Gluten Free Nashville

by Katie Eckeberger

Garlic Jim’s : ) July 10, 2009

You know you’ve found a good GF pizza, when after taking the first, second and even last bite, you’re not completely sure it’s GF or not! That is how Garlic Jim’s GF pizza is… it’s so delicious, I could easily put it in a taste test with some non-GF thin crust pizzas and it might win.

Not only was the pizza outstanding, but so was the service. We were at Target in Cool Springs when we called for our pick-up order. By the time we made it down Mallory Lane to Garlic Jim’s, our pizza was ready for us (in less than 10 minutes!). And this wasn’t at a random time in the middle of the day. This was during the dinner rush hour. Also, the staff was wise to let us know that the pizza is not 100% GF due to wheat flour blowing through the air in the kitchen.

Unfortunately, we only have the one location in TN (in Cool Springs, across from Centennial High School), but Garlic Jim’s has many more available locations on the West Coast, Colorado and Florida.

I can’t wait to try one of their specialty pizzas on the GF crust! Mmmmmmm : )

Live well,

Katie

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The BEST GF Sandwich Bread!!! June 16, 2009

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bread I’ve purchased GF breads, tried making¬†¬† my own from recipes, and have baked from mixes that I have found. Through all of this, one brand has really stood out to me as the best-tasting and easiest bread to make. It’s this Gluten-Free Pantry “Favorite Sandwich Bread Mix.” Sorry the quality of the picture isn’t great, but I at least wanted to show the quality loaf of bread the mix gave me! And the taste is fantastic! I’ve noticed that GF flours and flour mixes tend to be less sweet than wheat, so I’ll add a tablespoon or two of honey and the sweetness is just right.

When I first saw the picture on the box of the perfectly shaped, soft, fluffy white bread I thought, “Yeah, right!” Even though my loaf is not perfect, the texture was no lie! It is soft, lightweight and fluffy!

The icing on the cake is that this bread is super easy to make! You just dump all the ingredients into the stand mixer and mix together, let rise for about 40 minutes and bake for a little less than that. Voila! Amazingly delicious GF Sandwich bread.

Live well,

Katie

 

Jason’s Deli : ) May 18, 2009

My husband and I eat at Jason’s Deli a lot! Their food is always fresh, delicious and they’re often open after other restaurants are closed : )

On our last visit I finally decided to really check out the allergy info and even though some things were disappointing (some soups, potato chips and other prepared foods), I was pleasantly surprised at how much really was available to the GF community. I won’t list everything on here but I will mention a few good options such as the tuna salad plate, fruit plate with creamy fruit dip, Texas Style Spud with BBQ beef and red beans and rice!

Now, if you are gluten intolerant like I am and don’t require a completely GF diet, there are more options for you. For instance, I can eat some of the non-GF soups and the potato chips and be ok. (My favorite thing to eat is the Spud Au Broc – a HUGE baked potato smothered in broccoli cheese soup, cheese, bacon, green onions and steamed broccoli. Sorry hardcore GF-ers but the broccoli soup is not GF) ***PLEASE make sure you know what your body can handle before you try some non-GF items!***

So if you’ve never tried Jason’s Deli before I reccommend it, but I also reccommend that you know your allergy info before you go and make sure the person that takes your order knows that your food canNOT touch ANY gluten if you’re super sensitive. The foods are prepared in close proximity. We have 3 locations in Middle Tennesse – Nashville, Franklin and Murfreesboro. Check out all the other locations in case you’re traveling.

keep on livin’

katie

 

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.

ENJOY!!!