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Gluten Free Pizza at Tomaso’s in West Bend, WI

Tomaso’s was my first taste of gluten free pizza crust so I was not sure what to expect. The gluten free pizza only comes in one size which is 10.5″ so enough for 2 medium eaters since I ate half myself. All the pizza toppings were gluten free except for the sausage I believe.

When the pizza came it looked perfect. The toppings were nicely grilled but still crunchy and the cheese was abundant. From the first bite I was hooked. You can not even tell the crust is gluten free the taste and texture were just like “regular” pizza crust.

To avoid cross contamination Tomaso’s does cook the gluten free pizza on a pan which is great, however the pan does make the crust soggy as it sits at the table. My suggestion to Mary (Owner) when she asked if I liked the gluten free pizza was to serve the pizza on a baking stone. I believe the stone would stop the crust from becoming soggy as it cooled.

So every time I am in West Bend, WI I will stopping by Tomaso’s my new favorite pizza joint.

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Posted by on June 22, 2011 in Restaurant Reviews

 

Uno’s Gluten Free Pizza

I have never been to Uno’s pizza before so I can not compare the gluten free pizza to their regular pizza. I can say that I was not overly impressed by Uno’s gluten free pizza, but it wasn’t awful either.

The crust is quite crumbly and VERY dry. Normally I think pizza has to much sauce but I think in this case a bit more sauce would have compensated for the extremely dry crust. I am all for thin, crispy crust but the Uno’s crust was to dry, the flavor however was not bad at all. I believe it is brown rice, but the flavor reminded me of whole wheat crust. All in all I would have the pizza again, but I will definitely ask for extra sauce or maybe dip it in ranch dressing.

The server was great, especially since we had a large group which can be difficult. As everyone else food arrived those of us sharing the gluten free pizza were informed that something went awry with the pizza and they were remaking it. In the mean time I took a bite of my friend’s bacon, cheese topped mashed potatoes and had to order some for myself once I confirmed that they were gluten free.

The server brought the potatoes out just a couple of minutes later so I had something to eat while waiting for the pizza to be remade. As we received our checks the server informed me that she had not charged us for our mash potatoes because of the additional wait but she still took my $5.00 coupon off of the total so for $7.25 (tip included because of large party) my friend Violet and I got a whole pizza and 2 sides of wonderfully yummy mash potatoes. So we each left the sweet girl $5.00 and went away full and happy.

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2011 in Restaurant Reviews

 

Gluten Free Red Robin – YUM!

I loved Red Robin even before I knew I needed to eat gluten free so I was a bit worried that one of my favorite restaurants would now be off limits. However, I pleased to discover that Red Robin has a lettuce bun and is super, duper accommodating when it comes to any type of food allergy.

Just tell your server what your allergy is and they will note it on the order. The cooks then will take whatever measures necessary to accommodate your need. For gluten free eaters just avoid the bun, anything fried, and a couple of the sauces. Red Robins fries are in dedicated fryers so no worries there and some Red Robins claim that the red Robin seasoning is not gluten free so they may exclude it from your fries. I have not had any problems with the seasonings so you’ll have to decide for yourself when it comes to the seasoning.

If you haven’t already make sure to sign up for the Red Robins Royalty Rewards you get a free burger on your birthday, then every 11th burger is free, and if you go 5 times in 5 weeks you get $20 off your next purchase. You also get a free appetizer just for registering your card.

What I love most about Red Robin are the employees. I have never had bad food or bad service. When I have ventured out of my comfort zone and tried a new burger they were either awesome or my server replaced it with an old favorite. If your ever in Greenfield, WI and you visit the Red Robin here make sure you ask for Nicole B as your server, she is awesome!

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2011 in Restaurant Reviews

 

Oh Applebee’s…

I have rarely been to an Applebee’s and not gone away disappointed…I was visiting friends in the small town of West Bend so our restaurant choices were limited. Applebee’s was close and with their new soup, salad, and breadstick lunch buffet inexpensive also. I called ahead to see if any of their soups were gluten free but I was not shocked to be informed they weren’t. I went assuming I would just have the Fiesta Lime Chicken like always, but when I looked over the gluten free menu I saw Roasted Herb Potatoes and an idea formed.

I asked the waitress if it would be possible to substitute the Herb potatoes for the soup and bread on the buffet that I could not eat. I was thrilled when she said yes without hesitating and immediately thought it would end up being a great meal.

Boy was I wrong, each time they brought me a refill of my Grilled Shrimp and Spinach salad something was missing. My first refill was missing the almonds, the second and third refills were missing the shrimp. My friends also both had issues, they never got breadsticks with any of their refills and the kids meals were all missing their fries which we had to wait about 15 minutes to get.

So although the food was not bad the meal was tainted by all the issues and ended up being stressful instead of enjoyable.

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2011 in Restaurant Reviews