MetroFresh: Great GF Lunch Spot in Midtown
Everybody needs a casual spot to grab a quick lunch with a friend. For those of us with celiac and gluten allergies, it can be tricky to find a gluten-free friendly lunch spot. “Casual and quick” usually translates as “unsafe and contaminated” to celiacs. Fortunately, I have been introduced to the world of MetroFresh. Good news gluten-free Atlantans! Located in Midtown, on Monroe Drive (in the same shopping center as Trader Joe’s), MetroFresh offers a different menu every day, full of yummy soups and sides, many of which are gluten-free.
Mitchell, the owner of MetroFresh, sends out a daily email that lists what’s on the menu at for the day. I love Mitchell’s emails because he shares with his customers what’s going on at MetroFresh as well as his own personal anecdotes. For example, I learned this week that Mitchell is trying to grow a beard, which is currently at the itchy stage in the growing process. Today he even sent out the movie listings for the weekend (You get $1 off at Landmark Midtown with a MetroFresh purchase.) Mitchell’s emails are casual, yet thoughtful, making me feel connected to him and the MetroFresh crew.
Also, on the menu/daily email, Mitchell puts a GF next to all of the items that are gluten-free. Hurray! These two letters are wonderful because I know all of my options ahead of time and can be planning in my head what I’m going to order. (What can I say? I’m a planner.) Why can’t all restaurants do this? Mitchell also notes vegan, vegetarian, fish, egg and dairy as well. You can go to the MetroFresh website to get on their daily email list.
MetroFresh also has breakfast, Sunday brunch, and dinner take out. Fewer of these options are gluten-free, but sometimes there are gluten-free options listed. Lunch delivery is also an option, but I love going to MetroFresh because the store has a great atmosphere.
As I mentioned, the menu is different each day at MetroFresh, so I’ve been keeping track of what I’ve ordered the last few times I’ve been to MetroFresh. Hopefully this list will give you an idea of what they offer. I must say that their gluten-filled sandwiches also sound and look delicious, but sadly I will never try one of those.
Yummy Goodness I’ve Ordered at MetroFresh:
- Pureed Veggie Soup with Basil Pistou & Orange and Striped Beet Salad with Walnuts and Butternut Squash
- Field greens with berries, mandarins & goat cheese with ginger vinaigrette and Tuscan Veggie Soup
- Tuscan white bean with rosemary & sun dried tomato soup and roasted beets with mangoes, clementines & maple orange vinaigrette
Doesn’t it all sound delicious? This is my kind of food. Fresh, healthy, and so flavorful.