Friday, July 7, 2017

News & Notes: July 7, 2017

The makers of Veggie Fries and Veggie Tots has expanded with its frozen line with new gluten-free Veggie Rings, a healthier alternative to traditional onion rings. The protein- and fiber-rich product is a blend of cauliflower, navy beans, and onions coated with a gluten-free breading. Veggie Rings will be available in the frozen aisle of select retailers, including Wegmans, Giant, Kroger, Market Basket, Hannaford, Stop & Shop, Jewel Osco and Lucky’s Market.

The new Cauliflower Rice Bowl at Zoës Kitchen
Fast-casual Mediterranean chain Zoës Kitchen, with 13 locations in the tri-state area and hundreds more in 13 other states, has launched its largest new menu roll-out in eight years. Guests can pair their kabobs with one of the new gluten-free sauces - Greek Tzatziki, Italian Salsa Verde, Israeli Skhug and Moroccan Harissa - and can add their favorite protein to the new Cauliflower Rice Bowl. All gluten-free options are noted on the menu.

True Food Kitchen's Inside-Out Quinoa Burger
True Food Kitchen is opening its first area location in King of Prussia (239 Mall Blvd., 484-751-1954) on July 19. The health-forward menu, which lists gluten-free selections, changes seasonally.


The Cheesecake Factory's newest dessert happens to be gluten free. It's a combination of cold brew coffee cheesecake and flourless chocolate cake topped with coffee mascarpone mousse.

Friday, June 23, 2017

News & Notes: Hard Cider Edition

One of Germany’s best-known ciders, Bembel-With-Care has just landed in three U.S. cities, including Philadelphia. For the stateside launch, Bembel-With-Care has introduced three fizzy flavors: Apfelewein Pur, a classic all-natural dry apple cider; Apfelwein Kirsch, a tart apple-cherry all-natural cider; and Apfelwein Cola, a sweet caffeinated cider infused with cola. All are gluten free and made with 100% fruit and not-from-concentrate juice.

Bembel-With-Care can be found in Boston and New York City in addition to Philadelphia. Locally, it's available at Brauhaus Schmitz (718 South St., 267-909-8814) and at all three Tria Cafes in Philadelphia as part of their weekly Sunday School menu. The ciders will launch in additional cities and states in the coming months, including Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Maryland, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and Ohio.

Long known for its beer scene, Philadelphia is experiencing a boom in locally crafted gluten-free hard ciders. Later this summer, Original 13 Ciderworks will set up shop in the Kensington section of Philadelphia  (1526 N. American St.) offering Sir Charles American Pub Ciders and house brand heirloom ciders as well as perries (made from fermented pears) and meads (honey wines). The tasting room will have gluten-free food offerings.

Kurant Cider, currently operating a tasting room out of Free Will Brewing Co. in Perkasie (410 E. Walnut St., 267-354-0813), has designs on opening a cidery in Fishtown (436 E. Girard Ave.) in a few months' time.

Targeting the end of 2017, the owners of Hale & True Cider Co. plan to open a cidery and tasting room in the Bella Vista section of Philadelphia (613 S. 7th St.).\

Cinder doesn't produce its own ciders, but the Rittenhouse Square bar (1500 Locust St., 267-761-5582) offers a variety of domestic and imported brands. There are several gluten-free food options as well, including mussels, salads, and charcuterie and cheese boards.

The annual Pour The Core hard cider festival returns to the  Philadelphia Navy Yard on Saturday, October 21. Expect to sample ciders from many local and regional makers in addition to national brands like Woodchuck, Strongbow and Magners. Tickets are available for online purchase.

Have a great weekend!

- Michael

With the updated Gluten Free Philly app for iOS and Android devices, find more than 1,600 area gluten-free-friendly businesses on the go, search by cuisine or neighborhood, make reservations and more!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Chick-fil-A Debuts Gluten-Free Bun Nationwide


After a successful pilot program last year in several U.S. markets, Chick-fil-A this week added a gluten-free bun option at restaurants nationwide, While individually packaged and certified free of gluten, guests will be required to assemble their own sandwiches to reduce risk of cross-contamination, as Chick-fil-A kitchens are not gluten free. The bun is served in a clear wrapper.


Chick-fil-A's new bun is made with ancient grains like quinoa and amaranth and is lightly sweetened with molasses and raisins. (The full ingredient list is not yet posted on the company website). The bun has 150 calories and costs an additional $1.15. My son tried the grilled chicken on the gluten-free bun and thought it was excellent; the soft bread didn't crumble at all. Initial reviews posted by followers of the Gluten Free Philly Facebook page are favorable as well.

Included in the fast-food chicken chain's current list of no-gluten-containing options are the grilled chicken filet, grilled nuggets, Waffle Potato Fries, Grilled Market Salad and Side Salad and most (but not all) dipping sauces and dressings. Most outlets prepare the fries in dedicated fryers, but customers should speak with a manager about food preparation and handling of all items prior to ordering.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sharing the Happiness

Tim and Lisa Mourer are adding The Happy Mixer
Bakery locations in New Hope and Newtown, Pennsylvania
Look for more places to get monkey bread, donuts, peanut butter delights - think Tastykake Kandy Kakes, but better - birthday cakes and kiffles (my fave!) in the Philadelphia region.

The Happy Mixer, the hugely popular gluten-free bakery in Chalfont, Pennsylvania (4275 County Line Rd., 267-663-7209) is expanding with two more locations in Bucks County. This summer, owners Tim and Lisa Mourer will set up shop in New Hope at the farmers market-style Ferry Market (32 S. Main St.). In the fall, look for another storefront at the Summit Square Shopping Center in Newtown, with on-premises baking.

Chocolate dipped raspberry filled cookies are among
the standouts at The Happy Mixer Bakery
The bakery is hiring bakers, cake decorators and counter help. Interested candidates can apply through the Employment page at the bakery's website.

Friday, June 9, 2017

News & Notes: June 9, 2017


General Mills has expanded its Chex cereal line with yet another gluten-free version: Blueberry Chex. As with the Chocolate and Cinnamon varieties, the flavored pieces are mixed with traditional Rice Chex. There are no artificial colors, flavors or high-fructose corn syrup. The new version got thumbs up from the cereal eaters at the Gluten Free Philly offices.


Less conspicuously labeled as gluten free is a new ultra-thin pizza line from Digiorno. Both the Four Cheese and Sausage Supreme varieties are made with rice and potato flours and starches.

(Photo Credit: The Impulsive Buy)
New on shelves at Trader Joe's are gluten-free crispy oatmeal raisin cookies. I thought these might be made by Tate's Bake Shop, which produces Trader Joe's gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, but Tate's doesn't list gluten-free oatmeal raisin cookies on its website.

The venerable Newtown bar and restaurant Isaac Newton's (18 S. State St., 215-860-5100) recently introduced a gluten-free menu that includes appetizers, salads, entrees and beer. The wings are baked, not deep fried.

Friday, May 26, 2017

News & Notes: May 26, 2017

This week's Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago brought word of some novel twists on traditional gluten-free favorites. This December, Skittles and Starburst are spicing things up with Sweet Heat versions of their classic candies.

Just Born's Peeps brand is set to expand with more premium Peeps Delights. Look for maple brown sugar marshmallow with white fudge, sugar cookie marshmallow with white fudge, and peppermint bark marshmallow with dark chocolate later this year.

Locally, Station Taproom in Downington (207 W. Lancaster Ave., 484-593-0560) has gluten-free burger buns and can recommend other items on its rotating menu that are gluten free. (Thanks Kaitlyn M.)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Gluten-Free Standouts at the National Restaurant Association Show

Many of the 36 award winners at the recent National Restaurant Association in Chicago are gluten free - not surprising given the marketplace's growth. The 2017 Food and Beverage FABI Awards recognize innovative food and beverage products that make a significant impact in the restaurant industry. Some of these are sold in supermarkets, while others are only available at restaurants.

Gluten-Free Biscuit Sandwich from Kiki’s Gluten-Free Foods: The first frozen gluten-free biscuit sandwich now available in foodservice is a breakfast or lunch option for gluten-free consumers on the go. Individually wrapped in plastic to prevent gluten cross-contamination and available in a variety of options, these biscuit sandwiches can be microwaved from frozen or quickly baked and kept under warming lights for over an hour without getting soggy. You can order Chicago deep-dish pizza, ravioli, pita bread and lava cakes through the company's website.

Brazi Bites from Franz Bakery: Brazi Bites Brazilian Cheese Bread are crispy outside and fluffy inside. And because it uses cheese, eggs, milk and tapioca flour, it’s naturally gluten-free.

The Beyond Burger from Beyond Meat: The world's first plant-based burger that looks and cooks like fresh ground beef, The Beyond Burger is non-GMO, soy free and gluten-free, providing a way for consumers to reduce their red meat intake. Although completely plant-based, it cooks through like a regular burger with a better nutritional profile than ground beef,  including 20 grams of protein per serving.

Gluten Free Dough; Pizza & Hoagie Rolls Ready to Bake from Wild Flour Bakery: Artisan, small-batch and 100% yeast-raised, Wild Flour Bakery has created the only gluten-free pizza dough in the industry able to take the 900+ °F temps of wood, coal, gas or infrared ovens without parbaking or burned edges. The bakery's fresh, soft hoagie rolls are used at area Jersey Mike's shops.

Friday, May 12, 2017

News & Notes: May 12, 2017

New additions to the Philadelphia gluten-free restaurant scene include Asian fusion SuGa by Susanna Foo (1720 Sansom St., 215-717-8968), which notes gluten-free options on the lunch, dinner and brunch menus.

Thanks to reader Marissa R., who let me know that Wm. Mulherin's Sons (1355 N. Front St., 215-291-1355), an Italian restaurant in the city's Fishtown section, is able to prepare celiac-friendly meals.

The ArtBar at Center City's Sonesta hotel (1800 Market St., 215-561-7500) has gluten-free sandwiches and salads for lunch, among options on the menu.

At the Franklin Institute science museum, Franklin Foodworks (271 N. 21st St., 215-448-1200) has a gluten-free menu primarily featuring salads and bunless burgers and hot dogs.

Philly.com reports that natural and organic grocer Sprouts Farmers Market will be opening stores in South Philadelphia (Broad and Washington) and the Moorestown Mall as part of a nationwide expansion. Sprouts offers hundreds of gluten-free products.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

For Your Amusement

As the area's amusement parks gear up for another season, more of them than ever are offering guests gluten-free options.

At Hersheypark, The Outpost is an entirely gluten-free and nut-free stand location in the Pioneer Frontier section. The menu includes three kinds of flatbreads, chicken Parmesan sandwiches, cheesesteaks, chicken tenders, salads, soft pretzel bites and turkey burgers. Dairy-free and vegetarian options are also available.

Hersheypark continues its outstanding handling of gluten-free requests, with the most options available at Overlook Food Court: hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders, pizza, fries and snacks. Pizza is also available at Founder's Way, Hollow and Boardwalk area Famous Famiglia locations; hot dogs can be found at Timber Treats and Country Grill; and chicken tenders are also at Hollow Famous Famiglia. Burgers can also be found at Founder's Kitchen, Decades, Shoreline Grill and the Spring Creek Smokehouse.

The staff is trained to handle allergen-friendly food options: when an order is placed for a specialty item, staff members will wash their hands, put on new gloves, and use all new utensils designated specifically for specialty items.

Friday, April 28, 2017

News & Notes: April 28, 2017


Smart Flour Foods' new gluten-free Snack Bites are made with the company’s proprietary ancient-grains flour blend of sorghum, amaranth and teff, Available in traditional pizza flavors - Three Cheese, Uncured Pepperoni and Pepperoni & Sausage Combo - the Snack Bites are filled with a hormone-free cheddar and mozzarella cheese blend, along with uncured, vegetarian-fed, and antibiotic- and nitrite-free pepperoni in the meat versions. Snack Bites will be available in select retailers nationwide this summer at a suggested retail price of between $3.99 and $4.99.


Vitalicious is producing a gluten-free version of its popular VitaTops. The cakey chocolate-chip variety, which also is dairy free - is made with sorghum flour, organic sugar and natural vanilla flavor and contains 5 grams of fiber.

If you're missing the taste of churros, Frito-Lay is filling the void with limited-edition cinnamon-and-sugar sopapilla flavored chips. There are no gluten ingredients in these corn-based chips, released to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

EVOL has announced another gluten-free single-serve entree with an international flavor. The Hawaiian Style Grilled Chicken meal is made with sweet pineapple teriyaki sauce on grilled chicken with pieces of pineapple, red bell peppers, edamame and water chestnuts on a bed of white rice. It will be available in frozen food aisles at retailers nationwide next month.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Fielder's Choice: 2017 Gluten-Free Guide to Major League Baseball Ballparks

The gluten-free concession stand at Marlins Park in Miami
Another baseball season brings even more gluten-free options. Many Major League Baseball ballparks have dedicated gluten-free concession stands and carts, while others have expanded their offerings.

Here's where you can find gluten-free concessions at each of the 30 MLB ballparks for the 2017 season (bookmark this post and check back throughout the season for updates; you can email me with any additions/changes that you find).

Friday, April 14, 2017

News & Notes: April 14, 2017

Luna & Larry's new Coconut Bliss Cookie Sandwiches feature hemp seed and chocolate chip cookies sandwiched around coconut milk frozen dessert. The cookies are produced in a certified gluten-free facility and are made with organic sprouted brown rice and oat flours. The sandwiches are available in Vanilla and Dark Chocolate flavors.

Brazi Bites' newest variety of Brazilian cheese bread snacks is 3 Cheese Pizza, made with mozzarella, Cheddar and Parmesan.

Meltkraft, with Philly locations at the historic Reading Terminal Market (51 N. 12th St., 267-639-3309) and in Rittenhouse Square (46 S. 17th St., 215-687-4950), offers gluten-free bread for grilled cheese sandwiches. A shared grill is cleaned for gluten-free orders, which are prepared separately, Additionally, the staff uses clean utensils, new gloves and wraps the sandwiches (made with Taffets bread) in parchment paper to avoid cross contact.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Drawing Up Plans for Gluten-Free Beer

The expression "Rome wasn't built in  a day" certainly applies to the Philadelphia area's first gluten-free brewery. Back in 2013, Cory McDonald's original brewery, 5 O'Clock Brewery, was featured in this space, detailing the early stages of McDonald's plans to bring several true gluten-free beers to market. His father, who is his best friend and drinking buddy, was diagnosed with Celiac Disease more than a decade ago.

McDonald has since teamed up with several business partners, who have rebranded their efforts under the Blueprint Brewing Company banner. The group has announced that they will be opening a brewery in Harleysville, Montgomery County (1571 Gehman Rd.) this summer, with an on-site preview event taking place on May 11. The 6,400 square-foot facility will have a beer garden and family play area.

Blueprint has two gluten-free beers: Elvis - a white beer - and an IPA called Blue Skies. The brewery will also produce traditional (gluten) beers, but they will be brewed using dedicated equipment that's separate from that used to produce gluten-free beers.The gluten-free beers will be sold via growlers, cans and bottles.

Blueprint will be sampling at the Greater Philly Gluten-Free Expo on Saturday, May 20.

Friday, March 24, 2017

News & Notes: March 24, 2017


Crunchmaster is introducing two new gluten-free products. A line of Protein Snack Crackers will be available in Sea Salt, Roasted Garlic and Barbeque flavors, while the Tuscan Peasant cracker range come in Simply Olive Oil and Sea Salt, Garlic & Italian Herb, and Rosemary flavors, Crunchmaster will add three flavors to its existing Multi-Seed and Multi-Grain lines: Multi-Seed Artisan Cheesy Garlic Bread, Multi-Seed Signature Buttermilk Ranch and Dill, and Multi-Grain Applewood Smoked Barbeque. This fall, look for Crunchmaster’s Pumpkin Harvest cracker.


Crunchmaster's sister brand Harvest Stone will add Sprouted Hummus and Sprouted Native Grains varieties to its line. The new products include Sprouted Hummus in Roasted Garlic, Sprouted Hummus in Taste of Za’atar, Sprouted Native Grains in Simply Olive Oil and Salt, and Sprouted Native Grains in Peruvian Aji Amarillo.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Greater Philly Gluten Free Expo Set for May 20


The second annual Greater Philly Gluten Free Expo will take place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania on Saturday, May 20.  This year's event will once again include local and national exhibitors, educational presentations, door prizes and gluten-free samples.

This year, the event will be located in the more spacious Hall C of the expo facility, allowing for wider aisles and better guest comfort. Featured speakers at the event include baking expert, author and celiac advocate Jules "GF Jules" Shepard and Beyond Celiac CEO Alice Bast.

Expo exhibitors will be sampling, selling and promoting products at the event. More than 70 exhibitors are expected, including The Happy Mixer, Chocolate Moonshine, GeeFree, Goodman Gluten Free and King Arthur Flour.  The presenting sponsor of the expo is Wegmans, and advance general admission tickets are now available at all area Wegmans locations (at the service desk), by phone (1-800-827-6397) or online. A limited number of special early-entry VIP passes are only available online. VIP passes provide:
  • Exclusive early entry into the vendor area from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 am, before the general public
  • VIP lounge from 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with exclusive gluten-free snacks, samples and an opportunity to meet local gluten-free experts and authors
  • Guaranteed goodie bag
  • Exclusive door prize drawings for VIP pass holders
Advance tickets for general admission (10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) are $10, with kids ages 12 and under free; at the door, tickets will be $15. VIP passes are $25 and include early entry to event, guaranteed goodie bag and exclusive samples. Parking at the Expo Center is free.

Friday, March 10, 2017

News & Notes: March 10, 2017

Annie Chun's announced a new gluten-free product line this week in advance of the annual Natural Products Expo West in California. The company's new Asian Entrees can be prepared in one minute. The new dishes are available in three varieties: Red Curry, Green Curry and Sesame Soy Noodle.

Also at Expo West, Dr. Praeger’s debuted a line of heat-and-eat bowls. The gluten-free varieties include a Mediterranean Falafel Bowl, Veggie Masala Bowl, Egg White & Kale Breakfast Bowl and Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Bowl.

Snikiddy is launching two puffed snack lines, Organic Cheese Puffs and Purple Corn Puffs. The Organic Cheese Puffs are available in two flavors - Grilled Cheese and Mac & Cheese - while the Purple Corn Puffs flavors are Sea Salt and White Cheddar.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

CHOP's 12th Annual Celiac Education Day Set for March 26


The Celiac Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is hosting its annual one-day, state-of-the-art multidisciplinary education program later this month. The 12th annual free event will take place on Sunday, March 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Colket Translational Research Building on CHOP’s campus in the University City section of Philadelphia (3501 Civic Center Blvd.).

The annual education day centers around the mission of CHOP's Celiac Team to promote community awareness by providing area families with evidence-based lectures provided by respected experts within the field. Both the clinical implications of celiac disease and the importance of adhering to a gluten free diet as well as future therapeutic treatments are discussed. Children in attendance are provided the opportunity to attend interactive age-specific lectures and to learn through play with CHOP child-life specialists.

Registration/breakfast begins at 8:15 a.m., and the program begins at 9 a.m. There will be complimentary gluten-free meals for lunch as well, and attendees can sample gluten-free products from several vendors who participate in the event.

Complimentary parking is available in the Wood Building garage; bring your parking ticket to the registration desk for validation.

Space is limited so register early. To maximize the number of families in attendance, CHOP is requesting that families limit registration to the child/ren with celiac disease and one caregiver. The hospital is also requiring anyone who has registered but cannot attend to call 215-590-3076 within one week of the event so that another family on the waiting list may have the spot.

Registration is available through Friday, March 24 via this link. I'll be at the Beyond Celiac table and hope to see you there.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

An Egg-cellent Holiday

Native Philadelphians know that there's more to the city's culinary traditions beyond pretzels and cheesesteaks. For nearly 100 years, Zitner's has produced and sold confections locally. A few months before every Easter, its Butter Krak Eggs and other egg varieties - all gluten free - appear in area markets and convenience stores. Butter Krak Eggs, the most well known version, are made with butter cream and long thread coconut, enrobed with dark chocolate that's blended with toasted coconut. Other varieties include Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate, Butter Cream Dark Chocolate, Double Coconut Dark Chocolate, Coconut Cream Dark Chocolate and Marshmallow Dark Chocolate. One of Zitner's owners is gluten free, and the company maintains a protocol to ensure safe manufacturing practices.

Friday, February 24, 2017

News & Notes: February 24, 2017


Evol Foods has expanded its line of certified-gluten-free options with three new enchilada varieties: Chipotle Chicken & Uncured Bacon, Carnitas & Salsa Verde and Cilantro Lime Chicken.

 
Three of the four new Sweet Balanced Breaks from Sargento are gluten free. They include Natural Cheddar Cheese, Sea-Salted Roasted Almonds, Raisins and Greek Yogurt-Flavored Drops, Monterey Jack Natural Cheese, Dried Cranberries and Dark Chocolate-Coated Peanuts, and Monterey Jack Natural Cheese, Dried Cranberries, Dark Chocolate Chunks and Banana Chips. The snack packs, which combine natural cheese with dried fruits and dark chocolate,.feature 5-7 grams of protein and fewer than 200 calories.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Get Serious

Bread SRSLY's Classic sourdough bread (Photo Credit: Bread SRSLY)
Quick - think of a food associated with San Francisco. Survey says: "Sourdough Bread." When I heard about Bread SRSLY, a small Bay Area business devoted to baking gluten-free sourdough loaves, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to order such an elusive find. I'm glad I did.

Bread SRSLY makes four kinds of gluten-free sourdough loaves - Classic, Seeded, Kale and Sweet Onion - along with sandwich and dinner rolls in a dedicated facility. In addition to being certified gluten free, all Bread SRSLY baked goods are also free of preservatives along with egg, dairy, nuts and other allergens. It's not, however, taste free.

Our Classic Three-Pack order ($35) was shipped out on a Tuesday and delivered two days later via Priority Mail. Since the bread arrived chilled due to the cold weather, it was ready to be sliced right out of the package. The thicker slices I cut from the first loaf were moist - evidence that it was freshly baked. (The company says the the moistness extends shelf life and helps the bread to rise over a 12-hour period; refrigeration will firm up the loaves and allow for thinner slices.) My slicing yielded 12-13 slices per loaf, which keep for about a week in the fridge or about a month in the freezer.

The bread was satisfying even without being warmed, but was superb out of the toaster (the recommended preparation), coated with a pat of butter. It's become our son's favorite for sandwich making. The starter, made with wild yeast, infuses the bread with that unmistakable tang associated with sourdough. The toasting accentuates the crispiness of the crust and softens the doughy interior.

While priced higher than other gluten-free breads, Bread SRSLY's small-batch sourdough loaves are a worthy indulgence, particularly if you're craving an chewy, crusty bread that can't be found at the supermarket.

New customers can use promo code WELCOMESRSLY at Bread SRSLY's online store for free shipping on their first order (a $5 savings).

Disclosure: I receive a commission from purchases made through the affiliate links in this post. However, I purchased the bread independently and the opinions expressed in the post are my own and are not affected by my affiliate relationship with Bread SRSLY.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Crazy Like a Fox


Corn dogs and funnel cakes are now within reach without traveling to the Jersey Shore. The just-opened Fox & Son (512 N. 12th St., 215-372-7935), has brought these fried delicacies to Philadelphia's famed Reading Terminal Market. Even better, the menu is entirely gluten free and all items are made to order.


My son and I made a quick jaunt into the city over the weekend just to check out the stand, located toward the back right of the market (intersection of aisles C and 4). For starters, there are four different kinds of dogs to choose from: pork and beef, turkey, kosher and vegan. We opted for the kosher Classic ($4.99 or two for $8), but the corn dogs also can be dressed with corned beef hash, cheddar jalapeno or sweet potato, chorizo and sour cream ($5.99). The sweet corn flour coating was the perfect complement to the salty beef stick. For early birds, Fox & Son has a breakfast corn dog, made with sausage and topped with maple syrup.


We shared orders of poutine ($6.99), fried cheese curds and, of course, funnel cake. Poutine is a Canadian staple: a basket of French fries topped with cheese curds and gravy. Fox & Son's sauce was very much to our liking, more of an au jus than what you'd find at a Thanksgiving feast. The gooey, deep-fried cheese curds ($4.99), made locally at Birchrun Hills Farm, are served with a side of addictive ranch dressing.


Ah, the funnel cake ($5.99). Topped with powdered sugar and made with rice flour, it's doughy, sweet and melt-in-your mouth delicious.

We chased our meal with organic blood-orange fountain sodas from Idaho's Tractor Soda Co.; other flavors are available, as is fresh-squeezed lemonade and Mexican Coke.


Though several other merchants at the market offer gluten-free options, none have the variety or novelty that Fox & Son brings. My son was ecstatic to be able to enjoy foods he'd never had before in the comfort of a dedicated gluten-free eatery. With its proximity to the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Old City, Reading Terminal Market attracts many out-of-town visitors, but tourists and denizens alike should make their way to Fox & Son for a taste of the boardwalk any time of year.