Who are you and where are you?
My name is Margaret Clegg and I live in Flint, MI
Tell me about your relationship with gluten..
I have Celiac Disease and have been diagnosed for 12 years. I also write about gluten free foods and recipes on my blog.
Why should gluten free travellers visit your town?
There are great reasons to visit Flint. We have had some bad press but there are a lot of wonderful things that happen in Flint. Flint has been historically known as Vehicle City, the home of the Buick. Times are changing, and there are some growing pains, but we have an two excellent universities (Kettering University and U of M Flint) , a great community college (Mott Community College), and a growing medical field. We have some great festivals and events, like the Back to the Bricks Classic Car Show and the CRIM race. We have a Cultural Center where you can see shows at the Whiting, go to Sloan Museum, or visit the Flint Institute of Arts. Plus there is a great art scene with the Art Walk nights every second Friday of the month in downtown Flint.
Tell me something fun about your town..
Flint has 2 universities, a major community college, and the Flint River Trail runs right along the Flint Farmer’s Market, which has a restaurant that serves gluten free sandwiches and foods, using produce from the market.
Where is your favourite place to eat out in your town and why?
There are three restaurants that I like- Club 501, Flint Crepe Company, and Steady Eddy’s.
The reason I love Club 501Â Bar and GrillÂ is that the Chef is fantastic and authentic. He believes in fresh, local food, and can been seen buying his ingredients at our local Farmer’s Market. Their dishes are phenomenal (they have the best gluten free alfredo with gluten free pasta!) and the atmosphere is trendy. I recently had Chef Rob put together a gluten free dinner for around 15 people, and everyone loved their food. He does aÂ wonderfulÂ Beef Marsala with Mushroom Risotto on the menu, and a great Amish Chicken with Chorizo and roasted potatoes. The wait staff were terrific, and Chef Rob came back to talk to us personally. The Creme Brulee that he made for dessesrt was the best I’ve ever had, which is saying a lot, because I’ve been to France twice.
Flint Crepe Company is another great restaurant that uses fresh, local foods as much as possible. They purchase their flour from The Westwind Milling Company in Argentine Township, a local mill, that has a dedicated gluten free milling area. (I buy their buckwheat flour all the time to make my pancakes.) When I went there for dinner, they made sure to clean all of their cooking areas and utensils very well, and the owner gave me his business card and asked me to call him personally if I had any issues. The men that work there all have great spirits and the best mustaches!
Steady Eddy’s is a small shop located on the upper level at the Flint Farmer’s Market. They use the produce from downstairs to make their food, and it shows. They have the best vegetarian chili, and their Four Star Veggie Club is fantastic, and I’m not even vegetarian! They serve all of their gluten free sandwiches on French Meadow Bakery bread. Another bonus is that you can substitute turkey bacon on their BLT, which they purchase from the Thompson Creek Turkey Store downstairs. It’s not listed in their menu picture, but they have a breakfast menu too. They’re only open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday when the market is open, so don’t miss your chance to get some great food.
Do you live in Flint or have you travelled there? Where is your favourite place to eat gluten free?