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Crumbs Gluten Free
37 East 8th Street
New York, NY 10003


5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
NYC Gluten Free Bakery

Reviewer: Melanie1
Reviewed on Apr 24, 2014

The original Crumbs, on the Upper West Side, has been serving their signature size gluten-containing cupcakes since 2003. Crumbs Gluten Free features the same cupcakes, cookies, brownies and pastries that the brand is known for, but these are baked at a completely gluten and peanut-free bakery and delivered fresh daily to the store. It was tempting to get one of each of the dozen or so cupcake flavors, but the knowledgeable server helped me select a Milkshake Cupcake for immediate gratification, and a Lemon Muffin for my breakfast the following morning.

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Soho Tiffin Junction
42 East 8th Street
New York, NY 10003


5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Modern South Indian Cuisine -- gluten free in New York City

Reviewer: Melanie1 from Maryland
Reviewed on Apr 24, 2014

Soho Tiffen Junction offers customizable South Indian food. Think Chipotle, but instead of burritos, STJ serves up dosa (sourdough crepes made with rice and lentils). Everything is free of gluten, nuts, soy, sesame, shellfish, and cilantro.

Like at Chipotle, you first choose your dish - Tiffin dosa, salad, or Tiffin bowl. Then, select one of the entrées - Potato Masala, Baked Egg Whites, Pulled Pork, Kale & Vegan Cheese, Grilled Chicken, or Shredded Beef. All meats are humanely raised, and are antibiotic and hormone free. Egg whites and dairy products are organic. Lemon rice and sprouted mung beans are included with each dish. Finally, pick a mild, medium, spicy, or mango chutney to top your dish and then garnish with salad, spinach yogurt, or pickled matchstick carrots.

Soho Tiffen Junction just opened this month (April 2014) so everything inside is shiny and new. Located in the Village near NYU, It is the first of 5 planned Manhattan locations. Prices are very reasonable - my grilled chicken dosa with all the extras was just under $10.

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Help Yourself
829 Fleming Street
Key West, FL 33040


4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
Help Yourself to a Gluten Free Meal at this Key West restaurant

Reviewer: Melanie1 from Maryland
Reviewed on Jun 14, 2012

Delicious, nutritious, and organic food that is also gluten-free? What's not to like! Well, some people don't like that Help Yourself, a funky little place that serves organic, made from scratch food, is located in a building that looks like it used to be a gas station. And that it's next to a laundromat. And that the only place to sit down to eat is at one of the outdoor picnic tables. But this IS Key West! At Help Yourself, nearly all of the menu items can be made gluten-free, and ALL of the sauces and dressings are gluten-free. Vegan, vegetarian, and lactose-intolerant diets also can be accommodated. Help Yourself serves salads, wok meals, and wraps (GF available!), as well as breakfast items and smoothies. Visit www.celiactravelguide.com for a full reivew of my trip to South Florida, including Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, and the Florida Keys

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Farmers Market Restaurant
300 North Krome Avenue
Homestead, FL 33030


3.0 Palms
3.0 Palms
Staying Safe eating gluten free in South Florida

Reviewer: Melanie1
Reviewed on Jun 14, 2012

At Farmers Market Restaurant in Florida City, fittingly located inside the gated industrial-looking state farmers market, the staff was friendly and willing to try to accommodate me. We ate here because there really aren't that many places in the South Florida area, and we wanted to go to a local place. With plenty of fresh vegetables on the menu and seafood being their specialty, I had no problem putting together a gluten free meal. As with many places that don't have a Gluten Free menu, however, it's important to be very specific about what you can and cannot eat. For example, I had to send back the mashed potatoes when they were served to me with gravy on top because the waitress didn’t know the gravy was made with flour. To read a full review of my trip to South Florida, including Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, and the Florida Keys, go to www.celiactravelguide.com.

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El Toro Taco
1 South Krome Avenue
Homestead, FL 33030


3.0 Palms
3.0 Palms
Staying Safe eating gluten free in South Florida

Reviewer: Melanie1
Reviewed on Jun 14, 2012

El Toro Taco is a family-run business in Homestead with a “very good to excellent” Zagat rating for homemade Mexican food. I’d also give our waitress an “excellent” score for the attention she gave to my gluten free requirements. After checking with the kitchen staff several times, she recommended chicken enchiladas made with soft corn tortillas, and replaced the enchilada sauce, which contained flour, with ranchero sauce. Also, instead of serving me tortilla chips and salsa, I was given soft corn tortillas. As they do not have a Gluten Free menu it's important to ask questions about food preparation and ingredients, but I felt safe with the answers and dined well. For a full review of my trip to South Florida, including Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, and the Florida Keys, go to www.celiactravelguide.com.

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