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  1. Was in AC again last week for the same conference and would like to update this post:

    Went back to Cafe 2825 and had the same type of awesome experience as last time.

    FYI all restaurants in the Borgata now have official gluten-free menus. Some may be more limited than others but at least they are there.

    Had a great meal at Dock's Oyster House (since 1897) many natural gluten-free items like steak and seafood.

    China Sea of Absecon (right outside of AC). Family run Chinese with large gluten-free menu. As good as lilli and loo in NYC but 1/2 the price.

    I've gone from worrying about a week in AC two years ago to really enjoying it this year. As gluten-free becomes more main stream, easy to get by in this tourist heavy location.

  2. Had to run up to Danbury CT this morning for work and used the findmeglutenfree app to find a lunch place. It came up with this place: http://mamascheesebread.com/home.html

    This is a small unassuming but amazing take out sandwich shop which uses Brazilian Chebe-like bread. The entire place is gluten-free. The owner / chef is very nice and welcoming and gave me a free sample. Everything tasted great! Lunch for a coworker and myself was only $16.

    This type of bread is actually chewy and spongy like "real" bread. One word of caution though, it's very filling and I'm still not hungry for dinner 8 hours later.

  3. Yes ---and I am there quite a bit. The owners, Sherry Lynn and Howie Birch, are like my family now.

    Incredible people. She has celiac and since her DX , she has dedicated herself to helping others.

    Strictly gluten free restaurant and bakery called Sherry Lynn's in Latham, NY.

    I drive an hour and half round trip, but who cares? :) Totally worth it.

    I've driven 2:15 each way to get to abused by Howie so take that!

  4. Found a really good place in Hastings on Hudson NY (Westchester County) called Slices Pizza (Main Street downtown). A lot of specailty pizzas and pastas, well worth a visit. Their website doesn't highlight gluten-free, but all pizza and (I think) all pasta dishes are available: www.sliceshastings.com

    Was just in Tarrytown getting a haircut and next door http://www.mrnicksbrickovenpizza.com/ has a sign in the window "gluten-free Pizza". I went in to ask about it and as soon as I said gluten-free Mr Nick says "Oh don't worry, I will make you any pizza you want with gluten-free toppings, I'm very careful, cook it in a separate tin (crust appears to be French Meadow in it's own tin), we will be very careful etc, etc." Don't you love when they go out of their way to reassure you? End result was a delicious Hawaiian Pizza!

  5. Found a really good place in Hastings on Hudson NY (Westchester County) called Slices Pizza (Main Street downtown). A lot of specailty pizzas and pastas, well worth a visit. Their website doesn't highlight gluten-free, but all pizza and (I think) all pasta dishes are available: www.sliceshastings.com

    Did you go down the street to by the way bakery for dessert? It's a 100% gluten-free / DF bakery.

  6. There is a completely gluten-free restaurant in Latham, NY (near Albany International Airport). Here is their menu. http://www.menufeed.com/index.php?id=sherryly

    Sherry Lynn's is a gluten-free haven where you can walk in and order anything without a gluten care in the world. They are also excellent handling dairy free. They bake their own breads and rolls. For example, their rolls have dairy but their bread does not so there are always options.

    I am fortunate to be able to eat their 2x a week during the summer because work takes me to upstate ny.

  7. WendyBird,

    Let me tell you where you'll be having lunch on the way up (and probably on the way down too!) As someone who travels about half that trip almost weekly during the summer, I am very familiar with your gluten-free options towards the north. Sherry Lynn's Gluten Free Bakery and Cafe is located just off exit 6 of the Adirondack Northway (I 87) that's a few minutes north of Albany. It may well be the only 100% gluten-free restaurant in the USA. It is a very laid back, kid friendly place. It has a full bakery: breads, rolls, cookies, DONUTS!, etc. It is a cafe: sandwiches, salads, soups, entrees. It also has a small grocery section with a great selection.

    Trust me, if you are passing by you MUST stop there. It is my favorite place on the drive.


  8. Thanks! We're headed to Maui in two weeks! Where did you stay?

    We stayed at the westin villas time share place. Family owns. I personally don't see the value in ownership everything there is just so expensive.

    My family went back this year (without us) and said they noticed even more gluten-free options. One place is called star noodle. Bring me back some pineapple! You'll have an amazing time and don't sweat the gluten-free in Maui. A very easy location to get buy.

  9. Went to an interesting place in NYC today. One of our party keeps Kosher and I'm gluten-free of course so we had to find a combo. Buddha Bodai is a 100% vegetarian and mostly vegan Chinese Restaurant right in the heart of Chinatown. They make their own fake meats using Wheat Gluten as a substitute for "pork" but tofu and mushrooms for "chicken". Surprisingly for a restaurant that lists menu many items literally WITH gluten, they have an great gluten-free menu. A few soups, apps and about 20 entrees.

    I had the gluten-free chicken corn soup, cedar fried rice (very unusual but good flavor) and some rice/bean noodle thing with satay sauce and "chicken".

    To see the gluten-free menu (slightly different than what I handed in person) click on the online ordering system. The menu link doesn't have their gluten-free menu.

    Note that this place is not your typical Americanized Chinese restaurant. Expect to try some unusual dishes.


  10. G'Day Amber,

    Thanks for visiting our city for your holiday! You've come to the right place for gluten-free food, not to worry! Manhattan is a very compact place. If you are staying at a midtown hotel, you can get anywhere quickly, easily and safely by subway. Some places will be walking distance as well. Taxi's are always an option too and comparatively inexpensive compared to most big city taxi services.

    There is a very nice list of gluten-free restaurants with reviews here: http://aglutenfreeguide.com/restaurants

    Some of my personal favorites include:

    Bistango (Italian) where both gluten-free and non gluten-free family members can enjoy a great dinner.

    Friedman's Lunch (open at dinner too)

    Lilli and Loo (Chinese)

    Mozzerelli's (Amazing Pizza by the slice, which is very rare)

    S'Mac (Mac and Cheese)


    As far as Grocery Items, Whole Foods is certainly a good option although most stores have plenty of gluten-free options these days.

    I visited Australia for a short time in 2005 but that was pre-gluten-free

  11. I would be extremely careful in a place like that. That being said if you speak with a manager or chef that isn't an idiot, you can probably get away with a plain steak. Also, Corned Beef, Boiled Potatoes and Cabbage are all gluten-free and a great meal. It was my only real option at a real Irish place in the Bronx, NY we went to.

  12. You are in luck as NYC has some of the best gluten-free restaurants in the world! Remember that Manhattan is small and easily navigable via subway, taxi and walking so don't limit yourself to to a small radius around where you are staying. That being said, near your first location on 57th street is Lili's 57th (about 2 blocks away) their gluten-free menu is here: http://store6.geomerx.com/lilis57/index.cfm?fuseaction=category&categoryID=30

    As for the area around Mulberry St, i'm not sure. You are smack dab in the middle of Little Italy and all that Gluten! Although not right near, awesome downtown locations include Risotteria, S'Mac and Tulu's Bakery.

    There are so many incredible gluten-free places on this list http://aglutenfreeguide.com/restaurants so I beg you, don't hit up any chain restaurants that may have gluten-free menus while in NYC it would be doing yourself a huge disservice.

  13. I've eaten there twice and haven't had a problem. Both times I had one of their salads. But I'm not a super sensitive.

    Thinking backing Panera would always seriously mess me up and I didn't know why (before My gluten-free diagnosis 2 years ago). The ONLY thing I have and will eat there subsequently are their smoothies. You can watch them being made with just stony field yogurt, fruit mix and ice.

  14. Was flying out of LGA last week, running late and didn't have time to pack my own food for the flight. I figured I'd just grab an expensive airport banana. Low and behold the large cafe/market right after security has a rediculous amount of gluten-free snacks. I counted at least 10 shelves of products. Chips, cookies, bars, fruit snacks, healthy and non-healthy options. All expensive of course but an amazing selection. They even had Redbridge in the beer cooler! Too bad it was 9:30am.

  15. Sherry Lynns's Bakery and Cafe in Latham, NY (just outside of Albany) http://www.sherrylynnsglutenfree.net/. It's a full service 100% gluten-free restuarant, check out their menu! I am very fortunate that because of my job I am able to eat there 2x a week May - August. Going through quite the withdrawal right now.

    Tulu's Bakery 11th St & 1st Ave in NYC. Also completely gluten-free, they have the best cupcakes ever. They do some small sandwiches too.

  16. It's been about a year since I asked since I can no longer have dairy and soy (found out the crusts have soy flour) but I was told their pizzas come pre-made and they just bake either a cheese or pepperoni one. This info may have changed or the person I talked to might not have known either. There's a big risk of cc however if they were to use the same toppings they are using for the regular pizzas on your gluten-free pizza.

    The Uno's near me in White Plains, NY lets me customize to an extent. To be honest, I only have ever had them add grilled chicken to the top of a regular pizza.

  17. Thanks. I did stop there and get a sandwich and a couple of other things for the track. Good thing too because I would have starved otherwise. I also ate lunch there on Friday... overall I thought the food was pretty good.

    Glad you enjoyed. It's certainly not a fancy place by any means but simple, enjoyable, totally gluten-free comfort food.

  18. After just a few weeks, CPK has discontinued their gluten-free pizza (until or if they change their kitchen procedures). Other forum posts have referred to their non observance of CC so I guess this is the right move. Found out because we went there tonight and while I was disappointed, it's the right move. It sucks having a salad after thinking about a yummy pizza all day.

  19. This might be a longshot, but do you know if there are any gluten-free options actually at the track (like if any of the vendors on the backside by the paddock have gluten-free fare)?

    I'll be there this weekend and it would be helpful to know.

    Thanks also for the info about the bakery in Latham; will definitely stop there on the way to the races...

    The place in Latham isn't just a bakery, it's a full service cafe. You can grab some sandwiches for the track. Don't skip the apple fritter donuts balls!

  20. For those traveling here for the horse racing season you have options! We have a few great places here that cater to those with special diets. I am very sensitive and will try to keep you up to date on what's available here.

    The Village Pizzeria has gluten free pizza dough that is not made on premise but is excellent! They also have gluten free pasta & gluten free beer. Please let them know your needs they are happy to help.

    Fifty South- top notch! eco friendly, sustainable everything and a designated gluten free area, utensils and pans for the gluten free foods on the menu. This is our safe haven for eating out!

    Amore Pizza- has gluten free pizza dough and lots of vegan choices.

    I will keep searching and keep you up to date on my corner of the gluten free block!

    Don't forget, on the way up stop at Sherry Lynns gluten-free Bakery and Cafe in Latham/Albany, a 100% gluten-free restaurant!