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*
We started our road trip Thursday night and ended up at a Courtyard Marriott outside of Charlotte. In the car, I took a bunch of snacks with me but there is only so much snacking you can do before you want a real meal. Thankfully, there was an Outback Steakhouse right next to our hotel.
The hostess got me the huge gluten free menu and I was in heaven. So many options! I didn’t know what to order. I knew I wanted a lot of protein since I didn’t have much throughout the day.
The waitress brought Aaron bread and he joyfully devoured it right in front of me She said she saw that we only had one gluten free menu and didn’t want to leave the hubby out.
My dinner was the mini filet with the shrimp and a baked potato. The filet was cooked perfectly and the baked potato had the perfect amount of crispiness to the shell that I love. In hindsight, I should of ordered some veggies too while we were there but I’m on vacation and I am going to eat whatever I can that’s gluten free!
I’m not a huge fan of sauces and didn’t try them. I just like to enjoy my meals plain.
Another great thing about Outback Steakhouse is their connection with their fans on social media. They tweeted me back within 10 minutes and re-tweeted my tweet at 10pm on a Thursday night. That’s great customer service!
I’d highly recommend Outback if you are gluten free or gluten insensitive. They are educated on gluten and have an extensive menu to accommodate your needs without making you feel like the odd man out.
Sunday I wanted to have lunch with a good friend and thought it would be a great idea to try somewhere new. Knowing that I always loved Cameron Mitchell restaurants because they are so good about knowing gluten free foods, I suggested Molly Woo’s.
Many of you may not know that soy sauce is not gluten free. There is a wheat ingredient that they don’t list on the bottle and you have to specifically ask for gluten free soy sauce.
This is the brand we keep at our house.
The waiter was educated on the gluten free menu and took our order. Their menu was extensive which makes me wonder how they can control the ingredients from the rest of the menu items.
Janine had the beef with broccoli – gluten free – She said it was very good and took half of it home for dinner.
I normally would get chicken at a restaurant like this but since we have been staying away from poultry, I went with the Sesame Beef. The sauce was extremely thick. Too thick. There was an over powering garlic taste to the sauce and not enough variation in the flavors. I didn’t realize the beef was fried or something because it had a very thick coating of something. Overall, I wasn’t impressed with my lunch. I should have gone with my gut instinct and gotten the gluten free sushi.
After the meal, I wasn’t even 5 minutes from Molly Woo’s when my stomach started grumbling. Grumbling turned to screaming as I was driving home – speeding to get to the bathroom. I think this is a gluten free fail.
I’ve tried PF Chang’s gluten free menu 3 times and on all 3 occasions with 3 different meals, I had the same stomach ache.
It’s now 7:15pm and I ate lunch around noon today. My stomach still hurts and I have no desire to eat dinner.
I’d say if you have a very gluten sensitive stomach, stay away from these types of sauces at Asian places and stick to a meal with less stuff. I will say that my husband didn’t like my left overs either.
I think I’ll stick with Cameron Mitchell’s other places. I’ve never had a problem at any of the others!
**UPDATE** Cameron Mitchell’s headquarters called me today and apologized for what happened. She said that they have a separate cooking area for all the gluten items and wasn’t sure how I got sick. She was going to speak to the chef and the manager of Molly Woo’s. She is going to send me a gift card to come back to Cameron Mitchell.
Harvest Pizzeria is a small restaurant in the German Village. Right at the corner of 4th and Livingston, this organic style pizza place is a spot not to be missed.
I had a plain cheese gluten free pizza. Regular cheese and sauce with their gluten free pizza crust.
When it first came out, you couldn’t tell the difference between my pizza and the regular one. The crust looked absolutely delicious. (I’m a total pizza crust snob, my favorite part!)
Admittedly, I was blown away by this pizza. The texture was spot on and it melted in my mouth!
I’ve had very few pizzas over the last year that knocked my socks off and this one did the job. My favorite is still Marcella’s but this is the second best.
The regular pizzas are excellent as well (I’m told!)
Now the downfall…
I understand that gluten free products are usually more expensive than regular but tacking on $3 extra bucks for gluten free dough is a bit over the top, especially when the regular pizza’s are $14+ for one.
My lunch with a pizza and iced tea ended up being $19 plus tip.
Great place for once in a while! The perfect little gluten free indulgence.
495 S. 4th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Mon: 5:00pm to 10:00pm (closed for lunch) Tues – Thurs: 11:30am to 10:00pm