It was with regret that I found that Julio’s Latin Cafe in Lake Zurich had closed. I felt they offered a great gluten-free selection of dishes, by using rice flour in their recipes, rather than wheat flour. It was one of my favorites, and I will miss this restaurant.
There seems to be a general improvement in the quality of gluten-free bread products being offered at restaurants lately. When I first started following a gluten-free diet, the sandwiches I’d get at restaurants were quite disappointing. The bread or bun didn’t hold together well at all.
More recently, I’ve had much more satisfactory experiences. The hamburgers at several restaurants have been served on buns that hold together very well. A few weeks ago, we had dinner at Max and Benny’s in Northbrook. They don’t have an extensive gluten-free menu, but they do provide sandwiches on gluten-free bread, chicken soup with gluten-free noodles, and a selection of other menu items. I had the corned beef sandwich – I had ordered one on a previous visit – and I found the quality of the bread much improved this time. I was able to really enjoy eating the sandwich.
In general, there is a much-improved availability of gluten-free products – in grocery stores, restaurants, and online. Not only are there more options, but the quality of the products seems to be improving. I do still wonder why broad noodles are missing from most sources.
Besides the bloggers I follow, I have subscribed to the King Arthur website, and my inbox frequently provides me with tempting recipes.
Watch this blog for my upcoming comments on the gluten-free offerings in our grocery stores.