Uncle Maddios Gluten Free Pizza

Maddios Pizza

A new Uncle Maddios opened near my office and when I visited their website I noticed they offered gluten free pizza dough. Today I decided to give them a try for lunch.  When I walked into the restaurant I smiled because they were playing Frank Sinatra over the speakers, good taste I thought.  I was also met with a nice welcome greeting as I entered (similiar to Welcome to Moes!).  I placed my order and was impressed at how the staff handled the gluten free aspect.  The female employee who took the order immediately announced to her team “Gluten Free.  Changing gloves.”  Everyone on the line communicated they heard the order and then she proceeded to get the crust and make the entire pizza with her fresh gloves.  The pizza was placed in the oven and in about 5-6 minutes I had my gluten free pepperoni, portabella mushroom and extra cheese creation.  What’s interesting about Maddios is that you choose your crust, sauce and toppings so it’ s all custom made to order for you.

Now was it the best gluten-free pizza I’ve ever had?  No, the crust was thin and crispy, but I could definitely tell it was gluten free.  The sauce was a little bland and the toppings were decent.  If you are in the mood for a decent quality gluten-free pizza on the go I would say try out Uncle Maddios.  The service and staff I experienced will definitely bring me back.

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Hammock Trading Co Restaurant (Sandy Springs, GA)

Recently our company took us to a new local restaurant located on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, Georgia.  There were hammocks hanging from the ceilings and Jimmy Buffet music was playing in the background.  There’s a great bar with large HD TVs if you want to hang out and watch your favorite game.

There were lots of delicious seafood goodies on the menu along with their famous watermelon mojito.  I was blown away by their good food.  We later learned the chef of Hammock has worked at the Bellagio in Vegas and at Bones in Atlanta.  The dedication to his craft really shows in his food.

On Tuesdays they have $2 street tacos so I called them up to inquire a bit more about them.  They are served on charred corn tortillas and you today could have them stuffed with either brisket or shrimp.  The shrimp also features radish, onion and cilantro.  The brisket has a kick of jalepeno coupled with tomat, onion and cilantro.  I decided to order three tacos and give them a try.   I was pleasantly surprised to find that the chef had decided to treat me to four tacos at no extra charge.  The fresh shrimp was juicy and you could taste some chili sauce.  The brisket has a great kick to it and is really flavorful.

On my first visit I had the oysters rockefeller and some homemade bbq chips with a blue cheese sauce, scallions and bacon.  Did I mention the watermelon mojito? 

This place rocks!  Please overlook the fact that they are situated next to Happy Hocker Pawn and get over to the Hammock to treat yourself to some seriously good eats.  Your taste buds will thank me!

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Taco Bell’s Chicken Cantina Bowl – **UPDATE – MAY CONTAIN GLUTEN**

Chef Lorena Garcia helped to create some healthier options at Taco Bell.  The Cantina bowl is one of those items and it happens to be listed as gluten-free.  The bowl contains citrus marinated grilled chicken, black beans, guacamole, cilantro rice, pico de gallo and a cilantro dressing.  This bowl was flavorful and really hit the spot.  You can also get this bowl served with steak or vegetarian style.  The chicken version has 560 calories, but this item does contain a lot of sodium so if you are watching your sodium intake you may want to skip this menu item.

Glad to see some fast food options that are trying to be on the healthier side!

Domino’s Gluten-Free Pizza

I was thrilled to hear about the gluten-free pizza crust that was launched earlier this month.  Now as a reminder, the company does not recommend this crust for those suffering from celiac disease.  The statement issued by the company stated:

“Domino’s and the NFCA found that while the crust is certified as gluten free, current store operations at Domino’s cannot guarantee that each handcrafted pizza will be completely free from gluten,” the company’s news release said.

I was pleased that the restaurant near my home has a practice of employees changing gloves before making each pizza so I felt fairly comfortable trying it out.  The crust was buttery and crispy, but it tasted as though it could have stayed in the oven a couple minutes longer since it had a slight doughyness in the middle.  I tried my 10″ pizza with italian sausage, mushrooms, black olives and cheese.  My stomach did not experience any ill effects, but please ask questions of your local Domino’s store and be an informed consumer before placing your order.

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Cinco Mexican Cantina Restaurant

Last night my husband and I dined at Cinco.  This restaurant has 4  locations around the Atlanta area.  We dined at the Akers Mill Road location.  The atmosphere of this restaurant inside was really nice.  I really liked the decor and there is dining available on the rooftop too.  I did some research ahead of time and found out the that chips, salsa, salads and tacos requested using corn tortillas were gluten-free.  While I was there I asked if the braised beef enchiladas were made with corn tortillas and I was told they were so I order that and a Cinco Margarita.  They make the margaritas pretty strong, but I enjoyed it.  The salsa served with the chips was smoky and had just enough kick that you could feel it, but not too potent.  We ordered guacamole to start and that arrived late…..about 2 minutes before our entrees.  The service at this location is just plain slow.  We were scheduled to see a show after dinner so I had to be forceful in asking where our guacamole was and in requesting the check. 

The guacamole was okay.  It could have used some salt.  As a matter of fact, many items could have used some salt in my opinion and there are no salt and pepper shakers on the table.  The enchiladas were pretty good.  I enjoyed the meat, but I would’ve liked to have seen a little more sauce on the plate.  They were served with black beans and jalepeno corn.  I can attest to the fact that the corn was fresh since I found a few corn silks on my plate.  The beans could have used more seasoning. 

All in all I think this restaurant was an experience that just lacked a little more flavor.

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Yes, that’s a baked potato

I decided to try something new from Jason’s Deli today.  I opted for the Pollo Mexicano spud.  I was not prepared for the gigantic potato that I would receive.  This thing was massive and covered in marinated chicken breast, cheddar cheese, sour cream and pico de gallo.  I ordered some blue corn tortilla chips with red pepper hummus as a side dish, but had I known the potato was going to be the size of a small infant I would have skipped the chips. 

The spud was quite filling and deliciously cheesy.  This potato was a great gluten-free meal for me.

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Johnny’s Pizza Goes Gluten-Free

Today was my first opportunity to try Johnny’s new gluten-free pizza.  You can only get one size, medium, which costs about $12 with one topping.  The crust itself is pretty plain tasting and on the thin side.  I wish they would add herbs inside the crust (like I do at home) to give it more flavor.  The texture was good.  It wasn’t grainy like some other crusts I have had.  All in all I thought the pizza was decent, but it didn’t blow me away. 

Maybe someday I’ll get my socks knocked off by a gluten-free pizza crust, but today was not that day.

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GluTown Project

Looking for the largest celiac friendly restaurant database for the US and some other countries?  I just heard about this app that is already available for the iPhone and it is FREE!  The app will list restaurants close to your location by zip code or city and you can see the restaurant reviews and ratings.  It also includes 4,000 gluten free food and drink recipes.    If you are interested in getting this app please go here to check it out:  GluTown Project

I always hate going out to eat to a new place because I’m afraid of what the food may do to my stomach afterwards.  This app seems like a fantastic idea.

***Unfortunately this app is not available for Android phones yet which is what I have.  😦  ***

If you get the app let us know your opinion on it!

 

McKendricks Steakhouse

Let me preface this post by saying that last weekend my husband and I had a wonderful meal at Ruths Chris Steakhouse.  It was our first visit and once my husband inquired if they had a gluten-free menu the waiter was happy to oblige.  We tried the Crabtini for our appetizer which was delicate and mouthwatering.  I opted for the 8oz filet with mashed potatoes and sauteed mushrooms all served to perfection.  All of their filets are served with butter and parsley on top….YUMMO!  It was a wonderful meal.

Now, fast forward to last night when my company had their Christmas party at McKendricks in Atlanta.  I called the restaurant ahead of time to see if they offered a gluten-free menu since I could not locate one searching the internet was told by the delightful lady that answered the phone that they don’t have a menu they can send me, but the most of their food is gluten-free.  Most?  WTH?  What kind of an answer is that? 

The company ordered these appetizer towers for the table which contained lobster tempura (no), crab cakes (no) and stone crab claws (yes!).  The crab claws came with a horseradish type dipping sauce and were delicious, but not sure what was in the sauce.  I figured the escargot would be safe so I started with that and then got the 8oz filet, lobster mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts.  The escargot was submerged in garlic butter with small bits of tomato in it and was very tasty.  The filet was cooked with this great crust on it and it tasted amazing.  The brussel sprouts had bacon and parmesan cheese and I’m going to have to steal that idea and make them that way at home.

All in all the food was delicious, but I wish McKendricks would get with the gluten-free program so customers are not playing guesswork when placing an order.

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Enzo

There is a little hibachi sushi place near my office on Roswell Road called Enzo that has become one of my go-to places to grab some hot food and take it back to my desk.  I know there is probably some gluten in this food and I do my best to avoid it as much as possible, but this is the one place that I indulge anyway.  My stomach has tolerated the food well so far and since I believe that I have an intolerance to gluten rather than something more severe I am not as strict as some of you who suffer from celiac or some other gluten issues may have to be.

For lunch I get a ginger salad, steamed rice (not fried), hibachi chicken and assorted veggies and some sweet potato tempura.  I opt to get extra veggies instead of the 4 piece california roll that comes with the special.  The food is pretty good and the price is very reasonable for the amount of food you get.  They also serve many varieties of sushi too.

I only eat there about 3 times a month because I do try to avoid gluten as much as I can.  Hopefully my stomach will continue to tolerate it!

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