Andrea

About Me


Travel photographer and writer based in Jacksonville, FL. I am 100% gluten free and mostly grain free due to autoimmune thyroid disease.

Reviews


  • Kazu Japanese Restaurant

    5 starsAugust 18, 2014

    9965 San Jose Boulevard #35, Jacksonville, FL 32257

    Best, freshest, highest quality sushi in Jacksonville. Offers San-J Tamari sauce. Server was fairly knowledgeable about which items were not gluten free (i.e., miso soup). **Quick note - be sure to order spicy tuna roll WITHOUT tempura crunch.

  • Bone Island Grillhouse

    3 starsAugust 12, 2014

    920 Greensboro Rd, Eatonton, GA 31024

    I was sooo excited to have fried calamari and fried shrimp. Left rather disappointed. I ordered GF Calamari fingers and GF fried shrimp. Apparently the fried shrimp entree comes with a salad. When it came out it had croutons. Salad was re-made with no problem but found it a bit disconcerting that the salad for a GF entree came out contaminated. Skip the calamari. Trust me. It's completely flavorless. Fortunately, the manager took it off the meal. The fried shrimp was okay...had a mild shrimp flavor and at least a little salt in the breading (seemed to be cornmeal). The French fries were pretty good while they were still hot, but once they cooled down they were just ok. The coleslaw was nothing to write home about. If I lived here or vacationed here frequently I might go back for the fried shrimp from time to time, but only for lack of other options.

  • Gaby's By The Lake Restaurant

    4 starsAugust 12, 2014

    1 Lake Oconee Trail, Greensboro, GA 30642

    Gluten free bread and pizza. I didn't have the pizza, so can't comment on that. I had house made potato chips and French onion dip, a grilled lobster and cheese sandwich and Key Lime creme brûlée. All were delicious - I'm always especially pleased when a restaurant provides something other than vanilla creme brûlée. The bread is most likely EnerG tapioca bread, so it works...I would have preferred Udi's. It's an open-air restaurant, so it was very sticky on this August afternoon.

  • San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport

    4 starsJuly 31, 2014

    1770 S Amphlett Blvd, San Mateo, CA 94402

    Not sure where they get it from, but they offer really good gluten free bread. So far I've had a fried egg sandwich for breakfast, a California Club sandwich and a mushroom and Swiss burger (on bread slices, not a bun). The bread is sturdy and tastes good enough for me to double and triple check that it's gluten free. I didn't ask a lot of questions about fryers and prep areas, I was just excited to have a sandwich! I don't get acutely ill when exposed to gluten, so if you do please be certain to ask more questions than I did.

  • Main Street Coffee Roasting Company

    2 starsJuly 29, 2014

    150 Elm Street, Redwood City, CA 94063

    As the wife of a disabled person I was immediately turned off by the use of the only handicap parking space for storage and seating. Hubby was not with me, so I parked elsewhere and checked it out, but that sort of thing really irritates me. The space is crowded with furniture - hard to pass people to get to the end of the line, get around to the restroom or some of the tables. It was lunch time so I ordered a steak sandwich on gluten free bread with a fruit cup. Bread and fruit cup were good, but the steak was a single piece and too chewy to bite through. No fun to eat and lacking in flavor anyway. Didn't even eat half before I gave up and left.

  • The Bald Strawberry

    5 starsJuly 16, 2014

    1248 Sarno Road, Melbourne, FL 32935

    Located in a non-descript strip center. They don't even have a sign - blink and you'll miss it. But take the time to find it...totally worth it. The place is family owned and operated. My server was the sister of the restaurant owner and the daughter of the GF bakery "79 steps away." The baker makes it's own GF flour blend, which is then used to make waffles. The waffles are used as pizza crust and sandwich bread...it's pretty brilliant. I had a salad and a pepperoni pizza. Salad is salad...it was big and fresh and served with a tangy Italian. But let's talk about the pizza... SO GOOD!!! The waffle as crust was light and just the right combination of crispy and chewy. The sauce was flavorful. The mozzarella and pepperoni were delicious. Easily the best GF pizza I've ever had. I'm sure the waffle works equally as well for the sandwiches. For dessert I had two of the biggest macarons I've ever seen - four bites each. I tried the Dirty Chai (coffee and chai - tasted very sweet and cinnamon) and the Sea Salt Caramel. To die for. If I lived in Melbourne I would be here all.the.time.

  • Hurricane Grill & Wings

    4 starsJuly 12, 2014

    615 Hendricks Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32207

    Not sure where they get their GF buns from, but they are really good. Burger was cooked perfectly and juicy. Only thing missing was I wish the bun was floated or at least toasted - but maybe they don't have a clean place to do it?? Husband had the wings with honey chipotle BBQ sauce. The wings were big and meaty. Husband felt that the sauce was not hot enough. The server graciously had the kitchen remake the wings and helped my husband create his own spicy wing sauce This was our first visit to a Hurricane Grill & Wings and I would like to comment about the decor. It's decorated with a very island/beachy/tropical feel. The lighting is VERY bright a maybe they are going for the feel of a bright, sunny day at the beach? They play country music and husband and I found the volume to he just a little too loud - we had to raise our voices to have a conversation. Despite this, the service and food were good, so we will be back.

  • The Oxford

    4 starsJune 25, 2014

    319 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

    It's true, there are not a ton of GF options...but it's supposed to be an English pub and one of the GF options is shepherd's pie. And it's really tasty! Plus, Strongbow cider on draft. So...big win for me.

  • ORO Restaurant

    5 starsJune 25, 2014

    18 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

    Update 6/25/14: Apologies to those of you who went to Oro looking for GF shrimp croutons. Apparently after my first visit the recipe was changed and the shrimp croutons are no longer GF. The menu changes often, so check online for the latest gluten free options. Tonight I had fried (rice flour) calamari with sweet chili sauce, salmon with passion fruit sauce and citrus jicama slaw and chocolate torte. The calamari was great - lightly battered and fried. It was heavily peppered by design, which I normally would not care for, but it really worked with the sweet chili dipping sauce. The salmon dish was perfection. Light and flavorful. Simple but fancy at the same time. Something I think I will try to make at home myself. The torte was little on the mushy side, texture wise. But it was hot and humid outside, which probably had an effect on the texture. It was really great with a decaf coffee. For some reason it took me nearly two years to make it back to Oro. That will not happen again. 9/2012: Naturally gluten free plates, marked on the menu. Everything is delicious, but the shrimp croutons that come with the Untraditional Caesar Salad are like magic crack for gluten free people. I'm not sure what Chef does to make them, but I'm going with voodoo - although rice flour seems more likely.

  • Moonlight Pizza Company

    2 starsJune 24, 2014

    615 West Morgan Street, Raleigh, NC 27603

    I've driven by Moonlight Pizza many times on my visits to Raleigh and always thought it looked like a cool place, but was sad that I couldn't check it out since I was gluten free. Today, I was looking for a place to eat lunch and discovered that Moonlight offers a GF crust. I read on their website that they "worked hard to create a gluten-free pizza crust option that maintains the taste, integrity, and quality of our dough without gluten ingredients." So I was super excited to check it out. I went in and sat at the bar, where I was waited on by the bartender. The service was kind of indifferent...not super friendly, but not bad. I ordered a medium GF pizza with pepperoni and mushrooms and a Caesar salad. The Caesar came with red onions on it. Um, no. Picked those off. It was just okay - the lettuce had some brown edges, the dressing was a little tart. Pizza finally came. It looked good, but it was just kinda meh. The sauce and cheese were kind of flavorless. The portions of the pizza that were covered with sauce and cheese were kinda soft. The edges, where there was nothing except maybe a little cheese, were crispy and pretty good. But that was a really small portion of the pizza. It was pretty disappointing - especially since the crust was decent. If the sauce and cheese had tasted better I would be going back. But when in Raleigh, I will stick with ZPizza for GF pizza.

  • Café de los Muertos

    5 starsJune 24, 2014

    300 W Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

    If I lived in Raleigh, I would spend A LOT of time in this place. Delicious coffee, great selection of GF goodies, wonderful people and ambiance. When I first walked in the cashier asked if I had been in before. When I said no he introduced himself (and now I feel like a tool because I can't remember his name) and asked my name, then proceeded to call me by my name the whole time I was there. After I ate a yummy GF cinnamon chip scone and drank a delicious iced vanilla latte I wanted to get some beans. They carry beans from two local roasters and also roast in-house. Ended up chatting with the owner, Mac, for quite awhile and trying a sample of the Uganda Kabum! from Oak City Coffee Roasters (roasted like two blocks down the street). I *never* drink black coffee. Its more like I like some coffee with my cream and sugar. But I really enjoyed the Kabum! black...it was really smooth. We are in Raleigh for two more days and I'm sure I will be at Cafe de los Muertos each day.

  • Legal Sea Foods

    3 starsMarch 27, 2014

    1 Harborside Drive, Boston, MA 02128

    This is for the Logan airport Terminal C location. This location used to be pre-security and at that time they offered pretty much the whole gluten free menu that you would find at a regular Legal Sea Foods restaurant. The restaurant has now moved post-security and the gluten free menu is much more limited (although still better than pretty much any other airport restaurant). Basically, they lost the gluten free flour and dedicated fryer in the move. So lots of pan seared seafood and grilled veggies. Also of note, they are always busy and they have crammed as many seats as possible in the space. If you sit on the bench side of the table expect to have to squeeze between the tables (unless you are size zero). You may want to decide ahead of time if you want to shove the front or the back of your lower half in your neighbor's face.

  • Corner Taco

    5 starsFebruary 24, 2014

    818 Post Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204

    Corner Taco started as a food truck and recently opened a storefront. Everything on the menu, except the croutons on the salad, is gluten free. Fresh corn tortillas are made in-house. Buttermilk fried chicken (using rice flour) tacos are my fave. According to the owner there are a lot more delicious things to come. Oh! And he carries Mexican Coca Cola in the glass bottle (made with pure cane sugar). We will be eating here often!

  • Francesca's

    1 starsFebruary 03, 2014

    4100 Main at North Hills St, Raleigh, NC 27609

    Tried to eat here twice and both times never saw a host/hostess or bartender or anyone who offered to seat me. On my third attempt (I often stay at The Renaissance) I was greeted and seated. My server didn't seem terribly interested in taking care of me nor particularly educated about gluten allergies. I ordered a salad to be on the safe side and was just okay. Go to Flights (the other restaurant in the lobby) instead - much better food and served and more knowledgeable staff.

  • Fogo de Chao

    5 starsJanuary 28, 2014

    849 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205

    *Almost* everything in the place is gluten free. When I told the server I had a gluten allergy he had the manager come over to speak to me. She (the manager) showed me the two meats that were not gluten free due to a marinade or rub (the sausage and the bacon wrapped chicken leg and filet) and walked me through the salad bar to show me what was not gluten free. Several of the salad dressings she could not guarantee were safe due to label concerns, but there was a selection of oils and vinegars so it really didn't matter to me. The sides and table bread are also gluten free - mashed potatoes, fried bananas and fried polenta sticks. The bread is traditional Brazilian Pao de Queso, which is made with cassava flour (naturally gluten free). I should warn you, though - that bread is highly addictive. They also have Mexican Coca Cola (made with real cane sugar) in a glass bottle.

  • 18 Seaboard

    5 starsOctober 17, 2013

    18 Seaboard Avenue #100, Raleigh, NC 27604

    Many menu items are naturally gluten free. Chef is knowledgeable and wait staff is happy to ask about ingredients and modifications. Added bonus - majority of ingredients are locally sourced

  • Bantam & Biddy

    5 starsJune 06, 2013

    1544 Piedmont Rd,, Suite 301, Atlanta, GA 30324

    Gluten free fried chicken tenders. Need I say more? Oh, the chicken is from locally raised and pastured chickens. Chicken tenders come with a delicious honey wasabi sauce - and I don't like spicy food. If you are severely anti-wasabi you can swap out for barbecue sauce. Duck fat fries! And they serve breakfast - local pastured egg, bacon and cheese sandwich on a gluten free bun. Yum!

  • Irregardless Cafe & Catering

    5 starsMay 22, 2013

    901 West Morgan Street, Raleigh, NC 27603

    Some of the best shrimp and grits I've ever had. Naturally gluten free cornbread. Special added bonus - Mexican Coca Cola made with real cane sugar in a glass bottle.

  • Hannah's Bretzel

    1 starsApril 24, 2013

    233 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601

    I soo wanted to love this place. All of their sandwiches are available on a gluten free "baguette," everyone on the line changed their gloves with no complaint, they use grass fed beef and wild caught salmon, they have kettle-cooked chips, everything is organic, they have a nice selection of organic and non-HFCS drinks and you get to pick a piece of chocolate at the cashier. But alas, Hannah's Bretzel turned out to be a huge disappointment. I ordered the grass fed sirloin with gruyere cheese, carmelized onions, horseradish, lettuce and tomato with salt and pepper chips and a bottle of Lorina's pink lemonade, all of which came to just under $15. The gluten free "baguette" is much more like a sub roll. It's just okay - if it was filled with delicious ingredients it would have been fine for delivering a sandwich experience but its not something I would eat on its own or anything and was pretty bland. As for the fillings - the carmelized onions were WAY too sweet and there were way too many of them. They were the only thing I could taste. About half way through I gave up and pulled apart the sandwich to check out the ingredients. The gruyere was really mild - barely tasted anything when I ate it alone. The beef was very mild in flavor as well. I saw what looked like horseradish on the bread and meat, but didn't taste even a hint of horseradish anywhere. There was no sign of any kind of seasoning on the meat. Finally, I feel like a beef and cheese sandwich like this would benefit from being served warm. Oh, the salt and pepper chips were toooo peppery. The piece of chocolate and bottle of lemonade were the best parts of the meal.

  • Black Sheep Restaurant

    5 starsFebruary 22, 2013

    1534 Oak Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202

    Perfectly executed, locally sourced food. Knowledgeable and patient staff. Don't miss it.

  • The River and Rail Restaurant

    5 starsFebruary 01, 2013

    2201 Crystal Spring Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24014

    Farm-to-Table, seasonally inspired restaurant. Many gluten free dishes. Helpful staff. Tonight I had wild striped bass with clam chowder and it was freakin' amazing.

  • Sweet Theory Baking Co.

    5 starsDecember 25, 2012

    1243 King Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204

    Gluten free treats baked in a dedicated oven. So good I'm pretty sure the treats are made with fairy dust. All products are dairy, egg, soy and peanut free.

  • Cha Bella

    5 starsDecember 20, 2012

    102 E Broad St, Savannah, GA 31401

    Cha Bella is one of my very favorite restaurants ever. I live in Jacksonville,FL but make a special point of detouring to get dinner when returning from road trips to Raleigh and Atlanta (which is 1-2 times per month). Basically everything on the menu except the pasta is naturally GF or easily modified to be GF. The general manager told me he thinks 95% of the menu is GF. The menu is seasonal, locally sourced and organic. The standard flatbread served to everyone is GF - and quite tasty. Usually bread is brought to the table, but for GF patrons the chef will provide broken pieces of plain GF flatbread with honey butter. Be sure to ask about the soup of the day - many are gluten free. Last night it was a perfect seafood chowder. We were also told that the goat cheese cheesecake and Key lime pie are GF - one has an oatmeal crust and the other has a pecan crust. Totally worth a special trip just to eat here. In nice weather, sit on the patio.

  • Your Pie

    5 starsDecember 20, 2012

    110 W Bryan St, Savannah, GA 31401

    So. Good. Seriously. Best GF pizza I've ever had - and I've tried a lot. Obviously one has to adjust their expectations when eating GF pizza crust- it's not going to be like a NY slice. This crust had a bit of a cracker-like texture and a nice flavor. Toppings were delish. Only non-GF topping is meatballs. Staff very knowledgeable and helpful. GF pizzas are prepared in a completely separate area.

  • Mojo BAR-B-QUE

    5 starsNovember 12, 2012

    1607 University Blvd W, Jacksonville, FL 32217

    Mojo is so gluten-free friendly that instead of a gluten free menu, they have special, single page they bring to the table listing the items that are NOT safe for someone on a gluten free diet. I didn't ask about the fryer, so double check if you are more sensitive. My husband and I have been eating at Mojo's for several years - long before we were gluten free. My husband is from North Carolina and is serious about his barbeque. He says Mojo's is the best he has had outside of NC. I'm not a huge BBQ fan, but I love their shrimp and grits.

  • LeGrand's Steak and Seafood

    4 starsNovember 12, 2012

    11290 Old Saint Augustine Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257

    When I mentioned my gluten allergy the manager and the chef both came to my table to speak to me personally. The chef went through the menu, told me which items were naturally gluten free and which items he could prepare gluten free and answered all of my questions. Once our meal was served, chef and manager checked on my several times to make sure I was happy with my meal. I can't promise there is no cross-contamination and I'm sure they share fryers, but they will help you as best as they can. I am fortunate to not be as sensitive as I know some others are, so if you are super-sensitive to cross contamination this may not be the best for you. As for the food itself - a little heavy handed on the seasonings (especially the potato skins) but good, fresh, quality food in general.

  • Native Sun Natural Foods Market

    5 starsNovember 12, 2012

    11030 Baymeadows Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32256

    I <3 Native Sun! This grocery store is in the top 5 reasons I can never live anywhere but Jacksonville. They just make it so easy! And I am TOTALLY addicted to their GF oatmeal creme pie.

  • Tribeca Tavern

    4 starsAugust 04, 2012

    500 Ledgestone Way, Cary, NC 27519

    Awesome burgers on gluten free buns. Also gluten free pizza, gluten free beer, hard cider and a handful of naturally gluten free entrees. Staff knowledge is inconsistent - some know a lot, some know nothing. Kitchen seems relatively educated (I was warned the corn chips are fried in the same fryer as the French fries - which have a gluten coating).

  • Coyote Kitchen

    4 starsJuly 16, 2012

    200 Southgate Dr, Boone, NC 28607

    Very knowledgeable staff. No separate GF menu as its easier to just point out what is NOT GF. I had Kobe steak tacos. Beef was a little dry and bland, but tasted fresh and of high quality. Husband said nachos were the best he has ever had. Fried plantains to die for. Dedicated gluten free fryer. Great service.

  • M Shack

    3 starsMay 08, 2012

    299 Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233

    The sweet potato tots ARE NOT gluten free (and I'm assuming the french fries are not, either). Other than that, its pretty decent - but could be so much better. See FarmBurger in Atlanta.

  • Blue Moon Pizza

    5 starsApril 25, 2012

    325 E Paces Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

    Best gluten free pizza anywhere, ever. And the cheesy bread...OMG!

  • zpizza

    5 starsNovember 28, 2011

    421 Fayetteville St #103, Raleigh, NC 27601

    Thin and crispy crust with good flavor - flavor reminds me of Mellow Mushroom honey wheat crust (at least what I remember of it - haven't eaten it in over a year). Love that they use rbgh-free cheese from grass fed cows and organic tomato sauce.