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The Real Chow Baby
1016 Howell Mill Road Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30318


3.5 Palms
3.5 Palms
Mongolian Barbeque goes GF - well, almost

Reviewer: Mjearp from Atlanta, GA
Reviewed on May 22, 2008

This is a fun Mongolian Barbecue place where you pick your rice/noodles, veggies, meat, sauce, etc, and then they cook it up for you and bring it to your table. I have to give them credit because they label which sauces are gluten-free right on the main menu (awesome!) and they have a special white stick that you put in your bowl to indicate that you have food allergies and your meal needs to be cooked separately to ensure no cross-contamination. HOWEVER, the major problem is that the sauces are lined up together, and some of the GF sauces are on the front row, so the non-GF ones from the back get dripped into them. I saw the issue before I used the sauce but I went for it anyway and paid the price later. I emailed the manager and she wrote me back right away with an apology and a coupon. She said they are looking into alternative sauce arrangements, but as of right now it isn't going to work for 100% GF unless you can get them to bring fresh sauce from the back (haven't tried this yet). That said, if you just need to be low-gluten, this place should work really well for you. Also it is VERY crowded at lunch, making special requests tough and cross-contamination of sauce more likely. Dinner is more manageable. Price is great at $7.99 for lunch and $11.99 for dinner, for all you can eat, as many trips as you want. I have been there several times (mostly before going GF), and my food has always been very tasty, but some of my fellow diners have tried more wacky ingredient/sauce combinations and ended up with weird tastes. One last thing - I valet parked for dinner and the guy lost my key, and it was a nightmare trying to get them to pay for it. I'd steer clear of the valet.

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Rosa Mexicano
245 18th Street Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30363


5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Fantastic GF Mexican Food

Reviewer: Mjearp from Atlanta, GA
Reviewed on May 22, 2008

I love Mexican food, and Rosa Mexicano is the absolute best. It was one of my favorite places before I went GF, and after being diagnosed I spoke to the chef in person and he told me that almost EVERYTHING in the restaurant is gluten-free! Even the enchiladas are made from corn and do not contain gluten. He said about the only thing I couldn't have was the chicken quesadilla, though he did suggest I ask my waiter to confirm my menu choices as GF just to be extra-safe. We had the guacamole to start, which is made fresh at the table and served with GF tortilla chips, and then my entree was the crabmeat (jaiba) enchiladas, which are spicy and fantastic - I get them every time. I also had a pomegranate margarita, which is small for the price but tastes wonderful. I did not have dessert but I believe the flan is GF - but please ask. It's right in the middle of Atlantic Station so perfect for dinner and movie for a date, or dinner and shopping with girlfriends or Mom. It is a little pricey for a casual dinner at about $20 for an entree, but worth it. Lunch is more reasonable at $10-15 for an entree. This is my favorite restaurant in Atlanta, and one of the few places I feel truly relaxed and safe about gluten-free. Go!

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Vandiver Inn
301 South Union Avenue
Havre de Grace, MD 21078


4.0 Palms
4.0 Palms
Excellent B&B

Reviewer: Mjearp from Atlanta, GA
Reviewed on May 19, 2008

I visited the Vandiver Inn for a wedding, which was beautiful and ran very smoothly, and those of us in the wedding party stayed in the main building of the Vandiver as well. The location is near the beach in a quaint little town. They were very accomodating and knowledgable about gluten-free foods, making me safe breakfasts (omelette, bacon, fruit) in addition to a special gluten-free meal during the wedding. I was on my own for lunch (which was intimidating as I was newly diagnosed) but I was able to find a safe salad in town. The managers could not have been nicer or more accomodating. The rooms were very nice in a cool older house, with big, newly re-done bathrooms and oh-so-comfortable Tempur-Pedic mattresses. It was a great experience!

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