Freelance writer, traveller, nutrition consultant; diagnosed celiac in 2010 -- CJ Williams is the author of Tumbling Gluten Free, when not penning articles and poetry, and enjoys the abundance of naturally gluten free food.
15622 Manchester Rd, Ellisville, MO 63021
Service superb, food plentiful, perfect American-style comfort and local, in a charming little cafe -- New Day Gluten Free Cafe is a revelation. It's rare to find a dedicated gluten-free facility; rarer still to find one whose care and cooking has made a chemical reaction of nearly perfect noshing. From waffles, pancakes, and classic egg-n-toast breakfast to meatball subs, sandwiches and later-day offerings, New Day wins at celiac-safe, gluten-free, quality food. I only wish their waffles and pancakes were dairy-free as well! But their french toast, thankfully, is dairy-free, and New Day offers a healthy array of options for those who can't eat dairy along with gluten. It isn't organic, and their baked goods include canola oil if not using butter. But that's another superb aspect of this cafe: baked goods out the ears. Muffins, cupcakes, cookies, cinnamon rolls -- and one of the best compliments I can give didn't come from me. I took my grandmum in on Tuesday, and she -- not gluten-free by any stretch -- dubbed the gluten-free toast (a blend of rice, almond, and white bean flours) the best toast she'd ever had. Need a gluten-free meal in the midwest? Hit up New Day. They are a home-run.
451 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660
I rarely eat out. I have celiac, and am extremely sensitive, as well as very careful to avoid cross contamination -- whether I feel it or not. Damaging my health is not worth a night out. That said, I've visited both Santa Monica True Food, and Newport Beach, and they've both been the best experiences I've ever had dining out as a celiac. I understand that they have partially dedicated spaces for GF food prep, and always dedicated utensils. Certainly Newport assured me of this, and the server in Santa Monica made sure to take extra notes, and passed a note on to the chef. They make excellent pizza -- I loved the Roasted Kale and Tomato. Best GF I've had. But the Salmon, as well as the Curry, are also well worth a bite. A bit pricey, but if you're going to eat out, let it be eating well. Portions are plenty, staff are knowledgeable, atmosphere is peaceful (in Santa Monica -- a bit loud in Newport); and they're highly aware of issues with cross-contact. The safest one could be in a non-dedicated kitchen, without a doubt.