My dad and I decided to drive up to Pushkin’s Restaurant the first weekend we were available. We came in at about 10:30am and were told the wait would be 35 minutes. Of course we were going to wait but it was nice because we were actually sat within 10 minutes. We decided for a drink we would split the Two Rivers Pomegranate Cider and I also got a coffee with almond milk.
I love how on the bottom of the menu it says something along the lines of “It’s Pushkin’s; of course it’s all gluten free!” This was so cute and welcoming. My dad decided to order the burger with the vegan cashew cheese with fries that we could split and I got the Crescent City Fish Sand, no special sauce, add mustard. Our food came out relatively quickly for how busy it was and they gave rather large portions. We definitely did not feel like we were getting ripped off. I thoroughly enjoyed my Cajun spiced fish sandwich, while my dad was stuffed from his burger. The fries were enjoyable it’s always nice to be able to get fries from a dedicated gluten free place. So often this is something those of us with celiac disease miss out on.
Overall the whole experience was really enjoyable. While we were waiting for our food I went over to where they were selling pastries and got 2 cupcakes to go for myself. (Carrot and vanilla blueberry) We felt like everything was fairly priced and it was a good deal for what you got. On top of that great gluten free and dairy free food! I was disappointed that when I went they had no blueberry pancakes on the menu anymore! That’s actually what I wanted to get. Oh well maybe next time they’ll be back on the menu. Definitely stop and give this place a try, even if you’re not gluten free this spot is a gem for brunch!
We stopped at Blooming Lotus on the way up to visit my bfs family. They are a completely gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, and sugar free bakery. I was a little skeptical at first since typically when I think of grain free desserts they don’t tend to be very good. They tend to be very dense and not fluffy. I arrived in the later afternoon and they didn’t have a whole lot of selection. Still the man behind the counter was very helpful in explaining what they do there. I was fascinated with the story of how they started and proceeded to pick out some goodies. They helped me find some goodies for my bf that weren’t laced with chunks of nuts which were the cashew butter cookie, chocolate chip cookie, and a chocolate bar type treat. I picked out a carrot cake cupcake with toffee frosting, a cranberry bar, and another smaller cookie. Overall even though it was so restricted on the ingredients we really enjoyed everything we got! We felt like we were eating healthy regardless if we really were. They were able to naturally sweeten everything and still make the treats enjoyable. Definitely a place to stop if you’re close by and looking for a healthy sweet treat. Very celiac friendly and good for those with food allergies.
We decided to go to Red Lantern after finding them on another app for gluten free friendly restaurants. After looking at their gluten free menu online I was intrigued and insisted we went. We decided we were going to order to go and the lady manning the cash register was really helpful when it came to answering my questions on how they prepare there dishes. She also went back and checked to make sure everything I was ordering was dairy free as well. Below is what we decided to order:
Egg Drop Soup (GF) $3.25 – This came in an entire quart container to go filled with loads of broth, veggies, chicken, and egg. This was ok and a nice starter to my meal. I enjoyed that I was actually able to get soup out at a Chinese restaurant.
Jade Green (GF) $9.95 – This was a vegetable dish of snow peas, green beans, broccoli, and onion. It was in a form of brown sauce and came with rice on the side. We enjoyed this dish as an additional source of veggies.
Mongolian Beef (GF) $12.25 – This dish had an asterisk next to it on the menu to represent it being spicy. I did not feel that it was spicy enough and the sauce reminded me of the same sauce that was on the Jade Green dish. Overall though my bf really enjoyed it since he prefers blander meals and this dish came with rice as well.
Chicken Broccoli (GF) $11.25 – This was basically just a dish of chicken breast and broccoli in what tasted like to me the exact same sauce as the other 2 dishes. This dish we enjoyed and it came with rice as well. We chose white rice for all of the dishes, but they did have brown available.
This is a great place to go if you have celiac disease. I was informed they do the gluten free dishes in separate pans, but always make sure to double check on this if you decide to go because that could change at any time. The only thing I wish a Chinese restaurant could do was provide more variety when it comes to their sauces. Definitely a great place to go if you are in the Quad Cities area.
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