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Na Zlate Krizovatce
16 Za Poricskou branou
Prague, 186 00
Czechia

5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
100% Gluten-Free Restaurant in Prague

Reviewer: Erin_Smith from Astoria, NY, USA
Reviewed on Sep 27, 2011

Czech food tends to be very heavy on the gluten, but this restaurant is 100% gluten-free. They even have gluten-free beer on tap. I was pleasantly greeted by head waiter Jarda who immediately introduced me to Chef Martin. I was the only patron in the restaurant at the time so Chef Martin graciously agreed to let me look around the kitchen where I also met Chef Viktor. During this brief tour, Chef Martin explained that everything in the kitchen was gluten-free and that the restaurant worked closely with the Association of Celiac in the Czech Republic, to learn about gluten-free dietary needs. Traditional Czech food is very heavy on flour and bread products, so Chef Martin told me the the goal of this restaurant was to provide delicious, gluten-free, and traditional Czech food at a reasonable price. GO HERE! You will not be disappointed. It is an amazing way to experience the local cuisine with no worries.

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GustOrganics
519 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10011


5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Gustorganics: Organic and Gluten-Free Restaurant in New York City!

Reviewer: Erin_Smith from Astoria, NY, USA
Reviewed on Jan 30, 2011

GustOrganics is the first and only certified organic restaurant in New York and America’s first restaurant to use 100% USDA certified organic ingredients. This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and has a full-service bar. The gluten-free menu items are integrated into the regular menu and all gluten-free items are clearly labeled. There are also a number of vegetarian options. The staff is well-versed in gluten-free dining, but be sure to tell them your dietary restrictions when you are ready to order. GustOrganics holds a very dear place in my heart. In early 2009, I read a random article that mentioned this restaurant had a gluten-free “hempanada.” (This was a play on the classic empanada but made with gluten-free hemp flour.) I contacted the restaurant and was immediately inspired by their owner, Alberto Gonzales. He was so passionate about his organic restaurant and was eager to learn more about catering to his gluten-free clients. Over a couple of months, I worked with Alberto on perfecting his gluten-free menu. By February 2009, GustOrganics had easily integrated a gluten-free menu with their already amazing organic menu. Soon after, GustOrganics joined the Gluten-Free Restaurant Awareness Program and the rest is history. Tip: The GustOrganics organic cocktails are delicious!

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Heartland Brewery Midtown West
625 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10018


4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
This restaurant in Manhattan has gluten-free menu

Reviewer: Erin_Smith from Astoria, NY, USA
Reviewed on Nov 09, 2010

Heartland Brewery Midtown West is a welcome addition to a busy Manhattan neighborhood otherwise without many gluten-free options. This location is right outside the Port Authority, so it is a very convenient location for both commuters and tourists. In August 2010, the Heartland Brewery Midtown West became a part of the Gluten- Free Restaurant Awareness Program. The gluten-free menu includes some of my personal favorites including nachos, BBQ ribs and sweet potato fries. They have also introduced a gluten-free, flourless chocolate cake for dessert. Another nice touch of the gluten-free menu is that it is incorporated into the regular menu. It is very nice to feel "normal" when ordering from the same menu as the rest of your dining party. The gluten-free menu items are clearly marked with an asterisk. On the bottom of each menu it clearly states "GLUTEN FREE. Heartland Brewery regards allergy and dietary concerns very seriously. We want our Guests to dine with us with confidence. If you have an allergy or dietary concern, please ask to speak with a manager." All staff are trained in gluten-free meals and preparation. The gluten-free drinking options at Heartland Brewery now include Woodchuck Cider and Bard's Beer. In the future, Heartland Brewery might consider brewing and bottling their own gluten-free beer but nothing is planned at this time. I think it would be great for a local brewery to offer a home-brewed gluten-free option.

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Naked Pizza
1260 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139


4.0 Palms
4.0 Palms
Naked Pizza in South Beach, Miami for great gluten-free pizza!

Reviewer: Erin_Smith from Astoria, NY, USA
Reviewed on Nov 09, 2010

The concept behind Naked Pizza is to start with a "naked" pie and build your pizza with sauces, cheeses, and toppings. They have some really fun icons on their menu to represent "flora" (you know, plants) and "fauna" (for the carnivores), and cheese, and crust options. The gluten-free crust is a rice-based crust and available in medium size only. Overall, I was really pleased with the gluten-free pizza I got at Naked Pizza. I got pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, and bell peppers. The crust was crisp and the flavor was good. Eating it on the beach was even better! If you are in South Beach definitely check out the gluten-free pizza from Naked Pizza.

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Panne Rizo Bakery, Deli and Cafe
1939 Cornwall Avenue
Vancouver, V6J 1C8
Canada

3.5 Palms
3.5 Palms
Panne Rizo Bakery Cafe Review

Reviewer: Erin_Smith from Astoria, New York, USA
Reviewed on Oct 22, 2009

Last September, I took a wonderful trip to Vancouver, BC. I had never been in the Pacific Northwest before so I traveled out to Seattle and Vancouver before I started my new job. Seattle was nice, but I LOVED Vancouver. It was honestly one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The juxtaposition of the mountains, water, and city made for some really gorgeous scenery. I went hiking, biking, and shopping. I also managed to seek out at least two gluten- free venues while I was there. There was one bakery in Northern Vancouver that was non-existent, I probably should have called ahead. On my last day in Vancouver, I wanted to go to Kits Beach and I knew there was a gluten- free cafe in that neighborhood. From before I even walked into Panne Rizo, I was impressed. Right in their front window was a sign for a monthly Celiac meeting hosted by the restaurant. I knew I was in a "safe" place when the next thing I noticed when I went inside was the Gluten-Free Premises sign. This place definitely was a place I could dine without worry. Their menu is small but enticing. All of the items on their menu are 100% gluten-free. On the menu that day was chicken pot pie, macaroni and cheese, grilled paninis, soup, and sandwiches made on their rice bread. I chose the goat cheese with pesto and pine nuts sandwich. The goat cheese was creamy and the rice bread was toasted, an almost must for gluten-free breads. I thought the bread was typical gluten-free bread in terms of a slightly crumbly texture, but the flavor was nice. The goat cheese actually held the open-faced sandwich together pretty well and the pesto added a nice flavor to the whole sandwich. In addition to the lunch menu, Panne Rizo also has a wall full of gluten-free products including cookies, breads, and locally produced gluten-free flours and mixes from the Sweet Rice Baking Company. Since I was leaving Vancouver to drive back to Seattle to catch my flight, I thought I would get some goodies for the road. I picked up two gluten-free carrot muffins. I am a sucker for sweet cream cheese frosting, so this was a good choice. It was just the right amount of sweet with nice bits of carrot throughout the muffin. If you are headed to Vancouver any time soon, I highly recommend stopping here to pick up lunch before hitting Kits Beach which is only two blocks away. Kits Beach was empty the day I went, but it has one of the most beautiful views of the city and mountains while sitting on the beach!

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