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Boucherie Nola is Gluten-free Friendly

Happy Saturday, everyone.

A representative of Boucherie in New Orleans, James Denio, was a couple days late in getting back to me about their gluten-free options, but when he did he was more that willing to be of help.  From what I heard, this place is a must-try and I will definitely make time for it if ever I go back to the Crescent City.  It turns out they were closed around Mardi Gras time anyway – so I wouldn’t have been able to go even if I had heard back in time.   Still,  I thought I’d share his helpful information for anyone planning a gluten-free Nola trip:

Hey Taylor,
Sorry about the lateness of my reply.  We do have a gluten free menu. What I do is I go through our current menu (we change it monthly) and highlight all the ingredients that contain gluten.  It turns out to be a very friendly menu for the population with Gluten allergies.  I hope this finds you well, and if indeed you are in the city still don’t hesitate when we arrive at the restaurant to ask our server about gluten free options; our chef is well versed in such matters.
-James

So there you go. I found that most servers in the city were happy to help if they could.  The only problem was when they weren’t sure what contained wheat and what didn’t.  I did have to assure one woman I could eat rice.

Bon appetit!

-Taylor

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NGNP Goes to…New Orleans

Photo by Miriam Castillo

Well, not in New Orleans as this post goes up, but currently somewhere between Florida’s panhandle and the Big Easy.

Before leaving, I asked about everyone I ever knew who had ever even stopped over in New Orleans where the hot spots were – siblings, fellow grad students, Gwyneth Paltrow…

I then emailed a couple of restaurants that had been recommended to see if I could get the skinny on their GF options before visiting; however, none of them have gotten back to me just yet.  This doesn’t mean I won’t try them.  I’m talking to you, Boucherie and Bayona

Finally, I consulted the Celiac.com forums for to see what other traveling Celiacs had to say about the place.   I learned of a few 100 percent safe places (Bubba Gump’s was a surprise) and a couple not-so-safe ones (Gluten in your red beans and rice? Really?)

Google shared with me an article from Best of New Orleans that had this little snippet:

Fortunately, more restaurants in the New Orleans area, including Naked Pizza, Casamento’s Restaurant and Mark Twain’s Pizza Landing, are offering gluten-free options.

“We’re going through a case (of gluten-free pizza crust) every two weeks,” saysJacques Broussard, owner of Mark Twain’s Pizza Landing, which introduced gluten-free menu items in 2008. Connolly points out that there is no benefit to getting off gluten if you’re not exhibiting symptoms of celiac disease, so most diners can feel free to enjoy pizza with a gluten crust.

Let’s be honest.  It’s my last spring break (as a student at least), it’s New Orleans and it’s Mardi Gras.  I can’t promise that my mind will always be on this blog.  But I will be on the lookout for the best GF NOLa has to offer – and I’ll be tweeting about it along the way.

Catch you on the flip side.

-Taylor

 

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