If you’re allergic to certain foods, it can be difficult to find something on the menu when going out to eat. My poor boyfriend has almost every allergy under the sun (or so it seems): all types of nuts, some uncooked fruits, dairy and even avocados! I, on the other hand, used to be able to eat whatever I wanted, until I figured out that I might be allergic to gluten. Gone are the days of pizzas, sandwiches, most soups and even some salads. And dessert, no more.
Now, we’re “that” couple, with so many allergies, it’s nearly impossible to find something to eat. So what’s a girl supposed to do when faced with a challenge? Just like any lover of school would — research!
Thankfully, I’ve found some amazing places in Cincinnati that cater to my unfortunate new dietary needs. So whether you’re allergic to gluten or simply trying to cut it from your diet, you should check out these Queen City restaurants.
NOTE: The places listed below are restaurants that I’ve actually tried myself. It is, by no means, a complete list of GF spots in Cincinnati.
Gluten-free and raw foods unite at this amazing new spot in Oakley Square! I can literally order anything on the menu, which is a GF person’s dream come true. I’ve only been once, with my fellow GF friend Maria, and we were both in love with our selections. I ordered the Burrito Bowl (brown rice, black beans, guacamole, salsa, romaine, cabbage, peppers, tortilla chips and cashew cheese) and she ordered the “Tuna” Salad Sandwich (walnut “tuna” salad, mixed greens, cucumber, apple and tomato on GF bread). Rooted is also a juicery (hence the name), and though I haven’t tried them yet, their juices look and sound absolutely delish. Definitely worth a visit!
Dewey’s has always been one of my favorite spots for delicious specialty pizza, so when they introduced a gluten-free crust, I was ecstatic! One of the best things about Dewey’s is that you can split pizzas half-and-half with all their flavors, even if they have different sauces. Pictured below (on the right) is one of my personal favorites, Ryan’s Inferno (buffalo chicken pizza) paired with the seasonal Yukon Cornelius (baked potato pizza). Unlike other GF crusts, this one is not gummy or too crunchy. As Goldilocks would say, it’s juuuuust right.
It’s no question that I have a weakness for brunch, so when I stumbled upon The Sleepy Bee, it was love at first bite. I’ve found that it is one of the most allergy-conscious places in town. By striving to make all of their food locally-sourced, non-GMO and pesticide-free, you know you’re getting fresh, delicious ingredients with everything you order. My personal favorite: The Broakley Sandwich (egg, sprouts, bacon, avocado, white cheddar, onion and tomato), which I order on Udi’s GF Bread. On the side, “hive fives” with housemade ketchup. Yum!
Right in the heart of Hyde Park Square in the historic Hyde Park Savings and Loan building, Tellers is truly one-of-a-kind. While not the most GF-friendly place in town, they recently added GF bread as an option for all their sandwiches. Naturally, I ordered my go-to, the Romano Burger (steak burger, balsamic onion jam, tomato, iceberg lettuce, truffle romano aioli) on a GF bun, and it was phenomenal. You almost never get that kind of fluff with gluten-free bread, so I was extremely pleased. It’s the little things… 🙂
Last but certainly not least, another brunch favorite. Echo is great for many reasons, but mostly because of the amount of food you get for your money. My favorite is The Businessman’s Breakfast: two eggs, bacon, home fries and toast. I used to give my toast to whoever I was with, until I found out they offer GF toast! Unfortunately, no picture to show but trust me… it’s a lot of food.
What are some of your favorite GF spots in town? Share yours with me on Twitter at @ClosetCocktails.
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When you think UGG, you definitely don’t think summer shoes… until now.
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And last but not least, I love Mario Badescu products, especially this essential for the warmer months.
Around the Internet
It was so sad to hear about Prince’s unfortunate passing yesterday. His music transcended age, and was loved by all. The heartwarming tributes that took place around the world were beautiful, especially those on Broadway.
When Mother Nature’s beauty shines through in a picture… this one of my Alma Mater.
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I was in complete shock when I read about this major decision at Victoria’s Secret. Stock up now, before they’re gone!
In the Blogosphere
I stumbled across this “Monthly Blog Income Report” series from Erica of Coming Up Roses. In just one post, I learned so much about monetizing my blog, so I’ll definitely be checking back each month for more tips.
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If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are some of my favorite bloggers rocking this spring trend: