Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Gluten Free Beer Sightings

The past couple years I’ve grown accustomed to ordering cider, a glass of wine or the occasional gluten free margarita when I go out; but I’m a girl who still craves a beer every now and again. While I can of course enjoy one a home, I sometimes like to enjoy a cold beer when I go out to out dinner, meet up with friends or go watch a game.

So here are some of the places around Atlanta that I found serve gluten free beer.

Taco Mac - Redbridge
Hudson Grille - Redbridge
Tap - New Grist  
5 Seasons Brewery (Alpharetta & Westside Locations) – They make their own!  
Outback (Roswell Location) – Green’s
Wildfire – Redbridge

The Meehan’s in Sandy Springs also used to serve Redbridge but I haven’t been back recently to know if they still do.

Where else have you found gluten free beer?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Is GF Pizza at a Regular Pizza Joint Safe?

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Gluten free pizza is starting to pop up everywhere. Even regular pizza places are getting into the game. But I wonder, are they practicing good food allergen/cross contamination practices?

Pizza Fusion was my first place to have a gluten free pizza in a restaurant in over three years. I had a good experience but when my dad visited the restaurant on two separate occasions he got sick. After some asking it was determined the gluten free pizzas were baked in the same oven as the glutinous pizzas.

In a recent post by Triumph Dining, Mellow Mushroom has now started testing a gluten free crust. Before I was diagnosed with Celiac I had a good 21 years of enjoying regular pizza including many occasions at Mellow Mushroom (one of the few cool places in the Atlanta suburbs when you’re a teenager). While my memories of Mellow include warm, fuzzy thoughts of delicious, garlicy pretzels and cheesy pizza with thick cornmeal dusted on the bottom; I also remember the array of flour tossing and pizza making within the restaurant. While it makes me excited to see such a large company testing gluten free crusts, it also concerns me of whether they can truly control the cross-contamination issues.   

What do you guys think?