Gluten Free at Aladdin’s Eatery: Review

Gluten Free at Aladdin’s Eatery

Aladdin’s Eatery
Aladdin’s Eatery

Wow. This place knocked my socks off when it came to gluten-free options! The first time I’ve eaten here and I will be a repeat customer for sure. As a matter of fact, I ended up at 2 different Aladdin’s Eatery‘s in one weekend because I was so impressed with their food.

Their entire menu is marked with gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and nut coding so you can clearly identify which foods are safe. This worked great for my husband and I because he is allergic to nuts and I have celiac disease. We struggle with Mediterranean restaurants because they typically use lots of nuts and nut oil which causes him to go into anaphylactic shock. Check out their menu!

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Another reason to get excited is their juice options. I got the grape, carrot and cucumber juice for our brunch and it tasted great!

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We started with the falafel appetizer and tahini sauce. It was great. I even bought a gluten-free falafel mix at the grocery store to make them at our house. We will probably bake them instead of frying them. But I’m glad to have a new option instead of rice and quinoa.

My main dish was Jasmine’s Favorite with falafel. I had the lean beef the other night with this dish and I was very pleased. My mom had the same thing but got chicken as the meat option. She loved it.

My husband had a pita wrap both times and enjoyed them too! There are plenty of options for everyone there.

I highly recommend Aladdin’s Eatery for gluten-free dining! Find their locations online.

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Review: Gluten Free at City BBQ

Gluten Free at City BBQ
Gluten Free at City BBQ

Review: Gluten Free at City BBQ

We decided to try a new place for gluten-free foods since I’m tired of going to the usual places. I remembered seeing City BBQ show up as having gluten-free items and after looking at their website, they do a great job of identifying lots of allergens in their food. I looked up the menu and allergen list prior to going to the restaurant but was pleased to see the cashier have it readily available when I ordered.

I haven’t had ribs in I don’t even know how long but something told me to try them. I ordered the half rack of ribs, beans with brisket and a side salad with the apple cider vinaigrette. If you stop there, the brisket is amazing and delicious as well. They were great about asking me which order was mine when making our food because they changed their gloves and utensils when serving my meal.

The food tasted great and I was very happy with my dining experience at City BBQ. I felt their staff were educated on food allergens and how to keep me safe. The food was delicious and I left a happy customer and no belly ache.

It’s always important to note that my dining experience was based on the staff working at the time and my experience and knowledge with what it takes to keep me safe. These are the 2 most important factors when dining out with special dining needs. Being able to clearly identify your needs and how they can accommodate you is extremely helpful and reduces the risk of you getting sick. Obviously, you can’t prevent all problems but this is a really big one that can help minimize your risk!

Check out their locations!

Gluten Free Columbus – Review of Local Roots

Gluten free fish and chips
Gluten free fish and chips

Local Roots

Located at 15 East Olentangy Street

Powell, Ohio 43065

I’ve been meaning to check out this place ever since it opened but it’s a bit far from my house so we haven’t made it there yet. So, when my husband’s basketball team had a game right near there, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to check the place out. I even had to look at www.findmeglutenfree.com to check the address and make sure we were going to the right place!

We arrived there around 9:30pm on a Friday evening. Surprisingly, they were still busy but we were able to get a table with no problem.

At our table, I reviewed the menu to find I had to ask for the special gluten free menu. The waiter brought it right over to us.

The items that were available gluten free were highlighted in orange on the menu.

After careful consideration, I decided to go with the fish and chips. Our waiter explained the cod is seasoned and broiled instead of breaded and fried.

Our food arrived shortly after ordering, which was perfect because we were both starving after a long night.

My fish came with roasted red skin potatoes but I decided to try to asiago cheese scalloped potatoes.

The dinner ended up being delicious. I’m a big fan of cod and eat it frequently when I am getting ready for a fitness competition. We also use it a lot at our house with tacos and gluten free breadcrumbs to make a variety of dishes.

The cod was cooked perfectly and there was just enough cheese in the potatoes to taste great and not be too greasy or over powering.

My husband said he always knows when I really like something at a restaurant because I won’t offer him a taste in order to save every bite for myself.

He had a bison burger with cheese, bacon and avocado, which he really enjoyed as well.

I’d highly recommend Local Roots as a great gluten free option!

XOXO

Rebecca

Gluten Free Review – Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant

Cooper's Hawk Winery
Cooper’s Hawk Winery

Cooper’s Hawk opened at Easton Town Center in Columbus on Monday this week. Imagine my excitement when I saw they offered a gluten-free menu and my first thought was “I have to try it immediately.”

So by Wednesday, I was eating there for the first time. Check out the size of this gluten-free menu….

They even have 5 gluten-free desert options!

Gluten free menu
Gluten free menu

I told our waitress about my gluten allergy and she made sure the kitchen knew I was there. They brought out the pretzel bread for my dinner date and a gluten-free bun for me to try.

We started with an appetizer of shrimp wrapped in bacon – delicious. The shrimp were large and I easily got 2-3 bites out of them.

Dinner was the pepper jack, bacon cheeseburger – the bun was a little much for me since I already had one when we first got there so I ended up eating the burger naked. There were several sides I could select from and I ended up with Mary’s mashed potatoes.

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gluten free cheeseburger

I got a gluten-free brownie to take home and shared it with my husband. It was simply delicious. Light, fluffy and moist!

The manager even came out after my meal to make sure everything was ok and I enjoyed my meal. He explained the gluten-free process and that they are very sensitive to cross contamination and pride themselves on making safe gluten-free experiences for their guests.

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My new favorite wine

After this tasty meal, I decided to bring my family last night to try something new on the menu. They’ve already been to all the places around us to eat so it was a great change for them to try something new.

Last night’s meal blew the lid off of any other gluten-free meal I’ve had at other places. Wildfire Chicago is a close second to this dish.

I decided to try something totally new and went with the short rib risotto and it was best decision I’ve ever made. The meat was tender, moist and fell apart with my fork into the risotto. The sauce was incredible and the truffle oil on top with parmesan shavings tied everything together perfectly.

Short Rib Risotto Cooper's Hawk
Short Rib Risotto Cooper’s Hawk

We ended the meal with some chocolate covered strawberries. They were ok, not the best but then again it’s hard to compete with Godiva strawberries. I just didn’t think they were ripe enough before being covered in the chocolate.

I do have one comment about the restaurant – we had reservations at 7:30pm. While we didn’t wait longer than 5 minutes for our table, imagine our confusion when they were quoting people a 2-3 hour wait for a table and then there were at least 10-15 empty tables in the dining room when we were seated. Maybe it was lack of staff, but it was strange in my book.

You can find my review online at www.findmeglutenfree.com so I suggest you check it out and add your own!

Gluten Free Review: Red Robin – Yummy Yum Yum

Red Robin Gluten Free Bun
Red Robin Gluten Free Bun

Today my husband and I ran the 2012 Hell Run at Buckeye Lake in Ohio to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary. Our in-laws even came out to watch the event and they grabbed some great pictures. We were starved after the event and decided to head back towards our house. I saw on Find Me Gluten Free that Red Robin had gluten free menu and after some internet searching found that they even have a gluten free bun!

This trip was not healthy by any means but I figured we just did this 5k right with obstacles so I decided to indulge in a gluten free cheeseburger. After all, I have to try it for all of you right?

This was a GREAT cheeseburger. Not only did they give me the gluten free bun but they cooked the french fries completely separate so they wouldn’t be contaminated with the other fried gluteny stuff. This was so exciting! I don’t think I’ve had french fries in months. The bun was fluffy and big, the burger was juicy and it hit the spot perfect. My husband even got a gluten free bun and shared my fries, which he enjoyed as well!

Best part is not feeling sick or bloated after my meal. 2 meals in a row – out in public – without getting sick! WooHoo

Highly recommended! They were very sensitive to my celiac disease and gluten free needs.

*Although I do smell like a stinky, greasy, oniony burger – even after showing and playing in the mud*

Red Robin Gluten Free Burger
Red Robin Gluten Free Burger