Various locations in MA and CT
I have to start this one off bluntly. The gluten-free meal I enjoyed at Burton’s Grill yesterday was not only delicious, it was impressive. I was wow-ed by the selection, the service and the quality of the meal. If you are searching for a stress-free gluten-free dining experience, you have got to try Burton’s.
My mom and sister have been obsessed with Burton’s for many years, yet I never understood why. Back when I lived near one, their gluten-free menu was ahead of its time, they had one when I was first diagnosed in 2006. Still, it was seriously lackluster – one of those “if you get this salad without the croutons and dressing it’s gluten-free!” kind of gluten-free menus. But times have certainly changed. Burton’s now offers tons of gluten-free substitutes and the gluten-free menu is robust – from appetizers to entrees to dessert and even cocktails!
8041 Santa Monica Boulevard | West Hollywood, CA 90069
As my dear friend K makes her way back across the country on a plane to her new home of Los Angeles right now, I will finally post my review of a delicious meal we shared when I went to visit her back in June. I apologize for the delay and am so thankful that Hugo’s was so awesome as to promptly send me their June specials list. I can now accurately relay their yummy ingredients!
I was not expecting to like LA when I arrived. The last time I’d been there, at the tender age of 18, I didn’t like it at all. Now, at 23, it was vibrant, fun and exciting and very wonderful to see my best friend in her new home. One afternoon during my stay, she took me to brunch at Hugo’s for some gluten-free brunch.
I’m not a huge breakfast person. At all, really. I’d eat dinners for every meal if it were socially acceptable. So despite there being rather enticing Fresh Peach and Cherry Gluten-Free Pancakes listed on the menu, I was searching for something more savory.
I remember going to a Bertucci’s shortly after my diagnosis a few years ago. In addition to feeling tortured by the smell and memories of their delicious rolls and pizzas, I couldn’t find anything gluten-free that I liked to eat on their menu! Since then, I had been sure to avoid eating there, until I started working in an industrial park where the closest restaurant is, of course, Bertucci’s.
I felt pretty doomed when my co-workers wanted to go for a birthday lunch, until one of them mentionedshe believed they had a gluten-free menu. I did some research and found that they do in fact cater to the needs of the gluten-free now! Though they can’t take away the incredible smell of their glutenus foods, they’ve made strides to make eating there easier for people like me.
To all (any?) of my readers, I wish you all the best in this new year! For me, 2010 has begun with some exciting changes — I have moved into my first apartment with three friends and now spend two fewer hours a day commuting, more time around people my age, and I’m in closer proximity to the gluten-free gems my city has to offer!
Sometimes, I feel close proximity may be an understatement. My new apartment is practically across the street from Uno’s Chicago Bar and Grill and their thin crust gluten-free pizza. A national chain with gluten-free pizza? I know, it sounds too good to be true. Across the street?! It’s a dream. The convenience and affordability of Uno’s gluten-free pizzas are luxuries I have missed.
Each time I have Uno’s pizza, I like it more and more. I’m not a huge fan of the sauce they use, but I’ve found I notice the tartness less when I order mine with veggies. Ask them to cook it until it is well-done, it makes a big difference in how the different ingredients marry. They come together much better when they are thoroughly cooked. The crust is on the crunchy side, and its taste is akin to frozen crusts I’ve tried. Leftover Uno’s is even better — microwaving a slice softens the crust a bit and gives it more body. Overall, it is a satisfying pizza. Not the best I’ve had, but it sure is nice to order out pizza.