Category Archives: Brookline

DEAL $15 for $25 at THE MEAT HOUSE

I LOVE buying my meat here! And the groupon makes it even better! Today the deal is $15 for $25 worth of meats and seafood. Click here to see the deal.

I like buying meat from a local butcherie rather than the grocery store. The Meat House offers a wide selection of expertly butchered premium meats, poultry, veal, lamb, and pork, prepared proteins, fine cheeses, fresh produce, hearty breads, prepared side dishes, Boar’s Head Deli products, and other gourmet grocery items, wines and beers (not sure about gluten free though).

My favorite are the marinated meats. Most of the marinades are gluten free, each one is labeled too! Two that pop into my head, that I’ve had recently are the Lemon Pepper Chicken, and the Sundried Tomato Chicken. My absolute favorite are the Meat House and Sweet BBQ marinated steak tips. The Burgundy Wine Steak Tips are also gluten free, among many others. Salmon burgers, lamb meat, everything I’ve had has been wonderful!

Check out this deal, it’s good for all 16 locations!

http://www.groupon.com/deals/the-meat-house-stratham-1?utm_campaign=UserReferral_dp&utm_medium=email&utm_source=uu6714204

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Gluten Free [Friendly] Food Trucks?

Food trucks are all the rage right now in Boston. Everywhere I look there seems to be a new food truck popping up. I see them parked on street corners everywhere – Kendall Square, Copley, Cleveland Circle, Sowa Market, etc.

Everyday during my lunch break I pass by at least a half a dozen food trucks offering all different types of cuisine – Mexican, BBQ, Middle Eastern, Vietnamese, American, Korean. Everything looks, and smells delicious, but I have been very hesitant about trying anything. You all know how worrisome, scary, stressful, terrifying, anxious it can be to be put in a situation and not know what is safe to eat. Did I capture all the emotions? I for one have definitely felt all of that a few too many times.

No truck is 100% safe; the cooking space is small and cross contamination is inevitable. But there are many gluten free friendly options for those of us lucky enough not to have such a severe allergy or intolerance. With that said, it can still be quite scary ordering from a truck. Do they know what gluten is? Do they know every ingredient in their food? Are they aware of how every single item is prepared and handled? I mean, this list of questions and concerns is endless, no matter where we eat. But don’t fear, I have eaten at a few different trucks and have been just fine. I have an intolerance and can eat foods prepared and fried in the same surfaces as gluten. So, PLEASE always use caution and let the servers know you have a gluten allergy. Many of the trucks use the same fryers for everything so keep this in mind too. I was pleasantly surprised how much more knowledgeable the food truck staff is than servers at restaurants.

My favorite truck is Bon Me (check out my review here), which offers gluten free rice noodle bowls and rice bowls, and the truck is always stocked with gluten free soy sauce! 

I have also tried a salad from Clover and I’ve eaten from The Taco Truck. I really enjoyed the tacos, they were so flavorful, and it was easy to tell all the ingredients were fresh. But, it was a little too spicy for me to be #1 on my list. But I do love their commitment to sustainability; all the meets are hormone and antibiotic-free, and all the to-go packaging is biodegradable and compostable.


BBQ Smith There is gluten in the sauces and rolls. Everything else is safe. They can do any of the food without sauce so meats are safe.

Bon Me Foods
Rice noodle salad with Vietnamese vinaigrette dressing, and rice bowls are gluten free.  If you order the rice bowl, make sure you specify gluten free because they typically put a soy drizzle on it.  They have a bottle of soy drizzle made with tamari to use instead.  Of the standard fillings, only the chicken is gluten free (the tofu and pork have soy sauce in the marinades).  Some of the rotating specials including edamame,  three-alarm chicken and cilantro-peppercorn chicken are gluten free. 


Boston Speed Dog hot dogs are gluten free and you are welcome to bring your own bun.

Clover menu changes daily; sometimes there are gluten free options

Go Fish
The Caesar Salmon as a salad rather than a wrap without the onion crisps is gluten free. The Catfish Taco is on a corn tortilla and 100% gluten free. They have two fryers but use them interchangeably. 


Kickass Cupcakes Gluten free cupcakes are available on the truck. Always a good idea to tweet first to see what flavor(s) they have (and if any are left!)
 

Lefty’s Silver Cart Base menu is not gluten free. Everything is on Iggy’s bread but can offer most of the sandwich fillings on a bed of mixed greens. They also try to make weekly specials gluten free. In the past they’ve had: Watermelon Gazpacho, Corn Cakes with Roasted Corn and Tomato Salsa, Chipotle Maple Syrup, and Vegetarian Chili

Mei Mei Street Kitchen  Menu changes but kale salad, torched corn and peach tomato soup are current gluten free options. Always feel free to tweet ahead to ask!

Momo Goose
Fresh rolls and viet pho soup are the only two gluten free options currently. They hope to offer gluten free rice and salad bowls soon. 

Paris Creperie Usually have gluten free buckwheat flour for crepes  

Pennypackers all sandwiches are available as salads or lettuce wraps

Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese Fries are gluten free, but cooked on same grill as wheat/gluten.

Silk Road BBQ  Grilled meats and salads are gluten-free. All sandwiches we can make as a salad. Homemade sauces are gluten-free. The white bean chili has gluten-free cornmeal in it, and the short rib has corn starch in the gravy.

Staff Meal Taco tortillas are 100% corn. All of the fillings except the Chinese sausage are gluten free. A couple of the crispy garnishes (fried garlic, French’s onions and Fritos) contain flour. If you order food from at the truck, make sure to let the staff know that you have an intolerance and they’ll let you know all of this and prepare your food accordingly.


The Cupcakory has Gluten free cupcakes available on the truck, but they don’t always have them. They use twitter and facebook to post the daily flavors and will let people know if gluten-free is also available. They offer both vegan and gluten-free options upon request for pick-up on the truck, request at least 48 hours in advance. <!– /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-font-charset:78; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:1 134676480 16 0 131072 0;} @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} @font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1073743103 0 0 415 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} @page WordSection1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;}

 The Dining Car The crispy cauliflower is gluten free. The Mediterranean, Honey Truffle Goat Cheese, Grilled Chicken, and Caprese sandwiches can be offered as salads.

The Taco Truck
All of tacos except the pescado and aquacate are gluten free. All tacos are 100% corn.

I know my list is not 100% complete, there are over 20 trucks in Boston and I was not able to get responses from the ones not listed – or they do not have anything gluten free to offer and are therefore excluded from this list. If you have any tips or information to add please e-mail me at jessica.dennis2@gmail.com.

Hops N Scotch Now Open in Coolidge Corner Brookline

Hops N Scotch is finally open in Coolidge Corner. I have not been yet but they do offer gluten free options. Gluten free – and vegetarian – items are labeled on the menu. I called earlier today about the sandwiches, I had a feeling the “can be made gluten free” meant we can but the burger on a salad and call it your meal, and I was right! They do not offer gluten free bread BUT when I spoke with the manager he said all I had to do was call a few days before I was coming in and ask for him and request gluten free bread and they will get it for me! So please do this if you go! I think the more people who request it, the more likely they will be to carry it all the time.

HNS also offers Greens Gluten Free Beer, Magners, Angry Orchard Cider and JK Scrumpy Organic Cider.

Bon Me Food Truck

The Bon Me Truck offers gluten free options! I ate at Bon Me for the first time at BostInno’s Boston Fest last Thursday night. It was great! Everything is priced at $6 First you choose a sandwich, buckwheat or rice noodle salad or a rice bowl. Only the rice noodles and rice (white or brown) bowls are gluten free. After this you choose a filling, the only gluten free option is the spiced-rubbed all natural chicken.  The noodle salad comes with a choice of sauce, but for us we can only have the Vietnamese vinaigrette. The rice bowls come with a soy drizzle, and guess what! They have gluten free soy sauce! You can add extras, such as edamame  or cilantro peppercorn chicken, both of which are gluten free, among others. These change daily, so make sure to ask if they are safe to eat or not.
The staff was very knowledgeable about gluten allergies and what I could and could not eat, it was great. Not only this, but they were so friendly, all of them, and always smiling. If you ask, they will change their gloves while handling your food.
The rice bowl was delicious. For $6 I got a lot of food! The rice bowl comes with carrots, daikon, seasonal greens, bean sprouts, cilantro and sprouts. The herbs were so fresh and had such great flavor.
Bon Me is a simple concept but with a lot of flavor and great taste. The chicken was moist and flavorful, the amount of rice was enough for two people to share. Of course though, I ate it all.
I recommend trying Bon Me at least once. I am definitely going back to try the rice noodle salad with the Vietnamese vinaigrette
Bon Me’s Schedule:
Monday
Yellow: Belvidere 11:30-3
Blue: Dewey on the Greenway 11-3, Cleveland Circle 4:30-8
Tuesday
Yellow: Belvidere 11:30-3
Blue: Rings Fountain 11:30-2:30, Cleveland Circle 4:30-8
Wednesday
Yellow: Belvidere 11:30-3, Boston University East 3:30-7
Blue: Dewey on the Greenway 11-3
Thursday
Blue: City Hall Plaza 11-3, JP 4:30-8
Friday:
Yellow:
 Milk St. 11-3
Blue:
 Dewey 11-6
Saturday:
Yellow: Peter’s Park in the South End 11:30-3, Clarendon Street 3-7
Blue: Greenway Open Market 11-5
Sunday:
Yellow: Clarendon Street 12-7
Blue:
 SOWA Open Market 10-4
I would love to hear about other food trucks that offer gluten free items! Please let me know 🙂 
 

Jimmy’s Bar and Oven

I’ve been wanting to go to Jimmy’s since it opened this past summer and I found out they served gluten free pizza. Well, we finally went.
I like the atmosphere here, it’s modern, very different from anywhere else in Washington Square. Great place to watch a game, have a drink, and enjoy a ‘classic’ bar appetizer or better yet, a pizza. I don’t think they are known for their entrees, the pizzas yes, but I’m not so sure about the other gluten free items. (Jimmy’s has received rave reviews about the pasta dishes and chicken parm, BUT we can’t eat these). 
We had a groupon so we needed to spend $40. We ordered two pizzas and the grilled marinated chicken with vegetables. The gluten free pizzas reminded me more of a flatbread than pizza, and the white pizza lacked a certain ‘’pizza’ flavor, but I still enjoyed it very much. The pizzas are more gourmet and [seem] healthier than the typical pizza you find at Upper Crust or Papa Gino’s.
My favorite was The White Pizza with goat cheese, pears, figs and arugula. Our waiter said it was their most popular pizza and I can understand why, it was delicious! The crust was cooked to perfection. It could have been a little crispier, but now I’m just being super picky. But besides that, this is by far one of the best gluten free pizzas I’ve ever had (Bill’s Pizzeria, although expensive, is my all time favorite). The combination of figs, goat cheese and arugula is classic. The creamy goat cheese and spicy arugula pair nicely with the sweetness of the figs and pear. The figs were so soft and it was easy to tell that all the ingredients were fresh. And they do not skimp on the toppings at all! This is the best part, the pizza’s were loaded with toppings!

We also ordered the Grilled Chicken Pizza; chicken, mushrooms, spinach and red sauce. I liked the combination, it had a nice flavor, but the dough was so undercooked. It was rubbery and chewy, kind of gross. I don’t get how one crust could be cooked so great and the other not at all?
We each only had one piece, no one being fond of the dough, so the next day I decided to cook it a little more, to see if it would help, and it did. The crust tasted much better; much crispier and not rubbery at all. Before I put it in the oven I took off the chicken, so it wouldn’t over cook and dry out.
The third dish we ordered was the Marinated Grilled Chicken and vegetables. Both my dad and his girlfriend like it, but I thought it was way too buttery. The first bite I took, of a piece of broccoli, I got a mouthful of butter and oil. I was completely disgusted and turned off. The chicken itself was actually good; not overcooked and nicely seasoned with spices and herbs. But the dish itself, the actual plate, was oozing with butter and the vegetables were drenched. I would never order this again.
The presentation was lacking as well.
I am definitely going back once the weather is nice and they open up the front windows. I did love the arugula pizza and I can’t wait to try some of the others while enjoying one of their signature cocktails with the windows open, and maybe a game on tv.
The prices are reasonable. Pizzas range from $12-$14, entrees $9-$18.
My one disappointment is a few months ago I was told they would soon be offering gluten free pasta. Well, they have decided not to carry it at all.

Other gluten free menu options:
Steak
Salmon
Potato Fries (**fried in the same fryer as everything else)
Salads
Eggplant Appetizer
Most pizzas, excluding pepperoni 
Location 1653 Beacon St. Brookline (Washington Square, C Green Line)

Valentine’s Dinner at The Fireplace

My cousin gave me a gift certificate for The Fireplace and I was waiting for a special occasion to use it, and we finally decided to go this past weekend. Ok, so we didn’t actually go on Valentine’s Day because I had class, and I had to give a presentation, but we went on Saturday to celebrate Valentine’s Day and I have to say I loved it!
We were seated in the back corner and I felt like we had our own private dinning area. The ambience is very warm and romantic. It’s much bigger in the inside than it seems from the outside. The tables are very close together, but just far enough away that we couldn’t hear the conversation at the next table. We were near the open kitchen and it was cool to see the chef’s work.
Our waitress Christina was great. She was so quick to bring out my gluten free roll and explain any questions we had on the menu. She was very attentive without being overbearing.
The gluten free roll was phenomenal. It was actually the tastiest gluten free roll I’ve ever tried. The texture was exactly like a rolls should be and not grainy or fake tasting like so many gluten free bread products.
They have an extensive gluten free menu, with so many interesting and creative looking dishes that use seasonal and fresh New England ingredients.  My mouth was watering just reading the menu and I was having a hard time deciding what to get. There was also a special Valentine’s Day menu, but the prices were outrageous ($46 I don’t think so!).
I decided on the Black & Pink Pepper-Crusted Salmon served with crushed hazelnut bok choy sauté and vegetable barley. Barley of course is not gluten free, so I was able to pick a different side from their list of gluten free sides. As with all dishes, if it comes with a gluten containing side you can substitute it for anything you want! I told my boyfriend to order anything he wanted, most of the time he does order gluten free so I can try and of course he did this time too. His roasted maple glazed half chicken was to die for, and it was a HUGE portion. The outside was nice and crispy and the meat so succulent and juicy, yum! It also came with mashed potatoes that were so rich and buttery. One bite and I was done. And the best part, I got to take home his leftovers!!
Now lets get back to the Salmon. It was cooked to perfection and the seasoning was so good. I never cook with salt and I could definitely taste it, but wasn’t overpowering, and it was just a few bites that it really hit me. The combination of pepper and spices was excellent; I ate the whole thing. The black lentil sauté was outstanding. All the flavors of the dishes came together so nicely. 
Next time I want to try one of the appetizers and I will definitely be going back soon for brunch, which I heard is one of the best brunches in the city and that they have amazing biscuits. Our waitress also told me that they do have gluten free cupcakes and brownies, which are frozen, and for $8 I’d rather buy two freshly baked cupcakes from wholefoods next door. But then again, the roll was frozen and it was the best gluten free roll I’ve ever had (sorry Legal Seafood, The Fireplace beats you on this one).
Two entrees and a bottle of wine cost us $90.  All in all it was a bit expensive, but we had a great night and really enjoyed ourselves, and our meals. I highly recommend The Fireplace for a special dinner or just a really terrific gluten free meal.
Definitely make a reservation if you plan on going on the weekend. In the summer they set up a few tables on the sidewalk so you can enjoy a meal al fresco.  
Location: 1634 Beacon Street  Brookline, MA 02446 (C Line to Washington Square)

Kamiza Sushi

Kamiza Sushiwins my award for most knowledgeable and best gluten free friendly Sushi Restaurant ever!
Don’t be deceived by the small appearance, Kamiza is a wonderful sushi place with amazing and friendly staff. It is a family run business, which I prefer, and they allow you to bring your own wine or sake, and they will even heat it up for you free of charge! The atmosphere was great, looked very new and clean, with the typical use of wood/bamboo you see in sushi restaurants in Japan.
Let me start off by saying they have the best and friendliest staff. When I asked for gluten free soy sauce, thinking there was no way they would have it, they brought over a bottle of San-J’s gluten free soy sauce just for me. They knew every roll that had some type of gluten containing product in it and what was in every sauce, and weather it was gluten free or not. So when we ordered, they would leave of the “chef’s special sauce” or eel sauce out, and bring it on the side for my friend. And not only did they do this but they explained it to use each time a dish was brought over. I have never experienced such service and responsiveness to my gluten free needs.
The sushi tasted so fresh and delicious.
For an appetizer we ordered the summer roll; king salmon, tuna, avocado, cucumber and mango wrapped in rice paper, served with a sweet and chili sauce. The sauce was not gluten free so they brought me some type of hot chili sauce on the side.   I am not sure why they call the Salmon King Salmon, it seemed to be the same thing, unless I just don’t know the difference. The fish was really fresh but the rice paper was very chewy, I am not used to it being so hard to eat.
We ordered Sea Bass Sushi, two big pieces of sea bass on top of rice, so fresh and delicious!
The third item we ordered was the Eel Avocado Maki, with the sauce on the side of course.
The best part of meal was the Red Sox Maki– it was fantastic!! Spicy tuna with cucumber maki, topped with fresh tuna, layered up with house special crunchy mix (crunchy rice), fresh tobiko and scallion. There was a decorative sauce on the plate, it extremely spicy so be careful!
 (Don’t be upset Lauren is using a fork, she hasn’t mastered chopsticks yet)
I will definitely be back to Kamiza. I can’t believe this was my first time here after living in Washington Square for so long. The fish was fresh and incredibly tasty, with beyond friendly staff. They have a huge selection of Maki rolls and sushi; so many different and unique rolls I haven’t seen anywhere else. Many of the rolls are named after local favorites – Celtics Maki, New England Maki, , Boston Maki – and their list is endless.
The price is reasonable, cheaper than FuGaKyu but not as inexpensive as other “hole in the wall” places I’ve been to. The also always have great deals – Free Coupons available on the website such as 15% take out orders, or a free Maki room (choice of shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, California, spicy king salmon) or edamame with take out and delivery orders $25 or more. Kamiza also offers great lunch specials – any 2 rolls for $9.99 or any 3 maki rolls for $12.99. And it’s open late – til 11pm on week nights and 2pm on Saturdays, in case you ever crave late night sushi…
Location: 696 Washington St. Brookline, MA (Washington Square)