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Goin' Coastal Seafood
1021 Virginia Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30306


5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Delicious gluten free meal at seafood restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Huntington Station, New York, US
Reviewed on Aug 29, 2015

"Words cannot express how delicious the food was." -- Michael

My husband sums up my review in 8 simple words, but let me give you a bit more detail about Goin' Coastal, with two locations in Georgia (Canton and Atlanta). Goin' Coastal's tag line is "sustainable seafood joint," and that (along with their multiple gluten free denoted items on their online menu) is what drove us to them, as it is hard to find sustainable seafood.

The restaurant we visited in Atlanta was an open sunny little joint that we had all to ourselves for a 5:30 pm dinner. Once seated we went through the usual gluten free conversation with our waiter, who proved to be incredibly aware and knowledgeable of our needs and informed the kitchen while we were making our selections. The menu is unique. The main attraction, their sustainable seafood entrees, come four different ways, and the available fish of the day are written on a large chalk board on the wall along with their prices. We ordered mussels as an appetizer, and the Coastal (Seafood seasoning and remoulade sauce) Swordfish and the Blackened (Cajun spiced over pimento cheese grits and smoked tomato butter) Rainbow trout. With that we also got a side of grits, collard greens, and a complimentary salad for two.

Now, going back to Mike's quote at the top of this post: The food was stellar. Every bite of food was phenomenal and high quality. Both fish were cooked to perfection; they almost melted on your tongue and fell to pieces at the touch of a fork. It was well worth the cost, and our portions were larger than you would usually see at a seafood restaurant. The final shout out I'll give them is their dedication to clearly indicating food allergies on their internal ordering system. As you can see below, our check came out with very clear hints of our dietary needs, which is always a plus for added comfort.

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The Red Bicycle Coffee and Crepes
1200 5th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37208


5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Gluten free dining in Nashville, Tennessee

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Huntington Station, New Y
Reviewed on Jun 11, 2015

The Red Bicycle Coffee and Crepes, a chain of three restaurants located in Nashville Tennessee, has to be one of my top favorite restaurants as far as atmosphere is concerned. We visited the Germantown location on a trip down there in January 2014 and found a quaint, rather hipster-esque, establishment hidden behind an inconspicuous store front. The ordering counter is in the back of the store, and the place screams "community" from it's communal table running down the center and sides of the store to its phone booth library of free books to read and keep (if you leave a book of course, so we left and took a few). Needless to say, I loved the atmosphere and could really see myself making it a frequented spot if I lived in the area.

The added bonus of this place though is the availability of the elusive gluten free Crepe. Red Bicycle has a separate batter and area for gluten free crepes, and really puts effort into every product.

The Crepes are HUGE and well priced.We shared a Florentine (eggs, cheese, mushroom, and spinach) and a Fields of Greens (lettuce, mozzarella, basil oil, onion, red pepper, tomato, and ranch). Where as the Florentine was a bit off balance with the amount of egg compared to other ingredients, the Fields of Green was well proportioned. Each was flavorful and full of bold fresh flavors. Unfortunately, neither of us were up for a drink when we visited so I can't offer a review of their coffee BUT I can say they seemed to have quite a following as the place was packed.

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Various restaurants and markets for gluten free in Lake George,
26 Old Post Road
Lake George, NY 12845


4.0 Palms
4.0 Palms
Gluten Free Points of Interest Around Lake George, New York

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Huntington Station, New Y
Reviewed on Feb 21, 2015

Every year since 2007 I've been heading up to the Chestertown, New York area, about half an hour north of Lake George, to stay at a friend's lake house. We go for about a week at a time, and it is probably one of the highlights of every year. Who doesn't love a vacation with friends, especially one's you've grown incredibly close to over the years? Although the faces that go have varied over the years several things remain the same: an absurd shopping spree, swimming, kayaking, hiking, a visit to Bolton Landing, ice cream, Lake George, bon fires, and lots and lots of food.

Over the year's I've become quite comfortable with my group of friends. Our shopping spree has gone from a free for all, to a meticulous planned experience. Our meals are willing revolved around the dietary needs of those that attend, including my gluten free needs. For example, we almost always have a pizza and pasta night as well as a BBQ dinner, and many mornings involve pancakes. It isn't uncommon during these community meals for everyone to eat gluten free. Don't I have the most awesome friends ever?

All this shopping is done at the local grocery store in Chestertown, NY now a Tops Friendly Market. Now, I had not been gluten free when we started going up there but since that dietary change I've noticed a drastic improvement in the availability of gluten free alternatives in this supermarket. They now have a small gluten free section including breads, pastas, crackers and more. There is also now a Walmart near by in Queensbury NY and obviously, given that they have their own line of gluten free products, there is availability there. This makes bringing my own food up with us less of a requirement.

In addition to our meticulous shopping spree we always make room to do some dining around the area. The Crossroads is a favorite spot for us to hit up for ice cream, especially for my sweet toothed friend whose family property we are staying at. This year I saw a sign that made me absolutely gleeful: They now carried gluten free ice cream cones! Their maple ice cream is to die for, and since it is soft serve cross contamination is limited. They are also a great stop for quick snacks or any fishing or outdoor gear.

The Chestertown Farmer's Market, which happens from June through September, is a great quick stop for fresh produce and other locally made products such as cheeses, gluten free granola and more. It is also right near the town's museum as well as a great low cost thrift store.

Another stop for us is always the Adirondack Winery in downtown Lake George. For under $10 you get to taste 7 of their many wines, and a souvenir wine glass. Their wines are some of the best I've tried, especially their dessert wines. So much so that we even have a quarterly wine club membership with them. Although they don't offer gluten free oyster crackers, they do offer cheese platters that are safe, and all their wines are safe for gluten free consumers.

Bolton Landing is another usually stop for us, and this year I found a few gluten free opportunities there. The Bolton Landing Deli offers only Boars head cold cuts and cheeses, a line which is inherently gluten free, along with gluten free bread for sandwiches. It is a small, though busy, place but it seems they have no problem changing their gloves to prep gluten free sandwiches. Finally, Cate's Italian Garden makes gluten free pizzas which to my amazement were the same size as regular pizzas. They have an entirely different oven, prep station, and set of ingredients for their gluten free pies. I highly recommend checking them out for some safe, delicious pizza in a friendly environment. Please let me know if you have any other Lake George area gluten free points of interest for me to check out this year!

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Pochos Cabo Restaurant
Sn Marina
Cabo San Lucas, 23450
Mexico

4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
A Marina Must for gluten free dining in Cabo San Lucas

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Huntington Station, New Y
Reviewed on May 31, 2014

With a promise of free drinks and/or dessert, and a sense of comfort in the fact that they understood what gluten free meant, Mike and I took our table at Pochos just as dinner time was in full swing. Pochos is Marina front, so we had a nice view of the busy pier walkway and marina. For our freebe we selected two drinks, and placed the order with the person who sat us. Were served them very quickly by our server for the night who then reviewed what our dietary requirements meant, having been brought up to speed by the individual who had sat us down. We explained our needs, and gave him the Triumph Dining card. To ensure that he could give you the best information, he left to speak to the chef.

Upon returning he brought us corn chips (of the previously mentioned 'lite' oven fried variety) with homemade salsa. He recommended several dishes that the chef said required no alternations, and being adventurous we asked for his two top favorites and ordered those. They were: Chipotle Shrimp and Stuffed Fish both served with fresh grilled vegetables and rice. For dessert we ordered Banana's Foster.

Pochos has the tag line "where fire meets food", and it was no wonder since two of our three dishes were cooked tableside on a portable grill. My shrimp was cooked in front of me on the flame and we watched as each ingredient was added to the pan, the flame rising and the heat hitting our faces with a hint of spice.

The shrimp were juicy, with a charred and flavorful outside: Just the way I love my shrimp. And you cannot go wrong watching them cook with the water from which they were caught as the backdrop.

Mike's food, the stuffed fish, well let's just say that any photo is deceitful. As Mike put it this was "your finest fish stuffed with your second and third finest fishes, and cheese." It was a flavorful melody of fish filet, scallops, shrimp, cheese, and sauce. I might be sharing too much when I admit that Mike literally cried because of this food. It's awesomeness brought Mike to tears.

The Banana's Foster, which I don't think was a menu item but was offered to us because of our dietary needs, was suggested by the waiter who reconfirmed the gluten free nature of the ingredients after we said we would take it. It was also cooked on the grill in front of us. You could taste the charring banana and rum as it cooked itself into deliciousness in the smoke. It was so good!

The bottom line if you are visiting Cabo is that you MUST try Pochos. Their service, gluten free options and accommodations, and friendliness made this an exceptional last dinner in Mexico. The only downside for me was the small front seating area near the walkway. While I am a people watcher, I felt almost as if I was personally on display as an exotic New Yorker in a strange land. But, this was easily overlooked and we were both happy diners!

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Cilantro's at Pueblo Bonito Resort
Sn Playa El Medano
Cabo San Lucas,
Mexico

2.0 Palms
2.0 Palms
Unsatisfactory Experience at Cilantro's in Cabo San Lucas

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Huntington Station, New Y
Reviewed on May 31, 2014

Earlier that night we called and made a reservation, during which we stated we were gluten free and were reassured they could accommodate. Upon our arrival we stood at the check-in desk for a few minutes before we were acknowledged. Once seated at our table right on the patio edge, and with a great view, we were served a basket of bread by a busboy. When the waiter came, we ordered our drinks, let him know we could not have the bread and shared the usual about our dietary needs, including giving him our now trusty Triumph Dining Card in Spanish. He reviewed it and handed it back to us, with a dismissive attitude, but did not remove the bread from the table. He said they had gluten free options available and left to place our drink orders. This first encounter should have been our warning...

Dish selection was relatively simple. If memory serves me well, the options were labeled as gluten free on the regular menu, but even if they were not, gluten free options were available and mentioned as such on the menu. After some back and forth questioning with the waiter, who seemed a bit 'not there' and left a few times to ask questions of the chef, we ordered several appetizers and two main dishes, with the assurance that each was gluten free without modifications. We ordered: Pacific Rim Stuffed Pepper, Octopus Salad, Asparagus Salad, Spicy Baja Seafood Soup, and Cilantro Style Sea Bass.

Overall, the food was unappetizing. Each item contained far too much oil, salt, and butter. It's the problem you often run into with upscale restaurants: They play with their food far too much, rather than emphasizing the natural flavor of fresh food. Mike suggested that they also attempted to 'Americanize' Mexican cuisine, making for a weird juxtaposition of flavors such as spicy fish with overly buttery mashed potatoes. We had to basically force ourselves to eat at least a little of each dish, and left a lot unfinished (something we hardly ever do). The leftovers remained in our fridge at the resort until the morning we left.

The Asparagus Salad was the most appealing dish, both to our eyes and our tongues. The Octopus Salad was just... startling. Personally, Mike and I don't consider a quarter of an Octopus and some vegetables to be a salad. We were turned off by the presentation, and the Octopus was cooked in such a way that it tasted of rubber. Another fault I find with upscale restaurants, presentation often trumps realistic habits of eating. Now, we've had octopus before and enjoyed it, so I know it wasn't just a matter of not liking octopus.

Throughout the meal we were pretty much ignored by our waiter, and felt rushed as items were brought out before we were done with the previous one. But, the red X of this meal was that the bread remained on the table despite several prompts that we would not be having it. So, overall, this experience was a big disappointment. The food, service, and prices just did not jive well to create a great experience at a top rated restaurant and although there were gluten free options, it was not many. While we left full, despite our better judgement to not eat the food, we were dissatisfied.

The only redeeming quality was the tranquility of the location. The salty air drifted in and the waves lapping at the beach below us as we watched the dark but busy port as the yachts and cruise ships docked for the night, reminding us that food isn't the only thing that can be satisfying.

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