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Gluten-free dining report May 2014: Part two

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For the second month in a row, there are so many new gluten-free options coming to Atlanta area restaurants that it is necessary to write a second gluten-free dining report. This update brings with it new gluten-free options for: Venezuelan cuisine, lasagna, chicken nuggets, chocolate souffle, pizza, burgers on buns, affagato, and freshly made pasta.

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Please keep in mind that none of these establishments,with the exception of Arepa Mia, have dedicated gluten-free kitchens, but they take steps to avoid cross contact during preparation.

Arepa Mia - is opening a second location in Decatur in June. This restaurant is located at Sweet Auburn and the entire menu, which is loaded with Venezuelan cuisine, is gluten free.

Blue Ridge Grill - has introduced new seasonal menu items and they have a full gluten-free menu. The restaurant is known for its hospitality and attention to detail and now that I have experienced it first hand, I am excited to go back with the family. Both of the golden lump crab salad served with celery puree, French radishes, and an orange salad tossed in vanilla oil and the seared diver scallops with red peas and rice garnished with Edwards bacon and mustard seed vinaigrette are outstanding. Ask for their gluten-free menu when being seated.

Cibo E Beve - Chef Linda puts out a great spread of inspired Italian dishes and many of them are gluten free as well. Gluten-free lasagna with housemade noodles (caputo flour) is always on the menu, and gluten-free penne pasta is available as a sub for their pasta dishes. I recommend ordering the Honey Compressed Watermelon with prosciutto, smoked paprika mascarpone, and micro basil, the Chicken Marsala made with Springer Mountain Chicken, and the Penne Pasta with marcella hazan’s creamy tomato butter sauce, and wild Georgia shrimp. I sampled their pistachio gelato, which is house made, and I couldn't stop eating it. Chef Linda cooks with very little flour/rue, so be sure to ask your server about their gluten-free options. They have an incredible bar filled without housemade juices and an inventive bar master. Very soon said bar will include Crispin Cider on tap and a gluten-free beer cocktail.

Chow Bing - has added a second location at the "Disco Kroger" shopping center on Piedmont Road in Buckhead. Chow Bing is a fast-casual Asian eatery featuring "natural, sustainable, and primarily gluten-free options." Thanks Eli!

Jason's Deli - has added antibiotic-free, gluten-free chicken nuggets to its gluten sensitive menu. An order consists of four white-meat chicken nuggets, breaded in cornmeal, and baked.

Paul's Restaurant - I attended a gluten-free cooking class taught by Chef Paul recently where he made the most incredible chocolate souffle with nutella cream. I was very excited to learn that it is offered on the menu at Paul's. This souffle is served warm and topped with nutella cream, chocolate shavings, and espresso ice cream. I also learned that Paul's has many gluten-free offerings, but they aren't marked on the menu.

Ratio Bakeshop - just opened a brick and mortar store in Decatur. They offer gluten-free: cookies, brownies, cakes, candy, and cheesecakes. The cookies and brownies are available every day, but the cakes and cheesecakes are only available by special order. More information on their gluten-free goodies can be found here.

Ribalta Pizza - according to an Atlanta Magazine article, this restaurant will open soon and it will offer gluten-free pizza. The menu is noted with a 'GF' by those pizzas that can be made with gluten-free ingredients. No word on their safe handling procedures, so be sure to ask.

Smashburger - I learned from Gluten Free Philly that they are now offering Udi’s Gluten Free buns at all U.S. locations. They have also reformulated the seasoning that goes on its burgers and grilled chicken sandwiches to be gluten free. Some toppings available for add-ons do contain gluten, and guests should ask the manager to have their orders prepared with separate utensils. Check out their allergen menu to learn about their gluten-free options.

Sugo Restaurant - their newest chef, Chef Francis, has perfected the art of making fresh gluten-free pasta in multiple shapes: ravioli, garganelli, tortolloni, and spaghetti. These pastas are prepared daily making Sugo the only restaurant (that I know of) in metro Atlanta offering fresh, gluten-free pasta.

The Bishop - just opened in Avondale Estates and its menu boasts several gluten-free choices. Their cuisine features “American classics and traditional comfort foods with a twist using all-natural, locally sourced products."

Yum Yum Dessert Co. - Looking for a cold treat, then head over to Yum Yum where Pastry Chef Nadia DeMessa's new Buckhead storefront offers an impressive array of ice creams, sorbets, sundaes and affagato, which for those of us not in the know, just means vanilla ice cream with a shot of espresso.

What are you most excited to try? Do you eat out? Why or why not?

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