LG Taps – A Neighborhood Bar & Grill

 

What we first noticed was this sign, it’s at the entrance to the large patio area.

The “girls” were jetting off to Denver the next day so we decided to have dinner the night before. {Check back for Kari’s Gluten free Denver travel guide}

I had read that LG Taps, is Gluten free friendly and that we could actually get a burger with a bun and GF fries from a dedicated fryer.

Ask for Gluten free alternatives

My daughters & I got there around 7:30 and we’re the only ones inside. Turns out this place gets started after dark when the neighbors wander in. Which was evident when we left cause the backyard patio was slammed.

We placed our drink order and I ask the waiter if they do indeed have Gluten free buns. I’ve heard the “we’ve just run out” many a time so I always ask. Well he says “yes” and then  gets a little excited and starts telling us how Chef Chad can make most anything Gluten free. “Do you like fried pickles” he says.  Kari’s eyes widen “yes please”.

Burger w/Gluten free bun & fries

He {wish I got his name} comes back and says “just to let you know if you get fries or anything else that goes in the fryer it’s kept separate and that the Chef keeps everything separate in the kitchen”. Turns out Chef Chads girlfriend has Celiacs and he’s well aware of cross-contamination. See menu here.

We order a Classic burger, a build your own burger {both w/fries} and hummas and a salad. All are excellent. The burgers are juicy and the veggies are all fresh. Spot on Chef Chad. Slam dunk for the Gluten Free Dallas gals…we will be back. And we will order ONIION RINGS!!!

Fried Pickle

The bar has a bit of Greenville Ave history, it was once a residential home in the 1950s. In the ’80s the house was converted to a bar and named “Greenville Avenue Country Club.” complete with a swimming pool which is now filled in. In 1987 it became J. Pepe’s.

The only problem here seems to be parking. I got one of the five spots next to the building, so be prepared to walk a bit or Uber if you live close. FYI – It will be worth the walk…..

NEW HOURS

Monday – Thursday 4pm – 12am

Friday & Saturday 11am -2am

Sunday 11am – 12am

BRUNCH 11-2 Saturday & Sunday

Bread in a cup – English Muffin

 

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Instructions

  1. Make with Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix or Pamela's Bread Mix.

    Recipe using Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix:

    1 large egg

    1 tsp water

    3 TBSP buttermilk, or 3 TBSP milk plus ¾ tsp vinegar, or 2 TBSP plain yogurt

    ⅓ cup Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix

    Optional: 1 tsp sugar


  2. OR

    Recipe using Pamela's Bread Mix:

    1 large egg

    1 tsp water

    3 TBSP buttermilk, or 3 TBSP milk plus ¾ tsp vinegar, or 2 TBSP plain yogurt

    ⅓ cup Pamela's Bread Mix

    1 tsp baking powder

This recipe comes from Pamela’s Products. It’s so simple. I use the Baking mix version as this is a staple in my kitchen.

Make bread in a cup, let it cool and slice like an English Muffin – lightly toast. Below is how mine turned out.

Grease the inside of a large latte cup, a small glass or porcelain bowl, or a one cup glass measuring cup with oil or butter or non-stick spray. Mix egg, water and buttermilk well in the cup or bowl. Combine Baking & Pancake Mix and sugar, or Bread Mix and baking powder, and add to wet ingredients and mix well.

Using a rubber spatula or your finger, wipe the extra batter from the cup or bowl sides. Bake in a microwave oven on high for 85 seconds. The time needed to bake the bread will vary depending on if bowl is ceramic or glass, and on the wattage of the microwave. Once baked, turn out on rack to cool before slicing. If bottom of bread is not fully cooked, put back in the cup and microwave for an additional 5 to 10 seconds until the bread is done.

Here’s Pamela’s video

Photo courtesy of Pamela’s Products

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Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar & Gluten Free Bar Food !!

OZONA BAR & GRILL

Named after the unincorporated small West Texas town, Ozona Grill & Bar has an award-winning patio that has become a home away from home in Dallas. Saturday and Sunday, enjoy brunch and the Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary {available Saturday & Sunday 8AM-4PM}. Year after year Ozona continues to offer a comfortable atmosphere along with a diverse menu of homemade food, and a large selection of drinks; Ozona fulfills everyone’s burning desire for a good ol’ time.

The two page Gluten free menu include: Cheeses fries, Potato wheels {wheels of potatoes covered with cheddar cheese, bacon, chives, pico, sour cream & jalapeños}. Chili pie, soups, salads, ribs, shrimp, Mexican food. Then add to that Brunch – build your own Omelets & Tacos, Migas and more.

And no, this is not gourmet fare – it’s bar food…but it’s damn good bar food.

Gluten free menu here

Then there’s the patio — which seems to go on and on with tables hidden away in tree-lined nooks and crannies of varying size, multi – level fence so you forget you’re sitting on busy Greenville Ave.

No reservations but they do, accept call ahead seating for large parties. Call about an hour before.

Courtesy of Ozona FB

Ozona is located at

4615 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206. 214-265-9105

Review – Mudhen Meat and Greens

 

I’ve been wanting to try Mudhen – located at the newly revamped Dallas Farmers Market. The problem, I can never get a table …they are always packed when I go! So, this time I invited a few friends and made reservations. OK – I’m in.

All the freshness on the board.

They have a huge selection of healthy food. You don’t even have to think about it, it’s all done for you. All of the food looks so appetizing and is so temptingly {is that a word?} described on the menu. My friends didn’t even know that they were eating healthy and I didn’t tell them til after we ate that it was ALL Gluten free.

Blood Orange Mimosa..delish – get the pitcher and share.

Mudhen even has a “house” nutritionist. They buy local, whenever they can. They are not a Gluten free restaurant but most of the items are naturally Gluten free. They offer a Build-the bowl, where you can mix and match ingredients to make over 40,000 combo’s.  And they have a policy of “just ask” – have a question about an ingredient, “just ask”, want a recipe, “just ask”.

So open, so friendly.

Seating & service:

We arrived on time and were asked to wait a few minutes. I don’t know how many times the hostess apologized for keeping us waiting, she was so sweet. We waited probably 5-7 min. I was fine with that. Remember, I have gone there before and couldn’t get a table. A couple of my friends got anxious, so I went to the hostess and ask “if we didn’t have a reservation, how long is the wait”? Answer, one to one and a half hours. My friends decided our little wait was nothing.

Our waitress couldn’t have been any friendlier and more pleasant. When I asked about a Gluten free bun, she said “we got Gluten free everything” with a little giggle. Where am I – no rolled eyes?

Grass fed burger on GF bun. Sweet potato chips AWESOME!!

Food came out in what seemed like no time. So – hat’s off to the kitchen manager, you’ve got it down.

Stuffed avocado.

Another hit….

Mudhen Migas.

Inside tip – I overheard someone saying that they drove around for 20 min. looking for a parking space.  The new Harvest Lofts are open and the parking garage is free to those visiting the Market. Oh- and go down looking for an empty space, up is for tenants and it’s hard to turn around.

Kimm’s Scrabble.

 

Mudhen Meat and Greens
900 S. Harwood St.
Dallas, TX 75201Phone: 214-698-7000

Smoky Rose – A visit

Located in East Dallas across from the Arboretum you will find Smoky Rose.

The first thing that you will notice is the extensive patio area. It’s HUGE!! And very inviting.

I contacted Smoky Rose via their FB page and told them that I was going to be having dinner with friends and that I would be doing a review for this blog. I was told to let them know when I arrived.

The GM and the Executive Chef David “Spoon” Gauthier came out to great me. “Spoon”, among other gigs , did a stint in Sewanee At The University of the South. As sous chef there he had been trained in food allergy preparation as many of the students have various food allergies. They went over the menu with me and lead me to some choices for dinner.

Pickled Beet & Goat cheese salad

The house made BBQ sauce is made with a Worcsestershire sauce  that has Gluten in it so that’s out. However the white BBQ sauce is Gluten free. Ask for that.

This is a Chef-driven kitchen so they know what goes into their food. Ask, if your server doesn’t know, have him/her ask the Chef he seems to be very willing to help.

The Chicken Dish

Most of the dishes came with a side of roasted Brussel Sprouts.

All and all the quality of the food was excellent. The brisket was very lean, a must for me. This is not your typical BBQ joint, it has the feel of an upscale restaurant without being snooty.  The rustic farmhouse setting is the perfect place to unwind.

I did suggest that they offer a Gluten free bun for sandwiches. It’s so hard to get a good Gluten free BBQ sandwich. I know it would be a hit.

I will be visiting again and doing a full review. I was with a large group of friends and it was a little hard to concentrate on reviewing. That being said…it’s worth a return.

Smoky Rose is located at;

8602 Garland Rd., Dallas, TX 75218

469.776.5655

 

Review – Ice Cream Sandwich at Joy Macaroon

My friend and I were walking on Greenville Ave. in Dallas and I slyly directed her to Joy Macaroons.  I’ve secretly wanted to try the ice cream sandwiches for a while. I hate to use the term OMG…but OMG!!.

Go get you some….several varieties available. We split one – it was Mint chocolate.

This lovely can be found at:

Oak Cliff
839 W. Davis Street
Dallas, TX 75208….AND

Lower Greenville
1927 Greenville
Dallas, TX 75206

{check website for hours, they vary by location}

Bite Size Roast Potatoes

My new favorite potatoes to roast are these baby “Honey Gold” potatoes. They are one bite size {about the size of a nickel}, pre-washed and so buttery and sweet.

I boil them for 10 min., drain them and toss with olive oil, salt & pepper and what ever herb I have on hand. Then roast them at 425′ for 20 min. tossing half way through. Adding minced garlic the last 5 min. is also a great additive.

Mezze Tapas – Review

I’ve been reading about the opening of Mezze, a new Mediterranean restaurant in Dallas located in Mockingbird Station and have anticipated it’s opening. Well last week the Vegetarian daughter and the Gluten free daughter and I ventured there.

What is Mezze? It’s sharable nibbles – think Spanish Tapas, Italian Antipasto and now – Middle Eastern Mezze. At the heart of these ethnically inspired dishes are the shared ingredients that exist throughout the Mediterranean.

We have a habit of ordering several dishes and sharing. This was a great opportunity for that as sharing is what Mezze is about.

Mezze’s Hummas

As a gluten free diner, I always look at the menu before going to a new restaurant and I had several items I wanted to try.

Baked Goat cheese

The first off was Baked Goat Cheese {it’s served with flatbread ask for Malanga Root Chips on the side in its place}. Next came out the Qunioa Falafels – these by far were the best Falafel I have ever had.

Qunioa Falafels w/ grilled lettuce & feta foam

Kimberly – the Veg. daughter ordered Hummas and Tabouli. Yes, you can have Tabouli here because is made from Qunioa  with cucumber, tomato, mint and a hint of citrus and it’s wonderful. *Again order Malanga Root Chips with the Hummas. **Note- they are addictive!

Qunioa Tabuoli
Malanga Root Chips

Kari ordered the Grilled Napa Wedge with Salmon. Again, spot on. Napa just lightly charred, Salmon done just right.

I ordered the Spanish Caesar with Shrimp and must say it was most likely the best Caesar Salad I have ever had. Done just a little differently – whole Romaine hearts, Manchego cheese and white anchovies.  

The GM/Chef Omar, came out and spoke to us. He explained that because they only use fresh ingredients they are able to make or modify most dishes to be Gluten free. And as there is not a dedicated menu yet, he is working on it. He explained that the staff is knowledgeable but when it doubt have the server ask the kitchen, as they are trained in Gluten free cooking and cross contamination. His goal is to be a certified Gluten free restaurant and explained the process to us. And how hard it is to get the certification. However, he has done it before,knows the process and is willing to attempt it.

Overall, this may be my new favorite restaurant in Dallas. The food is bursting with flavors. Flavors that feature fresh locally sourced food at its best. Think pears, feta, almonds, roasted lamb, mint…… Give Mezze a try, you will be glad you did.

Mezze is located at 5321 E, Mockingbird Suite #110, Dallas, Tx (Mockingbird Station)

Lunch Break Review – Blake’s Shepherd’s Pie

Picked this baby up on a Kroger run. Needed a lunch idea today so I decided to ty it. Can be Microwaved or heated in a conventional oven. I cheated. I zapped it in the microwave for 3 min. and then put it in the oven for 20 min. {I get impatient} .

I like the concept of this family run company. In 1970, they started selling turkey pot pies out of the back of a van. All these years later, Blake’s is still using the best natural and organic ingredients. They’re still making all of the meals by hand and making their own gravy from scratch.

FROM BLAKES: “Great Grandma Clara Blake’s heirloom family recipes have been handed down for four generations. Just like Clara’s original recipe, our Shepherd’s Pie features lots of moist all natural ground beef and organic corn, then topped with freshly made organic mashed potatoes. For years we’ve been making our Shepherd’s Pie for our own family; now it only seems natural for us to be making them for yours.”

Results; It’s VERY good! Very fresh, tasty, well seasoned. You can tell it’s real potatoes. This is definitely worth keeping in the freezer for a back up meal.

I don’t think I can give any frozen meal 5*’s but I’ve give this 4 1/2 *’s.

Travel – On The Go Food

One of the toughest part of GF travel is food. Car trips are easier then travel by air or boat when you’re trapped in a closed space. So one of my go to’s is GoPicinic ready to eat meals and snacks.

Four varieties are Gluten free. They are inexpensive and contain a nice assortment of food. Each food item in the box is individually packaged.  I feel that the boxes take up too much room for packing in a suitcase, so I take the packages out of the box.

These aren’t just for travel, they are great to keep at your desk so you don’t go hungry and when you’re running errands and need a snack. New smaller snack packs are also available.

Beef pepperoni slices, creamy Asiago gourmet cheese spread, crunchy multi-grain crackers, sweet + spicy fruit & nut mix, and a long-lasting fleur de sel caramel lollipop for dessert!

Edamame kale dip, crispy roasted plantain chips, ginger zip fruit & nut mix, a sweet & tangy tropical fruit peel-a-part, and two chocolate chip cookies for dessert!

Sunbutter, crunchy multi-grain crackers, unsweetened applesauce, a sweet & tangy tropical 100% fruit bar, and two chocolate chip cookies for dessert!

Black bean dip, crispy roasted plantain chips, Ginger Zip fruit & nut mix, energy-packed edamame seed blend, and a deliciously guilt-free apricot fruit strip for dessert!

GoPicnic meals are all 100% shelf stable, nutritionally balanced, under 500 calories, with no preparation needed. Their products also contain no artificial colors, flavors, trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup, or added MSG.

Looking to find GoPicnic in a store near you? Good news! GoPicnic is now available in Target stores nationwide, most airports, many Regal Cinema theaters, sporting stadiums, and theme parks (Disney), as well as online through Amazon!

Like them on FB as they very often post links for discounts.

And right now –  a better deal. I found this Groupon offer….. GROUPON. $19 for $40 worth of GoPicnic food. And you order directly from GoPicinic.