Gluten Free: Burlington, MA!

I recently went on a business trip to Burlington, MA. As always, food is a top concern for my travels. I am happy to share two restaurants that get an A+ for their gluten-free friendliness.

The Bancroft

The Bancroft is a super nice restaurant. I would even consider it to be a bit swanky. It’s also gigantic! They offer a separate gluten free menu and the staff was very aware of gluten allergies. Gluten free bread was put on the table and all of my meals came out with an allergy stick in them. I had a beet salad for an appetizer, salmon for diner and a glass of white wine. {sorry – no pictures!}

Tavern in the Square

Tavern in the Square has a laid back, sports bar vibe. Their menu is huge and filled with gluten free options. The staff is aware of what a gluten allergy means and  my meals came out separately. The fried calamari was SO good and for dinner I had a Cuban sandwich. For some reason I have always wanted to try a Cuban sammie, but don’t usually have the option of eating a sandwich at a restaurant (sometimes NY seems like the least GF friendly state ever). I would say the Cuban was just okay. It was messy and a bit bland, but I don’t really know what it’s supposed to taste like! I did enjoy the fries though 🙂

BURLINGTON MA

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Gluten Free Trip to New England!

A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I visited Maine, New Hampshire and Boston! I hope my blog helps anyone traveling to these areas. Enjoy!

Gluten Free New England

On our first night in York Beach, Maine we ate in town at Inn On The Blues. I was so happy to see that their menu identified gluten free options! Our server was very helpful and made sure to communicate my allergy with the kitchen. I ordered the Caprese Salad with grilled chicken and asked for the chicken to be grilled in a separate, clean pan. When our food was brought to the table they informed me again that my food had indeed been cooked separately to prevent cross contamination. For all of you non-gluten-free readers: my boyfriend ordered clam chowder and fried clams. We both loved our dinners!

Guac-n-Roll is another restaurant right in the town of York Beach. This restaurant has a gluten free menu! Our server was very helpful and aware of what could be made gluten free. I ordered the margarita shrimp with a side of guacamole and of course, a margarita! I went with a classic margarita and my boyfriend tried the orange, both were delicious!

We ate here for lunch when we were in Portland, ME. I was so happy to find a place that offered gluten free options. They even assured me that they grilled the gluten free food on a different grill. I got the Old Port sandwich on a gluten free wrap/pita roll. It was absolutely delicious! I wish I could have brought a few home with me. This is definitely a place to try in Portland!
This restaurant is on the water in Portsmouth, NH with beautiful views. I have to start off by saying that the service we received here was absolutely terrible, but I am going to look past it to tell you about the gluten free options! On the menu they identify the gluten free options for you. I had the award winning seafood chowder and it was to die for. I rarely find soups on menus that I can eat and being in New England I was dying for some chowder! I also had the River House Spinach Salad with grilled chicken and honey mustard dressing. They server (and the menu) assured me all gluten free food is cooked separate and they try their best to prevent cross contamination.
Joe’s American Bar & Grill
Absolutely loved this restaurant in Boston down by the waterfront. It has a great atmosphere, outdoor seating and a very gluten-free-friendly menu! The wait staff was very knowledgeable about gluten allergies and almost anything on the menu could be made gluten free. I ordered the Prime Rib French Dip on a gluten free roll with sweet potato fries (fried separately to prevent cross contamination!).  This wasn’t a usual meal choice for me, but I loved it! Whenever I find a very gluten-free-friendly restaurant with a good menu I always take the opportunity to try a dish I can’t get very often. Run, don’t walk to Joe’s American!

City Landing
Our last dinner was at city landing in Boston. This restaurant has outdoor seating and a gluten free menu. I ordered the Roast Chicken Breast. It was very good, but didn’t quite wow me….I may have just had gluten envy as I watched my boyfriend eat his pasta dish! Nonetheless, I would recommend this restaurant if you are looking for a good date night dinner spot.

Gluten Free Italian | Trip to Boston

     Since going gluten free I have found pizza and pasta to be much less enjoyable. Recently, I found a fresh spinach linguine from Whole Foods that is awesome! Costco also sells a brand called Felicia which I also like. This brand is a corn, rice, buckwheat and quinoa mix. I personally think all-rice pastas aren’t very good. Lately, I’ve really enjoyed having gluten free linguine with homemade marinara sauce or garlic and oil.
      This past weekend I visited Boston for the first time! I stayed in the North End which is a  “Little Italy” type of area. I have never seen so many restaurants in one place. There has to be at least 100 Italian restaurants, 1 Mexican restaurant and 1 Chinese restaurant. My friends and I had dinner at Benevento’s. Not only was everyone’s food delicious, they offered both gluten free pasta and pizza! I had the option of at least 6 different sauces served with gluten free pasta and about 12 pizzas. I was in gluten free food heaven!! I chose the “Vodka Classic” pizza. One of the waiters recommended choosing vodka sauce because it would balance out the sweetness of the gluten free dough. I think the pizza would have been delicious regardless of what was on it. I also liked how my pizza was cooked on a disposable aluminum tray (avoiding cross contamination). And of course, their beer options included Redbridge – one of the best gluten free beers I’ve tried.
*Update 7/13/13* This post was written early on in my gluten free life. In the future I would be more cautious of the vodka used in the sauce. Not all vodkas are gluten free therefore it’s important to discuss this with your server.