View On Map
Last night I had the best gluten free pasta I have ever had. It was so good that after a few bites I was convinced it was not gluten free and made the waitress confirm it for me. She assured me it was and informed me that they make it themselves in house. I was impressed. I'm in DuBois, PA, where, according to the internet, there is basically nothing gluten free to eat. I stumbled upon Luigi's by accident. I had planned to go to a Mexican restaurant next door because Mexican is usually pretty GF friendly, but it was closed. It was getting late so I walked into Luigi's (an Italian restaurant) expecting to just order a salad when I saw a sign at the hostess stand that said "Ask about our gluten free menu." The gluten free menu has gluten free pasta, pizza, sandwiches, salads, and meat options. I got gluten free penne with Tia's Tomato Alfredo sauce. Have I mentioned how good it was? Honestly, the best GF pasta I have ever had. I wish I could go back and try the pizza.

Luigi's has two locations, one in DuBois, PA and one in Clymer, PA. From looking at the website, I don't think the Clymer location has a GF menu. DuBois is located along Interstate 80 which runs across the entire state of PA connecting New York and New Jersey with Ohio. It's a long highway with few food options along the way. This is such a great find that I plan to post about them on every gluten free travel site I can find. A big thank you to Luigi's for letting me eat such a good meal in DuBois, PA.
Recommended By: @_anyak_ / anothergfblog.blogspot.com On: 2013-04-20


Columbia Restaurant
Sarasota, Florida (FL) View On Map
We drove to St. Armands Circle, for lunch at the Columbia Restaurant, having researched it had a gluten-free menu. The original Columbia located in historic Ebor City (home of the cigar makers/Tampa) was founded (1905) by a Cuban immigrant and has been acknowledged with many restaurant awards for its Spanish cuisine. The St. Armands venue has a charming mediterranean-style interior dining area as well as an outdoor area and both were packed with assumingly holiday travelers visiting the circle's upscale boutiques and specialty gift shops. Our server, a sweet and very accommodating Hungarian woman, pointed out several items which were considered gluten-free. (Tip: Just ask for the "printed" gluten-free list, it is easier to order from). Gluten-free items included soups, salads, and a few meat, poultry & fish dishes (they have gluten-free paella!).

I began with a glass of refreshing homemade Sangria, followed by an entree of Mahi Mahi "Cayo Hueso" marinated in citrus juices and served with mojo marinated onions, accompanied by yellow rice with red peppers and plantains. Delicious and reasonable.
Recommended By: @CeliacCorner / celiaccorner.com On: 2013-04-20


Island GF Bakery
Sarasota, Florida (FL) View On Map
Tucked in a non-descript retail strip, the Island's owners Karen, Vickie and Kim were among the first bakers to use whole grains and no white rice flours in their gluten-free baking. The bakery sells their signature "Stellar" brand of gfree mixes, named for both its quality, and also in honor of Stella Peters, a newly diagnosed celiac who (back in 2006) asked the bakers to make something gluten-free for her, which eventually led to the bakery becoming a 100% dedicated gluten-free facility. There are a few tables to sit and enjoy whichever gluten-free delight you've selected from The Island's variety of muffins, scones, cookies, cakes, pies and delicious homemade breads, buns, rolls, French loafs, pizza crust and granola. Dairy-free, casein-free and vegan options available as well as daily sandwiches/subs and quiche specials. The Island's two freezers are stocked with take-away gluten-free pizza, lasagna, chick pot pie, cinnamon roll, pie crusts, bread crumbs/croutons and waffles, convenient if you are staying in accommodations with a kitchen. I couldn't pass up the slice of Key Lime Pie that was calling out to me which was hands down the best Key Lime Pie I've tasted, gluten-free or otherwise. I grabbed a loaf of Cranberry Orange Raisin bread ($8.99) on my way out, which was fresh and delicious!
Recommended By: @CeliacCorner / celiaccorner.com On: 2013-04-20


Good To Go
Katy, Texas (TX) View On Map
I have been waiting for a gluten free restaurant in Houston. Not just a bakery, or a gluten free menu, but a restaurant. 100% gluten free. Today, Missy suggested we eat at Good To Go, mentioning that it was gluten free, and I figured they had a gluten free menu. After looking at the menu I was psyched! The entire menu is gluten free! I called to ask how late we could order, and chatted with the lady for a bit. She said the entire kitchen is dedicated gluten free. Woo! Previously, I had to wait until my travels took me to San Antonio to get great gluten free grub at Little Aussie (and about 10 loaves of bread). Now, I can get my gluten free jollies any time I want, worry-free!

So, what did I order? A chicken pot pie. It was DELICIOUS. My only critique is that I wish it had more delicious crust. I also got a loaf of bread, which is hearty. This is no loaf of white bread, my friends. Spongy, not hard, with a wholesome taste. Yum. It did not knock my current favourite off the shelf, but it's still very good. Oh, I also got two cupcakes from the display case. Honestly, they were nothing special. Did it bum me out? Not at all. I was super full from the delicious food. I'm super happy that this place exists, and that it caught Missy's eye. I will be going there again.

P.S. It's currently pick up or delivery only, but the lady on the phone mentioned that they're getting tables soon.
Recommended By: jacobithe-glutenfree.blogspot.com On: 2013-04-20


Pane e Vino
Providence, Rhode Island (RI) View On Map
Their gluten-free menu spans two pages and has a variety of inspired and interesting dishes, including pasta, salads, meats and even a couple desserts. Their gluten-free menu has the same number of options as their regular menu, which is sure to please those who feel left out by their dining choices. The bottom of the menu clearly notes that while they do not have a dedicated gluten-free facility, the chef will prepare the food on clean contact surfaces and they will make all efforts to ensure your meal is safe.
Recommended By: celiacandallergyadventures.wordpress.com On: 2013-04-04


EVO
Worcester, Massachusetts (MA) View On Map
EVO, handles their gluten-free menu in a different, but equally valid way. It's all one menu, with many items from each section marked with GF to indicate that it can be prepared gluten-free. While they also don't write about their preparation methods, one Yelper notes that, "Evo IS Mecca for those with food allergies: vegetarians, vegans, lactose intolerants, celiacs, peanut allergies." Another reviewer acknowledges that "there are few places you can go that can cater explicitly to folks with Celiac Disease or are gluten intolerant. [EVO] very much excel[s] here."
Recommended By: celiacandallergyadventures.wordpress.com On: 2013-04-04


The Sole Proprietor
Worcester, Massachusetts (MA) View On Map
A favorite Worcester, Massachusetts seafood restaurant, The Sole Proprietor, also gets it right with their fantastic gluten-free menu. They have it all, from gluten-free beer to a dessert menu with not just one dessert, but six for those gluten-free diners fed up with flourless chocolate cakes (if that's your cup of tea, they have that too!). Their gluten-free menu is nearly identical to their regular menu as almost all their selections can be made gluten-free.
Recommended By: celiacandallergyadventures.wordpress.com On: 2013-04-04


Project Pie
San Diego, California (CA) View On Map
Project Pie recently opened a location near my place in Hillcrest. I tweeted the restaurant about its gluten free options and was told that they do have gluten free crust but that it is not prepared in a separate gluten free facility. The employees at my local Project Pie were unbelievably friendly. I went to the restaurant with friends and when we walked in we were warmly greeted by the employees and guided through the ordering process. The fast-casual restaurant has tons of options from which to choose; you can select one of Project Pie's designs or create your own. The best part about Project Pie definitely has to be that the restaurant's pizzas are all flat fee regardless of how many toppings you add. So many other pizza places will charge you an extra dollar or two if you try to go wild with toppings but you won't find that at Project Pie.

I placed an order for a #7: mozzarella, parmesan, garlic, fresh chopped basil, and sliced tomatoes. I wasn't paying too much attention to them as they made the pizzas I busied myself with an iPad mini set up in the shop for your foursquare and twitter needs (smart marketing!). When I went back to the counter to pick up my order an employee told me that the gluten free pizza had fallen apart so they were making me a new one. I didn't mind waiting the extra two or three minutes and was surprised when they gave me the perfectly cooked pizza along with the malformed pizza to take home. It's that kind of customer service that sets Project Pie apart.

I think the crust at Project Pie was a bit spongier than at Local Habit and the pizza didn't have the same strong flavors of Local Habit. That being said, for $7.50 you can't go wrong with this pizza especially as it is eminently customizable. As a fast casual restaurant, Project Pie definitely meets the key requirements: fast service, good quality, and inexpensive pricing.
Recommended By: @glutenfreeways / glutenfreeways.com On: 2013-03-16


Meelo's Restaurant
Durham, North Carolina (NC) View On Map
We recently enjoyed a great dinner at a quaint neighborhood spot: Meelos Restaurant. This friendly restaurant is located in the newly renovated Croasdaile Commons. Meelo describes itself as "Italian cuisine with Spanish influences". They offer a lunch, dinner and tapas menu. I was very impressed with the service, atmosphere and the staffs ability to accommodate gluten free requests. While the restaurant does not have a specific gf menu it does offer gf pasta, and many of the items on the menu are naturally gf or can be prepared to be gluten free. I was surprised when the waiter even brought me gluten free crackers with my salad! I enjoyed salad, salmon, mashed potatoes and vegetables. The quality of the food, the attention to details and the kind staff made for an enjoyable evening. Reservation are suggested; we visited on a Saturday night and they were very busy. I look forward to returning and trying some items from the tapas menu.
Recommended By: glutenfreedurham.blogspot.com On: 2013-03-16


Chuck E Cheese
, Chain View On Map
Last weekend we celebrated my son's 4th birthday party at Chuck E Cheese, a location previously off limits because there were no meal options for a kid who can't eat gluten. Not anymore. Chuck E Cheese now offers a gluten free cheese personal cheese pizza and a gluten free chocolate cupcake at its locations. I did a bit of research and learned that the pizzas are delivered and cooked in their own sealed bags, reducing the possibility of cross-contamination. The pizzas are brought to the table sealed, and are cut with their own pizza cutter, which has gluten free written on the side. It was so nice not to have to bring our own meal for him at his own birthday party.

While the kids were eating, a manager came over and greeted us, making sure that everything was going as planned. Our host cut and served the cake, and then we sent the kids off to play again before the party was over. We couldn't be happier with how everything worked out. The party ran smoothly and all the kids had fun. There was enough variety in the activities that each child had something to entertain them. I felt that we got good value for our money, and I would definitely consider going back and holding another event there in the future.
Recommended By: @CeliacBaby / coulditbeceliac.blogspot.com On: 2013-03-14


Story Tavern
Burbank, California (CA) View On Map
Story Tavern is owned by a family with a celiac. Huzzah! I mean, not for her, because having celiac is pretty awful. But huzzah for those of us who want to hunker down with a plate of corned beef without fear of glutening. I sat down with Diane (the resident celiac) and her parents who co-own Story Tavern, and we had a big talk about what people get and what people do not get about gluten-free dining.

Diane makes sure everything on the menu that can be made gluten-free, is done so in the safest manner. Answering my question of what do normal restaurants do with all that leftover gluten-free bread, Diane said the solution is to protein wrap sandwiches. While I do get stoked about a gluten-free bun, if I have the feeling that I'm the only person who has ordered one all month, I get suddenly unexcited about that stale gf bun. Having been diagnosed at age 10, Diane had actually never had a normal beer. Which may seem weird for a tavern owner, but since she has a fondess for cider - which most likely got her through college - the menu is extensive. Both cider and wine are on tap, which is not something you'll find everywhere around town. There is also an impressive beer menu if you travel with normals, which Diane's brother curated. After all, the family that drinks together . . . Yes, clearly this is a family affair. It just happens to be a family that knows a ton about gluten. Which is good for us. No, great for us.
Recommended By: @peveteaux / glutenismybitch.wordpress.com On: 2013-03-14


BJ's Brewhouse
, Chain View On Map
I wandered into BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse, where they've been tuned into the gluten-free thing for as long as I've been on the gf wagon train. This is the first time I've actually spent some time hanging out there, and ordering a variety of gluten-free options. I was pretending I was a real food critic, and thusly, ordered more than one lady hanging out at the mall on a Saturday afternoon would actually consume. It was awesome!

I had the best cider I've ever had - a berry burst cider. It was incredibly refreshing after a mall walk. I'm so totally for that. There were a number of lunchtime options including gluten-free pizza. I had a chicken, cheese, and broccoli baked potato and this really insane gluten-free chocolate chip pizookie. I don't even know what a pizookie is, but what it tastes like is a chocolate chip cookie baked in butter in a pan, topped with ice cream. Yeah, that's a reason to abandon your giant stuffed potato. Pizookie!!!
Recommended By: @peveteaux / glutenismybitch.wordpress.com On: 2013-03-14


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