Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Fielder's Choice: 2018 Gluten-Free Guide to Major League Baseball Ballparks

Tater Kegs are one of many gluten-free options at Yankee Stadium
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 2018 season (bookmark this post and check back throughout the season for updates; you can email me with any additions/changes that you find).

Incidentally, the Seattle Mariners are hosting a gluten-free night at Safeco Field on Tuesday, May 3 with a menu that includes hot dogs, burgers, meatball sandwiches, potato salad and Caesar salad.

Friday, April 13, 2018

News & Notes: April 13, 2018


Trader Joe's has a new gluten-free cereal on the shelf: Crunchy Maple Ladders. It's likely that the product is made by Australia's Freedom Foods, as the ingredient label pairs closely to the latter's Maple Crunch cereal.


Sweet Loren's is expanding its line of gluten-free place-and-bake cookies to include Sugar, Fudgy Brownie and Oatmeal Cranberry, joining original Chocolate Chunk.The gluten-free varieties are manufactured in a dedicated facility. The company is offering a $1-off coupon at its website.


Two of the four new LoveTheWild microwaveable seafood bowls coming this fall to Whole Foods, Wegmans and Target are gluten free. The Hawaiian Style Tropical Bowl and Baja Style Taco Bowl both feature barramundi, also known as Asian sea bass.


Among the new products added to SeaPak's Selections line is a gluten-free Thai Coconut Shrimp soup, available at select Walmart stores nationwide.

After reading Tuesday's post about the new gluten-free stand at Citizens Bank Park, many readers commented via email and Facebook that they were less than impressed with the changes they encountered while attending games during the Phillies' recent home stand. I shared these views with Aramark and the company has decided to bring back the concourse-level stand-alone cart with dedicated prep area. Stay tuned for the new location and menu options, along with a look at gluten-free options at MLB ballparks around the country.

Most of the menu at Oink & Moo BBQ in Voorhees (910 Haddonfield-Berlin Rd., 856-282-7630) is gluten free. Safe options include all meats (brisket, pulled pork, chicken, wings and ribs) and sauces, tacos on corn tortillas, assorted sides (cole slaw, greens, baked beans, black bean salad, potato salad and sweet potato) and chili. There's currently a Groupon offer for Oink & Moo: $10 for $20 worth of food. (Disclosure: I get a small commission for purchase as a Groupon affiliate.)

At Andale Latino Grill in Marlton (1041 Rt. 73 N.,609-535-3000) and Feasterville (144 E. Street Rd., 215-494-9505), the only non-gluten-free protein is the fried tilapia. Otherwise, gluten-free options include all bowls, tacos on corn tortillas, patacones and arepa sandwiches, and all sides (including chips and empanadas).

Snap Custom Pizza, which offers personalized gluten-free pizzas prepared separately from their traditional counterparts, is now open in Bala Cynwyd (35 E. City Ave., 484-270-8636).

DiBartolo Bakery in Collingswood (667 Haddon Ave., 856-869-3565) can bake gluten-free cakes, from strawberry shortcakes to Italian rum cakes to wedding cakes. Gluten-free cake layers are made first thing in the morning before traditional cakes and are assembled in a flourless area of the shop. All equipment and utensils are washed before gluten-free orders are made.

Sprouts Farmers Market is coming to Philadelphia this fall with a location at 1000 S. Broad St. in the new Lincoln Square development.

According to Philly.com, Shake Shack is opening a third Philadelphia storefront later this year at 1132 Chestnut St. at the former Philly Cupcake location. The New York-based better-burger chain has gluten-free burger buns.

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, April 10, 2018

Eating Gluten Free at Citizens Bank Park


Citizens Bank Park, the home of the Philadelphia Phillies, has added a number of new features for the 2018 Major League Baseball season, including a wiffle ball field for kids. One new concept from last year, Zoom Food, is where gluten-free options can now be found. Zoom Food, located in Section 126, has a Wawa-style touch-screen ordering system. Gluten-free options at Zoom include cheesesteaks, hot dogs, pizza, chicken tenders, soft pretzels, brownies, cookies, chips, peanuts and Redbridge beer. Additional options will be added throughout the season.

In addition, gluten-free Cobb salads, loaded nachos, vegetarian chili and brownies are now available at Harry the K's, while the Ashburn Alley Chickie's & Pete's Crabfries stand prepares only fries in dedicated fryers. There are several Rita's stands throughout the ballpark serving gluten-free water ice (Sections 106, 116, 132, 208, 220, 316 and Ashburn Alley), and Redbridge beer, Stella Cidre hard cider and Spiked Seltzer are available at various stands, including at Brewerytown (Sections 113, 139, 204, 209, 318, 323, 229).

UPDATED 4/12/18: Due to popular demand, the dedicated stand has returned as a dedicated portable cart on the concourse level (Sections 125/126).