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Brennan's
417 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130


4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
Banana's Foster Says it all -- gluten free at famous New Orleans restaurant

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Huntington Station, New York
Reviewed on Dec 03, 2016

Opened in 1946, Brennan's is the home of the Banana's Foster. You heard me right: Banana's Foster, one of the best desserts known to man which happens to exist simply because of a surplus of bananas. Their cuisine is creole inspired, with a ton of elegance. They have gluten free items identified, and there are plenty of them, although everything is a bit pricy. We ordered the Shrimp and Chicory salad, drum in French curry powder and the Banana's Foster (of course). The Banana's Foster is made tableside, and is worth the experience.

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Palace Cafe
605 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130


3.0 Palms
3.0 Palms
Palace Cafe: Subpar Gluten Free options in New Orleans

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Huntington Station, New Y
Reviewed on Dec 03, 2016

A French cuisine inspired restaurant that is one of the most upscale in the city. While they have a limited gluten free menu, the options aren't very welcoming for a pescatarian celiac, so Mike and I ended up ordering the same dish: The Shrimp Tchefuncte. Although hearty in flavor and the perfect amount of food, the dish just didn't do it for us. There was no depth to the flavor, only density. The cocktails on the other hand were to die for, we highly recommend the Pimm's cup and the Classic lime margarita.

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Meals from the Heart, The Crepe Cart
1100 North Peters Street
New Orleans, LA 70116


3.0 Palms
3.0 Palms
Gluten Free Finds in New Orleans' French Market

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Huntington Station, New Y
Reviewed on Dec 03, 2016

Spanning for 6 blocks you can find a great variety of things here including jewelry, produce, and handmade goods. One building houses the "restaurant" booths, including Meals from the Heart, a place with years of history which prides itself on offering healthier organic take-out food options that are freshly prepared. Their menu is color coded to make item selection easier for those who are vegan and gluten free, and these items are quite expansive considering the limited length of the menu. Gluten Free items include things such as omelettes, pancakes, grits, and crab cakes all of which were top quality and classically southern. Yes, we ate there more than once across our vacation. It is worth it to wait your turn to snag a seat! Be sure to strike up a conversation with the owners while your waiting for your meal, as they have great stories to share about their lives. Also in the French Market is The Crepe Cart, a neat little place to grab a quick gluten free or vegan crepe to go.

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Perfecto Mundo
1141 Jericho Turnpike
Commack, NY 11725


5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
RM Bistro is a Gluten Free MUST Visit in Commack, NY

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Huntington Station, New Y
Reviewed on Dec 03, 2016

RM Bistro is a new take on Indian cuisine, fusing classic Indian flavors with American, Mediterranean, and other cooking styles and ingredients; think Greek style salad jazzed up with masala hummus and charred kale for example. The Crispy Artichoke Hearts is another must try "taste." These chickpea flour and tumeric battered and fried bites are not oily, and they pair mindblowingly well with the sauce they are served with.

While the menu indicates only gluten free appetizers and breads, in the tradition of Indian cuisine almost every main entree can be made gluten free. For seafood try the Shrimp Baingan Bhartha, a transitional eggplant dish topped with shrimp. Your mouth will thank you for the sweetness and spice that meets it with every bite, and the shrimp is a good palate cleanser. Seafood not your e game? Try ANY of their vegetable dishes, we've gone two times and we've had the Aloo Gobhi (potato and cauliflower), Bhindi Masala (Okra), and the RM Shahi Vegetables (Mixed vegetables). We can't speak to their meat dishes, but I'm sure they are equally as phenomenal.

Pair those main dishes with the Besan Pura (chickpea pancakes) if you miss the naan, and add some of the house hot sauce if you want it spicy (and I mean super spicy). The family doesn't stop with main dishes either, they go above and beyond with their dessert and drink options as well. I cannot recommend enough the Ice Cream Trio if you can have dairy. Each flavor is served in its own little dish atop of a compote of nuts and fruits. It was perfect!

The food is a melody of flavor and texture, each dish taking on its own personality. What I like best is that the flavors are not lost in each other. For instance, many of the dishes are light on sauce compared to other Indian restaurants which essentially smother their meat / seafood / vegetables in sauce. This lets you taste the sauce AND the ingredients, bringing out the natural flavors of both and making each bite a gastronomic powerhouse.

Beyond the food RM Bistro is also encouraging music, dance and home cooking. On Friday nights you can find local musicians and belly dancers entertaining the guests. And if going out isn't your thing, you can even get home cooking classes (including history of food, shopping, and ingredient picking) from the chefs.

If you are looking for a phenomenal gluten free experience look no further than RM Bistro, the food and the atmosphere feeds your heart as well as your belly. You won't go hungry.

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Crazy Lobster
Port of New Orleans Place
New Orleans, LA 70130


5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Nice Gluten Free Eats Along the Mississippi River

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Huntington Station, New Y
Reviewed on Oct 12, 2015

This restaurant overlooks the Mississippi River and often has live music. We found it easy to figure out what to eat, as each safe item is designated gluten free on their short and sweet menu. What they lack in extensive options they make up for in fresh authentic ingredients. With live blues music humming in the background, we chowed down on a heaping pile of Shrimp Cocktail Appetizer and a bucket of steamed shrimp, corn on the cob, and potatoes.

This of course came with a side of Hurricanes and Bloody Mary's. Everything was seasoned just right with Cajun spice, and cooked to perfection. Definitely check them out if you are looking for a low key authentic experience with less fuss than so many of the places on the main roads.

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Sucre
3025 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115


4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
Gluten Free Macaroons in New Orleans!

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Huntington Station, New Y
Reviewed on Oct 12, 2015

Words can't express the bliss that this place brought to my taste buds. With the exception of a few flavored macaroons and other items, everything was gluten free. On this particular visit, I helped myself to three flavored macaroons: Bananas Foster, Pecan, and Kings Cake. While the Kings Cake was rather sweet for my taste, I was told this is traditional for the usual cake it is modeled after. We'd go on to visit there another time before leaving, where I got a box of various flavors that were all amazing, distinct, and delicious! Sucre has multiple locations in New Orleans.

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Another Broken Egg
2917 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115


5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Gluten free dining in New Orleans' Garden District

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Huntington Station, New Y
Reviewed on Oct 12, 2015

Breakfast was at Another Broken Egg Cafe, where we had the pleasure of eating with some birds that made themselves comfortable around our table and even on our plates. Way may have made matters worse by feeding them, but it was well worth it. Another Broken Egg's staff were friendly, knowledgeable and incredibly helpful. They had a good variety of gluten free items, that were denoted as such specifically on their regular menu, and they allowed for flexibility if you wanted to substitute items. The blackberry grits and omelette were phenomenal and uniquely southern. For a chain restaurant they certainly maintain flavor and quality, and it is great to have the gluten free breakfast opportunity of pancakes!

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ReViVer
934 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10019


4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
ReViVer: Healthy and gluten free "fast food" in NYC

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Huntington Station, New York
Reviewed on Sep 15, 2015

New York City is not lacking in gluten free food options. From 100% gluten free Italian to gluten free friendly Ethiopian, you can always find something to appease your taste buds in the city, but sometimes you just don't have the time for a low key slow paced establishment. A brief walk from Penn Station can land you at ReViVer on 8th avenue, a funky little restaurant that can quickly feed you some amazing food when you don't have much time (but don't want to skimp on nutrition). Their motto is "Culinary art backed by nutritional science," and each item they serve has been hand crafted to be clean, pure, nutritious, and balanced.

There are no menus here. The entire upper half of one wall outlines what you can order and lets you know if that item is Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan or Vegetarian. Each item also get a ReViVer score, which looks at how nutritious the dish is. Outside of being nutritious, the food is from a variety of cultures, and focuses in my opinion on street foods (foods that are easy and quick to make). On our stop here we ordered the Mahi Fish Tacos and the Moroccan Grilled Tofu Bowl. Both items were low in calories but filling, and truly tasted like heaven. Although the prices are higher compared to some other quick stop places to grab food, they are well worth it considering that everything you get is organic and highly nutritious. Certainly give ReViVer a try if you are in the area!

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District Taco
1919 M Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20036


5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
The Best Tacos in DC -- and gluten free, too!!

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Huntington Station, New York
Reviewed on Sep 06, 2015

If you are gluten free and ever find yourself in the Washington DC area, I highly recommend District Taco. This taco joint, originating from a set of food trucks, now has several store front locations across DC and Virginia but has maintained much of the food truck character.

The walls of the front of the store are lined with notes of praise and fun accolades of people's experiences, which is a great way to pass the time as you wait for your order. It's also good publicity! Orders are made in the front of their stores, and you are given a number that will be called when your food is ready. Items are cooked on the spot yet quick, and come out warm. Their menu is simple, offering an array of Mexican fair much of which is gluten free. They are also highly vegetarian and vegan friendly, and serve alcoholic beverages.

After ordering you can go all out on the salsa bar adding free condiments to your order, including a variety of different salsas, sauces, and toppings. Even without this station though, the food was fantastic. It was subtly flavored and fresh, and if you get the corn tortilla tacos they are double wrapped so you can make twice the food with their salsa bar. As an added bonus for us vegetarian and vegan folks, their vegetarian items come with free guacamole. Finally, the entire menu is decently priced. You won't go hungry here if you have only ten dollars on you!

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Three great Asheville restaurants
1241 Kildaire Farm Road
Asheville, NC


4.0 Palms
4.0 Palms
Asheville NC: A Must Visit Gluten Free Destination

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

North Carolina has become a hot bed of transplanted New Yorker's escaping the steep costs and clutter of a down state New York life, and it's no wonder; The costs are lower than NY and the state is breathtaking. I was simply in awe of the Mountain views and broad open land of the Asheville, North Carolina area, not to mention the vastness of the Biltmore Estate.

Outside of its obvious beauty, Asheville is a breath of fresh air for the food allergen community. There are a variety of "alternative eating" establishments that cater to the needs of those who are vegan, gluten free, dairy free and more. Here are some of my favorite highlights:

The Plant

Indecision to me is a signal I already love a place before I even taste any of their food; I just want to eat everything on the menu. For me, The Plant was just that type of restaurant. This small yet peppy establishment is 100% Vegan. You heard me correctly: 100% Vegan. AND many of their options are gluten free, with a dedicated gluten free fryer to boot. The staff have a laid back attitude, but they know their stuff about dietary restrictions (which I suppose comes with the territory of veganism). Not being vegan ourselves, we were intrigued by the fully vegan menu and ordered three courses. We had an appetizer of marinated carrots, quinoa bread and their signature cheese platter. The cheese platter was a collection of vegan cheeses (aged on premises) paired with fresh made quinoa bread, crisp gershins, and sweetened apples. It was the perfect combination of sweet and tangy. For our main dishes we chose the croquettes and the chicken adobo. While the textures were off for us pescatarians, and former meat eaters, each dish was well portioned and delightfully flavored. Next came a dessert of Lemon pine nut ice cream, which was both nutty and good pallet cleanser to round out the meal. What I loved most about the dishes were the finishing touches. No knot was left untied in combining complex flavors into satisfying and well rounded dish, and with an open kitchen space you can even watch your food being made.

Tupelo Honey Cafe

This chain restaurant, with restaurants throughout the south and two in Asheville, specializes in Southern soul food. Their gluten free items are indicated on the regular menu. For an appetizer we ordered their homemade pimento cheese with gluten free bread, which was right out of the kitchen and spicy. Our entrees were their Cajun catfish, with salsa over goat cheese grits, and Carolina Mountain Trout, pan seared and over grits. While flavorful, the defining flavors of our dishes were lost among the grits flavoring. Each bite was homogeneous in flavor and texture. Staff were knowledgeable and on point. For example, their kitchen space was open and you could hear the staff warning each other of the gluten free allergy needs of our order. However, we also felt rushed during the whole experience by the wait staff who checked on us every few minutes and brought the check before we were even finished with our entrees.

Urban Orchard Cider Company

When we visited the Urban Orchard Cider Company they had only recently opened, and didn't even have a website yet! Family owned, this brewery and tap room concocts ciders right under the feet of its patrons. Although the family has been making cider for generations, the ring leader of this establishment is a daughter of the family who had attended cider school, and has a knack for playing with different yeasts to bring about different flavors. At the time there were 5 flavors, all very distinct and full bodied. One of the highlights of their ciders is the use of all natural ingredients, excluding the use of corn starch. Be sure to swing on by for a relaxing taste of their ciders, or one of their many other items available in tap or bottle, if you are in the area.

Other Points of Interest

A visit to the Biltmore Estate is a must regardless of the amount of time you have in Asheville. The Biltmore is the largest one resident home in the world, with 250 rooms total. On the estate you'll also find a fully functional winery and several restaurants, all of which cater to gluten free needs. We didn't dine there but if we go back we certainly will.

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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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LaFrida
64 Mody Road
Cabo San Lucas, 23450
Mexico

4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
Pueblo Bonito Sunset Resort is Gluten Free Accommodating!

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New York
Reviewed on Feb 22, 2014

Outside of the restaurants, there were many small bars and swim up spots (Yes I could swim while eating a taco and drinking a margarita) where we could grab a quick bite to eat on the resort property. We learned quickly that if we wanted nachos that weren't fried we just had to ask for 'lite nachos', which meant they were baked, so a variety of nacho dishes became a good go-to snack. We also had access to gluten free sushi and sashimi, salads, ceviche, tacos, dips and salasa, and other items. Oh, and Drinks. Lots and lots of drinks. After day two or so EVERY server we spoke to knew of our needs and was happy to accommodate, make suggestions, or answer questions about the various menus at each location.

There were only two things that weren't gluten free friendly about the restaurant. First, their breakfast buffet was almost entirely gluten based so it wasn't worth our money. A few additions to this would quickly solve this problem. Secondly, there wasn't a large convenience store on the property that had a lot of gluten free options. Although there was one that offered deli sandwiches and salad options in addition to some of the grocery staples, there weren't many fresh ingredients, or gluten free selections here. We found it easier to shop in town at one of the other resorts that had a small supermarket. It was also cheaper to do this.

Overall our experience at this resort was fantastic, and far from the disaster I was anticipating. Once we were understood, and the language barrier crossed, we were accommodated happily (mostly) and served wonderful food. I would highly recommend it for a trip to Cabo, regardless of the fact that it's slightly biased because I have no experience with other resorts anywhere. Either way, you know it's a safe option!

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LaFrida
64 Mody Road
Cabo San Lucas, 23450
Mexico

5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Good Experience at The Bistro (Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach)

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New Y
Reviewed on Feb 22, 2014

The Bistro, Sunset's international 'family style' dining experience is one of their more causal restaurants and is open 24 hours. The place has indoor and outdoor seating galore, allowing for minimal wait time and beautiful views of the ocean (and whales!). The first time we went here I used the dining card with my waiter, and our presence and needs spread throughout the staff like wildfire. Every server after that knew instantly what I was speaking about when I started the gluten free introduction, and was happy and willing to accommodate or answer any questions we might have..
This became our go-to spot, and I felt comfortable exploring new dishes. I honestly can't find anything wrong with any of the dishes we had here (which included items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner). We had dishes like Shrimp tacos, Sashimi with jalapeno, Sea Bass with Vegetable sides and rice, Fish A la Talla, Breakfast omelettes, salads, nachos, plenty of drinks, and flan. The flan, my god the flan: It was amazing. All delicious, all good portions, all decently priced, and all served with a smile.

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LaFrida
64 Mody Road
Cabo San Lucas, 23450
Mexico

3.5 Palms
3.5 Palms
Fine Dining at LaFrida (Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach-Cabo)

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New Y
Reviewed on Feb 22, 2014

LaFrida is Sunset Beach's Mexican Cuisine restaurant, whose design was inspired by artist Frida Kahlo. Only open for dinner Tuesday-Sunday, they are on the pricier side of the cost spectrum and are not included in the all inclusive option. I honestly would NEVER eat here if it wasn't a honeymoon, and was disappointed with the prices. Staff seemed knowledgeable, with the help of the dining cards, and were willing to accommodate our needs. Many dishes were safe without question, and other things could be altered.

We ordered two dishes to share, and were also given a few things on the house to taste. Our dinner included Bluefin Tuna Tartar, a soup of Asparagus, Spinach, Parmigiano cheese and white truffle oil, a salad of beets, pecans, greens, raspberry, and honey, white chocolate rosemary ice cream, and a few drinks. Overall the food was very high quality and delicious, although the portions were small. We found the staff to be helpful, although quick to get frustrated and annoyed. I can attribute this somewhat to the language barrier, but at one point one gentlemen who clearly understood what we were saying took offense to us saying we couldn't have the complimentary dish and rushed off with an audible sign and an eye roll. This being our first experience I was a bit upset and worried for the week to come, that is until the manager came over to apologize for the confusion and offer us another dish.

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Kalustyan's
123 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10016


4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
Kalustyan's Can Spice Up Your Gluten Free Life

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New Y
Reviewed on Feb 22, 2014

Located in New York City on Lexington Avenue, Kalustyan's is three expansive floors of international and multicultural cooking ingredients including but not limited to: sauces, spices, breads, bean mixes, bulk ingredients, flours, olive oils, canned goods, seasonings, and teas. It probably has anything you could ever ask for, seriously, and for me it was like food geek heaven. Almost everything is packaged on site, and many gluten free items are offered.

However, being the curious Celiac that I am, I spoke with one of the employees who clarified what is truly safe for a Celiac or someone with a wheat allergy. According to this employee, there are two sets of employees who package different items at different times. Bulk items (beans, seeds, chocolates, etc.) and flours are all packaged at the same time by one set of employees. This includes the gluten free items, for which they take precautions but, since they are done at the same time, cannot fully guarantee no cross contamination. Spices and Seasonings are packaged separately by a different set of employees at a different time. So, Spices and Seasonings are a go, but be cautious if your looking to use their bulk or flour products. Obviously, prepackaged goods not made or packaged by them require the same usual diligence.

Despite the massive content that can be overwhelming to the first comer, the layout keeps things clean and simple. Check out these photos for an idea.

The main floor includes bulk good, canned goods, sauces, fridge items, oils, rices, and sweets.

The Lower level includes flours, cooking mixes, ethnic groceries, cooking gadgets, and spices and seasonings (mostly in alphabetical order).

The Upper level included a selection of tea, cooking supplies (cups, bowls, steamers etc.), and a take out or dine in deli.

Doesn't it just seem great?

So, if you're as insane as I am about flavoring your foods, and live in the area/will be in NYC to visit, totally check out Kalustyan's! And be sure to check out one of my favorite things there besides the food: A huge list located in the spice section that gives you the ethnic background, cooking uses, and pairings for their spices and seasonings. I wanted to take a copy home!

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Coquette's Bistro & Bakery
321 North Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903


2.0 Palms
2.0 Palms
Disappointing Experience at Coquette's Bistro and Bakery

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New Y
Reviewed on Jul 06, 2013

I had been referred to this restaurant by a Twitter follower when I asked where would be a good place to eat in Colorado. It is in a BEAUTIFUL town reminding me greatly of NY towns in the Lake George region, and has many great reviews. I am sad to say that my review will not be one of those. My Husband and I were highly disappointed to say the least, and this is big seeing as I am typically a rather positive reviewer.

We got there mid afternoon, around 1. It took the staff, who were walking by us consistently, 5 minutes to ask if we wanted to be seated, at which point we opted to sit outside to enjoy the town. This was a big mistake as we were seated right near the dumpster and were constantly annoyed by flies. The waitress came out about 2 minutes after seating us to ask if we were ready, and when we said no it took her half an hour to come back. I am not kidding, I timed it. I was considering going back in to let her know we were ready but I wanted to see how long it took for her to get to us. When she came she took our order and we also moved back inside to avoid the flies.

We ordered one drink, the Veggie Burger with Truffle fries, and what we thought was a Cajun Shrimp Crepe. What we got was two of the same drink order, the correct burger order, and shrimp over rice. I can understand the confusion about the rice vs. crepe but after the wait and stress already we were disappointed. To add to it, when we told her that we had only ordered one of the drinks she rolled her eyes and stated "Well, YOU are missing out". This attitude, as did the ordering mistakes, continued throughout the rest of our meal. Seeing as we wanted to try desserts, we chanced it and got a Crema Strawberry Crepe and a cupcake with Lavender Buttercreme frosting. This order again came to us wrong, and with more attitude. I'll also note that the restaurant was also full of flies...

Being from NY, and wanting to escape that type of environment, I don't do well with attitude or rudeness. The place was not busy while we were there and the entire atmosphere was just an odd mix of laid back but impatient. They wanted to take your order and get you out, with no consideration of effective service with a smile, but they wanted to do it around their time. NOW you don't always have to smile but you certainly don't imply that the patron made a mistake and roll your eyes.

The only saving grace of this place was that the food was good quality. Everything was of good quality and flavorful, although a few things just seemed 'off' in a way I can't explain. The Truffle Fries, really home fries, were delicious and unique, and the cupcake has become something I have strived to make several times with no success. In addition, there was a variety of gluten free menu selections you would often not see at other restaurants.

All together this has to be one of the most disappointing restaurant experiences of my gluten free travels, not because everything was horrible but because it was something I had wanted to live up to the review standards. It's just another example of how a place functions can make food disappointing. I am not sure if we were there on an off day, had the wrong servers, or their reputation has gotten the best of them, but if you do decide to try it out, don't get your hopes up. Or maybe you are someone who can tolerate the above better than me, in which case I give you a big thumbs up.

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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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Dark Horse Restaurant
1 East Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901


3.5 Palms
3.5 Palms
A Horse of a Gluten Free Color -- Dining in Riverhead, NY

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New Y, US
Reviewed on Jan 14, 2012

You don't expect to find this little gem when you drive into the main town of Riverhead, a smaller town out towards the east end of Long Island. Situated on a corner, it is a bright and spacious location that is clean and stylish with it's simple 'woodsy' yet chic decor. We were met with a simple, yet short, menu that said flat out that they SPEAK Gluten Free. They did not lie. Our waiter knew exactly what we were asking and explained that they do not cross contaminate 'what so ever', have a dedicated fryer (you guys know I love this part) AND make their own bread on site. I could tell that we were in for a treat. Mike and I ordered a ginger martini, Gluten Free Crab Cake Appetizer, Bison Ground Steak Burger, and the day's special of Bison Chili with Corn Chips. Their selection of gluten free items ranged however from sandwiches to salads to pastas and more, which makes for a big variety on such a small menu. Crab cakes are often difficult to come across gluten free, and seeing as I am sometimes in the mood for them (this day being one of them) I had to take the opportunity. While the taste was delicious, I was somewhat disappointed in the portion size for the price. For $11 you get two smaller than fist size crab cakes, with a side of spinach and lettuce and orange chipotle mayo. The cakes were a bit on the dry side, yet when paired with the mayo were simply savory. Unfortunately, given the size the best part of this was the salad. The Bison Chili and Bison Groun Steak Burger were definitely more size and price worthy. Bison is an interesting meat in my opinion, which adds a more natural flavor to any dish. I cannot explain it's flavor, other than being more 'down to earth' tasting than other meats. The Chili was superb, tasting warm and flavorful. Adding the chips was a fun way to eat the chili, and made it easier to share. Mike and I did feel however that the amount of cheese pulled your senses away from the chili flavor itself, especially with the added toppings of sour cream, quacamole, and onions, so we could have done with less cheese. The Bison Ground Steak Burger was also great, you did not loose the flavor of the meat in this dish. Instead, it was enhanced by the bbq sauce made on premise that it came with. The house made bun was soft and moist, it is a real treat to have a burger on a bun in the store. The burger also came with coldslaw and potatoes that were decent, although somewhat blander than I would have expected. All things considered, this was a good dining experience, although Mike and I agree that for what you get the price is far too high. If you are looking for a good venue on the island for a special date occasion in a great location with friendly people and good tasting food this is the place if you want to treat yourself by sending a bit more cash. SUBMITTED BY CELTIC CELIAC: http://celtic-celiac.blogspot.com/

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MEDIEVAL TIMES
149 Polito Avenue
Lyndhurst, NJ 07071


4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
A Gluten Free Kingdom in New Jersey Worthy of a Visit

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New Y, US
Reviewed on Jan 14, 2012

Medieval Times has a standard set menu which consists of, at this location: garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, oven-roasted chicken, spare rib, herb-roasted potatoes, a dessert pastry and non-alcoholic beverages free of charge. When buying tickets, their website has options to select vegetarian dinners or 'other' diet requirements. They also ask that you call to establish what your diet is. Before calling I had been worried that everything would be out of the question and I would have an entirely different meal. However, that wasn't the case. I called after we purchased the tickets and spoke to a kitchen manager. He assured me that they are very accommodating to gluten free needs, in fact everything is made gluten free to begin with with the exception of the the spare rib, and the obvious dessert pastry and garlic bread. He told me to tell my server I was gluten free, and they would ensure I got TWO bowls of soup to accommodate the loss of the other products, and a special dessert. On the day we got there I did just that and was met with great service, despite serving about 50 people at once. My server also remembered my requirements and there were no mistakes. People were jealous of my two bowls of soup, and everything was delicious! My special dessert was an organic ice pop, which for the weather was a great match (and again made people jealous!). To top it off, the bar was very knowledgeable about which Alcohols were gluten free so I got to try some of their signature drink mixtures. I would highly recommend going here if you are gluten free, or have gluten free children. It is nice sometimes to have a bit of fun and be informal. SUBMITTED BY CELTIC CELIAC: http://celtic-celiac.blogspot.com/

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SARITA'S MACARONI AND CHEESE
345 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10003


5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Gluten-Free S'MAC Attack in NYC

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New Y, US
Reviewed on Sep 15, 2011

S'MAC is a Mac and Cheese place featuring 12 standard flavor mixes, specials and a create your own option. S'MAC is affiliated with the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) and makes every effort to eliminate cross contamination in their restaurant so it is also a hot spot for gluten free diners. The place is so jam packed all the time that they take up two store fronts, one for take out and one for dine in options. Although small the atmosphere just seemed fun and full of life to me. TIP: Don't go during busy times or order out :) The dishes can be ordered in 4 sizes: Nosh, Major Nosh, Mongo and Partay! Gluten Free noodles are for an extra 3.00 charge. Although the extra charge is rather steep it's well worth it if you love a good dish of Mac and Cheese. Best of all, They also have gluten free Breadcrumbs! All 5 dishes, which could feed 4 of us and then some, was 73$s. Not too bad! Our order included: 4-Cheese, Mediterranean, Cajun, Masala and Buffalo Chicken. All dishes are cooked in their own pan that is put directly in the oven. Each item had a distinguished and unique flavor from the others although all were the perfect blend of creamy middle and 'crunchy' top and bottom shells from the cooking technique. The 4-Cheese was plain and simple, reminicient of mac and cheese from childhood. It was creamy and delicious. The Mediterranean had to be the most unique of the dishes as it included a mix of olives and goat cheese and the main dish. This made for an earthy taste which I would have enjoyed without the olives, which were incredibly over powering. Mike Diligently Taste Testing The Cajun had a kick to it and was quite flavorful because of the added peppers, onion and garlic. The sausage reminded me of a classier version of adding hot dogs to Mac and Cheese and a kid, which I had to admit made me smile. The Masala was... fantastic. As Andrew put it, although it sounds kind of odd, "It's different but the same, it gives you that 'I'm unique but you've had me before' feeling." I think this just about sums it it to be honest, and if you want it to make more sense try it! The flavor of this dish was a great blend between traditional Mac and Cheese and Traditional Indian food. It came together perfectly. The Buffalo Chicken was not a hit with us. Unlike the Masala, which blended the unique flavor or two distinct dishes, the Buffalo Chicken failed to do so without leaving your tongue confused. The blue cheese was chucked to one side, the flavor seemed inconsistent and over all the buffalo was a bit too 'hot'. We just couldn't get it and didn't like it. All in all S'MAC is a hit with me, Andrew, James and Mike. We all agreed that the Masala was our favorite, with the Buffalo Chicken coming in as least favorite for everyone but me. What did I like? In order of Least favorite to most: Mediterranean, Buffalo Chicken, 4-Cheese, Cajun and Masala. S'MAC brings together a typical American Comfort food with a delightful twist. You will get your money's worth and your wait's worth eating here without a doubt, if you love that kind of thing anyway. So, grab some friends and some plastic forks and Partay (if you know what you like) or Nosh it (if you don't)! Either way you'll be pleased! SUBMITTED BY CELTIC CELIAC @ http://celtic- celiac.blogspot.com/

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Heartland Brewery
35 Union Square West
New York, NY 10003


3.5 Palms
3.5 Palms
Gluten Free Bar/Pub food for the GF New York Crowd

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New Y, US
Reviewed on Sep 12, 2011

Heartland Brewery has several locations and a gluten free menu. The Gluten Free items are included on the regular menu and clearly labeled. (I have always been a fan of doing it this way to limit the stigma of Gluten Free eating). What is odd to me is that only a few of their locations have dedicated fryers, which somewhat makes the Gluten Free Menu obsolete at some locations that don't have it. I assume they are slowly converting all of their locations to Gluten Free. Union Square recently got themselves one of these fryers so I had many options for a quick snack. Nachos were on my mind that day and they were great. They were even better when combined with a Woodchuck and Raspberry Liquor mixture (which is now my favorite drink). Service was fast and cheery despite the crowd and our waiter did not hesitate to acknowledge that she did not know about Gluten Free options and went to ask the Chef with no complaints! I'll be heading back here to try more of their Gluten Free products soon.

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Dinosaur Barbecue
700 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027


1.5 Palms
1.5 Palms
A glimpse at Stone Age Gluten Free Knowledge

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New Y, US
Reviewed on Sep 12, 2011

I was, to put it lightly, highly disappointed. While all meats and Sauces were Gluten Free, very few of the sides that they prepared there were safe. I could get a salad, potatoes or plain steamed veggies it seemed, which is a disappointment from a place whose sides sound delicious and unique...In addition our Waitress was very nasty and had little time to answer my questions. She had a keen sense of acting how you shouldn't act around patrons (eye rolling etc.) and needless to say got a small tip. The food is good, although the steak in my salad was charred, but I wouldn't waste my time with this location again. Honestly, I would recommended buying the sauces and making your own dishes rather than dining here.

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Wild Willy's Burgers
317 West Boylston Street
Worcester, MA 01606


4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
Gluten-Free in Worchester, MA: Wild for Wild Willy's Burgers

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New Y, US
Reviewed on Sep 12, 2011

Their menu contains burgers, chicken sandwiches and fish sandwiches, as well as many fried items. Almost every item on their menu was gluten free, including every fried item. They use a special mix of gluten free flours to 'bread' all of their fried products so even the non Gluten Free folks are eating Gluten Free! The staff was friendly and knowledgeable about Gluten Free needs. The Menu was outdated but the manager was friendly enough to show me the list of flour and point out the limited items that weren't gluten free (due to sauces). The dining area is a "sit where you wish" setting, with the register giving you an enlarged playing card you put on your table so they know where to bring your order. I ordered chicken fingers and french fries while Mike got a fix sandwich. I felt items were a bit more expensive than worth for the amount of food you received but overall It was a delight to eat fried food out at a restaurant, something I haven't done in a very long time. The items were fried perfectly to my liking, I like them crunchy, and they were tasty. One key point to remember though is if you are getting a burger or sandwich ask them to specify that you need a gluten free bun. Despite the fact I said I was Gluten Free she did not key it into the computer and I was given a regular roll. They had to redo my sandwich. The Gluten Free rolls have Gluten Free stamped on them and are heated in a separate area. SUBMITTED BY CELTIC CELIAC @ http://celtic- celiac.blogspot.com/

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Ninety Nine
1184 Putney Road
Guilford, VT 05301


2.5 Palms
2.5 Palms
Subpar Gluten Free Dining in Vermont

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New Y, US
Reviewed on Sep 12, 2011

I wasn't pleased or disappointed in Ninety Nine, quite frankly they were just okay and nothing more. Their gluten free menu, which they tout as a good variety of their items, is mediocre and contains less than 20 items total. Their biggest downside is no dedicated fryer, which limits what they can offer. In addition many of the items are too similar in my tastes to make a gf menu variable. What got me though is that not more of their sandwiches are offered, despite the fact that they have gluten free buns. Although it was early morning we were either too rushed at points or they completely forgot about us. In addition, my server didn't seem too knowledgeable about gluten free as she offered me rice Pilaf, whose typical american version is not gluten free and which is not listed on the menu as a safe side. Price wise there is no difference between the gluten free menu items and those on the regular menu, which is a plus and rare for chains (if modifications such as gluten free bread is offered). I ordered the All Star Steakburger with Garlic Mashed potatoes and a bubble tea. Unfortunately, the food was bland and the meat was very oily. The bun was loosely held together and easily absorbed the oil which lead to a very crumbly and frustrating mess. The only upside of the meal was the bubble tea. Overall, Ninety Nine could do with a revamp of their menu and the addition of a dedicated fryer. For all american fare, which has never been my favorite, and for gluten free, if you can't find it anywhere else, it'll have to do. Submitted By Celtic Celiac @ http://celtic- celiac.blogspot.com/

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Tavern 27
2075 Parade Road
Laconia, NH 03246


5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Gluten-Free Tapas Heaven at restaurant in Laconia, NH

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New Y, US
Reviewed on Jul 31, 2011

This is, hands down, the BEST gluten free find EVER. I cried, literally, with joy because everything pretty much amounted to my gluten free version of heaven. I Am Not Kidding. Tavern 27, soon to be The Mystic Meadows includes a restaurant, golf course and a little antique and boutique called Magical Mystery Store. Tavern 27 is Tapas Style food with an american twist, making it ideal for trying a number of their dishes at one meal (which is a good thing if you are visiting and have no idea when you'll be back!). The elegant menu was simple and contained many items which are made gluten free, with mainly only the obvious items seeming to be non-gluten free friendly. An added bonus was a gluten free dedicated fryer, a rare find in most chain restaurants so it is incredible to find this in a tiny non-chain. When we arrived we were the only two patrons in the restaurant so we received first class service, although I am sure we would have received it regardless. Everyone was incredibly nice, friendly, helpful and open to discussing anything and everything we had a question about. The owners explained that they went with gluten free options because one of their mother's was gluten free. Making GF food is a challenge that they love. We tried 7 dishes including: Inside out Garlic and Pepper Poppers, Chickpea fries (fritters shaped into fries), Tavern French Fries (Sweet potato and regular fries), Cloud 9 Shrimp (large shrimp with the chefs special sauce), Crispy Crab Cakes, Wild Mushroom Steak Roulade (thin steak wrapped around mashed potato and wild mushrooms) and complimentary Bocadillo on rice crackers. We made two separate orders, because what we ordered the first time was so good we had to try more. Items came out at different times, making it easier to savor every little bite, and boy was that needed. Usually at restaurants, even when I am blissed out, I flavor my food with salt, pepper or other seasonings but I did not need to do that here. Everything was perfect and flavorful on its own, with and without sauces. Many Tapas come with sauces for dipping and most of these sauces were spicy yet sweet, such as the chipotle ketchup for the tavern fries. The flavor in everything was astounding, with each item being distinct and classy. Not only that but the presentation was amazing on each dish. You can tell that the owners, staff and chefs are truly dedicated to the eating experience of their customers, gluten free or not! We topped it off with a Rootini (Root beer and Ginger Martini), a Bards and complimentary bottle of ionized water. In total, everything came to about 100 dollars well spent on GREAT food and company. For tapas this price is great for the amount of food! Go if you can, it’ll be well worth every minute! Be sure to check out the Magical Mystery Store as well if you are into Yoga, antiques or eastern styled items! I would drive the 6 or so hours to eat there again any day.

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Pat's Pizza
37 Mayville Road
Bethel, ME 04217


5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Surprise Gluten Free Pizza in Bethel, Maine

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New Y, US
Reviewed on Jul 17, 2011

An old Coca Cola Sign with the words ‘gluten free crust’ caught our eyes and had us making an instant u-turn at almost 10pm at night. Pat’s pizza is a small chain located throughout Maine who offers not only gluten free alternatives to every one of their pizzas but also Wood Chuck Hard Ciders, perfect to end a long day! This place was clean and spacious, but most importantly every table had trivia pursuit cards! What fun! Our waitress was very helpful in describing the kitchen procedure for gluten free cooking, which was a cautious and caring procedure. Pizzas were cooked on their own dedicated gluten free pans used only for the gluten free pizzas and were served on a sheet of wax paper so they don’t touch the plate. My boyfriend and I ordered the Auger and Ruben Pizzas. To put it frankly…. WOW. You all know I am a pizza fan and have reviewed many gluten free pizza places but this place takes the gluten free cake, or pie in this case. The crust, which I am not sure was made there or purchased elsewhere, is the perfect thickness and texture that is genuinely reminiscent of non-gluten free Pizza. This is of course hard to come by for gf crusts. Both The Auger had pesto, chicken, provolone cheese, tomato and cheddar cheese. It tasted like something you would purchase at a gourmet pizza place in New York City. As I said, WOW. The Ruben Pizza was a Ruben sandwich on a pizza crust, a simply unique and delicious Idea. The only mistake made was that the pastrami for the Ruben was actually ham, none the less still delicious! I really could find nothing wrong with Pat's Pizza, although GF Pasta may also be a big hit and benefit to their menu! SUBMITTED BY CELTIC CELIAC @ http://celtic- celiac.blogspot.com/

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Public Market House (Kamasouptra and Market House Coffee
28 Monument Way
Portland, ME 04101


4.0 Palms
4.0 Palms
Spunky and Flavorful Gluten-Free Fare in Portland, Maine

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New Y, US
Reviewed on Jul 17, 2011

This little place was a grocery store and food coop downstairs stairs, with a line of small independent booths upstairs providing a variety of food. The people and space were very artsy and unique, making for an inviting atmosphere for any meal. The dining area was open, clean and bright. To top it off prices were good and low. We ordered two gluten free soups, the Roasted Red Pepper and Gouda and the Gazpacho. Gluten free buns were offered and were stored in separate closed containers and cooked in an individual tin. I find that sometimes soups tend to all taste the same, but not these ones. Each soup was full of fresh flavor and had a very unique character. The Gazpacho was refreshing and clean tasting, with hints of fresh seasonings. The Roasted Red Pepper and Gouda and full of life and simply great. The buns on the other hand were dry and tasteless, mostly only good for dipping in the soups. For drinks I had a local brewed blueberry soda and Mike had a Peanut Butter Chocolate shake from Market House Coffee. Both were good. Finally, we topped it off with Cinnamon Crumb cake sold at Market House Coffee and from local Bam Bam Bakery, which left me wanting more, so delicious! Many GF deserts were also offered by this Bakery at the coffee booth. Loving the crumb cake so much Mike and I tried to find the Bakery after lunch. Apparently Bam Bam Bakery is run out of someone's dedicated gf basement. Unfortunately though, it was closed on a Saturday and no one was there to answer our calls. All in all for a quick bite to eat this place was a good find, although difficult to actually hunt down. In terms of gluten free options I believe they could serve to expand their gf soups further. In addition, the other booths could simply offer gluten free options so you aren’t left with just soup or baked goods as your only options. GF breads and a dedicated area for sandwiches at some of the other booths may be helpful. SUBMITTED BY CELTIC CELIAC @ http://celtic-celiac.blogspot.com/

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Nebo
520 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02210


3.5 Palms
3.5 Palms
Up class and Modern Gluten Free Dining in Boston

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New Y, US
Reviewed on Jul 07, 2011

Nebo was hard to find and it was very up class and modern, which is just not my thing. The restaurant was slow while we were there and the staff was mostly friendly. The hostess explained that the owners had a friend with severe gluten free allergies and thus they wanted to accommodate people with that need. With a dedicated fryer, pans and utensils, cross contamination was closely watched, and discussed, which is of course a relief. The greatest touch: Gluten Free REAL Beer... that's right. I finally got ot try Estrella Damm Daura Beer! This beer is processed in Europe in a way that leaves the final product with less than 6ppm of gluten, far lower than the required amount to be safe for Celiacs, although it is made from wheat. Dishes were expensive and not that filling. I would not recommend the Sale Con Pepe (Chicken wings) or Salsicce e Rabe. All in all, the items were relatively bland in flavor as well as small and un-filling (especially for the price). The flavors that did exist in the Sale Con Pepe and the Salsicce e Rabe did not blend well, leaving you with rather confused taste buds. In addition, the chicken was under cooked while the pasta was under cooked. The Polenta Con Scampi and Christoforo Pizza saved the day with their great flavor and textures. I would eat both of those every day. One final unfortunate note: Mike and I had moved the table over a bit because I was sitting on the very uncomfortable crack of the bench seat. After we had received our food, and it was still slow, the manager came over at one point and, without asking, moved the table Mike and I were sitting at. She slid it over about a foot back to where it was and said they needed to be even, then promptly walked away. That is NOT how you treat your customer. All in all: Would I go back? Yes, but probably only for the Christoforo and a beer...or to try something new. SUBMITTED BY: Celtic Celiac @ http://celtic-celiac.blogspot.com/

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Cozymels Coastal Mex
1177 Corporate Drive
Westbury, NY 11590


2.5 Palms
2.5 Palms
Cozymels Coastal Mex Gluten Free Experience in Westbury, NY

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New Y, US
Reviewed on May 22, 2011

I went here for a friend's birthday and, like I said above, I had called ahead of time to see what they had for those gluten free diners. I was met when calling with a very inviting "go-ahead" that they had a gluten free menu with a lot of variety which they would offer me when I got there. Upon arriving I had asked for the menu. It took about 10 minutes to get the stained, out of date gluten free menu print out (which was really their allergen document). The atmosphere and hospitality were too hustle and bustle for my tastes, they seemed to want to serve and get you out the door ASAP. They did not wait before rushing my friends to make their non-gluten free orders as I continued reviewed their print out. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with their options. Many of the options were the already gluten free products, such as their highly priced salads and entries. In addition, few of the sauces were gluten free so most of the seasoned items were out. Being that I love flavor this was a disappointment for me. When my food arrive it was okay, not spectacular, but there was enough to make the price worth it and to have leftovers! SUMBITTED BY CELTIC CELIAC @ http://celtic- celiac.blogspot.com/

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L'Annam
393 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10016


4.0 Palms
4.0 Palms
Delicious gluten-free Vietnamese restaurant in NYC in need of slowing down

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New Y, US
Reviewed on Apr 25, 2011

Vietnamese is not something I have a lot of experience with but I was looking for something different for my birthday. I was glad to find out that several members of my party had been there before and had enjoyed it. I was impressed with the quick service. Despite how busy the place was we, a party of 8, were seated relatively quickly. The gluten free menu is very detailed with options available from many different areas; including appetizers, curries, soups, noodle dishes, stir fries etc. The prices are great for the amount of food that you get, something you can never go wrong with. In regards to the quality of the food I was absolutely pleased. For an appetizer we got the vegetable spring rolls which were good despite their unusual texture. Mike got the Vietnamese Curry Rice for dinner while I got the Ga Xao Xa Ot (chicken and vegetables in a lemongrass sauce with rice). Simply Delicious! The Thai Tea was spectacular. Staff were all knowledgeable about the gluten free diet, as was indicated on the menu, and it seemed in general that the place aimed to make gluten free dining a great experience at their location. For example, they provide gluten free soy sauce and all of their sauces are gluten free in general. The only downside of this experience was also one of it's good attributes, the service was way too quick. I felt rushed to order and rushed to finish after we were seated. The check came before we were asked if we wanted dessert, which was disappointing since they had gluten free green tea and red bean ice cream! In addition, I felt that the seating arrangement wasn't very effective given the amount of people they had dining there, but they were I am sure making the best of their tiny space. SUBMITTED BY CELTICCELIAC @ http://celtic- celiac.blogspot.com/

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Cafe Formaggio
307 Old Country Road
Carle Place, NY 11514


5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Delightful Gluten Free Italian Dining Experience on Long Island

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New Y, US
Reviewed on Mar 20, 2011

This place is somewhat expensive but well worth the price, it is easily accessible, the staff is beyond knowledgeable and the kitchen is perfectly aware of the concerns of cross contamination (just to name a few great points) . My first time there was on Valentines Day and despite the chaos of the day the waiter was relaxed, accommodating and very willing to answer our gluten free questions. To top it off, he knew all the answers himself. Our second time there was not as busy and the level of hospitality was even higher. Gluten free diners are met with gluten free garlic bread as soon as you mention your dietary needs, which is simply amazing! However, they typically bring out the regular bread before hand without asking, I think because they have a bus boy who's job is to bring bread to tables. It wouldn't hurt for them to change that. The gluten free options are amazing and include every type of pasta and pizza imaginable, including fried things that are fried in a dedicated fryer. While I have not seen the non-gluten free menu to compare prices I feel that the prices are decent and well worth the amount of food that you get, enough for almost three meals if you eat small portions. From what I have tried ( Calamari Arrabiata, Portamello, Gnocchi Cotti , Rigatoni Con Cime, Penne E Gamberi and Rigatoni Fiorentina) I have no complaints. Each and every dish has been simply amazing as far as I am concerned. Each ingredient is top quality and perfectly cooked. I have no complaints!I have not had gluten free Italian dining out since going gluten free and I can tell you waiting was well worth dining here. My only two recommendation would be to have a gluten free menu for special events and to make sure to ask if the patrons siting down are gluten free before bringing the regular bread out. I did feel a bit left out in having no special valentines day menu, but that was quickly diminished when I actually tasted the food. However, I feel they probably have enough gluten free patrons that it couldn't hurt to make them feel extra special! Nonetheless though, this place still gets a 5! Thanks Cafe Formaggio for the Great Gluten-Free dining experience! SUBMITTED BY CELTIC CELIAC: http://celtic- celiac.blogspot.com/

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House of Blue's
3950 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89119


3.0 Palms
3.0 Palms
A good, although pricey, gluten-free dining experience in Las Vegas

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New Y, US
Reviewed on Jan 30, 2011

We were in such a rush before catching a flight out. The hostess and waitress unfortunately also seemed in a rush, although the place was empty, as they sat us quickly and continually asked us what we wanted to order. However, everyone I spoke to was incredibly friendly and knew right off the bat which dishes were gluten free and what could be modified to be so. The location made the restaurant seem like a sidewalk cafe, although with all the hustle and bustle of the casino right next to it, it did not bode well for a relaxing meal. Being in a rush, Mike and I quickly ordered 2 over-priced items, the steak for myself and the mac and cheese for him as he wanted something filling for the flight. The food quality was great even if the portions were small. All in all, a knowledgeable staff and tasty food but only if you are willing to pay about $30 for two small tapas sized plates. I would highly recommend this place if you have a lot of time, $ and friends. That way you can select your dishes cautiously, have many dishes to taste and split the cost. If I were ever back in Las Vegas I would try this spot again on a slower, more expensive feeling night. SUBMITTED BY CELTIC CELIAC @ http://celtic- celiac.blogspot.com/

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House of Blue's
3950 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89119


0.0 Palms
0.0 Palms
A poor gluten free restaurant option in Las Vegas

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New Y, US
Reviewed on Jan 30, 2011

This place is NOT worth your time if you are gluten free. As you always should do when you are gluten free, we asked before entering if we could get an idea of what items I would be able to definitely eat. We waited about 5 minutes at the front to speak to a chef. This chef was very abrupt and very unsure of the ingredients in his foods. The only thing he could point out which would be 100% gluten free was the salads and cooked vegetables. When I pressed further into the ingredients and potential gluten state of the rest of the food he said something along the lines of "I don't know how everything is cooked, you would need to ask each individual server at every station." I would think that this lack of respect, regardless of how busy a place is, is an automatic turn-off for any customer (especially one with food issues). From what we could see as well, this Buffet was also greatly smaller with cramped seating, less overall food options, higher priced lunch and seemingly lower quality food all around. As you can probably tell, we did not opt to eat here. SUBMITTED BY CELTIC CELIAC @ http://celtic- celiac.blogspot.com/

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Sammy's Woodfire Pizza
6500 West Sahara Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89146


3.5 Palms
3.5 Palms
Seemingly overrated Gluten Free Pizza at restaurant in Las Vegas

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New Y, US
Reviewed on Jan 30, 2011

I have heard good things about this place but like the old saying goes I guess there is no good pizza outside of New York, even if it is gluten free. The staff was pleasant and knowledgeable about gluten free diet needs and were very friendly. The location itself was cozy and large, allowing for 'personal space' for dining in a self seating if you wanted or restaurant seating style. Mike and I decided to purchase two gluten free pizzas to share with one another. Their gluten free selection was decently put together as almost any pizza item could be made on a gluten free crust if it had gluten free ingredients. In addition this particular location had one oven, and corresponding tools, that they used for gluten free items. We split two of the pizzas. First off, while the pricing seemed decent upon first ordering I was disappointed when my pizza arrived at the table a lot smaller than a typical gluten free in NY. Both pizzas were on very thin and incredibly dry crusts and while these two traits are somewhat typical for gluten free pizzas I felt that in this case it negated the quality of the toppings and the pizza altogether. I was too distracted by my pizza breaking and flaking to enjoy it as a whole. In addition, the dry texture of the crust took away from the flavors on top for both pizzas. The Garlic Chicken Pizza also threw me off because the vegetables on top were either lightly cooked or uncooked, something I do not enjoy on top of my pizza. The Diavola pizza was lacking sauce, making it more dry, and was also thrown off because the spice of the meat was not counter parted well by any other flavor. All in all I was disappointed with the quality of the food as well as the price vs. food size ratio. I would love to go back to another location and give them another chance, maybe not all the pizzas are bad, but unfortunately they are halfway across the country! All in all it's a good place to stop and make a decision about their food on your own, especially given the gluten free consideration they have for their customers. SUBMITTED BY CELTIC CELIAC @ http://celtic- celiac.blogspot.com/

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Koji's Sushi and Shabu Shabu
6801 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028


5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Superb and relaxed gluten-free dining experience at restaurant in Hollywood

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New Y, US
Reviewed on Jan 28, 2011

While most Asian restaurants are a no-no because the soy sauce being on everything, I have found that sushi and hibachi are usually okay if you speak your mind, so we decided to take a chance. This was a chance I was totally satisfied with. The host seemed somewhat limited in knowledge but asked the chef who assured us something could be figured out. When I sat I again asked my server, who enlightened me to the fact that almost all dishes could be modified to be gluten free, given that they are just meat and fish, although obviously, none of the sauces were gluten free given the addition of soy and other gluten thickeners. My waitress explained that they had a gluten free server who was helping them figure out gluten free sauce alternatives and would be helping them construct a gluten free menu in the future. She told me that she would speak to the gluten free server to figure out sauce alternatives for tonight. I figured why not, ordered the Chicken Shabu Shabu and took a risk with my food being served bland. When they brought out our food I was greeted by flavorings (at no extra cost) in the form or minced garlic, ginger and chives as well as chili paste, sesame oil and Chili powder with a side of avocado to cut the spice but not the flavor. The idea of Shabu Shabu is to cook your finely cut meat and veggies in boiling water at your table. I cooked up a storm and loved every minute of it. Food for me is about taking the time to create and enjoy, which is exactly what this experience offered for me. We were not rushed whatsoever and enjoyed a long relaxed meal. The quality of all of my offered ingredients together was better than I think ANYTHING I have eaten that contained gluten. I had a smile on my face the entire time and left completely and utterly satisfied and full, but not too much so. I would eat here every day if I could, but unfortunately it is so far away from my home address! I highly, highly recommend going here, without a doubt. Of course ask for the recommendation of their gluten free server and maybe by that point they will have their gluten free menu prepared! SUBMITTED BY CELTIC CELIAC, http://celtic- celiac.blogspot.com/

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Bubba Gump Shrimp
301 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401


3.5 Palms
3.5 Palms
A good restaurant for a quick bite of gluten-free Seafood in Santa Monica

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New Y, US
Reviewed on Jan 28, 2011

I had heard a lot about this company having a good selection of seafood products, however I had no idea they actually had a gluten free menu so I was incredibly thrilled when I walked up and was handed one. While the wait was long as it was the heat of lunch hour we were greeted with pleasant staff and a friendly atmosphere, even outside the store where the hosts were enjoying their time taking reservations and inviting guests in. Upon being seated we were told that a sign on our table which we could turn from "Run Forest Run" to "Stop Forest Stop" would have anyone stop to help us if we turned it to Stop (and let me tell you this worked relatively well). I was not too thrilled however with the hustle and bustle and rush that seemed to exist in this setting, although all staff were friendly. The Gluten Free menu was somewhat limited in my taste. Unfortunately they do not have a single dedicated fryer so all fried food, which is apparently their specialty, was out. As was something I really wanted, their Cajun flavored bucket of shrimp. I opted for the Shrimp Chimichurri Skewers. The food was good, but somewhat bland and a very small portion compared to other dishes that my Glutenous friends ate. Price wise, the price was acceptable though. All in all this site is recommended if you want a quick reliable gluten free bite to eat. The thing that could greatly improve their menu would be a dedicated fryer which would add fried food to the menu. SUBMITTED BY CELTIC CELIAC OF http://celtic- celiac.blogspot.com/

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Nine Fine Irishmen (New York, New York Casino and Hotel)
3790 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109


4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
Wonderful Irish food and Gluten Free Restaurant Experience in Las Vegas

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New York, US
Reviewed on Jan 23, 2011

Being Irish, genuine gluten free Irish food is a blessing and this place was not a disappointment. All staff were friendly and gluten free informed. The gluten free menu contained numerous items and varied for lunch and dinner time. I was disappointed to find out that they do not have a dedicated fryer so anything fried was out of the question (which limited the appetizers I could have to zero). In terms of beverages, Magners and Redbridge were both offered. I was not at all disappointed with the food, and I ate here for both lunch and dinner on two separate occasions. Price wise, the fare is similar to any pub pricing style, and well worth the cost! I highly recommend this location for anyone interested in a great gluten free dining experience.

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Prime @ Bellagio and Olives @ Bellagio
3600 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109


4.0 Palms
4.0 Palms
The Place for gluten-free all you can eat in Las Vegas

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New York
Reviewed on Jan 23, 2011

The front end staff was friendly and knowledgeable about gluten free needs. The chef was called to give me a tour of the buffet. He explained that anything he pointed out which was GF was cooked in its own pot or station and explained that they get approximately 5 Gluten Free diners a day so they make this a priority, although it does not state so on their website or menu. The buffet was large and elegant, with numerous stations and a wide variety of certified gluten free food according to the Chef. Many marinated dishes were marinated in gluten-free marinades or sauces, expanding the options that were available. The Chef made several recommendations for me of what would be good this day. However, although this chef was very knowledgeable about what was in his food the gluten-free options were still limited given the size of this buffet. Food quality was great to say the least. Everything was fresh, well cooked, unique and tasty! My favorite touch was the passion fruit sorbet, right down to the approved gluten free chocolate chips to top it off. Rumor also has it that if you go during Dinner you will get the chance to try some unusual meats, if that is your thing. If you need a gluten free Buffet in Las Vegas this place is a great stop. For $40 for two people for lunch it was a bit pricey for my tastes, but what can you expect in Las Vegas? SUBMITTED BY CELTIC CELIAC, http://celtic- celiac.blogspot.com/

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Excalibur Casino and Hotel
3850 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109


2.5 Palms
2.5 Palms
Gluten Free Experience at Roundtable Buffet at Excalibur in Las Vegas

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New York
Reviewed on Jan 23, 2011

This was my first buffet experience since going gluten free. The staff there was very friendly and called out the chef to me. The chef gave me a tour of the buffet options, pointing out rather quickly what I could eat. I thought it was great of him to take the time and effort to do this but unfortunately, he was unsure of some things and seemed too rushed to clarify for me. That being said, only the obvious were safe for my consumption although there were a lot of those options so I wasn't left hungry. The food quality was unfortunately poor for what I ate and while we left full we were not pleased with the food choices. Sumbitted by Celtic Celiac, http://celtic-celiac.blogspot.com/

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Tula Kitchen
41 East Main Street
Bay Shore, NY 11706


3.5 Palms
3.5 Palms
Striving to Achieve Balance: A Unique gluten-free dining Experience in Bay Shore, NY

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, NY
Reviewed on Jan 10, 2011

Tula is the Sanskrit word for Balance, which is what this restaurant tried to achieve by catering to both regular eaters, vegetarians and gluten free folks alike. However, I would say Tula Kitchen is striving to achieve Balance but is not quite there yet. Our reservation was for 8pm, however due to a late arriving party before us we did not sit until around 9pm. There was no other table large enough to hold our party, a bit of a disappointment. I was disappointed in waiting at the bar, and waiting for drinks, before being sat down to eat. While a nice environment I do not feel that the layout was done effectively. The owner was the hostess this night and was very happy to hand over the gluten free menu. However, there is only one copy of the menu, which is a regular menu with gluten free items marked off by hand. The fact that products could be made gluten free is not mentioned on their website or on the regular menus themselves, an unfortunate thing given that this could draw more gluten free patrons. Menu items were a unique fusion of various cultural flavors. GF options were abundant although limited in variety, mostly to salads, in my opinion. Items were well priced for the size and amount of food you received. The food quality was perfect for my salad, perfectly cooked chicken and a great pairing of flavors. However, when I asked my non Gluten Free friends about their items they were not as thrilled. When we were leaving I asked the owner why she wanted to open such a gluten free and Vegetarian friendly restaurant to which she responded that she just wanted a place for everyone to come, eat and enjoy themselves without being tied down by food restrictions. I think this is a great thought and perfect idea but they could improve by enhancing gf options, better seating, and improved hospitality (especially at the bar). Sumbitted by Celtic Celiac: http://celtic-celiac.blogspot.com/

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Perfecto Mundo
1141 Jericho Turnpike
Commack, NY 11725


4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
A restaurant offering gluten free in Commack, NY that lives up to it's name

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New York
Reviewed on Dec 26, 2010

This is a place the definitely lives up to its name and made my world perfect for a night. Gluten free options were clearly labeled on the menu and were abundant. The entire staff, including the bartenders, were incredibly friendly and highly knowledgeable about gluten free cooking and eating. In fact, the waiter was ahead of me with the typical gluten free questions such as "was this cooked in a dedicated fryer?" and answered them before I even asked. The specials of the day were provided to the waiter and included whether they were gluten free or not. All in all the meal was simply perfect. Each item was a fusion of amazing complimentary and unique flavors that took a simple product and formed it into an out of this world unique item. Quite simply, I wanted to hug the chef by the end of the night. This meal would have filled anyone's heart, and mouth, with perfection. We supplemented our meal with White Wine Sangria and a Cucumber Lemon Drop (WOW!) drink, both of which I recommend if you drink. While pricier than an average meal, it was well worth it. On the down side I went for date night and was met with a smaller than expected, and incredibly busy, restaurant. This small size, and busy, loud setting is the only downfall of Perfecto Mundo. I highly recommend making a reservation or going during a lower traffic time, such as early evening on a week day. Submitted by Celtic Celiac http://celtic-celiac.blogspot.com/

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Rangmahal Indian Cuisine
355 South Broadway
Hicksville, NY 11801


5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Best Gluten Free Indian Cuisine on Long Island

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New York
Reviewed on Dec 26, 2010

As with most Indian cuisine, all dishes are gluten free with the exception of the samosas. Instead of wheat, rye or barley they traditionally use Chickpea flour in their dishes! While the food is a bit pricey (between 15-25$ a dish) every dish I have had so far has been well worth the price. Each dish made two meals for me and has been worthy of royalty, literally. The Chef explained to use upon one of our many visits that he was a private Chef for the Indian Upper class before immigrating to the USA and I have no doubt that this is true. The restaurant staff is composed of the chef, his wife ,who typically works as server and hostess, as well as one or two other individuals on busy days. Everyone there is friendly and aware of gluten free needs, which makes me assume that they typically have gluten free folks come in. They have suggestions of great dishes of the day based on what fresh ingredients they have. The restaurant is small but cozy and rarely full, which allows for personal attention from the Chef and other staff. It is decorated in traditional Indian decor which gives it a special mystical air and makes it is very warm and inviting. SUBMITTED BY CELTIC CELIAC http://celtic- celiac.blogspot.com/

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Smokin Sloe's
847 Fort Salonga Road
Northport, NY 11768


2.5 Palms
2.5 Palms
Cafe on Long Island with Great Potential for gluten-free, but further education needed

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, NY
Reviewed on Nov 28, 2010

I had high expectations for this establishment given some feedback I have had from other people, However I was definitely disappointed. I went when it was not too busy. The atmosphere was great it's a very small, not so busy store that is full of organic products, candies you can purchase and art from local artists. Upon speaking to the first girl working there she seemed clueless and disinterested in assisting me. Had I not been with friends I would have walked out then, however the second girl working there was a saving grace and gave me a gluten free list of ingredients but that was the end of her service. Given that they do not clean their equipment for GF customers I opted to choose a salad. I purchased their Mediterranean Salad, which was of high quality, delicious and at a decent price. The salad came with chips and salsa. Upon asking if they were gluten free I was flat out told in a very rude manner, "I have no idea," by the initial girl who assisted me. She then proceeded to turn around and fill other orders as I stood and waited for her to turn around. I gave up after about 2 minutes standing there, I did not say anything because I wanted to see if she would engage me again or ignore me. In terms of overall price and food quality my non-gluten free friends were unsatisfied. Their meals were very small and highly priced while my salad was large and decently priced. Further education is needed for all staff involved in this establishment, and better consideration of cleaning equipment would also be an improvement. I have hopes that had other individuals, with more experience, been working that the experience would have a been a bit more satisfying and I will give them another try in the future. SUBMITTED BY CELTIC CELIAC http://celtic- celiac.blogspot.com/

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Value Drugs
349 New York Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743


3.0 Palms
3.0 Palms
An Unexpected Place for Gluten Free Products on Long Island

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, NY
Reviewed on Nov 14, 2010

Value Drugs is a chain pharmacy and general store located in several towns on Long Island. The Value Drugs in Huntington has had signs for several months in their window indicating they had gluten free products, however I was not expecting what I found. The store has an entire aisle dedicated to gluten free and natural and organic products, in that aisle almost all products are gluten free. You can find a variety of products from common companies such as Glutino and Food Should Taste Good to less common products such as Mary's Gone products. You can find cookies, chips, crackers, snacks, cereals, breakfast bars and candies among other things. To top it off, the aisle, although in the middle of the store, is complete with a freezer separate from any other freezer in the store. This was stocked with Katz and other brands of frozen dinners, pastries, breads etc. All products were moderately priced. This is definitely a must-stop for anyone looking for some quick and relatively cheap gluten free shopping from an unexpected place. SUBMITTED BY CELTIC CELIAC http://celtic-celiac.blogspot.com/

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1014 Coffee House
1014 Fort Salonga Road
Northport, NY 11768


4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
Fresh Gluten Free Baked Products in Northport, New York

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New York
Reviewed on Nov 07, 2010

1014 Coffee House makes a lot of effort to make it obvious that there are gluten free products in their store. It was noted in their front window, written on their menu board and placed throughout the store on signs. Gluten Free options were limited to brownies and cupcakes but that didn't matter for two reasons. First, there are very few local places that offer FRESH gluten free baked goods and you could tell immediately that everything there was fresh. Secondly, the friendliness of the staff and the atmosphere of the place itself made it very much worth it regardless of the limited options. The person behind the counter when we were there let me know that they take particular care for their gluten free products and that they were hoping to enhance their options shortly. She was incredibly friendly and very open to answering my questions. The Coffee House itself is small but very charming with comfortable seating. I opted to go with the cupcake and a vitamin water. I am going to say this right out: This was probably the Best cupcake I have had after going gluten free. I was convinced that it couldn't possibly be gluten free. It was chocolate with vanilla and chocolate swirled icing. The icing wasn't on anything else in the store that I could see. It was moist and perfectly mushy, something lacking from a lot of gluten free baked goods. The girl behind the counter reassured me that it was in fact gluten free and I was instantly sold. I will be going back and I recommend you stop by. Maybe if we mention the love we have for their fresh products there will eventually be more to offer! SUBMITTED BY CELTIC CELIAC http://celtic-celiac.blogspot.com/

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Mariscos Mazatlan
Calle Narciso Mendoza S/N
Cabo San Lucas, BCS 23410
Mexico

5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
A Gluten Free Gem in Cabo San Lucas

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

A good sized place just off the main streets of Cabo, Mariscos Mazatlan is named for the bountiful shellfish found off the shore of Mazatlan (a town directly across the Sea of Cortez on the main part of Mexico). This was by far the best atmosphere of any restaurant I've eaten at since going gluten free. Because it was off the main streets it was quiet and not too crowded, welcoming a lot of conversation between your companions and the staff as well. The doors and windows were open wide, letting the refreshing air in, and the furniture was colorful and comfortable. It was incredibly welcoming.

When we first arrived I provided the waiter (who spoke decent English) with my Spanish Triumph Dining Card and explained our dietary needs. We also asked for 'lite chips', the recommendation made by the hotel staff to ask for oven 'fried' tortilla chips. He had no difficulty understanding what were were asking, and immediately removed the fried chips from our table. What he did next blew me away.

He came back to the table with a package of hard tortillas in their packaging, and explained that the company made only corn tortillas. The only ingredients?: Corn meal, salt, and oil. The packaging even had an allergy statement on it, which said that there was no risk of cross contamination. How amazing is that!? For a 'clean' gluten free hot sauce he suggested Valentina salsa pecante, and removed the rest of the sauces from the table.

Now, onto ordering. The menu was plentiful but not overwhelming, offering a good selection of local fare which was primarily seafood. I was amazed to see so many various dishes made with only a few ingredients like shrimp, crab, oyster, red snapper, and other fish. The waiter explained that almost all, if not all, seafood was locally caught the day of or day before. He pointed out the dishes we were to avoid because of their gluten content, and assured us they could make changes to any other dishes we might want. We settled on ordering Whole Raw Oysters and Seafood Soup as appetizers, and Whole Red Snapper (my order) and Stuffed Fish Fillet in Diabo Sauce (Mike's order). The only modification needed for our dishes was to my Whole Red Snapper. To make it gluten free they cooked it in olive oil and spices, rather than English sauce and soy sauce. This was a change I was honestly happy about because it would allow me to enjoy the freshness of the fish.

The Oysters, well, they were an experience. Mike seemed to like them and ate them like a champ, a happy fresh food eating champ. I however, was not even remotely a fan. I made a FANTASTIC face and then proceeded to spit it out into a napkin. I forced Mike to eat them all (I know so terrible) so they weren't a waste of money.

The soup was a variety of seafood cooked in water and spices, creating it's own gluten free broth. It was simple and delicious.

When our main dishes came out there was a bit of a humorous exchange. Two servers came with our dishes at once, and promptly put them down: The Whole Snapper in front of Mike and the Fight Fillet in front of me. When we told them it was the other way around we were met with them making eye contact and saying "Gringa girl is very hungry!". I laughed so hard I could contain it, and got several glances from other diners. I know Gringa can be viewed as a derogatory description but it was said with such humor I just didn't care.

My Whole Red Snapper was in fact whole: It came out cut in half with tail, fins, bones, eyeballs, and all. It also came with a side or rice and beans. Much hand picking and for eating amounted to delicious fork fulls of fish, beans, rice, and salsa. For lack of a better word, it was fantastic. I give it one thumb and one fork up.

I was a little too engaged in eating my fish to take a photo of Mike's dish, but he assured me it was equally delicious.

So, how can we sum this up? Good atmosphere: Check, Good and Speedy Service: Check, Good Price for Portion: Double Check, Good food quality: One fork the one thumbs up. Mariscos Mazatlan is understanding and accommodating of gluten free needs, and a great place to relax and chow down. Oh, and you sincerely cannot go wrong with a restaurant that allows a Mariachi band to come sing you sweet Spanish melodies:

Submitted by Celtic Celiac (www.Celtic-Celiac.blogspot.com)

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