Friday, April 16, 2010

News & Notes: April 16, 2010

There's a lot of restaurant information this week, perhaps the most noteworthy being the news that an all-gluten-free Mexican spot is opening soon on the Ocean City Boardwalk. On Monday, I wrote about Pure Tacos, a seasonal restaurant that will serve tacos and nachos there.

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay has opened his new hamburger joint in Philadelphia. The burgers (without bun), fries and milkshakes at Bobby's Burger Palace in University City (3925 Walnut Street, 215-387-0378) are gluten free. I'm told that the shop has a dedicated french-fryer and uses different equipment to make malts. Thanks to reader Maureen for the tip.

Many items on the New American menu at Plantation Restaurant, in Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island (7908 Long Beach Boulevard, 609-494-8191), are gluten-free or can be adapted.

GNA Ristorante, an Italian out in West Reading (421 Penn Avenue, 610-376-1155), has gluten-free stuffed shells on the menu.

Isaac's Deli, with southeastern Pennsylvania locations in Exton (630 West Uwchlan Square, 484- 875-5825) and Wyomissing (94 Commerce Drive, 610-376-1717) can make sandwiches using gluten-free flatbread from Amaranth Gluten Free Bakery.

A few restaurants already on the Gluten Free Philly list have updated their offerings.

Seasons Pizza's gluten-free pizza is now available in Delaware at the Christiana (Newark) and Concord Pike locations, and just across the border at the Elkton, Maryland outpost.

Italian restaurant L'Oca in Philadelphia's Fairmount section now has gluten-free pasta and risotto. Hat tip to reader Annsley.

Ninety-Nine Restaurants just revised its gluten-free menu, which now lists the hamburger buns I mentioned in this space a couple months ago.

Elizabeth Barbone, the author of the Easy Gluten-Free Baking cookbook, will be teaching at Everything But the Kitchen Sink in Hockessin on Thursday, April 29 at 6 p.m. (Gluten-Free Bread Baking). Call 302-239-7066 for more information and to register for the class, which costs $60.

The next R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Celiac Kids) Bucks/Montgomery event is planned for Sunday, May 2 at Windlestrae Park in North Wales. The Rose Twig section will be reserved for the group from 2-4 p.m. The area includes a small pavilion and playground, basketball courts and open space. Attendees can bring their favorite outdoor activities and games, along with a gluten-free snack to share. RSVP (with number of people, ages of children and any other food concerns) by contacting Holly or Steve Staugaitis at 215-997-2706 by Tuesday, April 27.

Have a great weekend!
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2 comments:

  1. I was stoked to hear I could get GF pizza in Delaware. Unfortunately when I called to confirm this the Christiana location said they were not yet serving them and couldn't tell me when they would be. The Concord Pike location said they had medium cheese pizzas only unless we wanted to add toppings but then you'd risk cross contamination. Bummer :(

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  2. Just a follow-up. We tried two medium cheese pizzas from the Concord Pike location last week. We had them add extra cheese, onions and green peppers. The final cost was $27 which seemed a bit high to us. The pizza was crisp around the edges but very soft otherwise (like dense white bread) and rather bland. The flavor was decent and we did eat it all over the course of a couple days but it wasn't spectacular. For $27 we expected a bit more. If you decide to try it I recommend getting the extra cheese as it's skimpy and reheating it in the oven the next day. It's also difficult to cut so we just tore it into chunks. As an occasional treat the pizza is fine but it won't be a staple around here.

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