|If you happen to find yourself in the oceanfront town of Narragansett, Rhode Island (40 min. from Providence, 25-30 min. from Newport) consider stopping by Crazy Burger Café & Juice Bar. My Find me Gluten Free app, listed this little gem as having gluten-free options, so I planned to meet a friend there recently. Crazy Burger, located on Boon Street and just a few blocks from Narragansett Pier, opened its doors back in 1995 and currently serves a nice variety of fresh juices, milkshakes and smoothies, espresso & chai, full breakfasts, appetizers, soups, salads & sides as well as entrees including ribs, seafood, pork, enchiladas, risotto and weekly specials. Our server informed that many of the mouthwatering items could be modified to be gluten-free, but I decided to order a burger -- the name of the café is Crazy Burger, after all! Now, we are not talking about your backyard BBQ burger with ketchup, mustard & relish, no, no, no!
Crazy Burger offers a unique collection of vegan and beef burgers (only the beef are gluten free), topped with fresh ingredients, and ranging in price from $8.99 to $13.99 - yes, a little on the high end for a burger, but worth it! All the burgers under the "Mad-Max" (beef) category can be ordered with gluten-free bread and with such names as "The Red Rage Franco Beef & Boursin" burger (freshly ground sirloin, grilled and topped with creamy melty-herbed cheese, roasted sunflower seeds & fine alfalfa sprouts); The "Fire Works" burger (coated with fennel seed, coriander, black pepper and a pinch of cayenne, sautéed pepper, onion, smoked gouda & bacon, served with a side of chipotle mayo); and the "Quirky Cajun" burger (onions & Louisiana's craziest spices), I may just have to return to sample them all. I decided on the "Moo-Moo melt" (beef & caramelized onions with mayo and cheddar -- $9.99) which was cooked to order, delicious and accompanied by a side of tasty balsamic bean salad! No gluten-free desserts other than ice-cream -- perhaps when I make a return visit I will find a few gfree sweets added to the menu!
Our server was friendly and knowledgeable about the café's gluten-free selection, and even made a trip to the kitchen to question the chef on one item. We did wait awhile for our bill to be delivered, but we weren't in a hurry, and could see the server was pretty busy.
The casual dining area, eclectically decorated with wall art and twinkling white ceiling lights, was filled with both couples and families. There is also a charming outdoor dining area located in the back of the café, but seating is weather permitting, so I may just have to return next summer to enjoy some ambiance with my burger!
Crazy Burger Café & Juice Bar is located at 144 Boon Street, Narragansett, RI. Since it is a small venue, if you don't want to wait in line especially during the summer season, plan to arrive slightly before peak dining hours.
Hours: Sunday -- Thursday 8:00 am to 9:00 pm, Friday & Saturday -- 8:00 am to 9:30 pm (BYOB)
(Important to note: The Crazy Burger kitchen is not a dedicated gluten-free kitchen -- be sure to tell the server that you have celiac or a severe gluten-intolerance/allergy so the chef will take the appropriate measures to keep you safe)