Showing posts with label Miami Beach. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Miami Beach. Show all posts

Monday, August 20, 2012

Gluten Free Spanish Style Tapas on South Beach

Barceloneta, a Spanish tapas restaurant on South Beach is incredibly gluten free friendly and brings a whole new flavor to the Beach.  You'll get a real flavor for Spanish tapas, and lucky you, they are delicious!!  You'll have to get a closer glimpse of the menu.  So many options - many of which I never tried before.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Yardbird, Southern Dining at its Finest!

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, South Beach's new haven for southern comfort cooking, is a new hot spot on the Beach.  For us gluten free folk, most of the menu is off limits, but, for those few items we are able to have, the ambiance may just be worth the trip.

Yardbird is on 16th and Lenox, just a block off of the well known Lincoln Road. 

Outside, the Yardbird sign illuminates and you can typically see a packed house inside.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Chow Down - Gluten Free Accommodating on Miami Beach!

...NOW CLOSED... =(

Brewhouse has taken over Chow Down! 

Another reminder to support those restaurants that accommodate us gluten free folk!

Chow Down Grill on 9th and Alton Road on South Beach is one of my new favorite gluten free friendly spots. During my first visit, I brought my favorite gluten free soy sauce with me and the chef was kind enough to use it, and explain how they would treat my gluten free meal differently to assure it stayed that way.  The chef then advised that Chow Down would carry my gluten free soy sauce, and welcome me back.  Their full menu is here. Since then, I've gone back to Chow Down at least 4 more times, and the promise was kept.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Pizza Fusion - Now on South Beach!!

Pizza Fusion FINALLY made its way to South Beach!!!!  I'm a HUGE Pizza Fusion fan, and was definitely depressed to learn of the closing of the North Miami Beach location - so I'm thrilled to know Pizza Fusion is now in my back yard!  Best of all - they have NEW menu items!!! 

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Miami Beach's BEST Gluten Free Steakhouse

Red the Steakhouse is home to one of my favorite filets.  The certified Angus beef prime and perfectly seasoned beef make for one the best filets. If you're a meat eater like I am, you've had a good steak before, but, there's just that extra umph with Red that takes it to that next level, its not just a good steak, its orgasmic.

Thankfully steak and potatoes are great for my gluten free self!  My last trip to Red, I had the special side of the day, sweet corn.  I love corn and eat it often, but, never thought of gourmet corn until trying Red's.

It's smothered in butter, and deliciously creamy.  I'm ready for another!

The mashed potatoes ($8.90) are a staple side for us as well, creamy, rich, tasty, buttery and soo yummy.

Next up, the best part of the meal, the 8 oz. filet ($39).  I've been to Red at least 5 times, and the filet is always consistent.  You can taste the fact that its plain and simply great quality meat, and perfectly seasoned on the outside.  Add perfectly cooked and you have yourself a perfect steak!


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Monday, March 7, 2011

Benihana - Where Entertaining and Gluten Free Accommodating Meet!

Benihana is one of my favorite restaurants. Rocky Aoki, Benihana's founder, had the brilliant idea to combine entertainment with dining. Benihana has great chef's that also bend over backwards to make sure you enjoy your dining experience, and Benihana is always an experience. P.S. - they have locations all across the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean!

I was thrilled to hear the chef's would also bend over backwards to accommodate my gluten free needs! I brought my own gluten free soy sauce in hand as well as a table full of friends. For those of you that haven't been to Benihana before, you share a table with 8 people, if you don't come with a party of 8, you will be seated with strangers, and sit around an open grill. For us gluten free folks, my recommendation is that you bring 7 other gluten free folk with you (lessens chances of any cross contamination). Your meal is cooked to order, just the way you like it!

I started with a glass of plum wine, one of my favorites! It's a very sweet wine, which is what I love most about it!

Next, I had the famous Benihana soup. I was assured there is no gluten in my version (typically there are breaded onions, but, they are put in right before serving, make sure you ask for no breaded onions). The broth is a beef broth, and I was informed its marinated for a very long time to get the rich savory taste it has. I love scallions, and they are a perfect addition to the soup.

Salad is the next course, it typically comes with a ginger dressing, which us GF folk cannot enjoy, no fear, Benhiana will provide oil and vinegar, which does just fine with this salad.

The chef begins by making chicken fried rice (for those that order side orders of it, I say it's a MUST, it's my favorite part of the meal). As I said before, the chefs are really there to make sure you enjoy your experience, here, are our chef made a bunny for us out of the fried rice.

Our chef was great, he continued by making a volcano out of the onions! Many, many years ago, Benihana would make REAL FIRES out of the onions, it was really cool. Now, they don't take on the liability and you just get some smoke out of the onion, still cool.

The main course, Hibachi Steak! Benihana was running a special 2 for $37, which includes the soup, salad, white rice, veges, steak and dessert. Not a bad deal!

Last up, for desert, I had fruit, the pineapples were delicious!

Benihana always hits a home run with me, and the fact that they used a special spatula just to cook my food, cooked it on a separate side away from everyone else's, and used my soy sauce proves just how accommodating they will be! THUMBS UP!!

For those interested to learn more about Benihana's founder Rocky Aoki, this book is all about him and his journey.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Yokos - Where GF Accomodating is an Understatement

Yoko's Japanese Restaurant on Miami Beach is a quaint locals joint, that gets BIG points in my book for its customer service. Although I'm not a sushi lover, I've heard Yoko's sushi is fresh and delicious. I'm in it for the cooked food. What I LOVE Yoko's for, is they are SO accommodating, and let me bring my San-J gluten free soy sauce to use in cooking my meal. They also assured me that my meal was cooked separately so no contamination should take place. Yoko's has buckwheat noodles with chicken for $13, which they used my GF soy sauce to cook! See the full menu here.

Oliver's Restaurant on Miami Beach needs to take a clue from Yoko's amazing service. Oliver's, instead, is the complete opposite -- in an empty restaurant they will make NO accommodations, period -- and that's straight from the owner - see my post here.

I was really pleased with my noodles, it was a delicious meal, and 100% GF!
BIG THUMBS UP FOR YOKO'S - You're accommodations are greatly appreciated!!

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Want a Delicious Skirt Steak on South Beach??

There's nothing like a great skirt steak. I'm in heaven thinking about it. Baires Grill, a fabulous Argentinian Steak joint, on Lincoln Road (right next to the Lincoln Road movie theatre) puts it all together, oh so nicely.

As you can see, I couldn't wait - after seeing this fabulous piece of meat, I showered chimichurri sauce all over it and went to town. I sprung for the 14 oz ($26) over the 10 oz ($21) (for a $5 difference, how could I go wrong?!). The plate was empty by the time I was done -- and the beauty of it all -- it's 100% GF!!

I discussed my gluten issue with our server, she promised to keep my meat away from the grill that is used for breaded meat, and the rice is jasmine rice, safe as well.

Baires also has an exciting birthday offer, bring 6 of your closest friends and share a bottle of champagne and dessert on Baires! A nice incentive for birthday celebrations!

A HUGE THUMBS UP for Baires, I will be returning!

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Friday, December 17, 2010

THRIVE - It's New & 100% Raw, Vegan & GF!

t.h.r.i.v.e. owner is GF herself, and wholeheartedly believes in a healthy cuisine, in her case, filled with raw ingredients.
The location has its pluses and minuses - It is a hidden gem - located behind the Garden on 12th and Alton Road. Unfortunately, you cannot see it from the street, but, once you do find it, its such a beautiful location. You walk through the garden, and there it is, on the side. There is seating inside and outside, look how adorable it is! We sat outside to take in the garden views.
The menu is on a white board, changing daily, dependent upon which ingredients are freshest.
Of course, it was a tough decision on my first visit, but I had to start with dessert!
I had the Chocolate Fudge Pie first! After I had already sunk my teeth into the pie, I was informed the base of the pie is AVOCADOS!! Crazy, I thought, but, it worked. I have never had a vegan meal before, and was pleasantly surprised. The Pie was delicious, rich, tasty, chocolaty - little would I have ever though avocados made a star appearance. Would you guess by looking at it??
Next, I couldn't make a decision between the Fettuccine and Bolognese pastas - so the owner made a HUGE exception for me, because of my increased indecisiveness and gave me a half portion of each. The entrees come with a fresh spinach salad.

Now, I couldn't get the image of actual pasta out of my head... but... this pasta had no real pasta! The fettucine was made from squash! The bolognese from zucchine! Each had nuts in the mix, you can see the cashews in the fettucine and the bolognese had walnuts.
I must say, I had to cook up a big fat steak later that night. Vegan all the way has never been and will never be my thing - but, it is wonderful to know I have a GF option so close to me!
THUMBS UP for THRIVE - wishing you much success!

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Naked... Pizza! GF!

Naked Pizza! Such a sexy name for a Pizza place! Their website boasts an all natural dough with no preservatives and chemicals. They also have a GF Rice Flour crust, hence why I had the pleasure to try the nakedness. The GF pizza only comes in Medium, my hope is that they purchase the GF crust elsewhere and have strict policies so their pizza isn't cross contaminated with the non-GF crusts -- so I've sent corporate an email asking, and will update once I hear a response. I was not sick after I tried Naked's pizza... but, I'm still looking forward to Naked Pizza's response.

Here's a list of Naked Pizza locations -- as you can see, there are many more to come.

As for the pizza itself, well, the rice flour crust is a thin crust, and the sauce and cheese is quite good. It looks just like the real thing, and really does taste like the real thing as well!

I must compare to Pizza Fusion -- whose Pizza I am quite obsessed with - as you can see from my previous post. Pizza Fusion almost feels like its gourmet pizza - a perfect 10 to me, a special treat, while Naked Pizza is good, but isn't quite a 10 to me. I prefer the square crust and sauce and cheese at Pizza Fusion -- but... Naked Pizza is closer and cheaper~($9.99)!!

I am thrilled to have a GF pizza option so close to home! Big Thumbs Up for Naked Pizza - I look forward to the response from management re: cross contamination so I can continue my cravings for Naked Pizza!

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Argentinian Steakhouse - Reasonably Priced for Steak on Miami Beach!

I was craving a steak around 10 pm on a weeknight. I then found out Outback steak house had closed its doors on South Beach, a sad realization. Thankfully, I came across La Parrilla Liberty, an Argentinian Steakhouse on 6th and Washington Ave.

I started with a white wine sangria, was decent. I love fruit marinated in sangria for a long time, you could tell this was fruit just put in at the last minute, nonetheless, for a quick sangria, it was fine.

They have a full selection of meats off the grill, I chose the 14 oz skirt steak, I was hungry!

The steak was perfectly cooked, the chimichurri sauce that came with it was great as well. For $19 for a large skirt steak with a side, this was not a bad deal.
Check out the menu items. Unfortunately, the french fries are fried with items that contain gluten, but, the white rice and mashed potatoes are gluten free friendly.
All in all a great meal, at a late hour.
THUMBS UP to La Parrilla Liberty!

Parrilla Liberty on Urbanspoon

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Books and Books - French Fries Here I Come! WOOHOO!!!


And... I LOVE the Cafe at Books and Books for frying them separately!!!! I'm so emphatic about it, because virtually NO other restaurant does. I go on with cravings for fries, and its rare when a restaurant doesn't put its - breaded this or breaded that - in the same fryer as my delicious fries. Books and Books Cafe is fabulous as they offer LOTS of yummy sides (see the menu of sides I took a shot of below) -- ALL (but the couscous) ARE GF!!! WOOOHOOOO!!!

(If it looks like fries are missing & ketchup's been messed with...
your right... it has... sue me for being hungry!)

I've recently tried the Yucca Fries below, DELISH as well. Very soft and tasty, not the crunchy fried outer layer I'm used to, but soo good nonetheless... Yes, you caught me, it originally comes with 6 pieces... I couldn't help myself...

Next course was my salad... Tried to take a decent pic of the menu so you can see the Goat Cheese salad (the menu hyperlinked is to the Coral Gables location, slow to load, but, similar if not the same as the Lincoln Road location).

YUM -- the goat cheese salad includes pears, walnuts, carrots, topped with chevre served on mixed field greens with guava-citrus dressing! How pretty is this?!

So many options for Celiacs at Books and Books (& servers are educated about allergies)! I love all the sides, the fried boniato plain and simply rocks as well. I think I'm going to have to go back and just have 1 of every side. I love everything fried, the more fattening the better - bring it on! SO nice to have a place I can say I'd like an order of french fries, yucca fries and fried boniato and I don't have to worry about getting sick!


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