Friday, July 22, 2011

Lunch at Moosewood

Moosewood is a famous vegetarian restaurant in Ithaca, NY.  It has been in the same place more than thirty years, although I think there have been a couple of different owners since it opened in the early 1970's. The restaurant has put out twelve cookbooks over the years, and it is something of a landmark in Central NY.

I had not been there for several years, and not since being diagnosed a celiac. I went with three talented ladies, two of whom are vegetarian and the other someone who prefers a vegetarian diet, but is not as strict about it. The restaurant was fairly crowded for a lunchtime mid-week, but we were seated pretty quickly. Moosewood does not have a gluten free menu, but there is a note on the menu stating that anyone with a food allergy should talk to their server. (The menu does have a “V” next to the dishes that can be prepared as vegan.) When I told the server that I was gluten intolerant he told me which dishes on the menu I could have. I was surprised that I could not have the Cuban beans and rice, but I decided to have a Mexican egg and cheese casserole dish with peppers, served topped with salsa along with corn chips on the side. It came with a salad, which was mostly greens and julienned carrots and I ordered the house dressing, which was quite good. I drank tea, but my friends all had the raspberry lemonade, which did look refreshing and which they all liked. It was nice that I had several dishes to choose from, and I think I will go back again. They clearly seemed prepared to answer any dietary questions. Next time I might have the Hungarian Vegetable Stew. That looked pretty good too.


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