It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. — M. F. K. Fisher, The Art of Eating

Gluten-Free Los Angeles: Stout Burgers & Beers

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Gluten-Free Los Angeles: Stout Burgers & Beers
by Gluten Free Advocates + Experts, Posted February 27th, 2013 at 11:20 pm

A few weekends ago, my husband and I headed out to a super fun dinner with friends in Hollywood. While the company was top-notch, our dinner was a little shaken up by an insanely loud fire alarm that went on for at least 10 minutes, during which time the four of us were out on the fire escape/stairwell because the noise was too painful to endure back at our table. Sure our food got cold, and no discount was offered for our trouble, but I did get one tip that (almost) makes up for it: Stout Burgers & Beers.

Our waiter—who was lovely, other than that whole, what discount? thing—has  a wife with a gluten problem, so when I told him about my special needs, he knew exactly what I was talking about. He also recommended Stout for the gluten-free me and this was very exciting for my burger and beer loving family. Even with that thumbs up, I was still so pleasantly surprised by our dining experience when we went to a place that specializes in mad amounts of gluten. First, I saw this on the menu-

gluten-free beer

Yep. They’ve got your gluten-free beer. And your gluten-free cider, and your gluten-free wine. They also have an incredibly knowledgeable staff (I know it wasn’t a fluke, because we spoke to more than one employee) who have a firm handle on what a celiac can, and cannot have. Sweet potato fries have rice flour and corn starch, and are perfect-o alongside a lemon aioli and chipotle ketchup dip. Regular fries are okay too, but skip the beer battered onion rings.

And as you can see in my freaking delicious gluten-free Goombah burgerabove (that’s not bacon, that’s crispy prosciutto, yep), they put their mouth-watering burgers on top of a bed of arugula for those of us who have to skip the bun. Nice. Very nice.

Also, not one single fire alarm went off during dinner, although a zillion fire trucks did drive by in the middle of a very important conversation on the topic of whether or not I could finish an entire bottle of Julian’s cider (hint: I COULD). LA is burning, people. But at least it’s gluten-free.

Article Courtesy:  April Peveteaux

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