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.
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