Celiac and Food Allergy Dining at Mesa Grill

Celiac Dining at Mesa Grill (Bobby Flay’s Restaurant in Atlantis)

Celiac and Food Allergy Dining at Mesa GrillAs y’all spent the last week gearing up for the return to school and work, I went on a vacation. Working in the hospitality industry, we go from some our busiest weeks (through January 3rd) to some of our quietest. Since I missed seeing my dad for Christmas, we headed off to Atlantis in the Bahamas for a belated celebration.

Unlike Disney World where I feel comfortable eating with celiac disease and food allergies, Atlantis is a whole new ballgame for me. I filled out a food allergy form in advance, but was still intent on bringing my own breakfast and lunch. So far, it has worked out well.

Celiac and Food Allergy Dining at Mesa Grill
I ordered a bowl of whole fruit by the side of the beach on my first day! Yum!

Celiac and Food Allergy Dining at Mesa GrillMy first dining experience in Atlantis was at Mesa Grill, one of Bobby Flay’s restaurants. My dad and sister who have been to Atlantis before were certain this was one of the restaurants where I would feel the most comfortable eating. And, boy, did they turn out to be right!

As we sat down, I immediately noticed that the menu labelled quite a few of the top allergens and was particularly impressed that the phrase “celiac” appeared on a menu.

Celiac and Food Allergy Dining at Mesa Grill
Mesa’s Menu!
Celiac and Food Allergy Dining at Mesa Grill
Just love the open nature of this kitchen!

When I told my waiter about my allergies, he immediately called the chef and they brought over the food allergy form that I had filled out in advance. While they are willing to make substitutions, it was clear from the that there was one appetizer, entrée, and side dish that was already gluten, dairy, and egg free. I spoke to the chef about preparation and was excited that these dishes did not contain any of my other allergens.

My meal began with the Shrimp & Grouper Ceviche, which features Serrano chiles, tomatoes, mango, and plantain crisps.

Celiac and Food Allergy Dining at Mesa Grill
Shrimp & Grouper Ceviche

The presentation was beautiful, and the appetizer had quite a kick. I found the dish to be filling too. While I was given a spoon, I was quite excited that I could eat the entire dish with the plantain crisps instead. Celiac and Food Allergy Dining at Mesa Grill

For my entrée I had the Chipotle Glazed Rib Eye, which comes with a red and green chili sauce. The sauce was a little bit too spicy for my liking, but for those of you who like spice it would be right up your alley. I was lucky that the chef predicted this and served it on the side! Plus, my rib eye was cooked exactly to order. 🙂

Celiac and Food Allergy Dining at Mesa Grill
Chipotle Glazed Rib Eye at Mesa Grill

Now, I was the most excited for my side dish: Southwestern Fries. These are “celiac-friendly,” and therefore, do not go in a fryer with gluten. The seasoning is fairly mild compared to the spice I saw in my dish throughout the rest of the night.

Celiac and Food Allergy Dining at Mesa Grill
Southwestern Fries at Mesa Grill

Lastly, but certainly not least, came dessert. They have a mango and berry sorbet. However, being quite full, I passed on them for the night. I would like to give a quick shout out to the churros that my dad and sister enjoyed. These are not gluten free, but they are tasty if you dine here with someone who does not have celiac disease and/or my food allergies. 🙂

Celiac and Food Allergy Dining at Mesa Grill

I’m bringing this dining experience and Bahamian vacation to Fiesta Friday this week! We’ll be finishing up our vacation this weekend, and I’m looking forward to enjoying a final meal at Mesa Grill tonight. I’m even going to try the sorbets this time (and maybe get two orders of fries!).

Happy cooking, and have a wonderful weekend!

P.S: For more of my dining reviews, please check out my Travel Reviews Map. Simply click on a pin to learn more!

17 thoughts on “Celiac Dining at Mesa Grill (Bobby Flay’s Restaurant in Atlantis)

  1. Kaila, sounds like a delicious meal!
    Glad you are getting to be away and celebrating in the sunshine and warmth with your Dad and Brianna! And trying out new restaurants!

    1. Thanks, Aunt Peg! We’re having so much fun. Yesterday, we were a little chilly here and then we realized it was at least 80 degrees warmer here than at home. Hope your 2015 is off to a magnificent start. 🙂

    1. Mary Kate, I love french fries! It’s definitely one of my favorite parts of eating out when they’re available. I may just get a second order of fries in preparation for the “fries-drought” that I’m about to go through. 🙂 Happy 2015!

    1. Yes, it was very tasty! Lots of restaurants have been jumping on a gluten free bandwagon without taking the proper precautions into place; however, many restaurants have also been doing it safely for those with celiac disease. The second are the restaurants I like to talk about! 🙂

  2. Such a great treat for you I’m sure. Your vacation sounds perfect! It’s nice to know that there are some GF substitutes out there that you can indulge in. 🙂

  3. HI Kaila – how wonderful that Atlantis takes allergen free cooking in it’s stride and also produces such delicious sounding food too. What a great find. I must say though that I absolutely love the first photos of sand, sea and sky – gorgeous! And a well deserved break by the sounds of it! Happy Fiesta Friday!

    1. Thanks, Selma! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the sunshine and beaches! Those are some of my favorite pictures. The food has been tasty too. I only ate out at night, but I enjoyed all of them and a chef came out to talk to me at each of them. Have a wonderful weekend! 😀

  4. you literally ALWAYS find the best places to eat at, and I am extremely jealous. I will often find GF menus, but the kitchens/cross contamination issue is huge for me with these places, that don’t seem well educated…some menus around here will even say things such as:
    “inspect your food for gluten” UHM YOU CAN’T ALWAYS SEE IT
    “this menu is for those avoiding gluten for nutritional reaons”
    SIGH glad you’re having fun in the sun!

    1. Thanks, Amber! It helps that I travel a lot because most cities only have a couple of places I want to try based on my research. I’ve never had anyone tell me to “inspect [my] food for gluten,” how are you supposed to do that?!

      Atlantis was so much fun! It helped that my sister and dad had been there before, so even while all of Atlantis has an allergy policy, they generally knew what restaurants would probably have more knowledgable chefs. We tried three restaurants, so I’ll be sure to blog about the other two soon. One difficult part was that I didn’t have a way to get breakfast or lunch besides fruit. I packed my own food for those meals, but it would be hard for a longer trip.

      I had so much fun! I hope your 2015 is off to an awesome start!! 😀

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