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!
Sadly, on my last trip to Cape Cod, my camera had an unfortunate run-in with the ocean. My wonderful pale pink Canon Powershot could not be saved, so the camera shop gave me a new camera (sadly, not a Canon) that has a food setting. So cool! Thankfully, I got the camera just in time to photograph a new brand of gluten-free rolls my mother discovered, Schar Ciabatta Parbaked Rolls, which look incredible. She had invited my sister and I home for a dinner of gluten-free meatballs and spaghetti and the gluten-free rolls were an added treat.
Although my mother’s gluten-free meatballs are truly delicious, I was focused on trying these delicious looking rolls. They looked like real bread, with all the fluffy nooks and crannies of a regular roll inside, surrounded by a deliciously crunchy outside! But as they say, looks can be deceiving. These rolls were not the incredible, delectable rolls they appeared to be. Instead, they were really quite bland. They crunched fine, but the taste was boring and dry. My mother and I were both disappointed. We shared a nice family Sunday dinner, but next we’ll pass on the Schar Ciabatta Parbaked Gluten-Free Rolls.
412 Main Street | Hyannis, MA | 508.771.1776
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There aren’t many late night dining options on Cape Cod… at all. So when my friend and I found ourselves hungry for dinner at 9:30pm, we weren’t sure we’d find it. After arriving at the British Beer Company in Hyannis, I wasn’t sure they’d get their act together enough to serve it to us! Luckily though, they do serve pizza until 11pm and we did manage to get a table (though it was far too complicated for my liking, oh well).
We got a table right in front of the band that was setting up… which ended up timing perfectly to the end of the meal. And they were ill, the bass player had six strings and was absolutely shredding it! Anyway, back to the gluten-free food! A friend had mentioned that the British Beer Company served gluten-free pizza, so there I finally was to check it out. Our waitress was actually very nice and attentive and promptly took our order and confirmed that yes, there was gluten-free pizza there.
I liked their pizza. It tasted like bar pizza, which I haven’t had in a long, long time. The crust was fluffy and thick, but a little bland, though I didn’t notice the blandness with the toppings. It was unlike any gluten-free crust I’ve had, and I appreciated that it was a bit different than the crispy flatbreads I’ve found. My non-gluten-free friend gave it her seal of approval, so either it’s pretty good or she’s been eating some bad pizza… All joking aside, I’d definitely recommend it, and though the crust is not my favorite, it was still good and the atmosphere at the British Beer Company is much more fun than most gluten-free establishments. Where else can you enjoy some gluten-free pizza and the musical stylings of 5:7 Heavy just a few feet from your seat?
As I’m doing my research, I’ve found something truly exciting! Since it was so late and the hostesses were so horrible, I didn’t ask for a gluten-free menu, but I looked it up online and they claim it is the largest gluten-free menu in New England. There are gluten-free wraps! And gluten-free rolls (which they say is exciting… they’re right!)! And two different gluten-free beers! And of course, gluten-free pizza. I’m excited to go back and try their other options!
If you are looking for an excellent gluten-free dining experience, Legal Sea Foods is it. It’s a restaurant staple in my area, and now, it is a staple for me. I know I can count on being able to eat and eat well at Legal, and while I do, I’ll be in good hands.
My first time eating at Legal was with a friend who worked there and she helped show me the gluten-free ropes. Speak up! They have a separate gluten-free menu which includes naturally gluten-free dishes, modified dishes, and even gluten-free substitutes. Letting them know about my allergy has led my server and the management to acknowledge my sensitivity and let me know that I’m in good hands each time I’ve dined there. I’m always careful to double-check everything out of habit, but knowing that they take this extra step puts me a bit more at ease.
The best part of dining gluten-free at Legal comes at the beginning of the meal — gluten-free rolls and butter! Such a small part of dining out and, yet, it makes all the difference in the world. The rolls are just okay, but always served warm and the novelty can’t be beat. Gluten substitutes can be found in several of the dishes offered in their gluten-free menu like gluten-free croutons, gluten-free crumbs in the Anna’s Baked Boston Scrod, and even gluten-free broth in the light clam chowder.
A creature of habit, I always order the garlic shrimp with brown rice. As they say, if it ain’t broke… This dish is incredibly delicious, I recommend it highly to anyone who enjoys shrimp. My mother is partial to the seafood casserole, which she raves about, and my sister is thankful for a Caesar salad with croutons she can eat. There is an enticing gluten-free chocolate mousse on the menu, however, I’ve always been too full from my superb entree to try it!
Every gluten-free meal is served by a manager to ensure that all dietary needs are met, a true sign of Legal’s commitment to its special menus. The multitude of options offered and ease of eating at Legal have made it one of my favorite restaurants. The great food helps, too. If you are looking for a gluten-free dining experience that is delicious as well as worry-free, Legal Sea Foods is a safe bet.