Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews and Recipes: All GLUTEN FREE!

Eating GLUTEN FREE in Chicago (in Autumn 2016) including Lou Malnatis Pizza, Wildfire, Meli Cafe and South Water Kitchen…

Moving onto Chicago, again from research, there were many GLUTEN FREE options to try and taste including the original Pizza Pie created and originated in Chicago…

Lou Malnatis Pizza: Located in downtown, this noisy and very popular Pizza house had a queue to get in at lunchtime because its served the traditional Chicago Pizza Pies to an original receipe which he started to cook in the 1940s. In his first store in 1971 he has continued to build a loyal following with the Pizza Pie. Of course, I opted for the GLUTEN FREE pizza base and added pepperoni, mushrooms and of course cheese. It was strange to have to wait around 25 minutes for a pizza but it was an interesting dish: the crust was really hard: more like pastry than a bread base and turned up at the sides so they’re really generous with the fillings. It’s quite a huge dish and much too much for one person but great to have a GLUTEN FREE traditional Pizza.

Wildfire: This is a proper Steakhouse, full of families, dark wood, booths and a certain level of sophistication. Even the Menu (two pages of GF options) was covered in leather and of course, they had a beautiful GLUTEN FREE Menu. They also served GLUTEN FREE warmed bread which was delicious and made me feel normal like other Diners. I had the Tenderloin Tips which was a huge portion and on the side a Cheddar double-stuffed potato and I have to say, I felt very guilty that I couldn’t finish it all. The meat was melt-in-the-mouth and had a good jus served with it and caramelized onions which contrasted with the meatiness and the potato was just amazingly cheesy.


Meli Cafe: Despite a grand and big dinner, I was quite hungry for a good breakfast so Meli Cafe was identified as somewhere that had lots of good GLUTEN FREE options. It is a “natural” cafe with lots of juices and natural products but I choose the Egg-White omelette and explained that I really needed no Egg Yolk in the dish. They were supportive and I was most surprised when it arrived as it could have feed at least three people!

The Omelette filled half a large plate alongside breakfast potatoes. And on the side: GLUTEN FREE toast. This was nice although so lightly toasted it was still really bread and with so much omelette, not sure I even started on the bread. A great HUGE GLUTEN FREE Breakfast!

South Water Kitchen: located in downtown on the Loop, quite close to the sky-scrapers after a Architectural Boat Cruise, this was a good place for lunch. They had a set-lunch which worked out a lot cheaper than the different individual dishes so I opted for that. Disappointingly the starter was a Corn Bisque (with green chili) and I asked the waiter how spicy it was? He stated it was very light but I found my first mouthful a real burner and didn’t progress to eating this as the chili was well mixed in. The main course was a pulled pork sandwich on GLUTEN FREE roll. I didn’t eat much of the bread as it was quite a solid roll but the pulled pork was salty and rich and the “chips” helped me scoop up the pulled pork. The coleslaw was refreshing as a contrast. And a Mango Sorbet finished my meal off. Probably quite a grand lunch for me but all GLUTEN FREE.

If you are a member of Coeliac UK, they produce a comprehensive directory which covers over 16,000 food and drink items (including GLUTEN FREE Chocolate Bars). This is available in a paper-based Manual and online FREE to members of Coeliac UK.

One of the hard-hitting posters from Coeliac UK for Awareness Week.

One of the hard-hitting posters (featuring Yours Truly) from Coeliac UK launched for Awareness Week in 2015 and now showing in The Netherlands. This post was accurate as at October 2016.

Other destinations reviewed on my blog includes the USA (Texas,  NYCBoston and Philadelphia), Brazil,  SingaporeMalaysia, Thailand, UAE andLondon!


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