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All of the barbecue items at Bitter Bob's in New Hope (110 S. Main St., 215-862-0262) are gluten free, as are the bean melange and cilantro slaw. (Hat tip to reader Hope D.)
In Radnor, 333 Belrose Bar and Grill (333 Belrose Lane, 610-293-1000) can accommodate gluten-free diets from its menu, which changes every six to eight weeks.
The Bards in Center City Philadelphia (2013 Walnut Street, 215-569-9585) is offering two different half-off deals for purchase through Sunday on food and non-alcoholic drinks - $30 for $15 and $50 for $25 - good through February 22, 2012. Gluten-free pizza is available there, along with an expanded menu on Sundays.
Also with a half-off Living Social offer is Silver Diner in Cherry Hill (2131 Route 38, 856-910-1240), across from the mall ($10 for $20 in food and drink). The restaurant offers several gluten-free items on its menu, including waffles. This deal also is available for purchase through Sunday and must be redeemed by November 22, 2011.
Having had success with gluten-free pizza, Grotto Pizza locations will be soon be offering gluten-free pasta to diners.
Some recent closings to report: Peace A Pizza's Montgomeryville location is no longer (thanks to reader Nancy D. for the info), while Noble American Cookery on Sansom Street in Philadelphia served its last meals this past weekend.
Brûlée Bakery (484-450-6576) offers flourless chocolate cakes, French almond macarons with a variety of fillings, and an almond elderflower cake with a lime zest glaze. Separate bakeware is used for these gluten-free items, which are made at separate times from other pastries.
Sweetness is the name of a new home-based, allergen-friendly bakery in Blue Bell (215-499-7699). Currently on the menu are cupcakes, cakes and cookies, and local delivery is available.
The next meeting of the Mercer County celiac support group will take place on August 27 at the Mercer County Park Marina in West Windsor, beginning at 1 p.m. If weather in inclement, the meeting will be at Whole Foods Market in West Windsor.
The Center City District Restaurant Week is set for September 12-16 and September 18-23, with many gluten free-friendly restaurants participating. Most establishments are offering three-course lunches for $20 and dinners for $35. Each restaurant will showcase at least one dish that uses locally available vegetables, fruit, meat, poultry, seafood or herbs.
Have a great weekend!