Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Are You Ready For Some Football?

UPDATE (8/3/09): Boston's The Gourmet Pizza, a national chain with a location in Allentown, has gluten-free pizza.

The dog days of August will soon be upon us, and along with the humidity comes the two-a-day workouts long associated with pro football training camp. For more than 10 years, the Philadelphia Eagles have been holding training camp at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This year, rookies and selected veterans are scheduled to report to camp on Sunday, July 26. The remaining veterans are scheduled to report on Wednesday, July 29, with practices scheduled through Wednesday, August 12.

Thousands of Birds fans flock to Bethlehem every summer to watch the team practice and get autographs from their favorite players. Those on a gluten-free diet can be assured that there are plenty of celiac-friendly eateries in the Lehigh Valley. Two restaurants unique to the area are Copperhead Grille and White Orchids Thai Cuisine. Copperhead Grille, with locations in nearby Allentown and Center Valley, is a sports "grille" with 130" high-definition TVs. Copperhead offers steaks and chicken entrees, among other items, on its gluten-free menu. White Orchids, in Center Valley, has an extensive gluten-free menu featuring noodle entrees and desserts.

Many national and regional chains have outposts in the area as well, including Bonefish Grill (Whitehall), Carrabba's Italian Grill (Allentown, Easton), Charlie Brown's Steakhouse (Allentown), Chili's (Whitehall), Lone Star Steakhouse (Allentown, Easton), Red Robin (Allentown (2), Center Valley, Easton) and Outback Steakhouse (Allentown, Bethlehem). Links to the chain restaurants' websites and gluten-free menus can be found on the Gluten Free Philly restaurant list.

Wegmans, which carries a wide selection of gluten-free foods, also has three markets in the Lehigh Valley, located in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton.
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  1. There was a restaurant in Bethlehem called Manny B's Pizza that served GF Pizza, and assorted GF pasta dishes. Their website in't working right now, and I haven't been there in 3 years, so I'm not sure if they're still up and running.

  2. Amy - thanks. I called that restaurant before posting this article and was told that it's no longer Manny B's and that there are no GF dining options.


  3. Unfortunately, Manny B's closed.

    Relish is great. Even if I was not celiac, I would eat there.

    The local paper had a good review...,0,5569603.story

  4. White Orchid is amazing (albeit a little pricey) but super super yummy. There is also a gluten free pizza place in Easton --George's. Offers pizza, and some pasta dishes that rock.