Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Gotta Have a Wawa

(Photo credit: Wawa.com)
Let's answer the burning question first: Wawa still doesn't offer gluten-free sandwiches. What the popular convenience-store chain does have, though, are an expanding array of packaged to-go options along with a mix of chips, yogurt and other snacks.

Unlike at a restaurant, where you typically choose a soup or salad, you can choose both at Wawa, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Three prepared salads contain no gluten ingredients - Garden Salad, Summer Berry Salad and Turkey BLT Salad. The black bean soup, baked potato soup, cheddar & bacon soup and seafood chowder are gluten free.

Friday, August 8, 2014

News & Notes: August 8, 2014

Photo credit: Robek's Philly/Facebook
In advance of opening its first area location in the coming weeks, California-based smoothie and juice chain Robeks has hit the road with an mobile version of its brick-and-mortar store roaming the streets of Philadelphia. Follow Robeks Philly on Twitter and Facebook to keep tabs on the truck's locations and look for a late summer/early fall opening at 1035 Chestnut Street near Jefferson Hospital. All of Robeks' smoothies and fresh juices are gluten free.

In Old City, La Scala's (615 Chestnut St., 215-928-0900) serves gluten-free gnocchi and ravioli as well as pizza. I'm told that the pasta and crust are made off premises and prepared separately in house.

REX 1516's Fruit Soup
(Photo credit: Danya Henninger)
The newest edition of the gluten-free menu at REX 1516 near Rittenhouse Square (1516 South St., 267-319-1366), which again includes a half-pound burger on a house-made bun, features a fruit soup made with strawberry-rhubarb jam, lemon curd, vanilla ice cream, strawberry mint tea and Champagne.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Scoring a Touchdown

The coming football season will mark the first time that all of the facilities at the South Philadelphia sports complex have dedicated gluten-free concession stands. For the Eagles' 2014 season, Lincoln Financial Field will have portable carts in Sections 120 and 216.

New items provided by concessionaire Aramark include cheesesteaks, hoagies (excluding sandwiches containing any breading and fried items), black bean burgers and buffalo wraps made with mixed greens, roasted onions and peppers, buffalo falafel and vegan blue cheese dressing. Also included on the menu are hot Italian sausages, all-beef hot dogs, tortilla chips, locally-made cookies and brownies from Sweet Christine's, and beers and hard ciders. Popcorn at the stadium is gluten free, as are Chickie's & Pete's Crabfries.

Friday, July 25, 2014

News & Notes: July 25, 2014

Filet Mignon at Sullivan's Steakhouse
(Photo credit: Sullivan's Steakhouse)
Carnivores have a few more gluten-free options in the Philadelphia area this week. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House in Center City (1426 Chestnut St., 215-246-0533) and sister restaurant Sullivan's Steakhouse in King of Prussia (700 W. Dekalb Pike, 610-878-9025) and Wilmington (5525 Concord Pike, 302-479-7970) mark their menus accordingly.

The menu at Irish-influenced steakhouse Cattle 'n Clover in Wildwood (3817 Pacific Ave., 609-522-3800) also notes gluten-free items, and includes buns and pasta.

Atlantic City institution Angelo's Fairmount Tavern (2300 Fairmount Ave., 609-344-2439) serves pasta and lists other dishes that can be made gluten free on its on-premises menu.

In Ocean City, Clancy's By The Sea (1244 Boardwalk, 609-398-3344) has gluten-free options like steamed clams, mussels, broiled flounder, ribs and salads listed on its dinner menu. The kitchen can accommodate breakfast requests as well.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

An All-Inclusive Vacation

Philadelphia tradition, meet Canadian know-how. Among the products in the All But Gluten line, from Toronto's Weston Bakeries, are Chocolate and Vanilla Snack Cakes. One look at these indulgent treats reminded me of Tastykake's legendary Kandy Kakes. The All But Gluten versions, which are made in a dedicated facility, are a bit larger than Kandy Kakes (a touch smaller than Hostess Ding Dongs) but are moist, creamy and chocolaty. The cakes are kosher and certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (endorsed by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness). I liked both of them, but have a fondness for vanilla. They were even better out of the fridge.