Sunday, October 30, 2011

Wingstop - NO LONGER Gluten Free Wings of ANY kind(Beware)

Once upon a time there were GF wings offered atWingstop.

I went on their website to find a location near me and decided to double check the allergens. 

Egad!  ALL of their food now is listed as containing gluten because of the way they filtrate their oil in the cleaning process, even the bone-in wings may have trace amounts of gluten...and can no longer be called completely gluten-free.  (I'm guessing that means that they mix the boneless and bone-in wing oil during the cleaning process.)

Don't believe me (or don't want to believe me)? 

Their allergens can be found on the website here.

Looks like I will be going to TGI Friday's for some bone-in wings that are GF from now on.  Several locations now offer a gluten free menu...ask at the one nearest to you.  I'll post some photos when I get around to it.

I guess this shows that it is always good to double check that allergen information at a restaurant has not changed since your last visit....

Saturday, October 1, 2011

GF Restaurant Review - Seasons 52 at South Coast Plaza

A few weeks ago I visited Seasons52 in the South Coast Plaza.

Their name comes from a "seasonally-inspired" menu (their words). They use fresh ingredients and promise that nothing on the menu is over 475 calories. 
Seasons52 Coaster

Their alternative menus (including gluten free) can be found here.

I had a nice beef meal, with seasonal vegetables and tasty potatoes.  The sauce was tasty, but probably too spicy for most people (I really enjoyed it).
Gluten Free Lunch @ Seasons 52 in South Coast Plaza
 I enjoyed the meal, but was rather hungry a few hours later (the downside of a low calorie lunch).

Service was attentive and unobtrusive.  The interior was nicely designed, though some of the dining room chairs looked rather battered.
Seasons 52 Interior

The wait for food was about 20 minutes, because it was cooked to order, so make sure you are not in a rush. 

The official address is:
Seasons 52
At South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol St Suite # 2802
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 437-5252
It is located on the outside of the mall, the entry looks like this:
Seasons 52 Costa Mesa Entry Hits 10,000 page views

Thanks to you readers, got its 10,000th page view yesterday.  Thanks for using my gluten free resource as your resource also.  I'll be trying a small format change in the future, with more top 5 lists going forward.  Let me know how you like it.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Gluten Free in Mammoth Lakes

I was up in Mammoth two weeks ago and found a few gluten free places to eat.  If you are up there for camping/fishing/biking/skiing/snowboarding/... here are some places to consider.

Stellar Brew and Deli
3280 B Main St.
Serve Breakfast and Lunch (coffee shop with alcohol).
They had many gluten free and vegan options on the weekend, and a few on weekdays.
 I tried two of the muffins and enjoyed them both.
They also have GF sandwiches for lunch.
Great GF Option.  Cozy eat in area, or take your food to go.

Angel's Restaurant
On the corner of Main St and Sierra Blvd, across from Quality Inn.
Wood smoked BBQ with several gluten free options.  Gluten free options are not online, but ask at the reservation desk in the restaurant..  Has a slightly different taste since it is wood smoked.  Their homemade bbq sauces were gluten free.  Not overly pricey (~$20ish).  I'd eat here again (and would probably enjoy the meal more if I were fresh off the slopes).  Nowhere near as good as Blue Smoke in New York, or Newport Rib Company (both reviewed elsewhere on this site), but celiacs can't be all that picky when it comes to finding places that you can eat out in smaller towns.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Gluten Free in Boston (gf travel) Ideas

I'm heading to Boston in the near future for a trip. 
Places on the list are possible options while sightseeing...I have not been to them yet, so reviews will have to wait until my return.  The list is more for my own reference while there.  If you are going, this may also help you.
I will be based just north of Harvard University, in Cambridge (Porter Square Transit Stop).  I hope to find some options near there....

 Elephant Walk Restaurant - several locations, link is to menus.
2067 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140
Brunch - Sunday 11:30am - 2:30pm  (cost is $10-15)
Lunch - Monday-Friday 11:30am - 4:00pm (generally $10-$15)
Dinner - Monday-Friday 4:00pm - 10:00pm (entrees are $15-$25)
Dinner - Saturday and Sunday 5:00pm - 10:00pm (entrees are $15-$25)
other locations:
Boston: 900 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215     617-247-1500
Waltham: too far east for the casual tourist. 

B.Good - several locations. including but not limited to back bay, downtown boston, and harvard. 
Burgers, with gluten free bun.

Chipotle - lots of locations. Closest to me will be One Brattle Square 02138 (@ Harvard Square)
Downtown location at 101 Summer St [Bedford and Lincoln]

PF Changs - 3 locations: 
Cambridgeside Galleria (near the museum of science) Lechmere is closest Transit
100 CambridgeSide Place, Suite C101
Cambridge, MA 02141

Downtown (southwest of Boston Common) Arlington is closest Transit
8 Park Plaza Space D-6
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 573-0821

Prudential Center  (Prudential Station is closest Transit)
800 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02199
(617) 378-9961

Trader Joes - first 2 locations are closest but not really transit convenient....
211 Alewife Brook Pkwy
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: 617-498-3201
Trading Hours: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm No Alcohol Sold
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748 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone Number: 617-491-8582
Trading Hours: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm Alcohol: Beer & Wine Sold M-Sat 8am-10pm, Sun 12pm-10pm
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1317 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446
Phone Number: 617-278-9997
Trading Hours: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm Alcohol: Beer & Wine Sold M-Sat 8am-10pm, Sun 12pm-10pm
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Whole Foods Market - several around. check website for locations.
115 Prospect St, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 USA   617.492.0070
 --seems most convenient. Central Square is Transit.

Also one in Charles River Plaza (Bowdoin is Transit)
181 Cambridge St, Boston, Massachusetts 02114 USA  617.723.0004

The Ginger Exchange - 1287 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139 (617) 250-8618
(closest cross street is prospect)
GF pad thai and singapore rice noodles are some of the gf options (currently priced at $8)
interesting idea for lunch. also not too transit convenient.  dished that are spicy = very... (reviewers say)
*****free delivery with $15 order minimum
12 - 3, 5 - 11, bar closes at 12am (monday-wed)
12 - 3, 5 - 12, bar closes at 1amc(thursday - friday)
12 - 12, bar closes at 1am (saturday)
12 - 10 (sunday)
 Closed Monday - Friday from 3 - 5pm

Myers + Chang -
separate gf menu includes Indonesian fried rice at $14.
1145 Washington St (South End)
Boston MA 02118
open from 11:30am until 10pm (11pm some nights)

East Coast Grill - 1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139 (617) 491-6568
said to do well with food allergies. seafood place. $20-30 for entrees.  pricey. not transit convenient.

Wagamama - 3 locations. gf options. great idea for lunch. $8-15ish
faneuil hall, harvard square, prudential center

Stone Hearth Pizza -  1782 Mass Ave. Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140   617-492-1111
Just south of Porter Square. GF Pizza. 11:30 am til 9 or 10pm.
GF Pasta is about $10. GF Pizza is $8-$20 depending on size/toppings.

Zing Pizza - 1925 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA (617) 497-4300
GF slice night on Wednesdays. in Porter Square. gf available other times?
Closed Mondays.  Open 12pm til 9 or 10pm.
Delivery available after 3:30pm within a 2 mile radius.

Nebo Restaurant - has gf menu. italian. pricey $25ish. looks good. opens at 5pm.
90 North Washington Street, Boston, MA 02114   (617) 723-6326
Boston's North End/Bullfinch Triangle 

Bertucci's Brick Oven - 799 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139-3509 (617) 661-8356 ‎ 
Near Lafayette Square. Italian Food. Chain store found in several states.
entrees at $15-20. separate gf menu.

Kickass Cupcakes
378 Highland Avenue Somerville, Massachusetts 02144 (Davis Square Transit)
They ask: Please call to check on today's gluten free flavor availability in the store.
Phone: 617-628-CUPS

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
11-7 11-7 11-7 11-8 11-10 11-10 12-6

NOT ON THIS LIST (as of July 2011)
Outback Steakhouse - not currently in Boston
Dennys - not currently in Boston

Monday, June 20, 2011

GF BBQ in the OC and Long Beach (newport rib company)

It is nice to find somewhere that serves celiac friendly food, and an added bonus if the food is actually decent.
Newport Rib Company is GREAT!

Their menu identifies menu items as being gluten free or gluten/casein free. 

They have a large menu.  There are salads for the non-carnivores, but I'd recommend vegans eat elsewhere and save the table space for people that want some excellent GF BBQ.

In Costa Mesa, they are called "The Newport Rib Company."  The Long Beach location is called "Naples Rib Company."  I ate at the Newport Rib Company, so all comments and pics are from that location.
The first picture is of their BBQ sauce.  I don't know why there are babies on the bottle (bit strange), but their BBQ sauce is free of gluten and casein.  They sell it at some local stores, and I got a bottle to take home w/me.  The sauce is great, and can be slathered liberally on anything (except maybe your morning cereal).
Gluten Free BBQ Sauce from the rib company 
The next picture is of "The Combo."  It is a Ribs, Chicken, Brisket, and Louisiana Hot Sausage platter.
"The Combo"
I tried to consume an entire BBQed Baby Back Ribs Platter (A Very Large Size).  My sides were BBQed beans and Mashed Sweet Potatoes (both GF and good).  I managed to defeat the ribs, but was unable to eat for about 18 hours as I was so incredibly full.  They were lovely and were so large that they draped off the edge of the plate.
BBQed Baby Back Ribs (A Very Large Size)
All dinners are served with cornbread, fresh vegetables (corn for me), fruit (in this case pineapple), and your choice of 2 sides (extensive list).  They have 2 types of cornbread, GF and regular.  It was nice to see that the GF variety had a different shape, so that there was absolutely no confusion about which one was the GF.  The GF cornbread was warm and steaming. Excellent.
Gluten Free Cornbread
I highly recommend Newport Rib Company for anyone looking for GF BBQ.  Non-celiacs will love it too.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Gluten Free in Downtown Sacramento

I'm heading to Sacramento soon, so this is a list for me to refer to...I won't be there for long, so the list will not be very lengthy. I am staying on J street, so things will tend to cluster downtown (I hope).

If there is anywhere obvious you think should be added, feel free to add to the comments section.

Gluten Free Specialty Market -  (916) 442-5241

2612 J Street, Suite 1, Sacramento, CA 95816

Parking behind building. (GFS)
Store Hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am to 7 pm Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm Sunday: 10 am to 4 pm 

  PF Changs1530 J. St. Suite 100, Sacramento, CA (916) 288-0970

 chain food, dependable GF menu

 BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse (916) 570-1327 

3531 N. Freeway Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95834
Opens @ 11am.  Kind of on way to/from airport 

Chipotle Mexican Grill - (916)444-8940
1831 Capitol Ave (19th and Capitol). Sacramento, CA 95814. 
Hours: 11am-10pm 
also just north of downtown (about 4 miles)
3830 Truxel Rd. (Truxel and Gateway Park). Sacramento, CA 95833 
Hours 11am-10pm 

Mati's Indian Express - (916)341-0532

says: gluten free friendly...

1501 16th Street , Sacramento, CA 95814 

Located in the Fremont Building on 16th and P Street. Two doors down from Starbucks, directly beside Nishiki Sushi.

Trader Joe's- 916-456-1853

5000 Folsom Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95819   (East of Downtown.)

Hours: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm  

 7 Sisters Gluten Free- (916) 727-2777 

8493 Auburn Blvd. Citrus Heights, CA 95610

waaay outside of where I am going, north east of downtown...other than that, looks good.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Gluten Free Pizza - RedBrick Pizza / RedBrick Pizza Cafe

I was in Ventura on a business trip and discovered another place with GF pizza.
It is a chain restaurant, with other locations (great for travelers that need GF food).

There are 2 websites..
RedBrickPizza   and    RedBrick Pizza Cafe
as it turns out, I ate at the Cafe version, but it appears that both have GF pizza.  I would call your local RedBrick Pizza place before driving over there to make sure that they have it.   There are quite a few locations in the south bay and orange county.  There is also at least one in the Santa Clarita area, but nothing in the San Fernando Valley.

I tried 2 pizzas, both gluten free and delicious.  Most of the toppings are also GF, so lots of variety, and inexpensive.  They had separate prep, tools, and understood the concept of cross contamination (unlike some other pizza places).  The pizza came out hot and yummy.

I tried:
mushrooms, red onions, red bell peppers, bacon, garlic, tomatoes, mozzarella, Parmesan, creamy white garlic sauce   (great!)
ham, pineapple, cashews, mozzarella, red sauce(cashews were unique..never had that on a Hawaiian pizza before...very good).

I went to this location:
3-6 Ventura
4990 Telephone Rd.
Ventura, CA 93003

Phone (805) 658-2828
Fax 805-658-2858

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Original Moonshine - GF throwback

I read an article in the Los Angeles Times food section on January 13, 2011.  It was all about clear choices in whiskey...namely moonshine.  The full LA Times article can be found here.

I haven't got around to it yet, but am looking forward to trying "Original Moonshine."  Their website mentions...
Original Moonshine Clear Corn Whiskey is hand-crafted from 100% estate-grown corn and distilled four times in a Prohibition-era copper pot still.
 You need to be over 21 to access the website (fill out your age on the home site).
They have a nice map where you can "Find the Shine" for sale.

It's in a bunch of local watering holes...but you can pick it up retail at the following places.

Name Address

Beverage Warehouse 4935 McConnell Ave., #21 Los Angeles, CA 90066

Convoy Liquors 4383 Convoy St., San Diego, CA 92111

Crest Balboa Liquor 6139 Balboa Ave., San Diego, CA 92111

Gil Turner's 9101 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Hi Times 250 Ogle St., Cost Mesa, CA 92627

John & Pete's 621 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069

Mel & Rose 8344 Melrose Ave., Beverly Hills, CA 90067

Mission Liquor 1801 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104

Vendome 9153 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Wally's 2107 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025

Wine House 2311 Cotner Ave., #B, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Let me know how you like it...

Monday, January 17, 2011

Gluten Free at Staples Center

I was at Staples Center wandering the concourse, and lo and behold...
gluten free beer at staples center. 

It is at the Budweiser stand...
Budweiser stand with gluten free beer at staples center

And here is the price list..rather exhorbitant, but pretty much everything at staples center is.  It's nice to be able to have some GF beer and yell for the home team (Kings, Clippers, Lakers). 
Gluten free snacks and candy are also available.  Remember, GF beer at Dodger games is $6, so this is not much more...(and the money isn't going to the McCourt divorce).
Gluten Free prices at Staples Center