Friday, June 22, 2018

News & Notes: June 22, 2018

Haddonfield, New Jersey, already bursting with gluten-free options, has two new novel eateries. T-swirl Crepe, the Japanese-style crepe chain, has opened there (115 Kings Hwy. E., 856-229-7107), offering a variety of gluten-free rice batter crepes. The gluten-free options are not listed on the website but the staff is familiar with safe options. (The owners of the Haddonfield location are opening another one in Wilmington later this year.)

Recent gluten-free donut varieties at the new-ish Haddonfield Donut Company (14 Tanner St., 856-354-0006) have included chocolate caramel, strawberry, mocha, stuffed devil dog and stuffed blueberry cheesecake. They have a separate fryer, bowls and whisks for the gluten-free versions, which are not prepared near the traditional ones.

Just down the road in Collingswood in Centanni Pizza (563 Haddon Ave., 858-6666), which has a gluten-free menu that includes pizza, pasta and entrees prepared separately. The owners also run the gluten-free-friendly Calabria Pizza & Italian Grill in Absecon.

On the western side of the Delaware River, Okie Dokie Donuts (215-939-6585) produces made-to-order gluten-free donuts by advance order only, with pick-up at a South Philly location that's disclosed after you order. Selections rotate monthly. You can get more details in my recent post.

Reader Missy G. let me know that the new Eggroll Queen Cafe in Chalfont (459 W. Butler Pike, 215-822-6500) serves a variety of gluten-free baked gourmet egg rolls, including four breakfast varieties. Options are listed on the menu. All egg rolls are made to order and gluten-free orders are handled and prepared separately.

The all-gluten-free Real Food Eatery has opened its second Center City Philadelphia location (1700 Market St., 267-639-3336), with this one serving breakfast options that includes Cream Hill Estate gluten-free oats for oatmeal.

The falafel, fries and tahina shakes at the all-vegan Goldie in Rittenhouse Square (1526 Sansom St., 267-239-0777) and University City at the Penn Food Hall (3401 Walnut St.) are gluten free. No wheat items are prepared in the fryers.

Flakely (formerly Brûlée Bakery) is now preparing gluten-free pastries for retail businesses. The bakery's coffee cake and chocolate chip muffins can be found at Passero's Coffee shops in Center City Philadelphia at Suburban Station (1601 JFK Blvd.), the Ben Franklin House (834 Chestnut St.) and the Wanamaker Building (100 Penn Sq. East), as well as at Green Engine Coffee in Haverford (16 Haverford Station Rd., and Seven Stones Cafe in Media (24 S. Plum St., 610-627-2077). Seven Stones also offers gluten-free bagels and bread that can be prepared separately.

The gluten-free menu at Spring-Ford Diner in Spring City (55 E. Bridge St., 610-792-3404), outside Royersford, includes options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The kitchen uses a separate fryer for French fries, home fries and potato skins and a separate strainer and water for gluten-free pasta.

Middle Child in Washington Square West (248 S. 11th St., 267-930-8344) has gluten-free sandwich bread that's toasted in a shared oven but put on plates to ensure no cross-contact.

At Doylestown's Lovebird (19 E. Oakland Ave., 267-406-4712), which I wrote about back in May, all of the fryers are now gluten free, so all fried chicken is now gluten free. The only non-gluten-free items on the menu are sandwich buns and croutons.

Two closures of note this week: Taqueria Feliz in Horsham has closed, though sister locations remain open; and Catelli Duo in Moorestown Mall has closed, but the Voorhees location is still operational.

Have a great weekend!

- Michael

With the updated Gluten Free Philly app for iOS and Android devices, find more than 1,700 area gluten-free-friendly businesses on the go, search by cuisine or neighborhood, make reservations and more!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Knockin' on Heaven's Door

(Photo Credit: Okie Dokie Donuts/Instagram)
Carol Ha has a secret, but she's happy to let people in on it. If you place an order with her made-to-order gluten-free donut business Okie Dokie Donuts, she'll give you the details on when (Saturdays) and where (somewhere in South Philly) to pick them up.

Ha changes the varieties of her small-batch, artisanal cake donuts monthly. Currently, she's offering chocolate, grapefruit honey cardamom, blueberries & basil, Vietnamese coffee, cherry vanilla pie and birthday cake. (Grapefruit honey cardamom and coffee were our faves but all were delicious.) Although Ha makes the donuts in a shared commissary, all equipment, including the fryer, are dedicated gluten free and the equipment and surfaces are cleaned before production.

Vietnamese coffee donuts are among the current options 
at Okie Dokie Donuts
(Photo Credit: Okie Dokie Donuts/Facebook)
So what are the ground rules to get in on the secret? Regular-size donuts are $12 per half-dozen minimum order and $20 for 12. Orders must be placed via phone (215-939-6585) or email at least two days in advance, with pick-ups on Saturdays and deliveries to Center City Philly by arrangement ($5 delivery charge).

Ha is exploring options for a storefront or food truck but, for now, pick-up and delivery are the only options for custom orders. Follow Okie Dokie on Instagram for menu updates and details on upcoming pop-ups in South Philly, including one at Primal Supply Meats (1538 E. Passyunk Ave.) this Saturday, June 23.
Enjoy $20 off your first Snap Kitchen meal plan!

Friday, June 8, 2018

News & Notes: June 8, 2018

Hometown snack purveyor Herr's Foods has introduced sweet and crunchy funnel cake-flavored snack balls that are gluten free.

Berks County's Sweet Street has added gluten-free brownies to its Manifesto line of baked goods. The individually wrapped brownies are made with a gluten-free flour blend, cage-free eggs and dark Honduran chocolate. The company's gluten-free chewy marshmallow bars are sold at Barnes & Noble bookstores.

Annie's Homegrown has debuted gluten-free Cheddar Bunny Tails snack crackers. The new cheese crackers will be making their way to stores this summer.

A few more Ocean City businesses are accommodating gluten-free customers. TJ's Ice Cream Plus in Ocean City (100 E. Atlantic Blvd., 609-398-5055) has gluten-free cones; all of the chocolate flavors have gluten but many others do not. On the Boardwalk, all of the fries at the new Frenchy's Fries (822 Boardwalk, 609-513-3144) are gluten free, as are the fresh-cut (but not spiral) fries at
Curly's Fries (944 Boardwalk, 609-398-1972).

Center City Philadelphia is primed for poké. At The PokéSpot in Rittenhouse Square (1804 Chestnut St., 267-541-2183), all bases and proteins are gluten free, as are most toppings. The sriracha aioli and tamari soy sauces also are gluten free. Opening this summer East of Market Street (1037 Chestnut St.) is the first of several area Pokéworks locations. The online allergen guide lists all proteins and mix-ins and all but one base as gluten free, along with many sauces and toppings.

At long last, my favorite fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant, CAVA, is coming to the Philadelphia area later this year with a location in Rittenhouse Square (1713 Chestnut St.). Most menu items are gluten free.

In Manayunk, Boostin' Bowls (100 Levering St., 267-331-8974) has açaí bowls with gluten-free granola as an available topping along with smoothies. Meanwhile, the rapidly growing Playa Bowls has new locations on Beach Haven on Long Beach Island (610 N. Bay Ave., 609-467-5818) and in Forked River (44M Manchester Ave., 609-994-2828). (Hat tip to Facebook follower Kevin K.)

Prohibition Taproom in the Spring Garden section of Philadelphia (501 N. 13th St., 215-238-1818) offers gluten-free fried chicken every Tuesday prepared in a separate fryer.

The menu at the new Rice & Curry in Ambler (521 Limekiln Pike, 215-390-1945) has several gluten-free options like pad Thai, chicken coconut soup and curry.

The newest tenant on the main drag at the University of Delaware is Peruvian restaurant Pachamama (76 E. Main St., 302-738-3800), which opened yesterday. (Thanks Beth S.). Although the signature rotisserie chicken is not gluten free, many gluten-free items are listed on the menu. Avoid the fried items like the banana chips, though, as there is no dedicated fryer.

Reader Melissa D. let me know that the menu at Arooga's in Allentown (327 Star Rd., 888-622-9464) is heavily annotated with gluten-free choices. The kitchen maintains a separate fryer for wings and tater tots.

The Lehigh Valley also has a gluten-free bakery in Kendra's Buttercup Bakery (484-226-0517). Based in Bangor, Northampton County, Kendra's is an made-to-order bakery offering pick up and local deliveries. Orders can be placed online or over the phone.

With yet another round of rainy weather on tap for the area, stay dry and have a great weekend!

- Michael

With the updated Gluten Free Philly app for iOS and Android devices, find more than 1,700 area gluten-free-friendly businesses on the go, search by cuisine or neighborhood, make reservations and more!

Friday, May 25, 2018

News & Notes: May 25, 2018

If you're one of the tens of thousands that will head down the Jersey Shore for some R&R this weekend, the entirely-gluten-free Heart Beet Kitchen has you covered. The Westmont-based bistro recently opened a second location, this one in Ocean City (801 8th St., 609-938-9786). The menu is also vegan, dairy free and peanut free.

Another new 100-percent-gluten-free restaurant in the area just opened. A&M Factory in Malvern (360 Lancaster Ave., 484-318-7537). A&M's menu includes sandwiches, salads and smoothies.

Also new to Malvern is the gluten-free-friendly fast-casual Mediterranean Zoes Kitchen (50 National Ave., 610-232-2010), which opened yesterday.

At last week's Greater Philly Gluten Free Expo, longtime reader Diane M. let me know that Alumni Grill has expanded from Wildwood and has opened a location in Rio Grande (1050 Rt. 47 S., 609-854-3444).  The gluten-free menu [scroll to bottom] has burgers, sandwiches, salads and fries prepped in a dedicated fryer. She also recommends Gecko's, serving Southwestern cuisine in West Cape May (479 W. Perry St., 609-898-7750) and surf-and-turf at The Surfing Pig in North Wildwood (231 W. 10th Ave., 609-522-0900) as accommodating shore restaurants.

Playa Bowls has opened two more Jersey Shore locations, one in Stone Harbor (261 96th St., 609-830-5492) and another in Ocean City (744 Boardwalk, 609-862-2500). Both will be running full hours by June 15. A Playa Bowls location has debuted in Wayne (150 E. Lancaster Ave., 610-687-2127) and one is opening this summer in Rittenhouse Square at 2116 Chestnut St. All locations have fruit bowls with gluten-free granola by request and smoothies.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

To Market, To Market


Opening this summer in Old City, Philadelphia's original commodities exchange will be transformed into an artisan marketplace in the style of New York's Chelsea Market and Washington, D.C.'s Union Market. The Bourse Marketplace (111 S. Independence Mall E.) will feature nearly 30 food and beverage tenants, including many with gluten-free selections. The list includes:

  • TaKorean: With four locations in metro D.C., TaKorean will bring a combination of Korean inspired flavors with a Latin-American twist. In addition to their signature Korean tacos made with corn tortillas, the gluten-free options will include Korean rice and salad bowls. They also offer a customizable menu comprised of two gluten-free proteins (tofu and cauliflower), romaine and spiced kale slaws, as well as several toppings and garnishes.
  • Prescription Chicken: The first brick-and-mortar location for this acclaimed D.C.-area soup purveyor will offer their signature made-to-order chicken-based soups. All broths are gluten free and they even have gluten-free matzoh balls!
  • Mi & Yu Noodle Bar: This fast-casual spot based in the D.C. region will offer artisanal bowls with gluten-free pho rice noodles and several gluten-free broths: spicy "kimchi style," vegetarian and savory miso. Avoid fried proteins since they are cooked in a shared fryer.
  • Ka’moon: Fast-casual, Halal-prepared Egyptian cuisine from the folks behind The Taza Truck in Easton, Pennsylvania. Look for build-your-own gluten-free rice bowls.
  • Abunai Poke: From Hawaii by way of D.C., this quick-service shop will have a selection of poke and various Hawaiian dishes. The gluten-free proteins include plain tuna, plain and marinated salmon, lobster, octopus, shrimp and tofu. Also gluten free are the mixed greens, all mix-ins and toppings, chili pepper aioli, wasabi aioli and miso dressing.
  • Rebel Taco: A Mexican taco purveyor from D.C.-based Social Restaurant Group, Rebel Taco will serve tacos made with gluten-free tortillas.
  • Chaat and Chai: The Indian street food stand will have gluten-free options like curries and soups.
  • 3rd & Ferry: A new concept from Easton's acclaimed fish market will boast an expansive raw bar in addition to a full-service bar serving up oyster-friendly wines, cocktails and more.
  • Break Juicery: Boasting locally sourced and organic fruits and vegetables, Break Juicery will offer a variety of juices and smoothies as well as açaí bowls.
  • Chocodiem: With the exception of certain seasonal varieties, the hand-crafted, artisanal truffles at this Easton-based Belgian chocolatier will be gluten free, as will all of the macarons. Also gluten free will be the house-made gelato, frozen chocolate drinks, chocolate cocktails and selected desserts and confections.
  • Olive With a Twist: A gourmet pantry originating in Easton, Pennsylvania offering a curated selection of cheeses, pâté, charcuterie, olive oils, balsamics, sauces and more.
  • TAPS Fill Station: Philadelphia will be the second outpost from the Baltimore-based concept specializing in draft booze with a solid focus on eco-friendly and sustainable practices. Virtually everything served will be sourced from within a 250-mile radius. Five lines will hold hard cider, two will be stocked with kegged cocktails, six more will be split between red and white wines, and mead also will make an appearance.
  • Scoop DeVille: A Philadelphia institution since 1989, Scoop DeVille offers several gluten-free ice cream and yogurt flavors and dozens of toppings.