With Halloween quickly approaching, I wanted to feature a restaurant that does a lot for the food allergy community, both within its walls and outside in the community. Miss Shirley’s a hot local spot that not only participates in the Teal Pumpkin Project, but provides delicious and safe food on a regular basis to many patrons with food allergies.
I must admit, I initially assumed that I would never be able to eat at Miss Shirley’s. My sister had been there many times before we even noticed the positive reviews on Find Me Gluten Free. (Please note that while Miss Shirley’s does not have a dedicated gluten free kitchen, something I often look for when I travel, they have a great understanding of cross-contact and some tasty food!)
As we sat down, we were immediately asked if there were any food allergies in the party. As I disclosed my celiac and food allergies, we were brought over a manager to help me with my order. I happen to have a lot of food allergies, so it’s difficult to make any breakfast treat. We discussed cross-contact in the kitchen, and how my food would be prepared. And, when it was time for my meal to be brought out, it was brought out separate from the rest of the party.
Fortunately, I didn’t get sick, but I would go through the long list of questioning if I ate here again. My meal was tasty, and it was great to try out such a classic restaurant.
Now, as I mentioned above, Miss Shirley’s played a big role in the Teal Pumpkin Project last year. They handed out non-food treats for two-days, and their news clip on the project helped spread awareness about food allergies. I highly recommend checking it out! And, this year, Miss Shirley’s sponsored and participated in the the Baltimore FARE Walk for the 4th consecutive year! You can still see (and donate to) their fundraising page!
Finally, for your gluten-eating (non food allergy) friends, there are a ton of delicious options on the menu. So many in fact that you’ll have to come back more than once!
Now, I’ve never had the chance to try the gluten free pancakes or sandwich bread at Miss Shirley’s due to my other food allergies. So, y’all will have to let me know how they are if you get a chance to visit!
And, don’t forget to consider participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project this Halloween! All you have to do is put up a sign and hand out some non-food treats (in addition to candy if you want). All the information you need to support this cause is included in my last Halloween blog post.
Happy Travels, and I hope you have a wonderful week.
* Current as of November 2014. This post only discusses my experiences at the Roland Park location.