Friday, October 31, 2014

News & Notes: October 31, 2014

The Phil's Tavern (931 Butler Pike, 215-643-5664) in Blue Bell has rolled out a new gluten-free menu with appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees and more. Advise your server of your dietary request.

Reader Denise F. let me know about several other Montgomery County spots that offer gluten-free options. The Victorian Village Italian Bistro in Hatboro (420 S. York Rd., 215-394-5948) has gluten-free spaghetti and ziti plates, grilled chicken Parmigiana and other dishes on its menu. Just down the road, Hatboro Dish (102 S. York Rd., 215-347-0036) has breakfast sandwiches on gluten-free Sweet Note bagels and pizza, both of which can be prepared separately upon request. Ben & Irv's in Huntingdon Valley also has Sweet Note's bagels as well as bread, cookies and pancakes; request that the pancakes be made on a separate part of the grill.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

No Tricks, Just Treats

As we enter the fall and winter holiday seasons, the perennial question arises: What candy is gluten free?

Halloween is Friday night and the kids will bring home pounds of sweets from their neighborhood rounds. Before the kids get that sugar rush, be sure to read ingredient labels to see whether the candy they're interested in is safe. The Celiac Disease Foundation has published a handy gluten-free treats list covering major brands like Hershey, Mars, Tootsie Roll, Just Born and NestlĂ©. Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 24, 2014

News & Notes: October 24, 2014

The High Point Cafe locations in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia (602 Carpenter Lane, 215-849-5152; 200 W. Allens Lane, 215-248-1900) and in Brewerytown (2831 W. Girard Ave., 267-519-0984) offer gluten-free breads like quinoa loaves and soda bread and sweets such as berry oat bars, macaroons, and cranberry orange muffins. The items are baked and packaged in a separate gluten-free kitchen. High Point's gluten-free products are also sold at other locations, including Weaver's Way in Chestnut Hill, Manayunk Brewing Company, and the Trolley Car Cafe in East Falls.

We spent last weekend in downstate Delaware for a youth baseball tournament and spotted a number of new gluten-free-friendly restaurants. Gary's Dewey Beach Grill (2000 Coastal Hwy. - Suite 105, 302-227-8519) offers gluten-free crab cakes. The restaurant is open on the weekends through the fall.

The small plates/tapas menu at 14 Global in Bethany Beach (14 N. Pennsylvania Ave., 302-616-1035) notes gluten-free options like pan-seared snapper, drunken PEI mussels and crispy pork belly. New Planet Pale Ale is usually available from the bar. During the fall season, the restaurant offers dinner service on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Revolution Calling

If Jax Peters Lowell's Against the Grain and The Gluten-Free Bible are the gluten-free community's Old Testament, then The Gluten-Free Revolution (Holt Paperbacks) completes the canon. Lowell, herself a Philadelphian, has tapped into the city's vast gluten-free resources in Revolution, the newest version of her handbook that's being readied for national release.

Friday, October 17, 2014

News & Notes: October 17, 2014

Grub Burger Bar has opened its first Philadelphia-area location this week in Willow Grove (159 York Rd., 215-800-0699). Gluten-free burgers are served on buns from Local Oven, and the sweet potato fries are prepped in a dedicated fryer.

Many of the menu items at Blue Bell's El Sarape (1380 Skippack Pike, 610-239-9466) are gluten-free-friendly or can be prepared accordingly.

An all-gluten-free "juice" truck is coming to Philly courtesy of The Juice. For now, owner Katie Rodger will deliver her superfood smoothies and desserts throughout the area, while juices are available for pick-up at various locations on the Main Line. Email her for ordering information.