Having celiac disease and a dairy allergy it is often hard to find a pub of any sort that can offer you safe food. I found The Crown and Anchor simply because my friend really wanted to go there and I decided I would check online to see if they possibly offer some sort of gluten free menu. On their website very clearly it does state they offer a gluten free menu and even a vegan menu so I knew that meant they would be aware of the ingredients used in their food.
Upon arrival I asked for the gluten free menu and explained to our server my situation with having celiac disease and a dairy allergy. He was very helpful and able to help me pick a meal out. I ended up with the blackened cod with steamed veggies. I opted for the two piece order which was $14 dollars. He entered into the system my allergies so that the cooks would know to keep everything safe. Our meal came out and mine looked delicious. The blackened cod had Cajun seasoning all over the outside which was so yummy. Our waiter was very light and fun about everything and made me feel confident he knew what I was getting. We enjoyed out meal and my friend is a longtime fan so 5 stars is a must.
Make sure to call ahead if you have any other allergy concerns to see if they are able to accommodate and always make sure to check with the restaurant each time you go to make sure they have not changed their procedures.
Below is my YELP review so it may come off as slightly aggressive, but I am confident this cafe can provide great gluten free and dairy free meals.
After searching on yelp for gluten free, dairy free friendly restaurants in the Monterey area I stumbled across Paprika Café. Now at first I was a little worried since there was no website for this small café and on their menu pictures I saw nothing marked as gluten free. We decided to try it for lunch anyways since they get such good reviews for being celiac disease friendly and for people with dairy allergies.
We arrived around 12:30pm which was shortly after they opened and we were shocked at how small the place was. I mean it is super tiny with maybe 8 tables. We get seated who we later find out is the owner of the café that was established in 1994 and he does everything himself and when I saw every I mean EVERYTHING. He takes your order, brings you your food, and even cooks the food. He is the only one working there so this means sometimes I assume it may take a while to get your food, but even with two other tables seated he got to us in a reasonable amount of time.
I explained to him immediately about my restrictions and he took my menu and says you can have any plate and that he would sub the tabouli and pita bread for salad and corn tortillas. Of course I am very scared since he does do this is a quite aggressive manner. I simply ask for his recommendation and he said the chicken, which I agree sounded good. He made my entire plate before even starting my friends as to avoid cross contamination and of course when he brought it out I was still nervous. I prefer to know exactly what is in everything. So when he comes back he approaches my concerns a little aggressively saying he does not use any butter and he would not give me something to purposefully make me sick and that many people come to him with the same concerns. I wish he would have handled it slightly differently, but I was happy he was so confident in what he was making and aware of ingredients. The plate was also quite big and very tasty. I was overall impressed and may come back if I am in the area. I am giving only 4 stars though, because even though he provided a safe meal I was uncomfortable most of the time.
My friend has been begging me to go somewhere with pasta, but of course I have celiac disease and a dairy allergy so this has always been hard for me to find. After doing some serious researching I read previous reviews about Great Impasta and it seemed to have good reviews in regards to gluten free safety. I called and spoke to a man who informed me I have nothing to worry about. All of their sauces are gluten free and all the red sauces are dairy free and that I have nothing to worry about. They had supposedly been doing this a long time and know how to avoid cross contamination. I was happy with his responses and decided to come in.
We walked in and the man I spoke to on the phone is the one who took our order. He assured me again it would all be okay. I ended up getting the gluten free penne with spicy marinara and grilled chicken. Mine was $10.99 and then to add grilled chicken it was $3.00 so total was $13.99. Keep in mind this is a place you walk up and order so it is kind of pricey in that aspect. Then to get your food they call out your name and you come pick it up.
We walked up to get our food after just waiting a few minutes. The staff made me feel very good about what I was ordering and informed me that as far as cross contamination goes they always use a clean pot of water in a separate pot. Always make sure though to double check this to make sure they have the same procedures in place if you decide to give this place a try. Our food was delicious and this is a place your non-celiac friends would enjoy as well.
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