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Located in Denville, NJ, this place offers a qulity gluten free menu, but lacks in service. I ate here with my family strictly because of the menu. For an appetizer, I had some garlic bread with cheese. It took a little longer than usual for that dry chalky taste to enter my mouth. Dipping the bread in the marinara sauce brought the taste up a few levels and it almost tasted real! I ordered a buffalo chicken pizza for my entree and was pretty disappointed. The dough was flat and cardboardish, which I did not enjoy. Besides that the cheese, hot sauce and chicken weren't too bad, but the crust is what I'm looking for. My fiancee ordred the gluten free spaghetti, which wasn't bad but wasn't great. This place is worth a try just for the menu, but may I suggest take out... and show up late.
As I was visiting my parents, we decided to make a stop at a Chipotle since I haven't been to one since the pre-gluten free days. While I still like Qdoba more, Chipotle's chicken is much better. Tastebuds have a hard time settling down after each bite. My fiancee got a burrito (not fair) and I ordered a bowl with rice, beans, chicken, cheese and guacamole. A combination that can be lethal to those around you 10 minutes after you've finished eating. Fast-food Mexican is a wonderful thing for the gluten free community, however not the best for long car rides.
One of these restaurant chains came to my area a couple months ago but I finally tried it. As for fast-food Mexican, it's my favorite. Everything from the rice and beans to the chicken and queso was great. Now I know this isn't authentic Mexican, but it's definitely a stairwell above Taco Bell (which is not gluten free friendly at all). Just get a bowl (no tortilla) and enjoy the flavors that melt together singing songs in your mouth the whole meal. Plus there's even an awards program that allows you get a free meal after buying ten entrees. Better than nothing.
Had some Chinese again and decided to go with the Caramel Mango Chicken. It has some massive flavor. Nice glaze and lots of flavor enhancers like chunks of mango and cherry tomatoes. My fiancee got the GF Fried Rice and of course I ate half of it. She got the chicken on the side, which was also delicious. They "bread" the chicken so it's slightly crunchy and all around tasty. Definitely a top 5 gluten free experience.
I tried PF Chang's gluten free crab fried rice and was impressed. While it did not taste like your typical Chinese fried rice from one of the thousands of local restaurants, it was still very enjoyable. It had big chunks of crab meat, mushrooms, egg and the normal greens you'll find in fried rice. The portion was huge and the average person would have leftovers (not me). I highly recommend this for anyone wanting some gluten free Chinese food.
It turns out the Radnor/Wayne area has a lot of solid gluten free choices. A coworker and I went to Christopher's after I found out they had some gluten free options. They have gluten free pizzas, breads, chicken fingers and beer! I decided to keep it simple and get the grilled chicken breast sandwich on some gluten free bread. Pretty basic but pretty delicious. It came with a side a chips, but that's not the focus here. The sandwich came on a poppyseed roll and wasn't too dry! After a couple of bites with my hands, I switched to a fork and knife since, after all, we are talking about gluten free bread. Delicious experience and I will go back again to try the other items.
I knew UNO had gluten free pizza for awhile, but I finally made the trip since the closest one is about 19 miles away. Not expecting much, I was extremely surprised that they have the best gluten free pizza I've had. It is a thin crust pizza (obviously), but not too thin that it tastes like a cracker. It actually wasn't too crispy, which is fine by mine. My only complaint is the lack of pepperoni, seeing how there were only like 10 small pieces on a 12 inch pizza. In addition to the great tasting pizza, they have many other items including burgers on gluten free rolls! I should also mention my location had Woodchuck Cider and two gluten free beers. Must go again.
Stopped by this place again to order a cheesesteak and fries. Expectations have been exceeded. The "roll" of the cheesesteak was a flatbread/wrap that was delicious and moist! Each bite surprised me with the quality of the steak and the symphony of flavors. The fries were OK, but that's where the ranch comes in. Definitly edible and filled me up within a matter of minutes (not a small task). Try it.
This place in Wayne has got it all... when it comes to a pizza place. The gluten free selection is tremendous and should be tried by all. I headed here with a friend before a seminar I'm glad I did. Second best gluten free pizza I've had. Only UNO is better. We got a gluten free pizza with pepperoni and an order of fries, which are baked to avoid cross contamination. Both were delicious. Great size for the pizza and a hefty order of fries. I will be back to sample the rest of the gluten free menu... including crab cakes!
Seasons also has a cheese calzone that pretty good. It doesn't taste gluten free, it's just not as good as normal calzone, which is expected. No fillings can be added because I think they're premade. I just dipped my in ranch for some more flavor. The only drawback is its size. It's about eight inches long and has a width that peaks at about four or five inches. Luckily for me, I ordered a pizza as well. I've had Seasons multiple times and have enjoyed it every time. For only $8.99 (about 12 inches, takeout), you can't complain. The dough is thin, but not crispy unless you order it well done. Toppings definitely help make any pizza more enjoyable, so I encourage you to add as many as you want.
The pizza at Grotto is different than any other gluten free pizza I've had. The crust is kind of like one giant piece of dense toast. Weird, I know. Don't let that scare you, it was actually pretty enjoyable. I had mine without sauce, add ricotta cheese and onions. Just trying to switch it up a bit. I'll definitely be eating it again the next time I feel like crossing the border (into Delaware that is).
I've had the gluten free pizza at dominos a few times. Every time I've been satisfied and will continue to order from my local dominos. There isn't much crust, but this pizza taste very similar to regular (non gluten free) thin crust pizza. My favorite toppings to add are ham and bacon. Amazing. Domino's wings are also gluten free, so I always add an 8 piece.
I've only had the Penne Rigate Pomodoro entree. I added shrimp and put a generous amount of parmesan on top for extra flavor. The penne was very similar to regular (non-gluten free) pasta and had a pleasant taste. I would recommend this dish to anyone looking for a simple gluten free Italian meal.
I love Mexican food and highly recommend La Tolteca. For a gluten free eater, fajitas are the best choice. The fajitas here have great flavor and they are available with corn tortillas. I usually get the Texas Fajitas with extra guacamole. Can't beat it.
UPDATE 1/31/13: Pig Out has closed the restaurant part of the store but will still remain open for online and party orders.
Located on Glen Mills Road in what seems to be the middle of nowhere lies a fantastic BBQ joint that offers gluten free sauces and rolls! The meats are delicious and the sides are great too. Whether you order the brisket, pulled pork or pulled chicken, you can't go wrong. Add some baked wings or a potato to your order to complete the experience. I actually haven't tried the rolls yet, but plan on doing it within the next week.
Portabello's in Kennett Square offers some quality choices for the gluten freebies. I had the Kennett burger (mushroom, swiss, and mayo) on a gluten free bun. The bun was actually delicious and unlike any other gluten free bun I've had. After my first bite I was hooked and didn't put the burger down until it was finished. I also had some fries that were gluten free. However they do not have a separate fryer, so don't order these if you're really sensitive. The chef came to our table and spoke to me personally about the options and was knowledgeable about gluten (and how people need to avoid it). My girlfriend got a BLT on gluten free bread and that was pretty damn good too. (She's not gluten intolerant, she just knows I'll finish what she doesn't eat.) Portabello's is highly recommended. The best news is that the bakery across the street is a 100% gluten free bakery and they provided the buns. Now I know where to get delicious buns/rolls. Read the next review to hear about Sweet Christine's.
Looking for fresh and delicious gluten free treats? Take a trip to Sweet Christine's and you'll never want to leave. Since it was my first time there, I decided to try one of almost everything. This was after my meal at Portabello's, which is right across the street. I tried all of the doughnuts (chocolate icing, vanilla icing, and cinnamon sugar), a chocolate cupcake, a coffee cake muffin, a blueberry muffin, a double chocolate muffin, a brownie, a chocolate chip cookie, and an oatmeal raisin cookie. Everything was delicious except for the coffee cake muffin. That was a little too rubbery, but it wasn't horrible. The vanilla iced doughnut was my favorite and the chocolate chip cookie was super soft and moist. This review could go on forever, but you really just need to go in there (or order online) and try everything. Don't pass up on an opportunity to go to Sweet Christine's.
Anytime you want some gluten free Italian food, Maggiano's must be taken into consideration. When I arrived I asked about the gluten free options and was surprised to find out that almost everything on the menu can be made gluten free. I had the sausage and peppers for an appetizer, a caesar salad, and four different pasta dishes. Well, my girlfriend and I split two to eat there and two to go. It was a good deal, don't judge us. We ordered the fettuccini alfredo, baked ziti, spaghetti with meat sauce, and a pasta dish with ground chicken. Note that all the dishes were served with gluten free penne. Everything was delicious and I will definitely be going back again. Oh, and the only gluten free dessert is creme brulee, which is better than nothing.
I accidentally stumbled upon this place while getting my car repaired in West Chester. As I was walking to find something to eat, I saw a sign that read "Gluten free pizza, bread, chicken fingers, muffins and cookies." That may have been the best moment in my life. Of course I went in and asked if it was really true. Turns out it was. I scanned the menu and decided to go with the roast pork, broccoli rabe, and provolone on gluten free bread. Also threw in an order of gluten free chicken fingers for good measure. I should mention they are fried in a separate deep fryer to avoid cross contamination. Both the sandwich and chicken fingers were fantastic and did not taste gluten free at all. After I was finished I decided to order a double chocolate muffin to go. As I was handed the bag with my muffin, I felt the warm bottom. They heated it up too! Obviously I took two steps out of the place and ate the muffin. Delicious. Get to America's pie as fast as you can.
After finding out that Pig Out was closed for the day, I headed to Pappone's with a few acquaintances. I was pleased to find out that they introduced a gluten free pizza and gluten free chicken tenders. The pizza tasted very much like Season's gluten free pizza and may have been the same shell. Only a 10 inch shell is available but this is where the chicken fingers come into play. Each order comes with five tenders baked in their own tin. These fingers were enjoyable and didn't taste much different than regular chicken tenders. I definitely recommend stopping by to have a taste.
After an interview in Princeton, NJ I was invited to lunch at Salt Creek Grille. Not yet revealing my allergy, I waited to see what the menu offered. Needless to say I was extremely pleased to find out that there were "g's" next to the items that were gluten free. I didn't want to get finger food since it was a "formal" lunch, but I saw others order sandwiches so my mind was made up. I order the fish tacos that come with some rice and beans. They happened to be some of the best tacos I've had. The taste was phenomenal and I wanted more. If you're ever near a Salt Creek Grille, you must stop by for some quality gluten free food.
After getting a menu in the mail and seeing some gluten free options, y'all know I'm trying dat ("that"). To my surprise, it was the best GF pizza I've had thus far. This crust was thicker and wasn't very crispy like others I've tried. Being crispy ain't bad, but you get kind of sick of it after awhile. The only thing keeping this from a superb GF pizza was the outside crust. It was dry, but that's why god invented ranch. Am I right or am I right? Oh, and they have gluten free ravioli, which I have yet to try. Stay tuned for that delicious experience.