After three nor’easters recently swept through Boston, it was a nice break to escape to Florida for the weekend where it was 70 degrees!
I did some research, and had the opportunity to enjoy two dining experiences during my time in Tampa- Fresh Kitchen (which is 100% gluten free) and Bartaco (where the vast majority of the menu is gluten free). So without further ado, let’s dive into the reviews!
Fresh Kitchen is a 100% gluten free chain restaurant. They have five locations. I went to the one in Tampa, but you can also find them at St. Pete, Sarasota, Boca, and Orlando.
They craft up various bowls of fresh food. A six bowl includes 2 bases, 2 veggies, 2 proteins and 1 sauce. A four bowl includes 2 bases, 1 veggie, 1 protein and 1 sauce. And a kids bowl contains 1 base, 1 veggie, 1 protein and 1 sauce. I highly recommend the coconut ginger rice as one of your bases!
My meal was absolutely delicious. Not only did I have no worries about cross-contact with gluten, but the food was all fresh and delicious. I also appreciated that it was fairly price (<$10)!
I brought one of my friends (who does not have celiac disease), and he enjoyed it so much that he’ll be going back with his girlfriend. So definitely a spot to check out whether you have celiac disease or not!
While Bartaco is a sit down restaurant, all food was served family style. Now, this spot is not 100% gluten free, but as you can see from the menu, only the desserts contain gluten, so it’s a pretty easy spot to find something to eat!
I have a couple of dietary requirements beyond being gluten free. When I told my waitress, she immediately went and got a manager who brought out an iPad containing every ingredient of each item on the menu. They have one screen with common allergens, which is quite easy to use. However, if you have a less common dietary requirement, you can click on each recipe that you’d like to try. They’ll gladly bring your food out separately. However, my whole party ordered food that met my allergy needs, so we were served family-style.
We began with chips and salsa. The chips are corn, and come out warm and crunchy. We picked the milder salsa. My friends who had been there before said that the spicy one was quite spicy, perfect for those of you who like a bit of heat!
Then we preceded to the tacos- I tried two different types the crispy rock shrimp and the sesame ribeye. I enjoyed both of them as they had a good amount of flavor, perfect balance of textures as well. And, the crispy rock shrimp had a nice little crunch to it.
My friends that live in Tampa eat here all the time and didn’t even know it was celiac friendly, so definitely a spot to check out!
Have you been to any celiac friendly restaurants in Tampa?
Happy Wanderlust Wednesday!