Friday, November 15, 2013

News & Notes: November 15, 2013

The former Winberie's in Wayne has been refashioned as Black Powder Tavern (1164 Valley Forge Rd., 610-293-9333). The New American restaurant has a gluten-free menu that includes grilled pork wings, salads, vegetarian chili and protein dishes. Angry Orchard hard cider is currently on tap and Strongbow cider is served in bottles.

Reader Chris M. let me know that Crêperie Béchamel, also in Wayne (11 Louella Ct., 610-964-9700), serves gluten-free sweet and savory crepes made with buckwheat batter. The kitchen has a protocol in place for preparation of the gluten-free crepes, though there isn't a separate griddle.

Most plates at Manayunk's new Taqueria Feliz (4410 Main St., 267-441-5874), sister restaurant to La Calaca Feliz and Cantina Feliz, are gluten free. Corn tortillas can be subbed for any menu option that lists flour tortillas; there's even a gluten-free tempura batter for the Ensanada-style fish tacos, made with blue tilapia. The kitchen only prepares gluten-free items in the fryer.

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Santa has already arrived at the Moorestown Mall (400 Rt. 38), where Marc Vetri's acclaimed Philly Italian Osteria (856-316-4427) is slated to open a second location on Monday. General manager Martin Cugine says that gluten-free options will be available. New to the mall's food court is all-vegetarian Green Medley, (856-866-8181), which offers a variety of gluten-free salads, smoothies and juices.

Star Subs in Hamilton (621 Rt. 130, 609-333-1230) carries gluten-free rolls and bagels and uses separate utensils. All of the sandwich meats and dressings are gluten free.

Three Monkeys Cafe, in the Torresdale section of northeast Philadelphia (9645 James St., 215-637-6665) has gluten-free wraps and burger buns as well as Woodchuck hard cider.

On Rittenhouse Square in Center City, Tequila's (1602 Locust St., 215-546-0181) and The Prime Rib across the street (1701 Locust St., 215-772-1701) can accommodate gluten-free requests.

Philadelphia International Airport has a number of gluten-free-friendly options, including the new Local Tavern in the expanded Terminal F, as I wrote in Tuesday's post. Celebrity chef Jose Garces consulted on the menu there.

The area's "gluten-free bakery boom," as described it this week, is in full swing. Sweet Freedom Bakery opened in Collingswood (577 Haddon Ave., 856-869-SFB2) on Tuesday, and Posh Pop Bakeshop is planning its grand opening in Haddonfield (109 E. Kings Hwy.) on Fri., November 22. Meanwhile, Chalfont's The Happy Mixer (4275 County Line Rd.) is aiming for a mid-December debut; the owner is looking to hire a baker, cake decorator and other team members. reports that Brodo in Center City and Mamma D's in Pipersville, both offering gluten-free options, have closed.

We're not quite done with the pumpkin-themed foods. Friendly's has a seasonal pumpkin ice cream roll in markets that doesn't contain any gluten ingredients.

CHOP's Center for Celiac Disease is hosting a post-Thanksgiving support group meeting on Sun., December 8 at the Bucks County Specialty Care Center in Chalfont (500 W. Butler Ave.). The meeting will run from noon to 2 p.m. RSVP via email with your family name, number and ages of children, and food you will bring.

Have a great weekend!

- Michael
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