Gluten Free Nashville

by Katie Eckeberger

Matteo’s Pizzeria : ) May 3, 2009

Matteo’s in Cool Springs offers gourmet GF pizza!!!

I fould Matteo’s after searching the Gluten Free Geek’s website. His review of Matteo’s was not very good, but I couldn’t help but try it! My husband and I were both quite satisfied.

They offer 8 and 10 inch GF pizza’s with toppings at 50 and 75 cents respectively. Not only are the prices good ($6.95 & $9.25), but they actually tasted GREAT! I had the 10 in. with italian sausage, garlic and mushrooms, and my husband had a 10 in. with sausage, black olives and onions. Both were fantastic! I’m not gonna lie… you can tell it’s GF crust, but it’s far better than any GF crust I’ve made from the store. And of course the factors of convenience and price win out!

I DEFINITELY recommend Matteo’s and I look forward to future pizza parties with friends! I also recommend stopping by Stogie’s next door to grab some GF beer or cider. Check out this facebook group that has more info about GF beers.



Swanky’s Taco Shop : ) May 2, 2009

Swanky’s has two locations in Germantown and Franklin and has a few delicious gluten-free options.

Unfortunately the corn chips and tortillas are fried in the same oil as the flour tortillas, but I spoke with the manager and he assured me that any seasonings they use are all natural and do not contain gluten. He also suggested that GF customers make sure they let a manager know of their needs. They can put foil on the grill and use soft corn tortillas to ensure that your meal is safe.

Don’t go for the chips and salsa or hard shell tacos if you have a serious allergy, but if you really need a soft shell taco or quesadilla, I would definitely recommend Swanky’s. It’s better than your standard burrito/taco fast food restaurant, and the management communicated a sensitivity to people with a gluten allergy.

Interesting side note: Our waitress was only vaguely familiar with the allergy. We were discussing it with her and she mentioned that she’d heard of it when she worked at Outback Steakhouse. She said that the managers there just gave her a menu to pass out, but never explained the allergy to her. So, take caution when eating at Outback! They do have many GF options, but there are things to look out for even on that menu, and apparently the wait staff isn’t completely educated on the allergy.

Check out Swanky’s website to view the menu, find locations and to check out all the great events they have going on.

TIP: Inform your server that you want a RESPECT card. With it, you can earn a free meal after you’ve spent $100, but you HAVE to ask!


Starbucks Gluten Free Cake!!! April 29, 2009

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Check out this link to Starbucks’ blog to hear about their new Orange Valencia Cake coming May 5!!!


Welcome to Gluten Free Nashville! April 28, 2009

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My name is Katie Eckeberger, I’ve been GF for over a year now and I’m starting a blog¬† for those of us in the Nashville area that have to or choose to eat Gluten Free (GF).¬† I’m sure you’re thinking, “Ummm… don’t you know that this type of thing already exists???” and the answer is “Yes.” However, I intend for this blog to be much more than a restaurant guide.

It will be educational: I will post articles and excerpts from material I’m reading about the GF lifestyle.

It will be helpful: I’ll be a guide to your GF dining experience, offering suggestions as well as a brief review of each restaurant I visit.

It will be informative: From time to time I may post easy, inexpensive recipes or share some GF products that I love.

And it will be fun: I will try to post video clips and photos of some of my GF experiences, so you can see what I’m up to.

I hope all of you will stay tuned as I build my site and decide what my first real post will be about! And I’m ALWAYS interested to hear stories, get recipes, and receive tips from all of you so contact me if there’s something you’d like to share.

keep on livin’,