Adam E

Celiac

About Me


Diagnosed with celiac in Spring of 2012 - trying to figure out where I can eat safely ever since...

Reviews


  • Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant

    5 starsNovember 30, 2014

    155 Temple Street, New Haven, CT 06510

    I became a Barcelona regular after attending my company holiday party here in 2013. Since then, I've been here easily 20 times over the past year, and have never once had an issue with GF. The majority of the items on the menu are naturally gluten free, and the ones that aren't do not pose an issue for cross contamination. The staff is generally speaking very knowledgeable about the menu, and if the waitperson does not know, they ALWAYS have asked the chef. GF considerations aside, the food and service are consistently excellent here, and while there is always a core set of staples on the menu, every week there are new specials and creations, none of which have ever disappointed. Can't recommend Barcelona enough.

  • Long Provincial Vietnamese Restaurant & Jelly Bar

    4 starsNovember 25, 2014

    1901 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

    Mixed experience here at Long Provincial. It took quite a while for our waiter to come take our order, and he seemed to be new and not at all knowledgeable about GF considerations or the menu in general (to be fair, the menu is 15 pages long). About 20 more minutes after ordering a dish that the waiter said he would mark as GF, a manager came out and explained why that particular dish couldn't be made GF. From there I was a lot more at ease - the manager knew all the ingredients in each dish and potential concerns, and recommended some dishes I could have - the spicy lemongrass beef, and the chicken satay. Both were quite good, and I have no issues to report afterwards. Ask for the manager if you go here - she'll keep you safe. I have to knock off a point for the service though; after the initial wait, we again waited about 15 more minutes before I eventually just brought the check up to the register myself to pay.

  • Cinnamon Works

    5 starsNovember 25, 2014

    1536 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

    I am not ashamed to say that I made a pig out of myself here... After having to go GF about 2.5 years ago I've cut out a lot of sweets (and sugar in general from my diet), but then I stumbled across this place and just thew caution into the wind. The GF baked goods are shipped in from a dedicated supplier and kept separate enough from the non-GF items. I ended up with an extremely dense, moist, and delicious zucchini muffin, and a monster pumpkin cookie. I actually took one bite of the cookie on the spot and ended up getting a second to go... I would've also ordered some more zucchini muffins had I been thinking clearly. In any event, happy to report no issues after my sugar / baked goods binge. Seek & enjoy.

  • Goodlife Cafe & Bakery

    5 starsNovember 25, 2014

    10485 Lansing Street, Mendocino, CA 95460

    Many tasty GF options at this little spot in Mendocino. The counter staff was not very knowledgeable, but they immediately brought out the manager (chef / owner?) who very much was, and answered all my questions. I ended up getting the veggie cakes (delicious, and served with a variety of homemade sauces) and some enchiladas which were quite good, and served with a huge portion of beans & rice to boot. The only bummer is that the GF baked goods are not made separately from the non-GF ones, so I abstained from dessert. .

  • Ma Mosa's

    5 starsNovember 25, 2014

    118 NW E St, Grants Pass, OR 97526

    Absolutely wonderful place. Any place I feel comfortable eating in with a knowledgeable staff usually gets high marks, but Ma Mosa's deserves six stars for the food alone. As the very last stop in a San Diego to Eugene road trip, this was maybe the culinary highlight - I had a taco platter (these are pretty gourmet tacos, now), consisting of a chorizo + potato, porcini mushroom, and beef tacos, that may have been the three best tacos I've ever had in my life. Staff was very knowledgeable and I ended up trying some of the deserts as well - a pumpkin roll which was pretty good, but which paled in comparison to a chocolate peanut butter tart (I should've eaten the pumpkin first). Highly recommended.

  • Burger Lounge

    5 starsNovember 23, 2014

    528 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

    Wow - I seldom go out for burgers anymore, but these are pretty fantastic. Very knowledgeable staff, and I ended up going back the next day and getting the same thing (classic burger w/ bacon, and ahi tuna burgers).

  • Zocalo

    5 starsNovember 23, 2014

    1801 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811

    I was a little skeptical after seeing the menu, however the server was fairly knowledgeable explained which items could be made GF and which were off limits (sadly, the mole sauce has flour). The chips and salsas are indeed safe, and after eating way too many of those, I went with one of the enchiladas dishes, which arrived in a generous portion. The food was good, and most importantly, no issues afterwards.

  • Pica Pica Maize Kitchen

    5 starsNovember 23, 2014

    401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Good god, this place is incredible and I can't recommend it enough for fans of latin food, or anyone else for that matter. The entire restaurant is GF, so there are no worries on cross contamination. I really wish there was one in CT. I had the pulled pork arepa, beef cachapa, and yuca fritters; all, including the various sauces available, were excellent.

  • Hu Kitchen

    5 starsOctober 17, 2014

    78 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

    Hu has become my go-to lately whenever I find myself in the city. As other reviewers have noted, the entire menu (with the exception of the beers) are GF, and as such I check my worries at the door. Most dishes feature a short list of ingredients, but everything I've had so far has been wholesome and delicious. The stuffed squash is particularly good, as is the meatloaf and the 'Diesel Parker' - a grain-free lasagna consisting of vegetables, cashew cream, and topped with ground beef. Be advised though, if you have issues with coconut ingredients, Hu uses them pretty extensively in their dishes.

  • Nada

    5 starsAugust 24, 2014

    600 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

    While on a 24-hr work trip to Cincinnati recently I was very tempted to play it safe and eat at the local PF Changs. I ultimately decided to give Nada a try, and am I ever glad I did. The food and service were both great, and the staff was extremely knowledgeable about celiac. I got the chicken, carnitas & steak tacos, and ended up coming back the next day for lunch. Three tacos makes for a pretty filling meal here, and while you might think of tacos as being nothing to write home about, these are probably the best I've had anywhere. Can't recommend this place enough.

  • Tikkaway Fresh Indian Grill

    5 starsOctober 29, 2013

    135 Orange Street, New Haven, CT 06510

    The fastest way to describe Tikkaway Grill is, "awesome." It may be a little more helpful though to say that Tikkaway is to Indian what Chipotle is to Mexican - that is a very streamlined approach to the cuisine that blends the convenience of fast-food with the quality of a good sit-down restaurant. Ok, maybe Chipotle (which I am an unabashed fan of) isn't quite sit-down fare, but Tikkaway does not scrimp at all in the quality department. Chipotle remains a good analog though as set-up is the same - choose your 'delivery mechanism' (i.e. wrap, rice bowl, or salad), and then your choice of meats, sauces and toppings. About a minute later your food is served. More importantly, all allergens (including dairy and nuts) are clearly labeled. The only thing that's off limits for gf folks here is the roti wrap, the samosas, and the papads (lentil crisps that share a fryer with the samosas). The gluten-containing items are kept well separate though, minimizing the cross-contamination risks to a level I'm more than comfortable with.Tikkaway Grill is the best thing that's happened to downtown New Haven in quite some time.

  • Sazon Restaurant & Cafe

    5 starsOctober 05, 2013

    941 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

    Sazon claims to offer the most extensive Venezuelan menu in the US. Now I'm not in a position to verify or dispute that, but I certainly can attest that not only is the food at Sazon exceptional, but they are quite knowledgable in all things gluten-free and celiac-safe preparation (it certainly helps that most of the menu is gluten-free to begin with). After taking a few moments to soak in the relaxing atmosphere, I went with one of the arepas, which is sort of a corn cake sandwich, served with a variety of fillings. I've only ever been to one other place that serves arepas, and Sazon's put them to shame. I got three bites in, and ordered a second one to go. Now one is certainly enough for a meal; my plan was to eat the second for lunch the following day. When I told them my intentions, they packaged the second arepa up so that the corn cake, pork (pernil) and sauce were all kept separate so the corn cake wouldn't get soggy, which definitely strikes me as going the extra mile. A couple of extra things to note about Sazon: a. They are not open for lunch during the week b. It is a byob restaurant c. They are cash only d. They offer a variety of delicious-looking chocolates (I did not try them) e. It almost made me want to move to Philadelphia. I'd like to further qualify my rating by saying that I typically give high marks to any place that truly understands gf-prep and cross contamination; with so few gf-safe options, I feel beggars can't be choosers (yet). A decent meal that doesn't make me sick is infinitely preferable to a delicious one that does, and that typically is the basis for my scores. Sazon nails both the preparation and the quality, and I intend to return any time I find myself back in Philly.

  • Lilli And Loo

    5 starsAugust 13, 2013

    792 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10065

    About six months after being diagnosed with Celiac disease I finally worked up the courage to start going to restaurants again. Lilli and Loo was my first destination as a designated GF diner, and another six months later, I've been here at least 20 times and look forward to every opportunity I can get to return. The waitstaff immediately brings me the GF menu now instead of the regular menu, and I feel completely comfortable here. The sushi rolls (all of them) are frequent choices, but the steamed pork dumplings and sauteed chicken and eggplant are delicious as well. I normally give high marks to any restaurant where I don't get sick afterwards, but L & L is in a class of its own.

  • P.F. Chang's

    5 starsAugust 13, 2013

    600 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

    I travel a lot for work and have come to regard PF Chang's as a trusted go-to restaurant when I find myself looking for a safe meal in an unfamiliar city. I've been to the Baltimore one several times now, as well as a few other locations, and have never had bad experience at any of them. Although I wouldn't call the food exceptional, the peace of mind of being able to order something without having to explain your allergy to a clueless waiter and hope for the best is reason enough to keep me coming back. The Dali Chicken and the flourless chocolate dome cake are among the standouts from the GF menu.

  • Fujiya House

    4 starsAugust 04, 2013

    1489 Carl D Silver Pkwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

    There was no separate GF menu available, although the waitstaff was helpful and knowledgeable in explaining what I could and couldn't have. In the end I played it safe and just had edamame and some tuna & salmon nigiri, nothing fancy. We sat at the sushi bar, and I overheard the waiter explaining to the sushi chef that everything had to be gf. GF soy sauce was provided along with the meal. At the end of the meal the sushi chef prepared a few complimentary pieces of sushi that he said were gf - they had imitation crab on them (which I've heard can be iffy) however, and I decided to pass. My meal was simple, but satisfying, and I came out with no issues.

  • Sticky Fingers Smokehouse

    5 starsAugust 04, 2013

    7921 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31406

    As noted by other reviewers, there is not a separate gf menu, but an allergen guide that can be cross-referenced with the regular menu. It's pretty easy to navigate though, and I ordered the half-rack of ribs and pulled pork, along with baked beans. It was hard to get a sense for how thoroughly they understood cross-contamination concerns, but the food was outstanding (especially the ribs), and I had no issues.

  • 97 Lake Sports Cafe & Restaurant

    5 starsJuly 22, 2013

    97 Lake Street, White Plains, NY 10604

    Many of the other reviewers seem to have covered all the bases with 97 Lake, but I just want to quickly add that I had a great experience here. They serve a category of food that I had largely considered to be off-limits to me, and they do it very safely and very well. I don't make it down to White Plains often, but I would absolutely go back here - this is about as celiac-friendly as you can get.