Two weeks worth of gluten-free updates follow:
Kim Severson of the New York Times penned a piece on her favorite places to dine in Atlanta by categories, such as: Where Atlanta Chef’s Will Tell You To Dine, Best Barbecue, Best Breakfast, etc. Many of these restaurants have gluten-free options and are definitely worth investigating.
2B Whole European Gluten Free Bakery has added stuffed biscuits to its weekend breakfast offerings in two varieties: cheese, egg and turkey bacon, and cheese, egg and chicken sausage. The ingredients are actually baked into the biscuit making them easier to eat.
Archway is launching its first gluten-free products with two varieties of cookies that are certified gluten free by the Gluten Intolerance Group. The sugar and chocolate chip gluten-free cookies are part of Archway’s Cookie Chips line. Both gluten-free cookies are crispy and styled like wafers with 140-150 calories per cookie and 5-6 grams of total fat.
Bagel Boys Cafe will open a new location in Sandy Springs later this spring just off Peachtree- Dunwoody Road in the street level retail space of the Peachtree Dunwoody Place apartment complex. The property sits basically across the street from The Home Depot and Costco. According to ToneToATL, the new location should open by mid-to-late April and they serve Udi’s Gluten Free bagels, muffins, and cookies.
Biltong Bar opened at the Central Food Hall of Ponce City Market on Monday, February 1. The restaurant offers customers a quick sit-down spot and bar, serving traditional and house-made beef jerky and grab-and-go options. The biltong, which is a variety of dried, cured meat that originated in South Africa, and all dried meats are gluten-free, including the seasonings. The biltong and popcorn and biltong and chips are also gluten-free, along with both salads – cape salad with spinach, arugula, mixed berries, peaches, pears, peppadew, slivered almonds, blue cheese and citrus dressing and a spinach salad with goat cheese, caper berries, figs, house-made bourbon pecans and red wine vinaigrette, each with the choice of adding biltong on top.. Lastly, the hummus is gluten-free, as long as you avoid the pretzel bread and ask for more carrots on the side. Ponce City Market is a great place to grab a gluten-free meal and wander.
Cafe Jonah is now closed ahead of the planned date of February 28th.
Chick-fil-A has just started the testing process for its brand new gluten-free bun. The bun is currently being tested and served in its wrapping with a grilled chicken breast and toppings in a separate container. The bun is soft right out of the package, but is quite dry. There is only one bun toaster at Chick-fil-A and it is used for wheat buns. They don’t have a microwave and the flat top is turned off after lunch, so I am hoping they can devise a way to heat the buns on the flat top before serving. They just need a little warmth to turn them into a viable bun option for a sandwich. No word on the ingredients in the bun, the cost, or when they will be available for purchase. Stay tuned for more information.
Just Add Honey Tea Company has closed its Auburn Avenue location in favor of a stall at Sweet Auburn Market. They will reopen sometime this month serving teas, etc.
According to Gluten Free Philly, Kashi has new gluten-free products: GOLEAN Clusters Vanilla Pepita Cereal features a blend of popped sorghum, rolled red beans, pea crisps, pepitas and vanilla, GOLEAN Plant Powered Bars come in four flavors: Salted Dark Chocolate & Nuts, Honey Pecan Baklava, Dark Chocolate Cashew Chia and Peanut Hemp Crunch. Each bar is made with a blend of grains, nuts, seeds and pea crisps topped with a nut butter or sunflower seed butter layer.
LeMetro Creperie has a new home at We Suki Suki in East Atlanta. The 100% gluten-free creperie quietly closed its Curb Street Market location in December and is slowly rolling out its menu at We Suki Suki. They are open Wednesdays – Saturday from 5-9 p.m. for now and will be ramping up their menu soon.
Pillsbury has added five new mixes to its line of gluten-free baking products: Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Sugar Cookie, Devil’s Food Cake and Classic Yellow Cake. Look for them on the shelf at the grocery store of choice.
Pure Knead’s hamburger buns can be found locally at Hi-Five Diner in Midtown, The Rookery in Macon, and Yo’ Mama’s Restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama. All of their products are gluten-free soy-free, nut-free, and vegan and they are soft right out of the package.
Restaurant Eugene has a new executive chef – Chris Edwards. Leaving his post helming the kitchen at Holeman and Finch Public House, Edwards heads home to Restaurant Eugene where he originally became sous chef in March 2014.
Thai Basil Kitchen in Cumming marks all of their gluten-free appetizers, salads, soups, and entrees ‘gluten free’ that makes ordering a little overwhelming with a plethora all of the choices. The menu is separated out into special dishes, noodles and rice, and curry entrees with unexpected choices, like: salmon green curry, pad macaroni, and lobster panang. They are open for lunch and dinner.
The Fresh Market is set to open its Snellville store March 9 making it their 15th store in Georgia. The store will be located at Scenic Promenade, at the intersection of Scenic Highway and Janmar Road. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. on the 9th, with chef demonstrations, food sampling throughout the store, and drawings for The Fresh Market gift cards. A sample-sized bag of the company’s gourmet coffee and a reusable shopping bag will be free to the first 1,000 customers.
Urban Pl8 has added all you can eat brunch service Sunday nights from 5-8 p.m. Nosh on: stuffed french toast, almond meal pancakes, pinto cakes and eggs, salads, sandwiches, jumbo lump crab cakes, and chocolate layer cake with blueberries and whipped coconut cream. Hungry now just from typing!
Have a great and tasty weekend.