Gluten-Free in Charm City
Gluten-free eating is gaining in popularity, both here in Baltimore and all over the country. More and more people are being diagnosed with an allergy to gluten, the wheat protein found in most products made with traditional flour. Still others are realizing that their bodies just feel better when they avoid wheat. Luckily, Baltimore restaurants are making efforts to accommodate this new way of eating. Several Charm City restaurants are completely gluten-free, like new Hampden spot Meet 27 and Remington gluten-free bakery Sweet Sin, but we've noticed a few restaurants offering an additional gluten-free menu as well. If you or someone you know suffers from a gluten allergy or intolerance, we highly suggest taking your empty belly to one of these great eateries.
The Crackpot, the traditional seafood restaurant out in Loch Raven, has recently completed the NFCA's Great Gluten-Free Kitchen training program, which provides restaurants with the knowledge they need to prepare and serve safe gluten-free food. Almost anything on the menu at the Crackpot can be made gluten-free, and will be served on separate dishware in order to prevent cross-contamination. If you're looking for traditional Maryland crab cakes, you're in luck; the Crackpot can make all of their nine different crab cake varieties gluten-free, for a $0.50 surcharge. We've had the both the GF old-fashioned crab cake and the blackened variety, and they're equally as terrific. You'd never notice that these crab cakes weren't made with gluten, we promise. Thankfully, our classic Maryland spice, Old Bay, is naturally gluten-free!
Another option is high-end steakhouse the Capital Grille. This Pratt Street eatery is celiac-friendly, offering an optional GF menu with seafood options like swordfish and decadent desserts like flourless chocolate cake. Fleming's is another local steakhouse that provides a GF menu for its patrons. You'll be happy to know you can still enjoy Fleming's ahi tuna skewers and juicy prime rib dinner (sans horseradish sauce, of course). Roy's, a Hawaiian fusion restaurant helmed by chef Patrick Crooks, also serves a number of tasty GF options. We love the cherry-stuffed pork tenderloin and the crab-stuffed shrimp.
The menu at popular Woodberry Kitchen changes seasonally, but they always offer a gluten-free menu for celiac sufferers. Right now there are several delicious-looking choices. I want to try the roasted beet salad and the pork chop with black-eyed peas and kale.
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