So, I just ate lunch at BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse in Newport Beach, near the Balboa Pier.
106 Main St.
Newport Beach , CA 92661
At Balboa by the Pier
They have some new menu items that are GF, and their new gluten free pizza is the feature item in a new promotional campaign.
Here is the table flyer...
I shared my concerns about cross contamination (why Whole Foods gluten-free pizza is to be avoided) with the waiter, who assuaged my fears by explaining that the GF pizza has a separate prep station, separate sauces, and is very obsessively kept apart from the normal pizza.
According to their Gluten-free selections menu, they have 5 salads, some soup, 4 types of stuffed potatoes, steak, salmon, and roasted chicken that can be prepared in a gluten-free manner. I opted for the Gluten-Free Thin Crust Pizza.
Their menu describes it as "A flavorful, herb-infused, 10-inch crust baked to a golden brown and topped with your favorite gluten-free toppings. With the exception of our meatballs, all of BJ's Classic Ingredients are gluten-free."I opted for Hawaiian with a twist. Ham, Pineapple, Roasted Garlic. I ordered a gluten-free beer on the side (Redbridge, reviewed in another post). It arrived looking good, and tasted better.
The entire meal, pizza with three toppings and a $4.50 beer, came to less than $20. It was great to be out at a pizza place at the beach, with beer and without worries. I hope that this brings BJ's some additional business so that they keep the gluten free pizza. I know I will be back, and bringing other customers with me.
Here is a photo of the outdoor menu..
The official website is here. The pizza toppings are here.