Who are you and where are you?
Pamela – I live in Salt Lake City, UT.
Tell me about your relationship with gluten..
Ick. I dumped that bad boy in January of this year! I never got formally diagnosed with celiac or non-celiac gluten sensitivity because of issues with insurance coverage, but my life is far, far better without gluten.
Why should gluten free travellers visit your town?
It’s a great tourist town, with lots of history and things to do (plus lots of awesome national parks within driving distance) and there are tons of gluten-free options.
Tell me something fun about your town..
The Great Salt Lake is the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River!
Where is your favourite place to eat out in your town and why?
City Cakes Cafe – I love to have a place where I can have a cup of coffee and a gluten-free pastry.
- Vinto (see my blog post here) – thin-crust pizza and casual Italian dining. We go often and I’ve never had a reaction. Just be careful to specify “no breadsticks” when ordering.
- Biaggi’s (post) – a national chain, but great food and stellar service.
- Five Guys – for when I’m craving some French Fries. Everything else there makes me queasy just thinking about it, but they’re always willing to put Mike’s hamburger in a separate bag from my French Fries, and they seem to have a dedicated “fry guy” who does all the French Fries, so I don’t get worried about people’s fingers just touching a hamburger bun.
- Madeline’s Steakhouse - your average steakhouse, but the service is always good. The first time we went was our server’s first day on the job and he was willing to ask the chef about each and every menu item’s gluten-free status.
- We often visit Simply Sushi, an all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant with two locations in the area, as well as Sushi in Joy, located at 856 Fort Union Blvd, Midvale, UT, about 20-30 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City. While I try to stick with things that are naturally gluten-free at those restaurants, they are always willing to accommodate my requests for modifications.
- I can’t go without mentioning GF squared. I met Angie, the owner, at my local farmer’s market, and have been buying sandwich bread from her ever since. She runs what’s called a cottage industry, which is a state-wide program for small food producers, so she can’t ship out of state. She bakes wonderful gluten-free treats, and her products are available in several locations locally. A must for a gluten-free traveller who doesn’t want to eat every meal in a restaurant!
Do you live in Salt Lake City or have you travelled there? Where is your favourite place to eat gluten free?