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Paisano's Italian Restaurant
1935 Eubank Boulevard
Albuquerque, NM 87112


4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
A little bit Italian (and gluten free!) at restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New Y
Reviewed on Apr 14, 2013

There were a few places listed as 'gluten free' on the gluten free apps I use to find restaurants when I travel, but many either had negative reviews or no mention of gluten free on their actual website (something I personally try to avoid as it is often a warning signal). Paisano's seemed like the best bet for gluten free dining near Albuquerque, but it being the only restaurant around that seemed so doesn't mean it was just sub par. In fact, it was a good experience.

The restaurant itself is a quaint and inviting little joint, although they are closed from 2:30-5pm, which meant Mike and I had to wait around for food. We were glad we did though. We ordered a New Planet Beer, Caprese, Shrimp Primavera, and Linguinne Alla Livorno without the chicken. The food was seasoned to perfection and well balanced in flavor, and the fresh ingredients were locally grown and obtained from small local farms or businesses, according to the manager who visited our table. This is a plus I always enjoy seeing in restaurants. It shows me they care about their local community as well as food quality. In addition, presentation was good (it was around Olympics time -- can you see the rings in the picture to the right!?), and all gluten free items were marked with a tooth pick. They even had gluten free bread and many desserts!

Overall, there are many gluten free options and they are well worth the reasonable price. Therefore I give this place a good 4.5 rating, only because while the food was good, it wasn't stellar or anything particularly memorable compared to other gluten free Italian experiences. Still a good place with the visit!

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Uchenna
2501 West Colorado Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80904


5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
A Must Have Gluten Free Colorado Springs Experience

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Huntington Station, New York
Reviewed on Apr 14, 2013

Have you ever had a meal that left you so completely satisfied that you were left without an ability to explain it, but rather just a sense of total peace? This was my Uchenna experience to me, it seemed to be a calm in the middle of a chaotic world. The owner and Chef is Maya, who greeted us with the biggest smile and sense of happiness that I have ever gotten from someone in a restaurant. When taking our order she simply asked us "What would make you happy today?" Needless to say I was thrown off by this... Mike and I each got the vegetarian combo plate, which each came with Injera (teff bread from Ethiopia). To eat in Ethiopian culture you use your hands, meaning that you have to get dirty and personal with your food. I LOVED THIS. The food was spicy, vibrant, delicious, flavorful, and filling. Each mouth full was an experience worth pausing to admire.

Honestly, we often make food another commodity in today's world, and treat it as such, rather than realizing it can be a great source of happiness, but here this was clearly not the case. Maya takes the time to prepare something delightful and you are made to take the time to enjoy it in equal fashion if you dare take the time to relax and slow down. Gluten free items are labeled on the main menu itself, and there are very few items that aren't gluten free so there is variety. However, the menu isn't extensive, but it's a kind reminder that simple is more cases than not better than complex. After all, in my eyes it's quality over quantity any day. Overall this was a lovely experience that I highly recommend.

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Casa Alvarez
3161 Walnut Street
Boulder, CO 80301


3.0 Palms
3.0 Palms
Mediocre gluten free experience at Mexican restaurant in Boulder, CO

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Huntington Station, New York
Reviewed on Mar 08, 2013

To be honest, I don't remember much specific about this place in detail. The staff was friendly, the place was empty, and the food was simple but good. Mike and I ordered the Vegetarian Chili, Shrimp in Tomato Garlic Ginger Sauce and the Spinach Enchilada. The food was filling and good but nothing particular was striking. While the menu is relatively extensive, there wasn't much for pescatarian gluten free folks and it seemed that the staff/kitchen wasn't too aware about the need for cross contamination measures as they were unsure of the ingredients of several items listed on the gluten free menu (or they were fried in a non dedicated fryer). The one benefit was that the prices are very reasonable, and because they don't include gluten free ingredients specifically, there isn't a spike in price for the gluten free options. Overall, this is a good place to grab a bite to eat if you aren't looking for something outstanding.

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Beau Jo's
1517 Miner Street
Idaho Springs, CO 80452


4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
Pizza, Colorado Style -- and gluten free

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Huntington Station, New York
Reviewed on Mar 08, 2013

One would assume that pizza can only be pizza, and nothing more, but Beau Jo's proves you ENTIRELY wrong. The menu touts many gluten free options, all clearly labeled and listed additionally on their own gluten free menu page. They are also produced in a dedicated section of the kitchen. From this list, we settled on the honey cheese bread, one BeauJo's Sauce pizza (the Pacific Plantation) and one Roasted Garlic + Olive Oil Sauce Pizza (the Centurion), both vegetarian versions.

The honey cheese bread as Mike put it "Blew Our Minds"! It is apparently a staple to Colorado's local foods and was something I was originally a bit hesitant about. Sounds a bit odd right? But, it was sweet yet tangy, and has since haunted my mind and memory. If I had the chance I would eat it again and again. Both the Plantation and the Centurion were delicious in their own right. The Plantation had a continuation of the honey theme, airing on the sweeter side of delicious as it contained Rocky Mountain Honey. The Centurion was a bit on the more traditional side. Regardless, they were both great and with added honey on the crusts: YUM!

My only dissatisfaction with the place was that none of the food challenges (such as the 14ER 14lb 16" pizza) are offered in gluten free options. I would have tried that one out. In addition, this place was terribly busy, however with some places this is just an obvious symbol of its popularity and here the wait was well worth it. I also get a bit disappointed when a location has an added price to gluten free products, especially when they have good business, so I feel the prices could have been a bit more fair.

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Barenaked Burger
33-81 31st Avenue
Astoria, NY 11106


4.0 Palms
4.0 Palms
A Burger of a Different Kind

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Huntington Station, New York, US
Reviewed on Jul 06, 2012

This place came highly recommended because of its gluten free buns and unique meat (Ostrich, Boar, Bison, Elk, etc.). Although busy, the place is large and can accommodate both sit down and take out meals with little difficulty. The kitchen is wide open for you to see, and the staff are incredibly knowledgeable about gluten free needs. Barenaked Burger is also entirely organic and environmentally friendly from the meat to the bathroom! The only down side, is that one of the walls is a garage door so it is freezing in the winter! The gluten free buns, tapioca rice buns, are made on site, and can be added to any burger for 35 cents. Not too shabby! There were only a few things not gluten free on the menu, mostly sauces, and although I do not remember them off hand, they are easily known by staff so they can point you in the right direction. In addition to their menu items, they had two gluten free hard ciders available by the bottle. Mike and I opted for the Big Blue Bacon Burger with Ostrich meat, and the Elk meat Pesto Red Pepper Burger. We also got a big heaping basket of FRIES, Gluten free fries, with curry ketchup, and chipotle ketchup! To drink, a Samuel Smith organic hard Cider. Here's the scoop: The Big Blue Bacon Burger with Ostrich meat had a fine combinations of flavors that we both enjoyed down to the last bite. The sauteed mushrooms, smoked onions and blue cheese worked GREAT together. The Ostrich meat was something neither of us had had before, and the best way we can describe it was more rare than we had expected it to be. Although Mike always gets his meat rare, this seemed VERY rare... Overall though, a good burger of a different taste! The Pesto Red Pepper Burger was equally delicious, especially since mozarella, peppers, spinach and pesto, are all favorites of mine. When you put them together you get magic! The Elk was a very gamy meat, that was tough to chew although earthy tasting. All in all I thought it was a great burger, although Mike commented that to him it tasted like "Corn Dogs." The Tapioca rice buns were a good twist to the typical gluten free buns, although I found that they became quite soggy and absorbed the liquids from the meat far to quickly. And the fries, well they were a well deserved treat. You rarely come upon gluten free fries in restaurants, and I love dipping sauces of all kinds! The only down side to this place? PRICE. "Gourmet" meats, especially organic, have to come with a price and the burgers range in price from 11 to 16 or so dollars. Unfortunately, this is to be expected of such products... I would highly recommend this joint only if you are craving a unique quality burger on occasion, or if you have the money to spend. SUBMITTED BY CELTIC CELIAC: http://celtic-celiac.blogspot.com/

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