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Pure Food and Wine
54 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003


5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Pure Food and Wine: An Oasis of Gluten Free Options in NYC

Reviewer: Gluten-Free_Cat from Nashville, TN
Reviewed on Jun 17, 2011

As I was planning our last trip to NYC I knew we had to visit our favorite gluten-free restaurants and bistros. But I also wanted to try some new places. The most incredible food experience of our trip by far was lunch at Pure Food and Wine with its raw vegan menu of artistically created meals made from organic vegetables, fruit, and herbs. Nothing is ever heated above 118 degrees in keeping with raw food standards. And every single item I tasted blew my mind. Plus, the ambiance was heavenly. A little oasis from the craziness of the city streets, Pure Food and Wine provides open air dining on the front porch, indoors, or in the elegant private back garden. I would have been happy to dine in any of their cozy corners, but I was thrilled when they seated us in the back courtyard. Enjoying the summer breezes under the shade of an umbrella, I perused the menu that I had been waiting for so long to hold in my hands. This experience left me with an amazingly healthy feeling, incredible memories, and a longing to return soon. Not everything on their menu is gluten-free. They use nama shoyu in some of their dishes, an unpasteurized soy sauce which contains trace amounts of gluten. But everything that is gluten-free was clearly marked as such, so it was very easy to find something safe and delicious to eat. We leisurely sipped our drinks while planning our order. It was incredibly hard since everything looked so fresh and delicious. One bite of each, please? The Husband enjoyed the sangria. While the mimosa kept me grinning. To start, I had the Mediterranean salad with arugula, kale, kalamata olives, tomatoes, pumpkin seed macadamia parmesan, tossed with balsamic vinaigrette. I believe it was the most flavor-packed salad I’ve ever enjoyed. The salad was HUGE, and I believe I ate every last bite. The Husband ordered the Tortilla Wraps with spicy sun-dried tomato filling, corn cilantro guacamole, tomato-lime salsa, and cashew sour cream. These were not gluten-free, but based on the fact that the Husband thoroughly enjoyed his first 100% raw meal, I can assure you it was delicious. I ordered the Zucchini and Tomato Lasagna with sun-dried tomato sauce, pistachio basil pesto, and pumpkin seed macadamia ricotta. It took me so long to take the first bite, and not just because I had to take a zillion pictures first. I didn’t want to destroy the beauty of the presentation. I also didn’t feel any need to dive in. I could take as long as I wanted as there was no fear of my food getting cold. It was a raw lasagna. When I finally began, I ate slowly and mindfully, not wanting this meal to end. With each bite different flavors were more pronounced. For dessert I chose the Tiramisu made with vanilla cream layered with coffee-sake almond cake. I am not usually a tiramisu fan, but when I asked the waitress which dessert was her favorite, she pointed me toward this dessert. I’ve learned to listen to the experts. And I’m so glad that I followed her guidance. It was the best tiramisu I’ve ever had. The Husband ordered a simple Orreo cookie, and I could tell that he was skeptical until it arrived. It was beautiful, and one bite sealed the deal. Lunch at Pure Food and Wine was definitely the highlight of our trip to New York City. If we lived in the City we’d definitely have to work this restaurant into our monthly budget. It’s not cheap, but with the flavors, pure food, and beautiful moments it’s worth every dollar. For meal and restaurant photos by Heather @Gluten-Free Cat see http://www.glutenfreecat.com/?p=6072

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AMOT Eatery
1100 Fatherland Street
Nashville, TN 37206


5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
AMOT Eatery - Best Gluten Free Sandwich at restaurant in Nashville

Reviewer: Gluten-Free_Cat from Nashville, TN
Reviewed on Jun 15, 2011

**Note: AMOT Eatery if formerly known as A Matter of Taste. I’ve been dreaming of having a gluten-free restaurant in Nashville ever since we discovered Posana Cafe in Asheville, North Carolina last summer. Of course, it doesn’t take much to convince me to roadtrip for a great Posana meal or two, but it isn’t exactly convenient. Imagine walking into a restaurant, right here in Nashville, and knowing that everything you ordered would gluten free. You wouldn’t even have to ask. A dream! And now it’s a dream come true! I love this new lunch spot. I enjoyed three tasty lunches, both as takeout and in the restaurant, over my Christmas vacation. A Matter of Taste now provides the lunch crowd with gluten-free sandwiches and so much more. Kellie, the owner, has a gluten allergy herself, so she has made it her goal to provide great tasting, healthy food that’s safe for those requiring a gluten-free diet. A Matter of Taste is a great little place to hang out with a friend or two over lunch or a gluten-free treat. The space is small with only three tables, but the artsy decor has a relaxing feel that makes the little room a cozy reprieve from the busy streets. Need a little lift for your spirit? You’ll find encouraging words wherever you look. From the books on the tables to the words on the walls. But I know what you really want to know. How’s the food? The Husband made it to A Matter of Taste before I did, but he was sweet enough to bring a sandwich home for me. It wasn’t just any sandwich, it was the most delicious sandwich I’ve ever had filled with turkey, sliced granny smith apples, melted brie, and honey mustard. And since the Husband ordered it for take out, they wrapped all of the parts separately with specific instructions about how to heat it in the toaster oven. And the gluten-free breads are made right on the premises! (Yes, I said breads, plural. I’ve had their Rosemary with Cracked Pepper and Rosemary Chia Seed breads which are both incredible.) If you happen to be lunching with someone who is afraid of food with a gluten-free label, they need to try these breads. But if they won’t budge, A Matter of Taste does offer glutenous bread for those who aren’t brave enough to try it! But these breads are brought in and not made in the kitchen, alleviating concern about cross-contamination. At first, any gluten-intolerant eater will be blown away by the delicious bread of the sandwich, but once they recover from the shock of eating gourmet, gluten-free bread that holds together, they’ll be struck with the quality of the ingredients inside the sandwich. Their turkey is oh-my-gosh amazing, reminiscent of your annual Thanksgiving midnight snack sandwich. I love that Kellie uses high quality meats and farm-fresh, locally-grown produce. One bite and you’ll taste the quality. And what’s the soup of the day? Kellie is always willing to give you a taste, but I’ve learned not to bother. Every soup I’ve had is truly amazing. I trust her. The Squash Bisque was the best squash soup I’ve ever had. And the Husband brought home the Tomato Bisque…oh my. And as if you could have room for dessert after sandwiches like the Mediterranean Vegetarian with eggplant, roasted red pepper, sun dried tomato, freshly made pesto, and feta cheese… Or a basic turkey and cheese, which is anything but basic… There are all sorts of gluten-free goodies to try. I highly recommend their deliciously refreshing fruit tea made with pineapple juice, tea, orange juice, and agave nectar. A Matter of Taste is located at Franklin Road across from Thoroughbread Motors, and they’re open Monday through Friday from 11-4. You must stop in for a bite. I guarantee it will be your best lunch of the week. Hurray for A Matter of Taste! Hurray for Nashville! For photos go to http://www.glutenfreecat.com/?p=2597

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Mad Donna's
1313 Woodland Street
Nashville, TN 37206


3.5 Palms
3.5 Palms
Mad Donna's - On the Right Track with gluten-free restaurant dining in Nashville

Reviewer: Gluten-Free_Cat from Nashville, TN
Reviewed on Jun 15, 2011

Mad Donna’s has been on my list of restaurants to try for a while now, and I can’t believe it has taken me this long to head out to East Nashville to give it a try. I’d heard that Mad Donna’s uses gluten-free bread from Aunt April’s Bakery, so I was really excited to check it out. I was glad I tried Mad Donna’s late on a weeknight, because the place wasn’t busy, and I could ask the waiter as many questions as I needed. When I called, I learned that they don’t have a gluten-free menu, but they assured me that they could make almost anything on the regular menu gluten-free. But when we arrived, I found out that my options were far more limited than I was lead to believe. Yes, I was disappointed, but I knew that I’d be satisfied with anything that they could make safely with April’s bread. We ordered the chips and salsa as an appetizer. I was a little apprehensive as the chips are made in-house, and they do not have a dedicated fryer. But apparently, I was living on the edge that night. I tried them and did not get sick. I was impressed with the side salad that I ordered. Most side salads ordered at a bar restaurant consist of limp lettuce and shredded carrots. But this salad actually had vegetables, specifically green peppers and mushrooms, and a wonderful dressing. It’s always a special treat to be able to order a sandwich when you are gluten intolerant. I ordered the Turkey Melt complete with Applewood bacon, artichoke dip, and cheese. Wow! April’s gluten-free bread can stand alone, but the combination of the decadent turkey toppings was so delicious – not so low fat, but delicious nonetheless! The Husband ordered the BAS Burger (bacon, avocado, and Swiss), on gluten-free bread so I could try it. (I love that man.) Can you go wrong with a burger with avocado and cheese? He also got the sweet potato fries, which were as good as they look in the picture. Again, the fries are not made in a dedicated fryer, but I didn’t seem to have any trouble. There are certain restaurants whose extensive gluten-free offerings are worth making the trip for. I’m glad I tried Mad Donna’s, because I did really enjoy my meal, but I’m not sure I’d head to East Nashville just to eat there again. There isn’t enough variety for this gluten-free diner. However, I give them props for having gluten-free bread, and AMAZING homemade gluten-free bread at that. If you find yourself in the area, definitely pop in for a salad or sandwich. But if you're sensitive to gluten in a shared fryer, stay away from the chips and fries. See www.glutenfreecat.com for meal photos

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