Category Archives: Dining Out

Gluten Free in Cape May

No we haven’t change our name our location! We are still Gluten Free West Palm Beach but I wanted to share two weekends I spent over the summer in Cape May, NJ and there very positive gluten-free experience I had there. When we first planned to stay with family up in Cape May. I didn’t have hopes that this little seaside town would have much for dining choices someone that is gluten-free. I was pleasantly surprised. Every morning I walked down to the Cape May Bakery and had gluten-free muffins (the carrot raisin was delicious!). They are not a exclusive gluten-free bakery but I didnt have any issues of cross contamination  We also enjoyed dirty chai lattes from Higher Grounds Coffee Shop made with Almond Milk.

We had a full kitchen where we stayed so a lot of times we ate lunch there but we did have lunch out one afternoon at the Mad Batter! Best lunch ever! It has been along time since I have had a sandwich for lunch let alone one that I ate every bite including the crust (I never eat the crust or even eat all my bread usually) and their fries were friend separately! and the wait staff was knowledgeable too. I inquired where the bread came from it was that good! and they have it delivered every morning. It was great.

My favorite place for dinner was Lucky Bones. They have a HUGE gluten-free menu (PDF)  full of choices! My favorite is the gluten-free crab cakes! They are so good I had them twice in one weekend! They were really busy (every restaurant in Cape May seems to be on a wait in season) so one night I ordered take-out and was very impressed that my food and kitchen ticket was labelled gluten-free. It seemed like they were taking great care to ensure my food arrive truly gluten-free to me.

I thought for sure I had gained 10 lbs with all the treats I was eating – luckily we did a lot of walking around Cape May. So it kept the vacation gain at bay.

Here are some photos from my trip.

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Take me out to the Ballgame

I  recently made the trek to the new Marlins Stadium to see the Phillies play the Marlins. As I was passing Sunlife Stadium, I was thinking this better be worth it! The drive was a little extra but the AIR CONDITIONING was so worth the extra time and miles it took to get there! To not sweat it out in the oppressive heat of summer!

The second thing that made it worth it is that Marlins Stadium is one of 30 ballparks across the country that have a gluten-free stand! (For a complete list see our friends over at Gluten Free Philly’s post on all of them)

While I have to say that the hot dog with a bun! (I havent had a bun in a long time) wasn’t the best thing I had ever ate – it certainly was way better than what I ate last year, an arepa (corn, corn flour with melted cheese patty for our fans that arent familiar with South American cuisine) that I had to settle for after much searching at sunlife stadium. Later in the 7th inning we went back downstairs and got a chocolate cookies (they also offering muffins too) the cookie had chia seeds and I felt like that it was a little too healthy, but it was good too.

Some other options they had and I think I might try next time is the Loaded Nachos – I noticed they were making them with Tostitos® Tortilla Chips that were labeled gluten-free. They were also making club sandwiches fresh. The entire stand is gluten-free so no worries about cross contamination.

Gluten free menu at Stonewood grill

I have dined on many occasions at stonewood grill. Ask the hostess for their gluten-free menu. I always get an oak grilled steak house salad and either mashed or baked potatoes. Two sides that you would think might be gluten free but are NOT are the creamed spinach and the rice pilaf. I hope maybe in the future they can adjust the recipe to make them gluten-free. I had them both before going gluten-free and they are good. Overall one of my favorite places for a gluten-free dinner

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Gluten-Free Lunch at Darbster’s

On a Saturday afternoon, I was in downtown WPB – enjoy free yoga at city library, and free admission to the norton museum. I was getting hungry and have been wanting to check out Darbster  for lunch.

“Darbster is a unique vegetarian bistro with a creative menu that will appeal to both the vegetarian and mainstream dinner. Our goal is provide delicious, natural, organic and vegetarian friendly cuisine that will appeal to all tastes.”

Their specials change and it always seemed like they have a few gluten-free options on their menu.  The waiter was very helpful and checked with the chef to find out which ones were gluten-free.  I decided to try the Raw Heirloom Tomato & Zucchini Lasagna it was served with a yummy salad – it was cool, crisp, delicious and full of flavor! and all gluten-free! perfect for a warm june afternoon.  I normally don’t have room for dessert but with 4 delicious gluten-free choices that normally aren’t available to me I thought why not! I decided to go with the mango cheesecake! It was delicious and easily can be split with a friend. It had a delicious raspberry glazed that complemented it well.

I will definitely be back again. Make sure to like Darbster on facebook  I am a fan – LOL they taunt me daily with their specials! Here is a recent menu with their specials – NYC Vodka Pizza sounds great and count them 5 gfree desserts!!! I only wished I lived closer so I could visit more often. Maybe they need to open a 2nd location in Wellington.

They are also open for Dinner and Sunday Brunch. Thurs and Sunday Nights Kids eat free – and if you bring your dog 5-7 on Sunday bring you get 20 percent off your entree! good deals!

New Green Restuarant with lots of gluten-free options opening in Delray!

I love to eat out (I am embracing eating in a little bit more) but still loving to eat out! Why cook when someone can do it for you! is my motto LOL! And so I am always looking for new places to try – and I am even happier when I see how many restaurants are coming up with gluten-free options for us.

I saw this new post on Jan Norris’s blog about a new green restaurant in Delray opening.
You can read her whole post here but here are some fact and highlights that got me salivating!

“DIG – it stands for “Doing It Green” – will be totally organic, from the food to the floors, he said. “We’re organic, not vegetarian, but there are a ton of options for vegans and vegetarians on the menu. And out of 40 dishes, I counted 27 gluten-free options.”

27 Gluten-free dishes!!! Love it! I cant imagine going somewhere and having 27 dishes to choose from!

“Several dishes have been especially created for the gluten-free and dairy-free diner. “I’ve figured out a way to make crab cakes dairy- and gluten-free – I’m using Veganaise as a binder. It’s oil processed at a low temperature and actually works much better than mayonnaise. There’s no crumb binder – we sear the cake at a high heat and it’s nothing but lump jumbo crab.”

There are a few things I miss since going gluten free and crab cakes is one of them!!! I love crab cakes!!! DIG opens June 17th just in time for my birthday – I think a crab cake dinner will be in order. When I go – I will make sure to give you a full report!

DIG

  • 5199 W. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach
  • 561-638-0500 (website to come)
  • Open daily beginning June 17.
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Lunch at the Raw Kitchen

A couple of weeks ago I went to lunch at  The Raw Kitchen in Downtown West Palm Beach.
After a busy morning at Leaping Lizards indoors playground chasing my daughter,
I was very hungry and looking for a healthy option for lunch.
I walked about a block down clematis street just on the other side of the train tracks and found it on the right.
It wasnt the clearest of marked places – but the minute I walked in you could tell you were in the right place.

I was super excited to go to The Raw Kitchen knowing that the whole restaurant is gluten-free and I could order anything on the menu took a lot of the the normal stress I have going out to eat.  I admit I am not totally up to speed on the raw food movement – but I love to eat salads so I figured it would be good fit for me.

I decided to go with the half of pizza  half of salad for $10.00. I chose Gigi’s Fave: Spinach Pizza sprouted buckwheat crust, house made nut cheese, fresh garlic, spinach and sliced mushrooms. It was so delicious and full of flavor. The mushrooms gave it a meaty feel – without the meat. the salad was simple with a yummy fresh ginger dress. I especially loved the nut cheese – it made a great substitution for red sauce. The “crust” of the pizza was delicious – I normally dont even eat the crust on pizza but i ate it all up. I was so full I didnt have room for dessert – maybe next time. One of my friends recommended the zucchini noodles. So I think next time I will order those.

You can check out their menu here

And become a fan on facebook here

Gluten free Mac and cheese

Just read on twitter that darbster’s is going to have gluten free and soy free Mac and cheese – starting next week! Can’t wait to try it.

Bru’s Room Gluten-Free Menu

Yeah Bru’s Room! One of the best places for wings! I love their grilled chicken wings during football season. I was really delighted when I went on their website to place a to-go order and found they have their own gluten-free menu. 

They have a lot of good choices on there (besides yummy chicken wings – i was worried maybe the sauce they use wasnt gluten free) They have quite a few entrees, salads and sides to choose from.

Another restaurant that I get to keep in the rotation and not eliminate. I go to the one in Royal Palm Beach on Southern Blvd. But they are a chain that is all around south Florida.

From the Bru’s Room website.

At Bru’s we understand that many of our guests have special dietary restrictions including the need for a Gluten Free Menu. While we already offer a selection of menu items that qualify as gluten free, we are working on enhancing this menu for your further enjoyment. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to speak with a manager at any of our locations.

Also has a disclaimer that they cant guarantee cross-contamination due to normal kitchen operations

Newbie in a gluten-free world

I am going to try out going gluten-free. At first I thought this was going to be an easy journey. Just don’t eat bread, cake, and cookies! Right? how hard can that be? Wow! who knew all these products that have hidden gluten in them. I think at home will be very easy to do. Eating out is going to be the challenge.

I live in the West Palm Beach area. So far, chain restaurants seem to have information published if they are gluten free. But what options are out there for me? I have found that this change in lifestyle (I dare not say diet, bc I dont feel it is a diet, it is a lifestyle change) is heavy in the research department. So I started this blog to document all the great information I find along the way. I am by no means an expert. I am a complete newbie, but I hope as time goes along, I can become knowledgeable and help other West Palm Beachers to become gluten-free too!

Please leave me feedback – let me know what you have found gluten-free in West Palm Beach!Feel free to contact me with product/restaurant suggestions to review at gfreewpb@gmail.com