Monday, July 19, 2010

Gluten Free in Nashua, New Hampshire

I was meeting a dear friend of the family for lunch in Nashua, and I choose to have us eat at Speaker's Corner in the Crowne Plaza hotel, as they have a gluten free menu and had many favorable reviews on the web. I definately made a good choice!

The restaurant looked a bit too fancy on their web page, but the actual restaurant was not at all intimidating. Nancy and I sat outside on the patio and I was given a gluten-free menu (laminated!) and told that during lunch the items listed under entrees were not available, but that everything else was.

That left plenty to choose from including pizza, nachos, chicken tenders, shrimp cocktail, mussels, burgers (with bun!) and salads.

I'm still not over my bad burger experience at 99's, so I decided to try the pizza. It was very tasty. The crust was thin but not too crisp, and the sauce and cheese were both good quality. It wasn't the sort of pizza you would rave about, but it was very satisfactory. I also had a side salad with a delicious zinfandel vinegrette salad dressing.

If I had the chance to go back, I'd like to go for dinner. Several of the entrees looked intriguing and out of the ordinary, such as Carciofi -- veal medallions, artichoke hearts, asparagus, and fresh herbs in white wine garlic sauce, for example. Mmmmm. It is always a nice treat to find something different to eat on a gluten free diet, instead of relying or plain chicken or steak every time.

Nancy and I skipped dessert (I am on my way to weight-loss camp) but they looked good too, especially the flourless chocolate raspberry cake or the caramlized bananas.


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