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.

gluten free cheeseburger
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.

My new favorite wine
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!

Food Addiction? What is wrong with us? Changing the way we think about food.

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I posted on Facebook yesterday what foods people missed most from their gluten free lifestyle. The purpose of this post was to see what types of food I could play around with or find as a great substitution for what everyone was missing.

54 People commented on my post and the comments as I read through them disturbed me. I completely understand that we miss bread, pretzels, beer etc but some of the things that people wanted to have so desperately are part of the problem in society.

I recently spoke to an Ohio State University group called CHAARG -Changing Health, Attitudes, and Actions to Recreate Girls – They came to Bexa Body Fitness for a group fitness sampler and a little seminar on healthy eating in college. I spoke to them a lot about food options and ways to make better choices when eating on campus.

I can’t emphasize to people enough at my fitness studio:

  • If the ingredients look like they should be on a shampoo bottle you probably shouldn’t be consuming them.
  • There is nothing FRESH about Subway – Their lettuce is out of a bag and their meat is as processed as you can get. The sandwich is entirely bread and why do you always smell when you leave there?
  • I’ve never met anyone in my life that told me they were addicted to carrots, sweet potatoes or steak. I do however on a daily basis meet people that can’t give up artificial sweetener, diet coke, candy, sugary coffee drinks etc. What does that tell you about those foods and how they are reacting in your body? Your brain is addicted to these substances and no one seems to think this is a problem.

The list of foods people missed goes something like this:  Pizza, biscuits, donuts, pie crust, pizza, flour tortillas, bread, pizza, twizzlers, crackers, hot dogs, Subway, Arby’s, pizza, McDonald’s, funnel cake, Ciabatta bread and so on….

ON TOP OF THIS – I see an incredible amount of children and teenagers also addicted to these foods.

I believe that when people think of food addictions, they think of the television shows on TLC about people being cut out of houses or Extreme Makeover Weight Loss edition. But, we are all addicted to food in some capacity. Some people are able to handle it better than others but very few people recognize the problem/trend in our society.

Our society pushes low fat, low sugar, no fat, no sugar, low cholesterol and anything else with “low” or “no” in the front of it.

Do you know how those things get to be that way? They pump the foods filled with chemicals and fillers so they taste great and food us into believing they are healthy or good for us. They aren’t. Our brains are so fooled and duped into thinking all food should taste this way that eating a nice whole meal of protein, potatoes and veggies is like eating cardboard.

All of us that can’t eat these other foods and desperately long for them are proving my point. We are just replacing these junky gluten filled foods with junky gluten free foods. While it is fine once in a while, it is not ok all the time. Moderation is key but when options are so limited, I’m finding it much easier to go overboard on gluten free foods.

I’m absolutely not saying that I don’t fall into this trap. There are certain things I know I miss desperately and would love to have again. There are foods filled with gluten and gluten free that I know I can’t keep in our house because I won’t be able to keep my hands off them.

But I understand now how all this affects my brain chemistry. I realize how screwed up our society is to see that eating “I can’t believe it’s not butter” is better than eating regular butter. Do the research. Butter won’t kill you but I’m pretty sure whatever the hell is in that fake butter will.

We are the fortunate ones. We can’t eat that crap or we get sick. We are the ones that have the opportunity to heal our bodies and wean ourselves from the stuff we once knew.

If you get anything from this post, it might just be the 3 bullet  points I posted above and you might just think of a shampoo bottle next time you check out ingredients!

But I challenge you to think about these things the next time you are longing for a brownie or piece of pizza.

 

15 Things NOT to say to someone with celiac or gluten intolerance…

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For those of us with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, we’ve all heard comments that make our skin crawl. I compiled a list of the top 15 things you should never say to someone about gluten or celiac!!

  1. Can you eat anything….?
  2. Are you sure you can’t just have a little bite to try it? This is really good, you’re missing out.
  3. Well, if you can’t go there to eat, where can you go?
  4. It’s not like eating a little gluten will kill you…
  5. I would just die if I had that allergy. I would probably just keep eating gluten. I could never give up….
  6. Any statement that starts with “My doctor told me…”
  7. Any statement that starts with “I read on the internet…”
  8. How can a food allergy cause that many symptoms for that long? That doesn’t seem right.
  9. Can’t you just drink a lot of water and flush it out when you eat gluten?
  10. Can’t you just take a Benadryl after you eat bread and then not have a reaction?
  11. Maybe I’ll try going on a gluten free diet. I heard you lose a lot of weight.
  12. I just heard Miley Cyrus got really skinny going gluten free, is that why you aren’t eating gluten?
  13. Your spouse must really hate the fact that you can’t eat gluten.
  14. Seems like you have to give up a lot for a minor food allergy.
  15. So, will you ever be able to eat gluten again?

Do you have a comment that is made to you frequently about gluten or celiac?

Post it below so we can all have a laugh and know we aren’t the only ones!

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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

 

 

 

Pretty Little Celiac GIVEAWAY!

Pretty Little Celiac T Shirt
Pretty Little Celiac T Shirt

I decided since today is such a doom and gloom, rainy Wednesday in Ohio – I would brighten the day by giving something away.

This is a men’s size small – black with pink lettering “Pretty Little Celiac” T-shirt

How can you enter?

Easy!

LIKE Pretty Little Celiac on Facebook

Follow Me on Twitter at PrettyLilCeliac

Leave a comment to this blog post answering the question ~ WHY YOU ARE THANKFUL….

(and that you liked PLC on Facebook & your Twitter handle)

I will pick a winner on Sunday – 9/30/12

Good Luck Everyone!!!

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My wife is the Pretty Little Celiac and this is our Celiac Journey…

The Trophy Husband

Diaries of the Pretty Little Celiac’s Husband

“Watch the cart” This is the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Rebecca and her relationship with food. There are too many times to count when we would be speeding home from a night of eating out, screaming at me to go faster or she was going to “bleep her pants”. One time in particular, I had marks on my shoulder when she was grinding her nails into my shoulder as I was turning the corner, coming into our sub-division. We were forced to stop behind a car of an elderly couple who seem to be lost and to my dismay going under 10 miles per hour. I can’t even count how many times this happened. For a while, we would go to the grocery store immediately after eating out. Within 5 minutes of arrival, somewhere between the produce and bakery (rather ironically), she would eventually tell me to “watch the cart’, and she quickly walked to the restroom to ‘check out the facilities’. What was tough for me to understand was the relationship between what she was eating and her sometimes explosive reaction to the food. She would have what we thought was a very healthy dinner, chicken, veggies, whole wheat bread… explosion.. Then we would eat something that would be considered bad or greasy, like cheese fries or nachos loaded with cheese, and nothing. It was like trying to dodge land mines, but they were invisible or at least mis-labeled.

I Have Allergies too!
To give this some perspective,I have always had an allergy to nuts, more specifically, tree nuts. I have been to the emergency room about a dozen times in 30 years. If I have something with nuts in it, I have an immediate reaction. My reaction is much more severe than what Rebecca has with gluten. Certain nuts, if I ingest enough of them, will swell me up to the point where I will not be able to breathe, and die within minutes. Other nuts will give me hives so bad that I become almost unrecognizable. That being said, I find my allergy much more manageable than having celiac. Why? I pretty much know what food has nuts and what doesn’t. Nut allergies are well established in the manufacturing industry the labels on food are done in a way where there is no ambiguity, which I think has to do with the severity of the allergy. If someone eats a product that has nuts but it was not on the label, and dies, the lawyers come in. In the case of Gluten, if gluten is in a product and it says it is ‘Gluten Free’ and it irritates my stomach, it is pretty hard to sue for that. How could you prove it? I can’t even picture how that would play out in court!

In restaurants, it is very easy to find out what has nuts and what doesn’t, most of the time you can see them and there are well established foods that I know to stay away from.. IE Chinese (cooking in nut oils), desserts with walnuts, pecans , cashews…. For gluten, it’s not that straight forward, even to the most veteran celiac. We typically get looks of confusion if Rebecca asks if an item has gluten or not. Sometimes the quick response of “no’. That is even more concerning, since it is hard to determine if the waiter waitress is truly understanding the question. Lastly, the reaction to the gluten is not as automatic as the nut allergy. I am so sensitive to the nuts, I can of just smell them in the food and know. One bite (not even swallowing) and I immediately know. With gluten, sometimes it happens hours later or at times…days…so there is no immediate feedback. The gluten reaction can also be days in length, and can be one of many things for Rebecca. Mostly notably multiple trips to the bathroom. I know way more about her poop then I would ever care to admit.

More than that, it negatively affects her mood, her joints and at times our relationship. Damn you gluten!

The Experiments
Now that she has found out, initially there was a sense of relief. However, quickly a hard realization. Things that she loved to eat were slowly poisoning her. It has been tough. It is tough for me to find the correct way to support her in these struggles. I am a problem solver at work, however, in my experience with Rebecca, it is best to give her unconditional support and someone to listen to ,as opposed to offering any solutions. I don’t have to live with this condition, and I am learning along with her. I don’t have to live with the mistakes or mis-steps that happen along the way. The first few months she stuck to the four of five things she liked and could eat…but those would quickly come and go… Chipotle for a month, then Noodles and Company… then Annie’s Gluten free Mac and Cheese. Trips to gluten-free bakeries, gluten-free bagels, pizza.. some of it will disintegrate in your month… some of it was actually better than the gluten-free product, but you always pay 2x as much for it. We continue to find things we like, and don’t. Rebecca is very vocal either way.. no ambiguity.

How it affected me and my own weight struggles…
One unintended side effect of the discovery that Rebecca had gluten, was that it had positive effects on my health. To be supportive, and also because  I didn’t want to make two different meals (yes, I am the cook in the house), I began eating mostly gluten-free. I have struggled with keeping my weight down, and in the past I combated that with working out more and eating less of the foods I really enjoy! I was smack dab in the middle of one of my most ambitious cycles to get in shape. I was working out, sometime 2x a day, and I was actually gaining weight. The I had started to eat the gluten-free diet, again, the reason of convenience and sanity. I first noticed more energy in the afternoon while I was at work.

Before this, energy from caffeine was the only way I could get through the afternoon. But after eliminating the majority of the gluten in my diet, I was feeling more energetic and didn’t feel I needed caffeine in the afternoons. I began to feel as if there was something to this. I have now embraced eating this way, as well as more small improvements, and have lost 27 pounds in 12 weeks. I am working out less than once a week and not counting calories! My body seems to respond better to not having gluten, and I have never felt better and more energetic.

How I am trying to help…
I listen, I empathize and I learn. As mentioned before, I was not familiar with Celiac disease and gluten. In fact, my knowledge of truly good nutrition was greatly out of date. I have spent the past 5 months researching nutrition and in particular how it affects us on a daily basis. There are great resources on the internet. I particularly like some podcasts I have found on iTunes (search the ‘Health’ category). I listen to these on my to work or when I have the time. Rebecca and I have listened to them on the way to and from some our trips and we have found information that is consistent with what she is experiencing. Cooking for Rebecca continues to be a learning experience. We are constantly trying to find ways to cook the foods we like in a gluten-free manner. Sometimes is works, sometime it doesn’t, and we have to eat the failures. I know immediately if Rebecca doesn’t like it, and we now have at least a few things we can eat consistently. For the most part, we don’t eat out, and when we do there are specific restaurants we target.

What’s next?
We continue to try to find ways to have a lifestyle that we both enjoy. We have had many ups and downs.. mentally, emotionally, physically.. those won’t stop, at least not in the short-term. We are doing it together, but we stumble. She has to live with her body and it’s crankiness, but I see it getting better, although some days there are setbacks. We now celebrate eating out and not getting sick, we celebrate finding a pizza crust that is close to what she used to experience. We celebrate normal bowl movements… yes I said it.

Rebecca started her blog to help people find those little celebrations, to dodge the pitfalls she has found, and to inspire those who have this disease. She is also are looking to collaborate and learn from those who are fighting to maintain a normal and happy life. One day at a time, one meal at a time, we will get there.

Aaron

 

 

  • Becky

    It was as if you were writing about my life! Thank you.

     

    • PrettyLittleCeliac

      You are so welcome! Thank you for stopping by and I just plan on posting more and more…. Stay tuned and let me know if you’d like any specific blog posts…
      Rebecca

       

  • Victoria Rutigliano

    I have a VERY similar story as well. It took years for me to get diagnoised. So great that you are spreading the word to help others. This is a great website.

     

    • PrettyLittleCeliac

      Thank you Victoria for stopping by and I’m thrilled you enjoyed my website. That was the whole point in doing it to educate people. Did they say you had irritable bowel syndrome too?

 

Gluten Free Review Outback Steakhouse

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
Rebecca

Comments

  1. Eve says:

    what does gluten “insensitive” mean…. I’m sure you meant gluten sensitive…which means GLUTEN INTOLERANT!! This is not a walk in the park, I have gluten intolerance, and didn’t know what was wrong with me and it caused my Graves Disease. I was first diagnosed with RA, 20 years ago but that wasn’t what was happening to me, I had no symptoms of RA, but that had to be when the antibodies first showed up in my blood and the medical profession just didn’t know what it meant. It meant that I was developing Celiacs…and if I’d known it 20 years ago, (maybe) I wouldn’t have developed Graves. I also have lactose intolerance and allergy to eggs…my diet is IMPOSSIBLE if I eat out of my house!! I hope you find your way and starting a blog should help as you will get a lot of input and experience to help you along your new life! Good Luck and good eating.

    • PrettyLittleCeliac says:

      Eve! Thanks for the catch, I will fix that right away. My fault for not proof reading but at least I know someone is reading my blog.

      What a long journey you’ve had with the Graves and RA. I can’t even imagine. Hopefully with education and people sharing their stories, we can help people going for years without symptoms being linked to the root cause of celiac or gluten intolerance.

      Rebecca

       

  2. Megan says:

    Rebecca.. thank you for this entry… Gluten intolerance has been added to an already complicated diet….so this was great to know that Outback is “Megger’s” friendly. Keep up the good work…

     

  3. kathy says:

    We have had great experiences at out local Outback. The waiter was on top of everything! He even thought to ask the kitchen for some GF bread for my husband to enjoy while we all got the regular loaf.

     

    • PrettyLittleCeliac says:

      Do you normally get steak there? They are very active on Twitter and Facebook – so let them know you loved it!

Molly Woo’s Review – Updated!

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.

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Gluten Free Soy Sauce

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 Review

harvest_pizzeriaHarvest 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.

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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

call 614.824.1769

email info@harvestpizzeria.com
Mon: 5:00pm to 10:00pm (closed for lunch)     Tues – Thurs: 11:30am to 10:00pm

Fri – Sat: 11:30am to 11:00pm      Sun: closed

 

Have you eaten there? Check out my review on Find me Gluten Free and leave your own!!

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