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Harrisburg, Pa Gluten Free Restaurants And Food Options


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#1 ciavyn

 
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Posted 31 December 2009 - 09:00 AM

Since I didn't see a thread addressing this city, I'm going to start this one and try to update it as I find more.

So far, the restaurants that have responded more than happily to my request for gluten free foods are:

Cafe Fresco - downtown Harrisburg, PA - will make anything you need - just go back and talk to the chef. He has no problem using new gloves, cleaning an area just for your food, etc.
Marie's Cafe - Carlisle Pike, Camp Hill, PA - willing to make anything you need, just ask Marie, as she is usually there (this is a breakfast and lunch cafe)
Piazza Sorrento - Hershey, PA - this one I just heard about on the radio, and if you go on their website, they offer a full menu of gluten free items, and are willing to do anything it takes to make you comfortable eating there. Anxious to try this one.

I won't list chain restaurants, as those are addressed here on the site.

Also, for college cafeterias for those of you heading to college or have kids going to college, Wilkes University had thus far been great in their willingness to meet my needs while I'm on campus.

Great gluten free stores: Wegman's, Giant, Gluten Free Source, LLC in Dillsburg, PA, and the Healthy Grocer in Camp Hill, PA (though they are VERY expensive in comparison to the others).
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#2 ciavyn

 
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Posted 23 January 2010 - 06:25 PM

Holy cow, gang! Piazza Sorrento in Hershey, PA is amazing! We just got back. My experience:

We walked in, and the hostess greeted us. They sat us within 5 minutes (we had reservations - definitely recommend for weekends), and I asked the gentleman that sat us if I should order off the paper gluten-free menu I'd picked up in the vestibule. He immediately whisked away the menu he's laid on the table for me, and was back within seconds with a special gluten free menu. The menu looked just like the regular menu, in a heavy faux leather folder. When the waitress came to our table, she already knew that I would be ordering gluten free, and placed my gluten free roll on order. Before she even took our order!

The gluten-free menu is huge. Lost of selection: pastas, pizza, salads, appetizers AND desserts! Everything sounds great, but I'm not a picky eater. I went with the Garlic Shrimp over Penne, with a house salad with the house dressing. The roll was - if I had to guess - kinnikinnick, possibly. Not bad, but not thrilling either. However, I dipped it in the bread spices, and it was lovely. (My husband said the gluten rolls were fantastic). The salad dressing was a spicy italian, and very pleasant.

The meal tasted great - the noodles were cooked al dente, the shrimp was plump and juicy, and the presentation very nice. One thing I really love: each gluten free dish comes with a tag on it that says, Special Gluten Free Dish on it. It's another way for them to make sure they are giving you the right meal.

They have to gluten-free desserts: Tiramisu and Creme Brulee with fresh fruit. I wanted to try them, but I was too full! I got a doggie bag to go. For two meals, one alcoholic beverage the total came to 43 bucks and some change. Not cheap, but well worth it.

What I enjoyed most was that I could relax. They gave a full explanation in their menu of how they view gluten-free dining, and they immediately recognized my needs and worked hard to make sure I felt confident in what they served. Not to mention, the service was excellent. The place ran like a well-oiled machine. Our waitress took the corner into the room at an odd angle, and she dropped an entire tray of meals (not ours, but four or five entrees). Embarrassed, she immediately reported it the kitchen, the busboys and shift manager cleaned it up quickly, the explanation was made to the table, and the evening resumed. Truly amazing team work.

Overall mood: busy, active atmosphere, appropriate for children though they'll need to be on their best behavior as the space is narrow between tables. No Indy 500! A bit noisy, simple, elegant interior. Closed Sundays.

HIGHLY recommend this restaurant if you are close to Hershey, PA, or driving through. Google them on the web.
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Posted 25 January 2010 - 06:07 AM

I believe I've posted about Pizza Sorrento as well. I second the recommendation!
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Posted 05 February 2010 - 10:25 AM

I agree, my gluten-free spouse and I have enjoyed Piazza Sorrento several times, and were disappointed in September when we drove there on a Sunday to discover they aren't open that day!

My wife loved the gluten-free tags on the dishes, I think that is an awesome idea and it makes one feel confident in what they're eating. We're looking forward to going again soon when in Harrisburg, and highly recommend it.
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Posted 05 February 2010 - 12:32 PM

Thanks so much!!! I live in Shippensburg and appreciate the fact that there is restaurants willing to cater to gluten-free's. Thanks again for your review....I will definitely be trying this one!
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Posted 05 February 2010 - 04:52 PM

Thanks so much!!! I live in Shippensburg and appreciate the fact that there is restaurants willing to cater to gluten-free's. Thanks again for your review....I will definitely be trying this one!


If you are in the mood for pizza, Jo-Jo's on the main drag in Mechanicsburg, PA has gluten free pizza. It's made on very thin, crispy dough that is on a metal tray. So far, I feel fine on it, and it tasted pretty good. Definitely a very thin crust though. But I'd eat there again. It was nice to let my husband have a sub, and I got to enjoy food that fit the atmosphere.
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Posted 05 February 2010 - 05:53 PM

Thanks so much!!! I live in Shippensburg and appreciate the fact that there is restaurants willing to cater to gluten-free's. Thanks again for your review....I will definitely be trying this one!


Hey, Madiva87...I live just outside of Shipp in Newburg! Small world!!! I can get the Betty Crocker cake and brownie mixes at the Shipp Wal-Mart but nothing else. I get all of the rest of my gluten-free bake mixes and flours at the Dutch Country Pantry just outside of Newville. Seems kind of weird that an Amish store will carry stuff for Celiacs and the large chains are unwilling!
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Posted 06 February 2010 - 10:20 AM

Hey, Madiva87...I live just outside of Shipp in Newburg! Small world!!! I can get the Betty Crocker cake and brownie mixes at the Shipp Wal-Mart but nothing else. I get all of the rest of my gluten-free bake mixes and flours at the Dutch Country Pantry just outside of Newville. Seems kind of weird that an Amish store will carry stuff for Celiacs and the large chains are unwilling!


Weis in Shippensburg recently re-vamped and they have a "small" selection of gluten free. I've requested some more....we'll see. Right now I get most of my things at Giant in Chamberburg - Norland Ave. They have a pretty good selection. I've been to Dutch Country Store a few times also. I understand Wegmans in Mechanicsburg has a Gluten Free section also, I haven't visited it yet. It's a shame we have to travel just to get food!!
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Posted 06 February 2010 - 12:15 PM

Weis in Shippensburg recently re-vamped and they have a "small" selection of gluten free. I've requested some more....we'll see. Right now I get most of my things at Giant in Chamberburg - Norland Ave. They have a pretty good selection. I've been to Dutch Country Store a few times also. I understand Wegmans in Mechanicsburg has a Gluten Free section also, I haven't visited it yet. It's a shame we have to travel just to get food!!


Figured Weis wouldn't have much so I really didn't even bother looking there. I checked out the Shipp Giant but it's pretty much hopeless in there. I do the bulk of my shopping at the Shipp Wal-Mart. As a whole, that chain has pledged to do more in the way of labeling of their store brands as to what is gluten-free and what is not. They also carry Boles rice pasta (penne & spaghetti only), Betty Crocker gluten-free brownie and cake mixes, Kozy Shack gluten-free pudding and some wickedly tasty gluten-free sausages made by Bistro Sensations. Otherwise, I pretty much shop in the fresh meats and veggies sections.

I've tried to convince the manager to bring in Glutino pizzas...or ANY brand of gluten-free pizza...but he keeps telling me there's just "not enough market" to rationalize the addition to their shelves. About now, I'd kill for a slice of pizza!!

Although, a friend tells me that Taormina's in Fayetteville is now serving a gluten-free pizza. I've been too afraid to try if for fear that there's cross-contamination issues. I guess I will eventually because it's either go there or all the way to Uno's Chicago Grill in Hagerstown.

Yeah, I'd really like to see a Wegman's come to Carlisle so it wouldn't be so danged far to drive to find a decent gluten-free section in a grocery store. The special foods are already 2-3 times more expensive than the "regular" food and it only gets worse when you add in the $2.65/gallon for the 75 or so mile round trip to Wegman's.

I'd also love to have a real sandwich again, too. Not a loaf of gluten-free bread to be found around here. I did try the Bob's Red Mill gluten-free bread mixes that are available down at Dutch Country Pantry but didn't really care for them like I did the pancake, cookie, brownie and all-purpose bake mixes. I also went to Lulu's Bread Basket on Orange St. in Shipp. They'll make gluten-free bread on special request but the loaf I had was very dry and hard and, well, I haven't been back to get any more.
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Posted 06 February 2010 - 02:33 PM

Figured Weis wouldn't have much so I really didn't even bother looking there. I checked out the Shipp Giant but it's pretty much hopeless in there. I do the bulk of my shopping at the Shipp Wal-Mart. As a whole, that chain has pledged to do more in the way of labeling of their store brands as to what is gluten-free and what is not. They also carry Boles rice pasta (penne & spaghetti only), Betty Crocker gluten-free brownie and cake mixes, Kozy Shack gluten-free pudding and some wickedly tasty gluten-free sausages made by Bistro Sensations. Otherwise, I pretty much shop in the fresh meats and veggies sections.

I've tried to convince the manager to bring in Glutino pizzas...or ANY brand of gluten-free pizza...but he keeps telling me there's just "not enough market" to rationalize the addition to their shelves. About now, I'd kill for a slice of pizza!!

Although, a friend tells me that Taormina's in Fayetteville is now serving a gluten-free pizza. I've been too afraid to try if for fear that there's cross-contamination issues. I guess I will eventually because it's either go there or all the way to Uno's Chicago Grill in Hagerstown.

Yeah, I'd really like to see a Wegman's come to Carlisle so it wouldn't be so danged far to drive to find a decent gluten-free section in a grocery store. The special foods are already 2-3 times more expensive than the "regular" food and it only gets worse when you add in the $2.65/gallon for the 75 or so mile round trip to Wegman's.

I'd also love to have a real sandwich again, too. Not a loaf of gluten-free bread to be found around here. I did try the Bob's Red Mill gluten-free bread mixes that are available down at Dutch Country Pantry but didn't really care for them like I did the pancake, cookie, brownie and all-purpose bake mixes. I also went to Lulu's Bread Basket on Orange St. in Shipp. They'll make gluten-free bread on special request but the loaf I had was very dry and hard and, well, I haven't been back to get any more.


Funny you should mention Lulu's, I ordered some bread and I kinda think it was CC. I've had some issues since eating it. I tried the Schar brand bread from Giant, but wasn't impressed. And like you, I would love some pizza. I have an appt at Hershey Medical next week and am going to try the Piazzo Sorrento that was mentioned. I looked at their menu and it looked great! I wouldn't drive that far just for a meal but since I'll be there anyways, I'm going to check it out.

Don't know if you like donuts, but Giant - norland avenue - carries the Kinnikinnick brand donuts in cinnamon sugar, vanilla frosted and chocolate frosted in the freezer section of the Natural aisle. I had a cinnamon sugar today and either I was starved for a donut or it was exceptionally good!!! Also, Food Lion on Rt 11 in Chbg also has a small selection of gluten-free now in the Natural section.
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Posted 06 February 2010 - 02:52 PM

Hey gang - Giant in Camp Hill, PA & Mechanicsburg, PA has some decent stuff. They also have sub rolls by kinnikinnick. They will also cut deli meat for you and clean the blades before doing so.

For pizza - check out the Healthy Grocer in Camp Hill for pizza crusts you can load yourself, or I recommend Jo-Jo's in downtown Mechanicsburg. I did not get sick at ALL on their pizza. I just finished the rest of mine today.

Is the Amish store cheaper for flours? I use the Gluten Free store in Dillsburg for some things, and buy others at the WalMart (Mechanicsburg's has a decent boxed selection) or Wegman's.

By the way - Wegman's and giant is a toss-up. Wegman's has more dry foods that are gluten-free, but Giant has more frozen stuffs. And if you are curious about something, let me know and I'll check for it when I go shopping and let you know. :)
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Posted 06 February 2010 - 03:13 PM

Funny you should mention Lulu's, I ordered some bread and I kinda think it was CC. I've had some issues since eating it. I tried the Schar brand bread from Giant, but wasn't impressed. And like you, I would love some pizza. I have an appt at Hershey Medical next week and am going to try the Piazzo Sorrento that was mentioned. I looked at their menu and it looked great! I wouldn't drive that far just for a meal but since I'll be there anyways, I'm going to check it out.

Don't know if you like donuts, but Giant - norland avenue - carries the Kinnikinnick brand donuts in cinnamon sugar, vanilla frosted and chocolate frosted in the freezer section of the Natural aisle. I had a cinnamon sugar today and either I was starved for a donut or it was exceptionally good!!! Also, Food Lion on Rt 11 in Chbg also has a small selection of gluten-free now in the Natural section.


Agreed, I wouldn't drive to Hershey just for a meal, but if I was going to be there anyway, why not? Sure sounds like Piazza Sorrento is a fabulous place!

Thanks for the lead on the gluten-free donuts at Giant Norland. I'll have to check it out next time I'm in Chambersburg. I'll take a peek in the Shipp Giant, too, and see if they have them.
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Posted 24 April 2010 - 11:52 PM

I have to add some glutenfree stuff from Carlisle, since I used ot live there for quite a while. Now I live 12 miles up north from Carlisle, but still go there at least once a week. Here it goes:

Rillo's Italian Restaurant offers glutenfree menus. According to the waitress they also do have glutenfree pasta. And even though I eat there once per week, I never had the chance to substitute glutenfree pasta on any of their menus, since I'm there for a business meeting and they have a group menu prepared ahead, where they are not able to substitute, because things need to be speeded up. However I go there once a week since November 2009 and haven't been glutened... ever.

Then there is Amy's Thai Restaurant on High Street. They know what glutenfree is and can prepare it for you. In fact some of their menus are naturally glutenfree. If the waitress shouldn't know by any chance, ask for the cook or Amy.

There is a Natural Food Store on intersection High Street/Pitt Street. Very good, but quite expensive. However they have a basket in the back of the store with items, that are about to expire. And every once in a while I find some glutenfree goodie there heavily discounted.

Giant in Carlisle, isle number 9 all the way back on the left of isle number 9 the entire shelf is dedicated to glutenfree. Awesome!

WalMart has the DeBoles glutenfree pasta as well as glutenfree Brownies and Muffins. I have not checked out Betty Crocker yet, as Lukas always tears down the entire baking section, because of the chocolate, I try to avoid even going in there. And most of the time he's with me, so there won't be any chance checking this out any time soon. But feel free to go ahead, while you're in Carlisle checking out the rest of the glutenfree goodies/restaurant.

Enjoy!
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Posted 25 April 2010 - 06:08 AM

HA! Stef, you are on my wavelength -- I just was talking about trying Thai. I'm so going to do that at Amy's Thai.

ZPizza in the Target/Wegman's plaza is also good for gluten free pizza. I don't think the crust is as good as Jo-Jo's in Mechanicsburg, but their toppings are amazing, so I suffer through. They are also very gluten conscious and do a good job looking out for us gluten-free nuts. ;)

I have been to the Appalachian Health Store, but you are right -- expensive! And I find that the organization there is bizarre. The Healthy Grocer is easier for me to use, and I find them more competitive pricewise, though Wegman's almost always has them beat (even better than giant). :)
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Posted 25 April 2010 - 06:58 AM

So true, so true, whenever you go to Amy's, let me know. I met have the time to join you. I'm thinking about Amy's at least twice a week now, cause I haven't been there in ages and would love to go again.

It's true, Wegman's is cheaper than the Appalachian Food Store. I never thought I'd say that, but it's true for the gluten products. And I like their pizza, even though, it's frozen.

I've never heard about ZPizza, I have to check that out.
Oh, by the way, I send you another message with my phone number, cause you said, you can't see, when you're getting a message. Hopefully you're reading this.

Talk to you later, Stef.
P.S.: I'm glad, I'm finding people like me in our area ;) This way I don't feel that lonely with the gluten thing.




HA! Stef, you are on my wavelength -- I just was talking about trying Thai. I'm so going to do that at Amy's Thai.

ZPizza in the Target/Wegman's plaza is also good for gluten free pizza. I don't think the crust is as good as Jo-Jo's in Mechanicsburg, but their toppings are amazing, so I suffer through. They are also very gluten conscious and do a good job looking out for us gluten-free nuts. ;)

I have been to the Appalachian Health Store, but you are right -- expensive! And I find that the organization there is bizarre. The Healthy Grocer is easier for me to use, and I find them more competitive pricewise, though Wegman's almost always has them beat (even better than giant). :)


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