I recently received this press release, which gives restaurants in the Atlanta area that offer gluten-free options, especially during the month of May, in celebration of National Celiac Awareness Month. Of course, this is not a comprehensive list of all of the Atlanta restaurants that accommodate gluten-free diners, but my mouth is watering just reading about some of the options. Check out Gluten Freedom’s Restaurants page to read about other options in our area. Happy Dining!
CELEBRATE NATIONAL CELIAC AWARENESS MONTH AT
ATLANTA RESTAURANTS WHERE GLUTEN-FREE GOODIES ABOUND
Atlanta Chefs Accommodate Special Dietary Needs on a Daily Basis
ATLANTA (April 7, 2011) – May is designated National Celiac Awareness Month, and thanks to select Atlanta-area restaurants, those who have celiac disease (CD) can enjoy a meal out minus the concern over their dietary restrictions. This is also a great time for diners who are simply considering a gluten-free lifestyle to let someone else do the cooking.
In addition to serving Estrella Damm Daura, recognized as the best gluten-free beer in the world by Beers of the World, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse also offers an entire gluten-free dinner menu. Antipasti like Blue Hill Bay mussels with Dijon cream mustard; tuna tartare with cucumber salad and ponzu sauce; and butternut squash soup with Georgia apples and aged balsamic will start the meal off right, sans gluten. At Davio’s, guests suffering from CD won’t have to miss out on pasta dishes. The restaurant offers brown rice gluten free penne pasta with a variety of sauces and toppings ranging from braised beef short rib and black truffle jus to shrimp, smoked bacon, asparagus and garlic olive oil. Several cuts of steak and a broad selection of seafood including red snapper, lemon sole and pan seared sea scallops cover the gluten-free meat and fish options. For more entrée selections, the restaurant also offers gluten-free vegetable paella; free-range Statler chicken with creamy mashed potatoes and garlic herb sauce; grilled porterhouse veal chop with vintage port; pan roasted Maine lobster with Yukon Gold potatoes and lemon tarragon butter sauce; and seafood cioppino in spicy tomato lobster broth.
Fifth Group Restaurants®, an Atlanta restaurant company with five dining establishments and a catering arm, is now making it easy for guests with special nutritional needs to enjoy eating out. All Fifth Group restaurants – Ecco, La Tavola Trattoria, The Original El Taco and South City Kitchen® Midtown and Vinings – have created separate gluten-free menus and offer instructions on how to order the dishes that may have potentially harmful components for those who suffer from CD. This is a company-wide initiative to cater to guests with food allergies. As Fifth Group’s cuisine options range from Italian and Mediterranean to Mexican to contemporary Southern, guests have endless gluten-free options. Examples of gluten-free dishes currently offered at Ecco include baby octopus with Gaeta olive, chili and mint; crisp duck leg confit with potatoes and prunes; and roasted pork belly, salted cabbage and cranberry bean salad. Italian is not out of the question for those with celiac disease at La Tavola Trattoria. The restaurant’s gluten-free options include grilled calamari; zuppa de pesce; crispy flounder with chickpeas, olives, capers and salsa verde; and veal scaloppine with prosciutto. The Original El Taco offers items such as spicy shrimp ceviche, a variety of tacos with corn tortillas, wood grilled fajitas and even Mexican pizza minus the gluten. On the South City Kitchen spring menus, gluten-free options can be found among the brunch, lunch and dinner selections. Dishes like shrimp and grits, Southern-style eggs Benedict, buttermilk braised pork shank and crab hash make going gluten free a delicious experience. For more information and restaurant locations, call 678-302-3251 or visit www.fifthgroup.com.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar offers a gluten-free menu with ordering instructions and lists out their gluten-free items on the restaurant’s website in the nutritional guide. Guests are encouraged to tell their servers that they are ordering gluten-free. The gluten-free items range from appetizers such as tenderloin carpaccio and wicked Cajun barbeque shrimp to gluten-free soups (butternut squash, cream of broccoli, cream of asparagus and lobster bisque) to dinner entrees like Australian lobster, tuna mignon and any of the meat selections. All salads may be ordered without croutons to ensure a gluten-free experience, and gluten-free deserts include crème brûlée, mixed berries with whipped cream and vanilla ice cream with raspberry or fudge sauce. Fleming’s is located at 4501 Olde Perimeter Way; 770-698-8112. For more information about Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, please visit www.FlemingsSteakhouse.com.