Outback Gluten Free Steak

Of all places to go for a meal you would think it would be safe for a celiac or someone eating gluten-free to go to a steakhouse. But surprisingly enough depending on the seasonings and the side dishes it may be more of a challenge than you’d think. And let’s not even talk about the price.

One of my favorite steakhouses has been the Outback Steakhouse, known of course for their steak but also chicken, ribs, salads, and freshnot canned vegetables, along with a gluten free desert called Thunder Down Under.  And yes, their seasonings are gluten free. Their wait staff has been trained to provide gluten free options.

There is an entre for most appetites. One of my favorites is the wedge salad for starters, the Outback Center-Cut Sirloin, cooked medium with light seasoning. Pair it with their homestyle mashed or baked potato and double steamed broccoli. Good flavors! Perhaps you would rather have a porterhouse, fillet mignon, or a New York strip steak. Some in our family would prefer the shrimp, salmon, tilapia, or lobster tails. Whatever your preference Outback’s gluten-free menu is a complete offering not an off-the-cuff thought process. If you’re counting calories, they even give you the calorie count on the menu.

The Outback Steakhouse team has taken time to work with dieticians and has strong ties with the Gluten intolerance Group, a nonprofit that provides information and support for consumers and education and certification for the food service industry. Although the Outback kitchens are not gluten-free there may be some cross contamination which they strive to minimize. They open at 11 AM for Lunch. With a moderately price menu, the ambiance, and lively conversation make the Outback Steakhouse a great option. Join their reward program for additional reasons to return.

If you’re a race fan and not gluten free whenever Ford Fusion #4 driver, Kevin Harvick finishes a race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in the Top Ten, on the following Monday mention Bloomin Monday to your server for a free Bloomin Onion appetizer.

Australian themed Outback Steakhouse serves casual-American food at almost a thousand restaurants in twenty-three countries with headquarters in Tampa Florida. They are a gluten-free favorite.

Gluten Free at TooJay’s

A New York style Kosher deli at almost 30 locations in Florida, TooJay’s has their own bakery and deli too. If you’re a fan of macaroons this could be one of your favorite stops whether you just trying to figure out what is gluten or have confirmed celiac disease. The locations we’ve visited have a dog-friendly patio but only service dogs allowed in the restaurant. You don’t have to worry what foods have gluten. Their knowledgeable wait staff can help you order a gluten free breakfast like omelets or fruit salads. You’ll need to order without bread or croutons to make some items gluten free. My favorite entrée’s are the Liver and Onions and the broiled Cod. They have a delicious Hangover Burger that may not be on the current menu but if you ask for it … they will oblige. The chicken soup is the base for their Matza Ball soup a big favorite for many. WPTV does a nice video with Chef Dennis Snuszka on what is in the Passover Meal at TooJays. Kids eat free with an adult entree during their month of August promotion.

Seasons 52 GF Favorites

One of my all-time favorite restaurants when it comes to gluten free options would have to be Seasons 52 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida located on the inter-coastal waterway with patio or inside dining. If you’re looking for a busy but family atmosphere, a competent and professional wait staff, just the right portion sizes, and taste tested seasonal entree’s that change monthly, this is the place. Reservations recommended for meal times. Ask your hostess for a gluten-free menu. You won’t have a waitress say what is gluten? Their staff and chef’s can exceed your expectations. One of my favorite soups is the Summer Corn Soup with bacon and chives. This is a thick hearty soup that uses the corn starch for thickening and taste is delightful. Pair it with a gluten free flatbread like summer vegetable, all-natural pepperoni, roma tomato or a lobster and mozzarella. Entrees that I’ve found myself going back to again and again would be the Southern-style Shrimp and Grits and the Cedar Planked Salmon. Of course, they’re famous for their shot glass desserts but these are not gluten free. A dessert option is fresh fruit with whipped cream.

Dive In

If you’re close to Jupiter, Florida you’ll want to stop in to the Dive Bar Restaurant one of the local favorites for seafood, sushi, calamari, crab rolls, hamburgers and salads too. Eat on the fan-cooled dog friendly patio or inside the air-cooled restaurant. There is an pleasant view of the Jupiter Yacht Club Marina along the Jupiter Riverwalk. Public dock slips in front of the restaurant.  TripAdvisor lists it as a moderately priced menu. We enjoyed the Sushi Bento Box with a Tuna roll, 5 pieces of sushi and 2 specials. No flour in the sushi rice makes it an especially nice gluten-free option for those dealing with celiac symptoms and gluten free soy sauce too.


Hobbit Adventure

It was a Hobbit Adventure. Their take on it is “An absolute escape from Ocean City. A place to indulge in inventive American cuisine and mouthwatering seafood while overlooking one of the most picturesque views you have ever laid eyes on.” Quite nicely put. The round glass door way entrance begs to prove you right. 121 81st St, Ocean City, MD 21842

I must say I’ve ruined the presentation of one of the gluten-free options presented. I came to Ocean City Maryland to enjoy the seafood. When they set this beautiful plate of two – yes one is missing – crab cakes with garlic potatoes and garlic string beans I couldn’t resist. I even squeezed the lemon. aaah. Frankly I would have been most happy with the early bird crab cake special since they were so large, but you have to order before 5:45 PM And a quiet room with gentle music where you can actually hear the person across the table talk to you without shouting.

The Creme Brule is gluten-free and if you’re able try their  house specialty for over thirty-years called Mary’s Delight, “Crushed walnut crust, thin layer of sweetened cream cheese, chocolate pudding, homemade whipped cream.”

When you want a special place with a special someone or just a reason to celebrate with good food the Hobbit is a grand choice.

Hooked in Ocean City

After about a four-hour ride from central Pennsylvania we arrived in Ocean City Maryland. Well it was more like six hours with the stops for fuel and food. I had been here numberous times but for Conventions. This time it was just time to get away, to get some rest and relaxation before all the fall and winter events. We had booked a room in a nice boutique hotel called the Breakers on 3rd street. It’s the week after Labor Day so the crowds are light on a Friday night. A walk on the boardwalk after dinner with the pleasant ocean breeze … very nice. I couldn’t believe all the older guys playing a game of volleyball in the sand. Just a few fluffy clouds in the sky and the barometer steady about 29 and holding so probably showers on the way sometime tonight.img_3179

I had researched some places that were “the best places to eat” in Ocean City, Maryland before making the trip. The hotel desk clerk confirmed that one of those places would be a restaurant called “Hooked.” I found the directions to 8003 Coastal Hwy Ocean City, MD. So Hooked it was for dinner on Friday night. Of course one of the first things I would ask is, what would you recommend for a gluten-free entre? Our waiter was anxious to point out the pan seared scallops. I’m not usually a big scallop fan however they placed polenta on the plate like mashed potatoes and topped it with the pan seared scallops. Around the plate they added roasted corn, cheesy grits and delicious bacon. The bacon shone through the whole dish. It was nicely done.img_3180

So if you’re in Ocean City Maryland looking for some good gluten-free seafood you just might find yourself at Hooked where the wait staff is attentive and the food thoughtfully done. Perhaps you would have preferred the jumbo shrimp or the fresh catch salad – all gluten-free.