I spent a few days in the pretty city of Boston this summer. I didn’t get to eat out in the city as much as I would have liked as this was one of the first stops on a year of travelling and we had to be careful not too spend too much dinero but I did still find a bunch of restaurants with gluten free options. I also spent quite a bit of time exploring local supermarkets for interesting gluten free foods with which we could prepare meals at our friend’s apartment both for our time in the city and for the extremely long train ride that we would be taking to Iowa.
The first night in town our friend whom we were staying with took us out to his favourite sushi restaurant in the city, Zen Sushi. I checked with the staff that their sushi was completely gluten free and they assured me that it was. I was comfortable that they understood the threat of cross contamination. We ordered lots of nigiri and maki all of which was fresh. When the sushi came it looked amazing and whilst I was almost certain the answer would be no, I asked our waitress whether they had any gluten free soy sauce. Much to my delight and surprise they did have and she brought me the bottle to check and use myself. I told the waitress how pleased I was that they provided this special soy sauce and she said that they have a few regular customers who have celiac disease and wheat allergies. The sushi was delicious and the vino tasty. With the addition of the gluten free soy sauce for mixing with wasabi, my dinner at Zen Sushi was altogether awesome!
Whole Foods Market is a great place to find gluten free foods in Boston. This organic supermarket, which has branches throughout the country, sells lots of different things and various gluten free products throughout the market as labelled so, making it easy for coeliacs to find safe foods. They sell gluten free cereal, cakes, biscuits, bread and hundreds of other products.
The store I visited in Boston, as well as groceries, has a deli section where you can make your own salads or buy hot or cold prepared meals. Each food has a nutritional information label detailing what’s in the food and whether there are any allergens. This is extremely helpful from those of us on a gluten free diet but as always with these types of things, the possibility of contamination puts me off. The store also has a sushi bar. Different rolls have been prepared and the labelling provides information on what’s in each box. Reading the ingredients of the simple maki and nigiri boxes, most of them sounded gluten free but to ensure no cross contamination issues I asked the sushi chef if he would clean the preparation area and make me a fresh batch. He cleaned everything whilst I waited and made me a tuna and cucumber roll. It was delicious.
On our second night in town, we decided to buy some things to make a gluten free dinner at our friend’s place. We got ground beef, black beans, salad and sweet potatoes to
make hamburgers and sweet potato wedges with salad, black beans and a couple of bottle of vino….very tasty! We also bought a few simple ingredients to allow us to prepare a gluten free dinner to take with us on our long Amtrak ride from Boston to Iowa. We made rice with black beans and salad…simple and tastes great either hot or cold!
Gluten Free Restaurants:
I came across a few restaurants with gluten free menus or options that I would have liked to try if I’d had more time/funds.
Modern Pastry Shop (on 257 Hanover Street) sell gluten free muffins and whoopie pies, which looked like some sort of oreo cookie dessert.
Nebo (on 90 N Washington Street), is an Italian restaurant, which has a full separate gluten free menu with a huge variety of interesting gluten free options such as antipasti, pizza and pasta and even a sweet pizza topped with chocolate, nutella and chopped hazelnuts…sounds very sweet!
Marco, (on 253 Hanover Street) also does gluten free options. There was no special menu to look at but I was told that customers should speak to their server or call in advance to speak with the manager if interested in finding out more about celiac friendly options.
Elephant Walk also does a bunch of gluten free options They have gluten free brunch, lunch and dinner menus, all featuring lots of tasty sounding dishes. Gluten free dinner entrees for example include Gratin de Quinoa, a shrimp and veggie curry and Amok Royal, a Cambodian dish made of crab, shellfish, catfish and coconut milk! They also do a variety of vegetarian and vegan options.
A couple of my readers said I should try Charley’s (on Newbury St) next time I’m back in Boston. They have gluten free pasta and pizza options available on request. Another recommendation I was given was Legal Sea Foods who have a bunch of locations in Boston(including State St). I remember walking past this restaurant and they do have a separate gluten free menu which includes sea food, salads and chowders, appetizers, mains, desserts and a couple of choices for gluten free children.
Have you lived or travelled gluten free in Boston? Share your stories of gluten free findings in the comments below..