Instead of Meatless Monday, I’ve declared that it should be Gluten-Free Monday because, well, there isn’t a day of the week that starts with a “G” and I like meat!
And since I've made this declaration, I'm going to try and start posting something related to the topic of "gluten-free" every Monday from now on. We’ll see how it goes…
I’ve been eating completely gluten-free for almost 3 months now. I have had a couple of slip ups here and there but overall I’ve done pretty well and am feeling SO much better! It’sbecoming easier and easier to stay on track. I really thought it would be tough to eat gluten-free, especially when going out, but I have been pleasantly surprised at how gluten-free friendly a lot of the restaurants in Wilmington are.
Hands-down the BEST gluten-free pizza I’ve had yet. Their GF crust is so flavorful and crispy! Most of the the GF pizza crusts I’ve had so far are kind of bland and don’t get a good crunch to it. My favorite pizza that I’ve tried there is the Bianco (white) pizza. My mouth is just watering as I think about it!
I love that Osteria Cicchetti has gluten-free pasta and they will make any of their pasta dishes using the GF noodles if you ask. Most of the time, GF pasta has a slightly different texture and taste than regular, but there’s doesn’t at all. My sister even tried it and couldn’t tell the difference! My favorite dish is the Rigate Melanzane. Eggplant, mozzarella, and fontina— need I say more?!
Chick-fil-a is pretty much the only fast-food restaurant that I’ve found to be gluten-free friendly. Several months ago, they added a new item to their menu: Grilled Chicken Nuggets. At most fast-food restaurants, I pretty much have to stick with salads as everything has a bun or is breaded. But thanks to Chick-fil-a, I now have an on-the-go option! (P.S. the 8 count nuggets with a medium fruit cup is only 190 calories— though let’s be real, I get the waffle fries a lot.)
Rx is by far my favorite restaurant in Wilmington bar none, though it is pricey so it’s not a regular stop. However, it’s going to be my go-to place for birthdays, anniversaries, etc. because of how GF friendly it is. The waitstaff is very knowledgeable about the menu and what items are gluten-free. They also will let the chefs know so they can prepare it in separate dishes and change their gloves. We went to Rx for our anniversary, and everything we had was excellent! I honestly could not tell you the last time I had such amazing food! And now I’m trying to think of something we need to celebrate so we can go back…
I’ve always loved McAlister’s, but their lack of GF options is really starting to aggravate me. So if someone suggests there to eat, I often will ask if we can go to Jason’s instead. They have a whole Gluten-Sensitive menu! I definitely miss sandwiches a lot, and here I can get my fix!
Speaking of sandwiches, I really love egg salad sandwiches, and Which Wich has one of the best in town. However, they don’t have a GF bread option (at least, not yet), BUT you can get any of their sandwiches as a “Bowlwich” (essentially as a salad) or as a “Lettucewich” (which is wrapped in lettuce but you can pick it up like a sandwich). I prefer the latter option and frankly, I don’t miss the bread at all.
I hope this list helps you if you are trying to follow a gluten-free diet! What are some of your favorite GF friendly restaurants? I am always looking for more options!
Important Note: I do not have celiac’s disease, so I do not have to worry as much about gluten contamination in my foods. I eat foods without gluten in them, but I don’t have to worry about whether the food has been made on a separate surface from gluten-containing ingredients. I am not medically qualified and information on this blog should not be treated as medical advice. Restaurants open and close, ownership and menus change. Please double check before visiting any of the restaurants mentioned in this post that it meets your requirements.