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Crazy Burger Cafe & Juice Bar
144 Boon Street
Narragansett, RI 02882


4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
Restaurant in Narragansett, Rhode Island with lots of gluten free options

Reviewer: Paula from http://www.celiaccorner.com
Reviewed on Oct 24, 2012

If you happen to find yourself in the oceanfront town of Narragansett, Rhode Island (40 min. from Providence, 25-30 min. from Newport) consider stopping by Crazy Burger Café & Juice Bar. My Find me Gluten Free app, listed this little gem as having gluten-free options, so I planned to meet a friend there recently. Crazy Burger, located on Boon Street and just a few blocks from Narragansett Pier, opened its doors back in 1995 and currently serves a nice variety of fresh juices, milkshakes and smoothies, espresso & chai, full breakfasts, appetizers, soups, salads & sides as well as entrees including ribs, seafood, pork, enchiladas, risotto and weekly specials. Our server informed that many of the mouthwatering items could be modified to be gluten-free, but I decided to order a burger -- the name of the café is Crazy Burger, after all! Now, we are not talking about your backyard BBQ burger with ketchup, mustard & relish, no, no, no! Crazy Burger offers a unique collection of vegan and beef burgers (only the beef are gluten free), topped with fresh ingredients, and ranging in price from $8.99 to $13.99 - yes, a little on the high end for a burger, but worth it! All the burgers under the "Mad-Max" (beef) category can be ordered with gluten-free bread and with such names as "The Red Rage Franco Beef & Boursin" burger (freshly ground sirloin, grilled and topped with creamy melty-herbed cheese, roasted sunflower seeds & fine alfalfa sprouts); The "Fire Works" burger (coated with fennel seed, coriander, black pepper and a pinch of cayenne, sautéed pepper, onion, smoked gouda & bacon, served with a side of chipotle mayo); and the "Quirky Cajun" burger (onions & Louisiana's craziest spices), I may just have to return to sample them all. I decided on the "Moo-Moo melt" (beef & caramelized onions with mayo and cheddar -- $9.99) which was cooked to order, delicious and accompanied by a side of tasty balsamic bean salad! No gluten-free desserts other than ice-cream -- perhaps when I make a return visit I will find a few gfree sweets added to the menu! Our server was friendly and knowledgeable about the café's gluten-free selection, and even made a trip to the kitchen to question the chef on one item. We did wait awhile for our bill to be delivered, but we weren't in a hurry, and could see the server was pretty busy. The casual dining area, eclectically decorated with wall art and twinkling white ceiling lights, was filled with both couples and families. There is also a charming outdoor dining area located in the back of the café, but seating is weather permitting, so I may just have to return next summer to enjoy some ambiance with my burger! Crazy Burger Café & Juice Bar is located at 144 Boon Street, Narragansett, RI. Since it is a small venue, if you don't want to wait in line especially during the summer season, plan to arrive slightly before peak dining hours. Phone: 401.783.1810 Hours: Sunday -- Thursday 8:00 am to 9:00 pm, Friday & Saturday -- 8:00 am to 9:30 pm (BYOB) Open Year-Round (Important to note: The Crazy Burger kitchen is not a dedicated gluten-free kitchen -- be sure to tell the server that you have celiac or a severe gluten-intolerance/allergy so the chef will take the appropriate measures to keep you safe)

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Twist Bakery & Cafe
30 Milliston Road
Millis, MA 02054


5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
100% Gluten Free Bakery in Millis, Massachusetts

Reviewer: Paula from http://www.celiaccorner.com
Reviewed on Apr 10, 2012

If ever there were to be a gluten-free heaven, I just quietly slipped away from life on earth and made my way there! In fact, what I actually just experienced is a reality … a wonderfully sweet and satisfying reality where I was able to meet a friend for morning coffee and didn’t have to smuggle in a gluten-free breakfast bar in my purse. Gluten-free heaven has a name. Twist Bakery & Café, which opened this past December in Millis, Massachusetts, was recommended by a neighbor whose daughter has Celiac Disease. Sure I expected to see a few gluten-free offerings … the usual wrapped muffin or chocolate chip cookie, located on top of the case filled with a lovely assortment of gluten-filled scones, muffins, pies and cakes, all of which are, alas, off-limits to me. Indeed, Twist had several cases, and yes they were overflowing with colorfully frosted cupcakes, scones, muffins, brownies, macaroons, lemon squares, and even bread pudding. But the “twist” – the difference – is that all of them are free of gluten and other common food allergens. Yes, you could say Twist is my gluten-free heaven. Twist’s food is delicious. My breakfast companion, who doesn’t eat gluten-free, enjoyed everything she ordered. I had a delicious breakfast sandwich on a roll, with egg, melted cheese and bacon, and since we lingered over coffee I later enjoyed a delish orange and ginger muffin. In addition to the artfully prepared bakery items, Twist’s menu offers breakfast items of oatmeal, egg sandwiches, and fresh fruit, and for lunch/dinner there is a variety of sandwiches, salads and freshly made soups. Also available are platters containing a variety of meat, chicken, and roasted veggie dishes, and even chicken pot pie! All of Twist’s products are prepared daily on site and you can tell the ingredients are fresh. Also for sale are loaves of homemade gluten-free bread ($11.95) and rolls (plain and poppy seed) – the same bread/rolls used for the sandwiches. The lunch and dinner items change daily and may include such savory dishes as Chicken with lemon, garlic and thyme, Chicken fried rice, Risotto cakes, Lasagna, Tourtiere, Chicken parmesan, Coconut-Mango chicken, to name a few. I saw several people walking away with large take-away bags. Twist offers a nice variety of teas and the coffee station stocked several spices and even lavender sugar for added flavor and sweetening. Twist’s interior is bright and cheery with its verde wall, and large chalk-drawn wall art. In addition to the casual dining area, there are a few comfy leather chairs in the front area just beckoning for you to sit down with a cup of coffee or tea, and that well deserved gluten-free scone! I noticed the lack of window signage touting Twist's allergen-free offerings, so I asked the owner, Kathryn Ernst, of the neighboring town of Holliston, why she isn’t advertising this in bold letters. Ernst explained her desire is for Twist to appeal to everyone, not just those with special dietary needs. The fact that the food does not contain gluten, or a variety of other food allergens, should be “irrelevant”, according to Ernst, who has been gluten free for five years, and has other food allergies. She believes Twist’s allergy-friendliness will spread among the gluten, dairy, and peanut-free community. I suspect this is true, and it will happen fast! Kathryn has witnessed a few people break down in tears upon seeing what allergen-free delights were available to them (no doubt a few were newly diagnosed Celiacs!). Of the approximately 22 Twist employees, I met at least one with Celiac. Ernst says she likes to hire individuals who understand the nuts and bolts of allergen-free food preparation and living. On my way out, I thanked Kathryn for offering me something different … an opportunity to walk into a café/bakery where 100% of the items were available to me. Very unusual for a Celiac, and yes, very much appreciated. New York City may have Tu-Lu’s gluten-free bakery, and Paris has Helmut Newcake, but now Metrowest/Millis has the “deliciously different” Twist Bakery & Café located at 30 Milliston Road, Millis, MA 02054 (off Route 109, in the plaza near Roche Brothers). If you live in Boston, it is definitely worth the 19 mile drive out to Millis!

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Kabob and Curry
261 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02906


5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Authentic Indian Food -- and Gluten-Free, too -- in Providence, RI

Reviewer: Paula from http://www.celiaccorner.com
Reviewed on Mar 24, 2012

Before my Celiac diagnosis I enjoyed dining at ethnic restaurants throughout the US and on various travels abroad. Indian cuisine of aromatic curry dishes, naan bread, and rice pudding with cardamom and pistachios were among my favorites! I hadn’t been out for Indian food since my diagnosis, so when I read Kabob and Curry, winner of an Award of Distinction from Top Restaurants of RI (2008), offered gluten-free options I made a point of choosing it as a venue when planning lunch out with a friend who lived nearby. It was time I let go of my fear of eating out at other than American food eateries. Located on Thayer Street on the East Side (College Hill) of Providence, the area is a pleasant location for dining as well as browsing the boutiques and bookstores. Rhode Island School of Design is also nearby and worthy of a stroll along cobblestoned Benefit Street lined with historic homes and dotted with eclectic street art. When we walked through the entrance of Kabob and Curry at 11:30 am and were seated in the casual enclosed porch dining area, we were literally the only two diners. Not a good sign I thought … but what a difference 30 minutes can make, and by noon, the entire dining area was filled to capacity, with what I assume were Brown students and east-side workers enjoying a lunch break. In addition to the smaller, enclosed porch area, there was also a larger dining area located on the second floor. I don’t know why I waited so long to reintroduce Indian cuisine into my diet, as much of it is naturally gluten-free, as long as wheat flour is not used as a thickener or as a breading. Yes, naan bread and somosas were off-limits, but there were numerous gluten-free (as well as vegan and vegetarian) options on the menu, which were clearly labeled. I felt the server understood my dietary needs, and I was delighted when he brought papadum to the table, and told me I was able to partake. I happily dipped the lentil and cumin crackers into an assortment of sweet and fiery condiments and was off to a delish gluten-free start! The chef (and owner) Sanjiv Dhar prepared Lam Garley, a minced lamb dumpling ($5) for my appetizer, which was both gluten and dairy-free and deliciously spicy. For my entrée, the mango chicken curry arrived smothered in a fruity mango and cashewnut paste ($6.75), and was accompanied by basmati rice. Neither the mango or curry was the dominant flavor, but the combination of both and the added spices were flavorful. I thoroughly enjoyed both the appetizer and entrée, but honestly the most memorable part of my meal was the sweet ending of homemade green cardamom infused ice-cream, drizzled with mildly sweet rose syrup and topped with ground pistachio ($3.99). Artfully presented and absolutely scrumptious … easily one of the best ice-cream dishes I have ever tasted, and certainly the most beautiful! The lunch portions weren’t enormous, but they were adequate and filling, and allowed me room for dessert. The servers were very accommodating and polite. In addition to Kabob and Curry’s wine and beer list (they offer one gluten-free beer by Green’s), there were several “signature” drinks including Adam & Eve, Delhi Dawn, Bombay Blossom and Bollywood and containing such exotic ingredients as passion fruit and tamarind juices, and St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, to name a few. Kabob and Curry is open for both lunch and dinner, 7 days a week (see website for hours). Both take-out and delivery is available.

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Pane e Vino
286 Atwells Avenue
Providence, RI


4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
Review of Pane e Vino

Reviewer: Paula from http://www.celiaccorner.com
Reviewed on Jan 14, 2012

A few weeks ago I enjoyed a delicious gluten free dinner, in the company of good friends, at a venue located in Providence, Rhode Islands’ historic Federal Hill district – otherwise known as “Little Italy”. Chosen not only because it was one of the very few restaurants offering a gluten free menu on the Hill, but also due to their notable RI Monthly Magazine’s “Best of Rhode Island” awards, including Best Italian (2011), so I was anticipating an especially satisfying dining experience, and I’m happy to say Pane e Vino delivered. Located at 365 Atwells Avenue, in the heart of the Hill, Pane e Vino, Italian for “bread and wine” welcomes you the minute you walk through the entrance doors of the handsome historic building. From the hostess’ greeting to the warm amber interior lighting, Pane e Vino is filled with charm. Vases of beautifully arranged fresh flowers adorned every alcove, filling the air with an enticing aroma … not surprisingly, Pane e Vino was also voted Best Romantic Restaurant by Best of RI (2011). Owned by Joseph DeQuattro, a second generation Italian American born in Providence, Pane e Vino opened its doors in 2002, with a vision of serving “fresh, simple and honest” comfort food, similar to the food he grew up eating with his mother and grandmother. The separate gluten-free menu was introduced a short 6 months ago, which consists of a vast selection of gluten-free offerings:Antipasti (including Caprese, Cozze all’ Arrabbiata, and various insalata ranging in price from $8 – $24); Farinacei (GF pasta dishes including Penne Bolognese, Penne con Cime di Rapa, Penne alla Fra’ Diavolo from $16 – $29); Secondi (poultry, veal, and seafood from $19 – $26); and a nice variety of items from the wood burning grill (including Bistecca alla Griglia, Costoletta alla Griglia, Salmone alla Griglia from $25 to $35). If you don’t know Italian, you may want to review the complete gluten-free menu below describing ingredients in English! The GF menu noted many of the items on the regular menu could also be modified to be gluten-free and “though the kitchen is not 100% gluten-free, the chef will take precautions to avoid cross contamination by preparing the meal on cleaned surfaces”. Our server was accommodating and knowledgeable about the gluten-free menu and I was immediately at ease and for an appetizer ordered the Carpaccio ($10), with a base layer of beef tenderloin, topped with baby arugula and grana padano, a delicious cheese, and drizzled with a Worcestershire aioli sauce. The salmon was fresh and cooked perfectly. It came with a drizzle of sweet balsamic sauce, and was perched precariously over a middle layer of roasted asparagus, and a bottom layer of THE most creamy, buttery garlic mashed potatoes. The asparagus was grilled and to just the right tenderness. All the items were artfully presented by the Chef de Cuisine Fraser Davis and his kitchen staff. After consuming every last morsel on my plate, I thought I would, alas, have to pass on Il dolce, but then I quickly rationalized that in the interest of providing a “thorough” review, it was my duty to review a dessert as well …! One final remark about the interior. While I don’t often comment about a restaurant’s “facilities”, I do have to briefly mention Pane e Vinos’. Let’s just say if RI Monthly had a category for most charming toilette, Pane e Vino would win that award too! Though Pane e Vino is well suited for a romantic dinner for two, it accommodates families and larger groups as well. The restaurant offers a fixed price gluten-free Trattoria menu ($19.95 per person, which includes antipasti, entrée, dessert and coffee/tea) which is available Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and all day Sunday. To view Pane e Vino’s gluten-free menu visit: http://www.panevino.net/menu/Gluten-Free.pdf Pane e Vino is located at 365 Atwells Avenue, on historic Federal Hill in Providence, RI. Open every night at 5:00, except on Sundays they open at 4:00 pm. Reservations recommended. Valet parking available.

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