Although Jose Garces's just-opened Cuban diner Rosa Blanca (707 Chestnut St., 215-925-5555) doesn't yet have a gluten-free menu, the kitchen can accommodate requests. Located in the Washington Square West section of Philadelphia at the former Chifa location, the diner serves breakfast (starting at 7 a.m.), lunch and dinner and has an extensive rum program.
Latin food truck Delicias has opened its brick-and-mortar location in the Queen Village section of Philadelphia (526 S. 4th St., 267-687-7631) serving gluten-free arepas. Several appetizers and sides are also gluten free.
Vegan Commissary (1703 S. 11th St., 215-964-3232) is looking to open in Philly's East Passyunk neighborhood within the next two weeks. The menu will be fully vegan and largely gluten free - look for dishes like Polenta & Roasted Root Vedge, Za'atar Eggplant and Mexican Chocolate Pie - and the kitchen will have a dedicated fryer for fresh-cut fries.
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Firebirds Wood Fired Grill has soft-opened its Moorestown Mall location (400 Rt. 38, 856-380-0604), the chain's first in New Jersey, with the grand opening on Sunday. The restaurant has a gluten-free menu.
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This month's First Draft beer column highlighted the Green's family of gluten-free beers - three hearty Belgian ales and a new American-style lager. Reviewer Chris let me know that Rittenhouse Square's Tria Taproom (2005 Walnut St., 215-557-TAPS) has hard ciders on tap and a cool website feature that lets visitors see just how much of a particular beverage is available.
You won't find Poppin' Pebbles at Organnons Natural Market, a relative newcomer to the Doylestown suburb of Wrightstown (591 Durham Rd., 267-491-5591), although the aisles there are stocked with healthier gluten-free products. (Thanks to reader Larry D. for the tip.)
Gluten-free/dairy-free/soy-free bakery Sweet Megan will soon have a storefront in Holland, Bucks County (234 Holland Rd., 215-550-5813) where customers can pick up advance orders for occasion cakes and other sweets.
Have a great weekend and a merry Christmas!