My virtual, and now real-life, friend, Sloane of Allergic Girl fame, recently wrote about having ‘Cheers’ experiences at restaurants. Being greeted warmly by familiar faces always lifts my spirits, but sometimes in a big city those experiences are few and far between. By having a few restaurants you patronize on a regular basis, you are more likely to have a ‘safe’ meal. Eating out is always risky but you can mitigate some of the risk by going to a regular stable of places. Aside from a safe meal, you may also have the opportunity to develop friendships with the server, manager or even the owner. If you are a regular reader, you know I have a pretty optimistic outlook on life, but cultivating the Cheers experience has been yet another blessing of my gluten-free lifestyle. Of course I wished I could eat the Chinese food at my brother’s wedding, and not have to worry about cross-contamination. I know it’s not easy, but I choose to focus on the positive and life-enriching aspects of Celiac.
The lamb sausage appetizer isn’t nearly as heavy as you might expect – it’s also surprisingly spicy.
I love the kalamata olive coulis on the pan roasted cod, and the filet just melts in your mouth.
And while they don’t make gluten-free pita, they do serve the amazing garlic feta spread with toasted gluten-free bread.
If you still have room for dessert after all of this excess, you can satiate your sweet tooth with crème brulee, flourless chocolate cake or Greek yogurt with honey and fruit. I’ve only made it to dessert once, but it didn’t disappoint.
Gus’s Place is full of memories of great food, friendly faces, warm greetings, and laughter. I hope you can make it there soon. Tell Gus I sent you.
This weekend I am looking forward to another ‘Cheers’ experience at Bistango. After dinner? My go-to spot is Pudding Stones. At home in CA, Carmines was our family restaurant. I haven’t been back since going gluten-free, but I still have great memories of the weekly meals. Do you have a favorite ‘Cheers’ experience?