Birch Tree Cafe (Closed)

5.0 stars 5.0 out of 5 45 ratings
$$Dedicated Gluten-Free Facility, Celiac Friendly, Gluten Free Menu + 9 more

31826 Good Earth Ln, Clarksville, DE 19970

(302) 539-2468
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    5 ratingSeptember 07, 2016

    Best chicken salad sandwich I have had in years, and I make a pretty darn good sandwich. The cheesecake dessert special was extremely tasty!!

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    5 ratingAugust 17, 2016

    GF bread is the best I have ever had. Food tasted fantastic and even my picky eater loved the sandwiches. Deserts were amazing too!

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    5 ratingAugust 16, 2016

    Beyond accommodating and very delicious! Gluten free and vegan friendly!

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    5 ratingAugust 11, 2016

    AWESOME little cafe! Great service and great food! It was fabulous not having to worry about cross contact issues while dining out with our Celiac daughters. Definitely try it if you are traveling to Bethany Beach, DE!

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    5 ratingAugust 09, 2016

    So nice to have a gluten free cafe near the beach. My son can eat here without any worries about cross contamination. Loved the sandwiches and even had a milkshake. Everything was excellent and will go back next time we're at the beach.

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    5 ratingJune 20, 2016

    amazing gluten free food. the ice cream sandwich is a must

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    4 ratingJune 15, 2016

    I didn't care for the lemonade. the spinach salad and the chicken salad sandwich were very good. the GF bread was excellent

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    5 ratingMay 26, 2016

    Very yummy, fresh food & friendly staff! I enjoyed the Tuscan soup and chicken salad sandwich which was a great treat after recently being diagnosed with celiac! I can't wait to go back! Great gluten free options to choose from without the worry!

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    5 ratingMay 21, 2016

    Amazing food! Ordered the Tuscan soup, turkey sandwich, pizza and shared it with my husband! Everything was gluten free and delicious! Highly recommend!

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    5 ratingApril 30, 2016

    It is such a treat to eat at a place where absolutely no gluten resides. :) I thoroughly enjoyed a Maple Chai, a carrot ginger soup and a melty cheese (with tomato) sandwich. The wait time was a little long because three parties arrived at about the same time and there was only one person working, but it was worth the wait! And there's a nice little market (with lots of gluten free options available) attached. Worth a visit, for sure!

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    5 ratingApril 15, 2016

    Cathy is very knowledgable about celiac.. This is a great pace for us. A nice variety of things we can eat without consequences!

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    5 ratingOctober 03, 2015

    Always a great option. My son and I are celiac and love going here. We have to keep the other kids and my husband away from our delicious treats. Love to pick up some groceries in the store and have lunch in the cafe. Always great muffins to go.

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    5 ratingSeptember 03, 2015

    Absolutely amazing! Wonderful flavor and texture and absolutely gluten-free!

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    3 ratingJuly 22, 2015

    This is a great option where I feel comfortable purchasing food for my son who is celiac. It tastes good and it's safe! However, I am sad to write this review after spending a few hundred dollars here on a couple of visits. The owner does not have the best customer service which is unfortunate when you go out of your way and spend a significant amount of money. She needs to be more kind and less preachy!

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    5 ratingJuly 14, 2015

    Every time we come to beach this is my first stop! Every thing is AMAZING! The mock rye bread is out of this works for GF!

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    5 ratingJuly 02, 2015

    Dedicated gluten free bakery! Everything is gluten free and freshly baked !!! It is not a fancy restaurant but rather a great lunch/breakfast cafe! People that work there are super friendly and love to talk to you about how they started the cafe! I love them so friendly and welcoming! I had their quiche which was fantastic with a side salad. Wonderful homemade apple save with a little cinnamon. Their muffins are to die for! Just so tasty and their texture is amazing! This place is well rounded and very tasty and it just happens to be gluten free. I would highly recommend going there even if you don't have to be gluten free!

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    5 ratingJune 23, 2015

    My family and I have been coming to Bethany Beach for 30+ years and when a waitress at a local restaurant told us about the Birch Tree Cafe (and Good Earth Store) we drove over the next day. We have tried many items here and have enjoyed them all. Pies at Thanksgiving and muffins to eat with coffee on the beach among my favorites. We have always been greeted in a friendly and inviting way and highly recommend this for everyone, not just those with food allergies. Enjoy!

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    1 ratingOctober 14, 2014

    I hate to give them their first negative review but was very disappointed. We never actually purchased anything from them. The server was very " better than thou"and rude. We actually thought she was a customer because she never greeted us until we moved her table. She was buried in a book or whatever she was doing. Very disappointing for this Delaware native. Then she "scolded" us for moving her tables citing we would scratch her floors. Not a high end restaurant but a little cafe. If you don't want the tables moved 2ft then put up a sign. Or put down what you are doing and greet us with a smile. Also the menu is very limited and and very pricey for a very rural part of Delaware. Only visit this place if you are highly sensitive and need a dedicated gluten free facility.

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    5 ratingAugust 20, 2014

    Kathy makes fabulous muffins and breads. Her coffee is also a keeper.

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    5 ratingAugust 03, 2014

    Best Bread ever - i had my first tomato sandwich in 2 years

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    5 ratingJuly 20, 2014

    Love this place! We got gf BLT sandwiches and muffins to go on the way to and from the beach. Delicious!

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    5 ratingJuly 05, 2014

    While this place is not a "restaurant" in the way many people think of it the food was none the less wonderful! They are a small cafe inside an organic grocery store. But it was perfect for a causal meal with my two young children. I arrived with my kids at 5:30pm on a Saturday to find out that they stopped table service at 4:30pm and only had take out. I was flustered to say the least. They bent over backwards to help me out and served us some outstanding muffins and sandwiches. My son and I have been gluten free for almost 3 years and while I've "perfected" a lot of gluten free substitutes at home I've never made or bought bread as good as these ladies make. My 6 year old declared the chocolate chip and cinnamon muffins "heaven". I had a chickpea salad sandwich and my daughter had a crab cake sandwich. Both were excellent and the side of applesauce was delicious too! I left after dinner with a grocery bag, having additionally bought two loaves of bread, a pint of the chickpea salad in a tub, and six muffins! My kids said they want to go back tomorrow. I highly recommend this cafe.

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    5 ratingJune 24, 2014

    Food was fresh and delicious! My boyfriend had a gf muffin and said it was one of the best he's had, and he does eat gf. Their smoothies were also very good. Worth the stop!

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    5 ratingJune 19, 2014

    One of a kind. Precious gem. I've never been to an all gluten free before. Amazing food and staff. I'm a customer for LIFE!

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    5 ratingJune 16, 2014

    Amazing gluten free options! The staff is very passionate about their products and it really shows in their food. favorites include their gazpacho soup, the vegetable sandwich, their homemade breads and muffins! Everything is so so amazing and the best part is they ship some of their products to my house for me when I'm not in the area! If you ever need a good place where you can finally eat a great sandwich with amazing bread this is the place!!

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    5 ratingMay 23, 2014

    Finally a gluten free bread that tastes good and can hold up a sandwich. Kitchen is gluten free and everything I tried was yum. My only complaint is the wonderful owner needs more help so she can produce more items and not burn out. Seriously 3 people were trying to get the last bag of croustini and this was at the start of the holiday weekend. If I lived closer I would volunteer my time just to make sure this place makes it.

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    5 ratingMay 22, 2014

    A dream come true! Gluten free breads that do not have the gf after taste! It was so freeing to pick any item from their menu and know I wouldn't get sick afterwards! This is a must place to visit when in the area of Bethany Beach! Make sure you meet the owner. She is delightful and knowledgable! We are heading back tomorrow on our way home from vacation. Time to stock our freezer!

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    5 ratingApril 13, 2014

    Awesome Cafe!! It's totally Gluten Free and Delicious. I bought 4 loaves of incredible GF homemade bread and muffins. I wish we had one in VA where I traveled from! So worth the trip 💜💜

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    5 ratingJanuary 25, 2014

    This place is absolutely amazing!!! The food is fantastic - most importantly, the bread is AMAZING! Every item we have ever gotten is wonderful - from soups to sandwiches and muffins! Great for us celiacs, and for vegans, too!!

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    5 ratingOctober 14, 2013

    Excellent cafe for brunch, lunch or a snack. A must stop for anyone on a gluten free diet, visiting Ocean City, Bethany Beach or Rehoboth. I brought my family here twice during a recent two day stay in the area. We had brunch both days (BLTs, chicken salad sandwiches and amazing fruit smoothies). We also loaded up on goodies for out hotel, including muffins, salads and really wonderful bread. The owner is Celiac and very knowledgeable about food prep issues, including use of trusted brands/manufacturers. Wish there was a little safe haven like this in the DC area!

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    5 ratingSeptember 09, 2013

    Wonderful. My husband had a blt and I had a pizza with just daiya cheese because of my soy intolerance. Both were delicious! There are also plenty of yummy desserts to choose from. If you have any additional allergies, they are very accommodating. Check out the attached grocery store, too.

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    5 ratingAugust 14, 2013

    This is a dream come true for someone who not only has celiac disease and has been on the diet for years but also happens to LOVE little cafes and natural food stores. This is located inside a cute health food market and all of the food was phenomenal. Go here!

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    5 ratingJuly 27, 2013

    I felt like a kid in a candy store!! The bread is amazing, muffins were awesome too plus a menu of other great gf choices! Can't wait to go back - I found my new gluten free spot!

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    5 ratingJune 19, 2013

    Excellent sandwiches, delicious bread. The chicken salad sandwich was $9.00. Great options!

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    5 ratingJune 01, 2013

    The sandwich was excellent also the cupcakes were great. Can not tell it is gluten free,

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    5 ratingMay 28, 2013

    Had excellent food!!! I had carrot, ginger and cashew soup and a BLT!! Their bread is the best GF bread I have ever had!!! I bought some!! It is must stop!!

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    5 ratingApril 27, 2013

    Great go there !!!!!!!

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    5 ratingMarch 31, 2013

    Outstanding gluten free baked goods ! Blueberry muffins to die for. Staff is unbelievably helpful with cooking tips.

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    5 ratingMarch 09, 2013

    Awesome BLT and Key Lemon Pie. Fun cafe!

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    5 ratingOctober 09, 2012

    Great GF muffins, smoothies, sandwiches, pizza. So exited to find gF crab cakes!! Inside Good Earth Organic Market. Definitely try or if you're in the Bethany Beach area!!

Gluten-Free Features

  • Beer
  • Bread/Buns
  • Celiac Friendly
  • Cupcakes
  • Dedicated Gluten-Free Facility
  • Dessert
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Muffins
  • Pizza
  • Sandwiches


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