Burton’s Grill Gluten-Free Menu

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!

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Hugo’s Restaurant

8041 Santa Monica Boulevard | West Hollywood, CA 90069

Hugo's LA Gluten-Free Sandwich

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.

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City Feed and Supply Gluten-Free Sandwich

672 Centre St. | 66A Boylston St.
Jamaica Plain, MA
617.524.1700 |  617.524.1657

City Feed and Supply

Sometimes I think I know everything about being gluten-free. I am, afterall, the guru! However, while I am well-versed in many things free from gluten, the variety of options available to me and others continues to surprise me.  Gluten-free doesn’t always have to be hard. Recently, it became clear to me that I certainly don’t know it all — sometimes, I don’t even know when to ask!

This past weekend I stayed with a friend in the city. She wanted to take me somewhere special for lunch, somewhere she knew I’d like. “Let’s go to City Feed,” she said, “I think they have gluten-free stuff there, it has tons of organic stuff.” I pointed out that organic does not mean gluten-free, though awareness of the allergy is generally better. She, however, was insistent about the connection. They must have gluten-free bread.

I decided to go along with it. When City Feed and Supply came into view, I saw that at the very least I could enjoy a nice salad in a super cute locale. Inside had a very “updated general store” type feel to it, fresh and funky. Had I happened upon this spot by myself, I wouldn’t have thought to ask about gluten-free sandwich options. I would have looked for signs (there aren’t any), eventually found the gluten-free muffins (I’ll post about those next), and then have been perfectly content to sit down with a salad. Still, she was so sure that I had to ask.

Ask and you shall receive, they say.  Well, I cashed in big time at City Feed. Not only did they have gluten-free bread, but they also knew to ask how sensitive to it I am! My allergy, luckily, is not very severe, so the girl knew she could make my sandwich on the counter and toast it on the press. On top of all this, the people at City Feed were conscious of how tiny pieces of gluten-free bread are and gave me two sandwiches! Just when I thought my lunch adventure could not get any better, they charged me as much as they would for a regular sandwich, no extra. I have no clue if this was an error, but it was certainly a nice surprise. My dollars have never stretched so far for gluten-free food before!

City Feed, you had me at “or can I put it on the press?” and actually eating the sandwich only added to my love. I got the turkey and brie, and it was quite delicious. I’d never had the particular type of gluten-free bread they used and it was quite good, I’d rate it a step up from WholeFoods sandwich bread.

My friend was absolutely right. And from now on, I know to always ask about the options available to me. I would certainly go back to City Feed — the service and the food was great. It is so nice to eat out and feel as though the people preparing and serving your food understand where you are coming from when you lift your fork, and the people at City Feed knew just what to do for me. If you are looking for a cute place to enjoy a gluten-free sandwich (or two!) City Feed is the place to go.

Friedman’s Lunch

Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Ave
New York, NY 10011

It is often said that New York City has something for everyone. Despite this fact, I have never really liked New York all that much. When I recently went to visit one of my best friends from high school, an impeccable hostess, she was determined to show me once and for all that New York had something even for me. With Google as her guide, K searched for somewhere to take me that was gluten-free friendly as well as up to her standards of refined taste, and excitedly informed me of her plans when I arrived. So, on my second day in the city, we set off on the subway to Chelsea. What she had found was a charming little place located in Chelsea Market, Friedman’s Lunch, and as the name suggests, it was a perfect place for the midday meal.

According to the Friedman’s website, the restaurant caters to the gf lifestyle because one of the owners, Vanessa Phillips, was diagnosed with Celiac Sprue while still a teenager and follows a gluten-free diet. Many of the items on the menu can be prepared gluten-free, including the egg dishes, salads, most plates and most sandwiches. The latter had me really excited. Eating a sandwich in public! Like a normal person! It was such a treat, especially against the beautiful backdrop of Friedman’s modern/rustic style and clean look  with quick service and great company!

I ordered the Roasted Turkey & Melted Brie sandwich, with sliced green apple and honey mustard. The menu said “on a baguette” which had my hopes raised high (I’d had gf baguettes while studying abroad in England, fancy that!), however, Friedman’s gf sandwiches were served on gf sandwich bread, much like the kind you can pick up at Wholefoods. The bread was slightly disappointing, but I was eating it in a restaurant (!), and the sandwich was delicious. The pricing was not outrageous for New York, though the gf bread cost an additional $2.00 (ah, the price we must pay for normalcy!).
The idea of eating a sandwich that had not been made by me or someone related to me in my kitchen was more thrilling than I would have thought. I was a bit let down by the rather typical bread, but the ambiance, tasty innards and good service give Friedman’s four stars.