Hi everyone! Long time, no see. It's been a very busy fall for me, and I've been slacking on my posts. But part of the reason that I've been so busy is that I was traveling so much, so I have a growing stockpile of gluten free restaurant recommendations! Today I want to talk a little about a trip I took to Philadelphia back in October.
I went to college outside of Philadelphia, and several of my closest friends live there, so I usually go down to visit 3-4 times a year (this most recent trip was my third of 2017). So this will likely be the first post of many that I write about gluten free food in Philadelphia. It's a really cool city with an awesome restaurant scene, and I'd definitely recommend it if you've never been!
My most recent trip down was a pretty short one, but I was able to squeeze in a few great gluten free meals while I was there.
Front Street Cafe
Before I headed back to the airport, we enjoyed a lovely brunch at Front Street Cafe in Fishtown. We were seated outside on a cute patio (luckily it wasn't very cold yet!) and all enjoyed a great meal. They had a nice selection of healthy beverages (kombucha, tea, juice, etc.) and also marked gluten free options on the menu. I ended up going with the Huevos Rancheros: sunny-side eggs, cheddar, black beans, basmati rice, quinoa, tortilla, cilantro crema, chipotle salsa, citrus dressed greens, jalapenos, and pickled radish. It tasted just as good as it looks!
I took this trip shortly before my birthday, so we used the occasion to have a joint birthday celebration dinner for me and my friend Cydney, whose birthday is just a few days after mine. We went to Talula's Garden, a very popular restaurant in downtown Philadelphia. I'd recommend making a reservation to make sure you get a table! The restaurant emphasizes fresh, wholesome ingredients, and it did not disappoint. Not pictured: Talula's Garden sells a range of mouth-watering cheese plates, which of course we had to try. At first I was going to bow out as I didn't think there was a GF cracker option, but our waitress actually brought me some gluten free crackers so that I could join in on the cheese tasting! I LOVE cheese, so that was a great way to start the meal. They also brought me my own gluten free roll, which was really good.
Gluten free options are not marked on the menu, but my waitress was very helpful in helping me figure out what I could eat. Many of the entrees were naturally gluten free or could be modified. I ended up going with the Berkshire Pork Belly, which came with warm potato salad, wax beans, aioli, green onion pomme purée, and roasted garlic gastrique. It was cooked to perfection and absolutely delicious.
I also wanted to share some photos of the yummy gluten free breakfast that my best friend Alina cooked for us. She is a great cook and tries to make meals that are both healthy and delicious! During this trip, she made soft scrambled eggs with tomatoes, as well as acai smoothie bowls, made of blended bananas and acai puree. On top: sliced bananas, sliced kiwis, gluten free granola, and a drizzle of almond butter. Not only was it a very photogenic meal, it was also filling and a great way to start the day!
And that's all for this visit! Next time I'm in Philadelphia, I'll continue adding to my list of food recommendations to help you plan for your own trip!