Part two of the October gluten-free dining and shopping report brings with it news of: a new gluten-free bakery, Baja inspired cuisine, BOGO shopping deals, brownie ice cream sandwiches, fresh doughnuts, fried chicken, nachos, pizza, restaurant openings/closings, sandwiches, tapas, and more.
Please keep in mind that none of these companies have dedicated gluten-free kitchens, but they take steps to avoid cross contact during preparation. Here are this month’s contenders in alphabetical order:
Aldi – is now stocking two gluten-free canned soups, Chicken Noodle and Veggie Noodle, that sell for $1.69 per can. Each soup is gluten, dairy, soy, and nut free. Their gluten-free offerings are now available daily and can be found throughout the store. The gluten-free white and whole grain breads and wraps are stored fresh on the bread rack.
Aroma Mill Factory – is a new dedicated gluten-free bakery that opened on September 2 in Cartersville. This family-owned and operated bakery serves breakfast and lunch daily on their freshly made breads, buns, and rolls. Some of their signature offerings include: sweet breads and muffins, cakes and cupcakes, breadcrumbs, croutons, and their all-purpose flour blend.
CaJa Popcorn – located in Buckhead this retail store offers freshly popped popcorn in a variety of creative flavors made with natural ingredients and nothing artificial. Their popcorn is prepared in small batches to ensure its freshness and it uses glucose syrup instead of high fructose corn syrup and organic fruit juices not artificial colors/flavors. All of the popcorn is gluten-free, nut-free and preservative-free and available by the bag or in a gift-worthy tin.
Chipotle – Health magazine had a panel of nutrition experts analyze the menus of the top 100 chains and rank them based on their healthy menu offerings. Chipotle came in at number six for its commitment to organics and local sourcing.
Cinco y Diez – this Mexican restaurant in Athens closed its doors for good on October 18. Open for less than a year, the restaurant owned by Hugh Acheson and partner Melissa Clegg closed for financial reasons.
Costa Vida – is open in Alpharetta and offers homemade gluten-free corn tortillas, chips prepared in a dedicated fryer, chicken tortilla soup, enchiladas, tacos, flan, and more. They have removed gluten from their seasonings and sauces, which opens up many entree choices that are normally not safe.
Fresh to Order – is now open in the old Decatur Diner space at East Ponce and Church Street across from Leon’s Full Service. They offer a gluten-free menu with soups, salads, and a couple of entrees. The food is reasonably priced, tasty, and draws a great lunch crowd.
Gluten Free Cutie – this dedicated bakery in Roswell has added doughnuts to its offerings. These baked doughnuts are available in powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, and chocolate glazed.
Ingles Market – their current sales flyer features BOGO deals on Glutino’s: pretzels, crackers, bagel chips, bars, toaster pastries, and cookies and Udi’s Gluten Free granola. The sale runs through October 28 and I will be stocking up on bagel chips for homemade Chex mix.
Max’s Wine Dive – has launched its fall menu and a number of its options are gluten free:
- Baby Arugula and Pear Salad
- Warm Fall Harvest Salad
- Cracklin’ Chicken – roasted carrots, steak fries, buttered au jus
- Apple Cider Glazed Pork Chop – candied yams, spiced pecans, Brussels sprout pedals, and apple cider gastric
- Their house-made Jalapeño and Buttermilk-marinated Fried Chicken can be prepared gluten free too and it is always on the menu
Plum Cafe – in Roswell caters to those with food intolerance(s), specifically gluten free, and offers gluten-free bread for sandwiches and as an accompaniment for soup, gluten-free pizza, appetizers, salads, and entrees. The restaurant also offers wheat-based items, so be sure to specify a food intolerance when ordering.
Red Sky Tapas – in Marietta serves up gluten-free tapas that include: salad, pizza, nachos, seafood, chips and dip, dessert, and more. They also offer Redbridge beer, a long list of cocktails, wine, and spirits. This is not a dedicated restaurant, so specify a food intolerance when ordering.
Schlotzsky’s – has added Udi’s Gluten Free’s hamburger buns to their menus nationwide. There is an up charge for the bun. More information about their safe handling procedures can be found here.
Whole Foods – their new Avalon location opened on October 14, which means the Harry’s Farmers Market in Alpharetta has closed its doors. Pamela’s Products new mixes are available exclusively at Whole Foods: Pancake & Waffle (non dairy), Pumpkin Bread, and Spice Cake (non dairy).
What looks good to you?