5 places where to eat Gluten Free in New Orleans

1. Felix’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar

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My husband and I headed over to Felix’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar that is located on Iberville St one afternoon.

I asked the waitress if they had a “Gluten Free” menu. Although she said no, she pointed out many of the grilled items were GF.

Nevertheless, I ordered their Blackened Louisiana Alligator as an appetizer and their Blackened Gulf Shrimp for dinner.

Oh my goodness!! The Alligator was spectacular and the Shrimp was cooked to perfection! The Blackened spice was flavorful and not too over powering to the point that I over ate and waddled myself on out the door!!

It definitely isn’t the fanciest place around but the food was really tasty and the service was great. AND your meal was out quickly, so you didn’t have to wait forever and a day to eat your meal.

Anyhow, if I have time on my schedule, I may try and head back over to try something else out on their menu.

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Felix’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar
739 Iberville St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Call: (504) 522-4440

Sunday – Thursday: 11a -10p
Friday & Saturday: 11a – 11p

 


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CV Steak – Restaurant Review

CV Steak LogoWe walked into the hustle and bustle of Carson Valley Inn in order to get to CV Steak. Once we arrived at the podium we were greeted by Mike Meza the Manager. He was very attentive and instantly walked us over to our booth. Once seated, Mike seemed very knowledgeable and extremely helpful when it came to explaining to me what I would be able to choose on their menu and what could be converted to Gluten Free.

Even though CV Steak doesn’t openly disclose they have gluten free entrées directly on their menu or website — they however can provide a wonderful gluten free experience in a very comfortable yet elegant setting for dinner.  And I have to say I was amazed at the numerous entrées I could choose from which includes items from their Appetizers, Chicken, Seafood, Pork and Steaks items as well as a couple of desserts like Assorted fresh berries with cream or even ice cream to end with.

CV Steak Dining Room

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Sierra Gourmet Grill – Restaurant Review

Sierra Gourmet Grill Sign

From the road Sierra Gourmet Grill looks like a little house set back among a huge parking lot yet when you step inside the restaurant is quaint and rustic with prompt service.

Dining RoomOnce inside my husband and I were instantly greeted by Kevin who was standing behind the bar. Since the restaurant wasn’t crowded we were able to handpick our table. I was drawn to their picnic table and asked to be seated there. Unfortunately my husband who is 6’4” and had back surgery a year ago couldn’t get quite comfortable in the table so we eventually asked if we could move.

Without a blink of an eye, Kevin moved us to a more comfortable spot so my husband could have a regular chair with some back support. If you have any back issues, I would suggest not being seated at their very beautiful picnic table. In fact, all their tables were beautiful. According to their website, the tables and bar top are cedar plants made from repurposed trees from the Angora fire that occurred in South Lake Tahoe just up the Mountain.

Salad MenuWhat the little restaurant lacks in seating, it makes up with BIG flavor through their food! The menu choices were very appealing from sandwiches and burgers to steaks, chicken and seafood. And an added bonus they have a kids menu as well.

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ShopHouse – Restaurant Review

ShopHouse Store FrontShopHouse generously sent me a couple of gift cards to try out their restaurant while I was in Washington D.C. Unfortunately, it took me all week to get there, but yesterday my husband and I were able to finally make time and headed over to Chinatown via the Metro for dinner to try out their bowls.

The ShopHouse really intrigued me because 1. EVERYTHING they prepare in their shop is gluten, wheat, and dairy-free! 2. It is a sister restaurant to Chipotle – and who doesn’t love Chipotle?! 3. The menu is inspired by traditional ingredients, flavors and cooking styles of Southeast Asian restaurants. And everyone knows I have a love affair with Asian inspired food! And 4. Their meats are Responsibly Raised®! So yeah, for all those reasons I really wanted to try out their restaurant!

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Where not to eat in Alexandria, VA

Last night we took the ferry ride to Alexandria, VA and thought we would be able to visit all the cute little shops. Well how mistaken were we. It started to rain and rain and rain and then rained even some more! I had to buy an overpriced umbrella to stay somewhat dry even though my shoes and socks were a different soggy story.

Two places down from where I purchased my umbrella was Pizzeria Paradiso. Our friends took refuge there because 1. our friends were hungry and 2. since being indoors kept you warm and dry. Nevertheless, we decided it was a very good idea especially since our phones all went off alerting us of flash floods in the area till 11:30pm.

I ordered a nice hot cup of tea to warm up with when I noticed on Pizzeria Paradiso’s menu it stated they had homemade gluten free 9” crust for an extra $2. Not pre-made, cool!!!  Now that really sounded great and prompted us to place an order for their Blanca Pizza which consisted of White Sauce, Roasted Cherry Tomatos, Baby Arugula, Basil, and Speck (very thinly sliced smoked prosciutto). I asked for them to put the Speck on only 1/2 the pizza since my husband is allergic to msg and sodium nitrates.

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Eating Gluten Free in the Chinatown district of Washington D.C.

Eating out with a gluten allergy or intolerance can be totally challenging and that is putting it mildly. Let’s just say I am a research queen before I even leave for a trip just so I can find where my best options will lead me. I usually search the internet for local restaurants that serve gluten free entrees as well as which ones are walking distance from my hotel.

The first leg of our trip we stayed in the Chinatown district of Washington D.C. until July 2nd. The following restaurants were in this area and walking distance from our hotel.

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$$ = $11-$20
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$$$$ = $31-above

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Maui’s Star Noodle – Restaurant Review

Star Noodle Sign

Since this was my first time to Maui I researched the restaurants that were going to be the best at accommodating my gluten free needs as well as where locals dine at. One restaurant that stood out was Star★Noodle.

Gluten Free Pad Thai Noodles

Gluten Free Pad Thai Noodles

Way off the main drag in the industrial park area you will find this hidden Asian Noodle House. It’s a trendy little place which displays a large communal table in the center of the room, a bar area for those who like to eat at the counter as well as smaller table tops around the restaurant.

This is not a place you want to just walk into… reservations are a must and I learned that the hard way. As we arrived there were a lot of people waiting to be seated. When I was finally able to ask how long the wait would be I was told an hour and a half. Well, at that point we left to eat somewhere else. However, we did make reservations for the next night learning from our mistake.

When we arrived at Star★Noodle the following night there were five of us excited by the abundance of food choices on the menu. AND, Think large plates — the ones made for sharing as in family style. The hostess was friendly and very accommodating for my party. She eagerly pointed out what was gluten free on the menu before I was even in my seat. Unfortunately, I quickly forgot half of what was told to me and needed help with jarring my memory.

When our waitress promptly showed up I asked again what were the Gluten Free items and she was more than helpful to point out what I could eat. This time I paid very close attention to what was being told to me as I was firmly planted in my seat.

Since there were five of us dining we ordered Pad Thai Noodles, Singapore Noodles, and Vietnamese Crepe as our Gluten Free items (the other items — Steamed Pork Buns, Hapa Ramen and Kim Chee Ramen — were not Gluten Free and I wasn’t able to partake, however I was told they were really tasty and of course from my view they looked wonderful).

The Pad Thai consisted of Rice Noodles, Chicken, Shrimp, Egg, Peanuts, and Garlic Chives. It was mild in flavor but had impressively huge shrimp which were perfect and tender and a real treat.

Gluten Free Vietnamese Crepe

Gluten Free Vietnamese Crepe

The Vietnamese Crepe consisted of ground pork sprinkled with small shrimp and bean sprouts laid with in a fried Crepe accompanied by fresh butter lettuce leaves, sprigs of mint, cilantro, basil and carrots. A very aromatic Nuoc Cham dipping sauce came on the side and was a wonderful addition to drizzle on your lettuce wrap or crepe taco which ever way you decided to build your meal. This dish was extremely flavorful and a little messy but totally worth the effort.

Next I tried the Singapore Noodles which were Vermicelli noodles, Chicken, luscious Shrimp, and Vegetables. It had a mild curry aroma which was quite flavorful and all around scrumptious.

All in all if you would like a great restaurant that is pleasing on the palate than Star★Noodle is the restaurant you need to stop at the next time you are in Maui! Definitely 5-star in my opinion.

Gluten Free Singapore Noodles

Gluten Free Singapore Noodles

Star★Noodle
286 Kupuohi St.
Lahaina, Hawaii, 96761
United States

Phone: 808-667–5400

Website: www.starnoodle.com

Philadelphia Restaurant & Sandwich Company

Philadelphia

The family and I went to the restaurant Philadelphia Restaurant & Sandwich Company in the Gardnerville Ranchos tonight for the first time ever because they serve Gluten Free pasta. I will have to say it was surprisingly good.

I had ordered the kids Gluten Free spaghetti with an Italian Sausage (off the kids menu) – it was soooo much pasta in their bowls that we could had gotten away with just two orders instead of three.

I ordered the Shrimp Scampi and it was like in heaven in my mouth, LOL. It was nice and garlicky like I like it! And then the four of us also shared a Ceasar Salad which was just as wonderful! Being 1/2 Italian and growing up eating homemade italian food all the time made this girl happy — cause Italian festivities are not the same since we had been diagnosed gluten intolerant.

And to make me even more impressed, the owner/chef (Michael Fayer) personally came out to ask us how we liked the gluten free pasta. And then he stayed awhile chatting it up with me — while I reminisced about living in Ocean City, Maryland and visiting PA and he reminiscing about Ocean City as well! Yeah, I like this place.

I definitely think I will be back again – — This was unequivocally an enjoyable change from having to order a hamburger without a bun.

If you are in Northern Nevada and would like to try this place out – it is located at:

1281 Kimmerling Rd Suite 11
Gardnerville, Nevada 89460

Highly recommend trying this place out if you haven’t if you are looking for a GF alternative place to eat at.

Asian Box Restaurant

AsianBox

As I walked into Asian Box in Mountain View’s quaint downtown, I knew I was in for a delicious lunch just from eyeing the line of people waiting to place their order. I picked this specific restaurant because it is a 100% gluten free establishment and I just couldn’t wait to try it out.

My family and I sat in the back where it was quieter so I could be a people watcher and mainly wait for the rush to die down. Plus, it gave me a few minutes to look over Asian Box’s order form and to start thinking about what kind of box I wanted to get for the kids and I.

The kids ended up getting a Kids Box with Lemongrass marinated Pork and Caramel Sauce. According to the very delightful and very gracious restaurant Manager, Michelle, “Asian Box’s Caramel Sauce is their version of Teriyaki sauce.” And from tasting it I will say, it is way tastier than traditional teriyaki any day in my opinion!

For my meal I ordered a box with Brown Rice, Caramelized Lime Basil Shrimp, fresh bean sprouts, pickled vegetables, crispy shallots, chopped peanuts and fresh herbs topped with Peanut Sauce which is a creamy blend with lime & coconut.

Yep, I was in heaven when my food was ready! I tasted cilantro and mint — and just savored every bite. The food is a cross between Vietnamese and Thai and it is sooooo delicious!

My kids and I enjoyed our meal tremendously because Asian Box has high quality, fresh, authentic food and best of all it is gluten free. If you want to have a great authentic experience you need to try Asian Box. And for an added convenience you can even order your meal online at: https://asianbox.wufoo.com/forms/asian-box-order-ahead/

Visit Downtown Mountain View’s Asian Box and give Michelle and her staff your order — you will be so glad you did.

http://www.asianbox.com/

142 Castro St.
Mountain View, Ca 94041
Phone (650) 584-3947
Fax (650) 963-9328

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chipotle

Today we had lunch at Chipotle Mexican Grill at N. Capital Road in San Jose, CA. It was a wonderful lunch. The server changed her gloves when we said we were gluten intolerant which was really awesome customer service! The staff were really accommodating and attentive to our needs… A+ in my book!

I had their soft corn tacos filled with their braised carnitas… The order came with 3 tacos, but I gave 1 to my daughter. Oh my goodness two were so filling! And probably because it was filled not only with pork but also with salsa, rice, pinto beans, cheese, sour cream, avocado and shredded romaine lettuce…. My mother had the same but as a salad.

All the veggies are fresh and they use meat from animals (whenever possible) raised without antibiotics or added hormones – “food with integrity.”

The food was tasty, fresh and delicious! I will definitely be coming here again!

Find a location near you: http://www.chipotle.com/en-us/find/find.aspx