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Sea Grass Bistro in Yarmouth, Maine…phenomenal food and gluten-free!!

Photo courtesy of Sea Grass Bistro Facebook page.

Last night, my husband and I went out for dinner to celebrate our anniversary. We usually go into the city of Portland and eat somewhere we’ve been before and know the menu has gluten-free options. We wanted something different this time, something special. I let my husband decide where we would go, because he’s the one with the diet restrictions and I wanted him to feel comfortable with a new restaurant. So, he did a general search for gluten-free menus in the Portland area. I’m not quite sure how he found this restaurant, but I’m very glad he did! It’s the Sea Grass Bistro and it’s located in the town of Yarmouth, Maine – about half way between Portland and Freeport (home to L.L. Bean‘s flagship store).

The majority of the menu items are gluten-free and they are clearly marked with a GF on the menu. We both enjoyed an appetizer – my husband had a creamy risotto with roasted red peppers and I had a small piece of grilled tuna with pea pods. We followed this with a very light and tasty salad of local mixed greens. Our entrees were melt-in-your-mouth delicious! My husband enjoyed a parmesan crumb-crusted pollack filet and I had the pan-seared breast of duck. According to our server, the menu changes every three weeks. All of my food items were gluten-free, too, and I let my husband taste each one. For dessert, he had a flour-less chocolate torte and I had home-made coconut ice cream.

Remember the movie “When Harry Met Sally” and Meg Ryan did that scene in the diner? My husband thought his chocolate torte would qualify for that kind of scene!!

So, if you are ever in this area of Maine, make a visit to the L.L. Bean store and for dinner, head down Route 1 and eat at the Sea Grass Bistro. Maybe you’ll see us there – we will be going back, often!!!

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2012 in Dining Out

 

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Pom’s Thai Restaurant…delicious and gluten-free friendly!

Photo courtesy of Pom's Thai Restaurant Facebook page.

Last night my husband and I ate dinner at Pom’s Thai Restaurant in South Portland, Maine. We had to be in Portland for a very special reason – my son was flying home for Spring break and we were picking him up at the airport! We love to see our son and are very excited to have him home for a week. He also enjoys coming home….getting some rest, eating and cooking some good food and this time, meeting our new puppy!

But, I digress, this post is about dining out at a gluten-free friendly restaurant. (A picture of the new puppy comes later in this post!!) Pom’s Thai Restaurant is located in a strip mall on Western Avenue, one street over from the Maine Mall in South Portland, Maine. The decor inside is very nice – simple, yet elegant and clean. We were very pleased when we opened the menu to find that any dish without gluten/wheat was labeled “no wheat” written under the circle and line symbol —> Ø.

Their menu is very extensive and my husband didn’t have to ask the server about each dish he was interested in, which was very helpful! We really love Thai food and this meal was outstanding. Whenever we go to a Thai restaurant, we generally compare it to our favorite place in Auburn, Maine. Last night, Pom’s Thai Restaurant became our new “Gold Standard” for comparison!!

We got the fresh vegetarian spring rolls, Pad Thai with shrimp, and massaman curry with chicken – so yummy! They have two more restaurants in the Portland area, so we may have to try them all!

We truly are “foodies” in this family, my son included. He whipped up a gourmet omelet for himself for breakfast, then went to the grocery store to stock up on goodies for his week home. He plans on cooking us a gourmet vegetarian dinner some night this week – if I can get a picture of it before it gets devoured, I’ll write about it!

Here’s a peak at our new pup – her name is “Miya”. We lost our older canine boy, “Dunkin”, at the beginning of January, so Miya was our answer to the empty nest syndrome!! She’s a cutie!

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2012 in Dining Out

 

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Burtons Grill… a friendly, accomodating restaurant for gluten-free diners!

This picture is from the "Yelp" website and not taken by the author of this post.

Our society has come a long way in recent years concerning food preparation for people with allergies or sensitivities, but sometimes it can be difficult to find a good restaurant that understands what “gluten-free” means. My husband and I love to eat out, but sometimes the servers give you a blank look when you ask about wheat-free/gluten-free meals. They have to run to the kitchen each time you ask about a particular item on the menu and it’s a little scary when the cook doesn’t understand it either. My husband ends up eating salad a lot!

So, with all that being said, we’ve finally found a great restaurant that is very responsive and accomodating for gluten-free diners – Burtons Grill! (http://www.burtonsgrill.com/index.html )

Over the holidays, we visited family in southern New Hampshire and went out to eat at Burtons Grill in Nashua. My husband asked if they had a gluten-free menu. At this point, some restaurants will show you a very small list of a few items from their menu that are gluten-free. Not Burtons, their menu has a good selection of every category. (http://www.burtonsgrill.com/downloads/GF-Nash.pdf) Plus, their menu states they are “In Partnership with the Gluten-Free Restaurant Awareness Program®”.

They alter some of their regular meals and use corn flour to coat the fish sandwich or calamari. Plus, they offer gluten-free rolls and buns for burgers or sandwiches. My husband ordered one of his favorites, a fried haddock sandwich. He hasn’t had one of these since he became gluten-sensitive. It was very good.

When they served his meal – it arrived on a square plate. The server explained that all gluten-free food is served on square plates, while all other food is served on round plates – that way the kitchen knows which food is which. We even had a manager come over after our meal was done to ask how we liked everything. When I looked at their website more, I found their “Food Allergy Commitment” page. (http://www.burtonsgrill.com/menu/FoodAllergyCommitment.pdf) They take this commitment seriously and we were very impressed!

We will definitely go there again whenever we can!! They have other restaurants in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Virginia. Maybe we’ll see you there! (Or maybe, they’ll open one in Maine??!)

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2012 in Dining Out

 

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