Friday, June 17, 2016

8 Great Michigan Gluten-Free Ice Cream Parlors

Faygo Ice Cream made with liquid nitrogen at Fenton Fire Hall
I remember when I was newly diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Ice cream was my best friend. Since I could no longer eat sweet baked goods, I told myself I was allowed to eat as much ice cream as I wanted. That being said, we need to remember that not all ice creams are created equal, and some are unsafe. There's the obvious culprits that contain baked goods. You also need to watch out for cross-contact and even some soft serve ice creams and frozen yogurts that contain gluten. 

There are a few ice cream parlors in Michigan that take the proverbial cake. Make sure to visit one during your gluten-free getaways this summer!

1. Sub Zero Ice Cream - 11419 S Saginaw St, Grand Blanc MI 48439 (810) 603-7804 

Sub Zero Ice Cream and Yogurt is a place where sweet, creamy magic takes place. Actually, it's more science than magic, but the evaporating liquid nitrogen seems like a magic show. Each individual order is made with liquid nitrogen, with your preferred mix-ins, right before your very eyes. Watch this video to see an on-camera demonstration!

Even more magical is that they accommodate so many different allergens. Allergic to dairy? There's always a dairy-free base available. Concerns about cross-contact with toppings? Staff go to the back to get a fresh scoop and serving of your preferred mix-ins out of the back. The staff is trained so well that when I told them I had Celiac Disease, I think they changed their gloves without me even asking. This is an issue franchise owner Aundrey Markee takes seriously, as his wife and child have Celiac Disease, and one of his other children has additional food allergies. Right now the only location of this Shark Tank famous franchise is in Grand Blanc, Michigan, but Markee has big plans of buying the rights to place franchises throughout the state of Michigan!

2. Frosty Boy - 1757 Plainfield Ave Grand Rapids MI 49505 (616) 284 - 1436
Photo courtesy of Margaret Clegg
Frosty Boy was a Grand Rapids tradition until 2005. It sat vacant for at least a decade until owners Kyle and Alyssa Naumann gave it new life. Like many stands, they offer Michigan made Hudsonville Ice Cream and gluten-free soft serve. What sets them apart are the extras. You can get your ice cream in a homemade gluten-free waffle cone, your flurry made with gluten-free cookies, or even get VEGAN soft serve! In 2016 they opened a second location in Rockford as well.

3. MSU Dairy Store - 474 S. Shaw Lane East Lansing MI 48824 (517) 355 - 8466
Photo courtesy of Margaret Clegg
Michigan State University and dairy cows have a long history. MSU was known as "Agriculture College of the State of Michigan" in 1855, and they've been a leader in teaching agriculture ever since. Dairy cows are housed on campus and milked daily, which visitors can observe for free. The milk is then transported to the dairy plant to be turned into cheese and delicious ice cream. There's even an observation deck to watch the dairy process. While The Dairy Store does not have gluten-free cones, they are always willing to changes gloves and open a fresh tub of ice cream to prevent cross-contact. You can also find their ice cream at Capital City Scoop, where their ice cream is sold.

4. The Sugar Bear - 101 W. Michigan Avenue Paw Paw MI 49079 (269) 657- 4841
Photo courtesy of Caroline DeRidder
This ice cream parlor and cafe is well loved by Michiganders. This business has been serving families for 40 years, and has become known for accommodating all sorts of food allergies. Not only do they have gluten-free ice cream and cones, they also have dairy-free ice cream. The Sugar Bear is more than just an ice cream parlor. They actually have a complete menu, with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.

5. Wally's Frozen Custard - 22501 Harper Ave St. Clair Shores MI (586) 552- 5038
Photo courtesy of Amanda Bonser of Gluten Free Detroit Metro
I discovered Wally's Frozen Custard through a picture a fellow blogger posted on her Facebook. Wally's is located in St. Clair Shores and offers gluten-free cones. If we're honest, that's the hardest part of summertime ice cream experiences during the summer- no cone. Wally's has another draw though- they offer Dole Whip! If you've never head of it, it became popular in Disneyland and is dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, egg-free, and fat-free. This makes "ice cream" available to SO many other people!

6. Milk & Honey Cafe - 240 E Front St Traverse City MI 49684 (231) 944- 1036
Photo courtesy of my friend Dallas.
Milk & Honey Cafe and Ice Creamery was first brought to my attention while writing an article for the Pure Michigan campaign. Unfortunately, I ran out of time while in TC and had to pass it up. But after reading a review by my friend Dallas, (those are her adorable daughters above), I had to learn more. Milk & Honey makes their ice cream from scratch with local, organic and non-gmo ingredients. All of their flavors are gluten-free and they also have vegan options. They create flavor combinations with mix-ins, and pull fresh ice cream with a clean spade for those with Celiac Disease. They have gluten-free cones and also have a full sandwich menu with gluten-free bread.

(**Honorable Mention - Moomers Ice Cream in Traverse City. Voted #1 Ice Cream in the country, they have one flavor made with gluten-free cookies from Third Coast Bakery.)

7. Atrium Cafe & Ice Cream Parlour - 1519 Military St Port Huron MI 48060 (810) 989- 6002
Photo courtesy of Margaret Clegg
This place is a feast for the eyes and the stomach. The setting is reminiscent of a roaring 20's cafe. Owner Gayle, herself a diagnosed Celiac, makes all of their gluten-free cakes from scratch in a dedicated prep space. They offer a selection of Hudsonville ice creams and you definitely want to have the Brownie Supreme. What's pictured above is only a half order!

8. Frosty Cove - 2565 Lakeshore Drive Muskegon MI 49441 (231) 955 - 7130
Photo taken from The Frosty Cove FB page on opening day
I heard about Frosty Cove through my connections with the Muskegon Celiac Support Group. Frosty Cove proudly serves Hudsonville Ice Cream, which has over 20 flavors that are gluten-free. Frosty Cove makes sure to always have gluten-free cones on hand as well. I hear that their servings are large - almost as big as your head!

So, there we have it. I'm sure there are other great places you've found that go the extra mile. Leave a comment below and let others know the other great gluten-free ice cream parlors in Pure Michigan!

Monday, June 13, 2016

A Gluten-Free, Stress-Free Stay at The Upper Room Bed and Breakfast

The Upper Room Bed and Breakfast is a beautiful respite for those with Celiac Disease.
Guests have ultimate peace and quiet in this one-room rental, complete with full access to an indoor swimming pool. Each morning a hot breakfast with fresh fruit and juice await you.

And it's ALL gluten-free. Owner Jennifer Gingell doesn't use a speck of regular flour or gluten containing products anywhere in her kitchen. Did I mention there's cake every day? Delicious gluten-free & nut-free cake balls from Heavenly Cakeballs in Metamora accompany every morning meal. I suggest taking a trip to their bakery to try Vonda's gluten-free cupcakes, pies and more.

Offering a gluten-free breakfast isn't just a business trend for the Gingell's - this is personal. Jennifer's daughter Rachel was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2013 after struggling with health issues for almost a decade. Her parents realized that to help her heal and remain healthy, a completely gluten-free household was ideal. They removed every gluten containing item and bought brand new cookware. Now the care and concern they showed for their daughter can be passed on to all of their guests. Rachel says that it brings her such joy to assure those with gluten-free dining needs that their stay at The Upper Room can be a stress-free vacation.

There's more to see in Lapeer County than just the bed and breakfast. You can visit Hogsback for a long hike or a horse ride. Visit Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area for hours of swimming, boating, picnicking and fishing. There are plenty of wonderful golf courses in the vicinity for hours of play too.Visit the Pure Michigan site to pick a course! Sitting by the fireside in your room will be a great way to relax after enjoying the out of doors.

 A comfortable bed awaits you after adventuring throughout the Michigan thumb. I highly suggest the short drive to Clarkston to enjoy dinner at The Clarkston Union. With a full gluten-free menu that includes pizza, burgers, and macaroni and cheese, you'll want to eat there all the time. Take in a concert at DTE Energy Music Theater (formerly Pine Knob) for a truly memorable trip. 

Heading to Lapeer County or the thumb of Michigan soon? I highly suggest giving The Upper Room Bed and Breakfast a call to see if they have room available. Plan your trip in advance, as space books quickly. And please pass along that you read about them on my site! 

The Upper Room Bed and Breakfast 
2210 Broker Road
Lapeer MI 48446
(810) 664 - 0992

**All photos provided by Jennifer Gingell, owner of The Upper Room B&B**

Friday, June 10, 2016

St. Clair Shores is a Gluten-Free Blessing

Waterfront in New Baltimore, Michigan
Did you know that regardless of your location, when you're in Michigan, you are never more than 85 miles from one of the Great Lakes? You're also never more than 6 miles away from an inland lake or river. What better place to take advantage of the water ways than in St. Clair Shores and Macomb County. There are loads of gluten-free joints and things to do!

NKD Pizza

This pizza chain, new to Michigan, totally understands how to do celiac-safe gluten-free pizza. Their first location is in Sterling Heights, but they have big plans for expansion. With a completely separate prep station, pans and utensils, I would feel safe eating here every day of the week. They even have gluten-free chicken fingers and cookies! I was so in love with this mushroom pizza that I wrote a whole article about it. Read more here!

Wild Red Wings and Sandwiches

I will admit that I've never eaten at this establishment in St. Clair Shores, but my friend Amanda of Gluten Free Detroit Metro has mentioned it many times. While in town to visit NKD Pizza, I stopped by to talk to the management to learn about their gluten-free menu. The neat, and somewhat ironic, thing is that all of the fried foods are gluten-free. (Usually fried foods are off limits for those with Celiac Disease.) The fried chicken, mozzarella sticks, french fries and fried fish are all celiac-safe. I so wish I hadn't eaten so much pizza, because I gluten-free fried chicken is like a Holy Grail. Much talked about but super hard to find. Their breading has always been, and will always be, gluten-free.

Detroit Style Pizza

Photo courtesy of Johnna Perry / 
My friend Becky Fixel of Week99er talks about this St. Clair Shores pizza place all the time. All The Time. They started offering gluten-free pizza after the head chef's wife was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2012. Their website states that their "kitchen is designed so that our gluten-free crust never comes into contact with surfaces or utensils used for products with gluten in them." I still haven't had the chance to eat there yet, but you can read about my pal Johnna's experience there.

Photo Courtesy of Becky Fixel of
Macomb County has multiple farmer's markets to take advantage all summer long. At the St. Clair Shores market you can find great gluten-free items from local baker Briana Willis, owner of B Free Gluten-Free. Right next to her is Alicia Bemiss, owner of Old World Gluten Free - the only Michigan Made gluten-free pierogis that I know of! The St. Clair Shores market is open the fourth Sunday of every month. If you're in Macomb County on another day of the week, check out their list of farmer's markets throughout the county. It's a great time to take advantage of all the Michigan grown produce, like locally grown Romeo peaches!

I LOVE that this Nino Salvaggio S'mores display includes gluten-free S'moreables by Kinnikinnick!
Summer is a great time for picnics and bonfires.  Nino Salvaggio's is a great place to stop year-round to get items for a get together. This grocery store has an assortment of gluten-free items, including local Ethel's Edibles. What is Ethel's Edibles? The most amazing, decadent gluten-free desserts you could ever sink your teeth into! (If you have time you can stop by Ethel's storefront on Harper Avenue as well.) Nino Salvaggio's also has high-quality BoarsHead meats, chocolate dipped strawberries, and fresh popped popcorn, as well as fresh produce.

(Picture taken at another beach, but I thought you'd appreciate the view of the water!) 
Lake St Clair Metropark
It's only warm in Michigan for so long, so during the summer  take advantage of the beauty of Lake St. Clair Metropark. It is one of more than 130 parks in Macomb County. There are so many activities you can do here. Use the breathtaking trail along the water shoreline by foot or by bike. Use one of the three marinas to set sail on the open waters. Kids can use the Spray Zone or the water slides for hours of aquatic fun. You can go for a swim in their Olympic size swimming pool or jump right in to Lake St. Clair. Park entrance is $35 per vehicle for an a yearly permit or $10 a day.

There are plenty of special summer events in Macomb County as well. In New Baltimore, visit mid to late June to take part in the Bay-Rama Fly Fish Festival. While you're there, stop by Little Mustard Seed Cafe, one of only a handful of 100% gluten-free restaurants in the state. And make sure to get one of her organic, vegan, gluten-free cinnamon rolls!

This cinnamon roll. So good I wish I had one right now. 
Shortly after the 4th of July, St. Clair Shores holds their annual Aqua Fest. With shops and vendors along the Nautical Mile, there's bound to be something that will catch your eye. Part of the event includes a 5K walk fundraiser for Special Olympics and the Ultimate Dog Air Show. When you're done, be sure to stop at Wally's Frozen Custard on Harper Avenue, just down the block from Ethel's Edibles, for a gluten-free ice cream cone. They also have gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free Dole Whip! Now we can all scream for ice cream!

To find other Macomb County and Detroit area events, make sure to check out Mrs. Weber's Neighborhood webpage as well as Metro Detroit Mommy.

Are there any places in Macomb County that I missed? What's your favorite thing to do on the waterfront? What city or county would you like me to write about next?

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Donuts and Desserts with Enjoy Life

Gluten Free Donuts Made with Enjoy Life Muffin Mix

Sprinkles. They just make everything better. When my husband and I decided to make these for National Donut Day, it was  understood that there would be LOTS of sprinkles. 

Enjoy Life Foods and Love With Food partnered up to show some of us bloggers some extra special Celiac Disease Awareness Month love with a special box. Included was this muffin mix. I can't tell you the level of excitement when I saw a recipe on their website using this mix! Even more exciting is that these donuts are free of the 8 most common allergens! 

As I don't need all of the calories, I took these mini- donuts with me to church. I shared them with my Sunday School class, which they appreciated. My true source of joy was sharing them with one of our young friends, who walked down the hall, donut in hand, saying "num, num, num." Seriously, how can you not just LOVE that little face. 

Enjoy Life also sent me a box of goodies to make a very special dessert. It involved their crunchy cookies, their new brownie mix, and an avocado. And a mason jar. Any guesses? 

Actually, dirt cups. It was the first time that I made chocolate mousse using an avocado. I was surprised how much I actually enjoyed it. You can find this recipe on their website too. Some of the other bloggers were really creative with their presentation. Search #SpringFreely to see all of their unique creations! 

What's your favorite thing to make with Enjoy Life products? 

Monday, June 6, 2016

NKD Pizza- Gluten-Free Pizza You Feel Safe About Eating

Pizza. You love it but now that you're gluten-free, it has become an elusive thing. Sure, you can make one at home, buy a frozen one from the store, but what you REALLY want is to go to a pizzeria with everyone else and just get a really good pizza. I recently had someone tell me that people with Celiac Disease should have "common sense" and simply not eat out, that we should know better than to try to find a celiac-safe gluten-free pizza. Wrong pal, we shouldn't have to live in a bubble. NKD Pizza feels the same way. 

 Below is their #ShamelesslyGood pizza "manifesto." 

NKD Pizza is NOT a 100% gluten-free pizzeria BUT they have a completely dedicated station for prepping their gluten-free pizzas. That means no residual flour. No contaminated toppings. Unique and dedicated pizza pans so it's obvious you have the GF pizza. Dedicated and labeled cutting utensils. It's enough to make this gluten-free gal cry. 

I love that there are so many options. Seriously how do you pick? I think it's neat that the vegetarian pizzas are listed first, with the meat pizzas coming second. How often to vegetarians feel like an after thought? Not here. While these pizza combos are offered, you can also build a pizza with the toppings of your choice. 

With the guidance of Ryan, the head culinary creative genius at NKD Pizza, we chose the Kennett and the Morning Star. The Kennett is loaded with beautiful roasted mushrooms, garlic infused olive oil, mozzarella, grated Parmesan and thyme. 

Ryan insisted we try another pizza as well, so we ordered the Morning Star. The selling point for me on this pie was the artichoke hearts. Look at the beautiful bounty of veggies on that pizza! For those that are also vegan, NKD Pizza has dairy-free cheese as well.

NKD Pizza has more than just pizza. They have gluten-free chicken tenders. BAKED gluten-free chicken tenders. Healthy, crispy and delicious. All of their dipping sauces are made in house. I especially liked the blue cheese dressing. 

I enjoyed everything about our meal. From the pizza to the chicken to the no- HFCS soda, I was incredibly impressed. I was equally impressed with Ryan Helfer, who graduated from Johnson & Wales University. (You know, where Emeril Lagasse and Tyler Florence and Graham Elliott got their culinary degrees?!) He's their director of operations and is the mastermind behind some of their pizza combinations. We spent time talking about his passion for food and his ties to Michigan State University during his younger years.  He was so genuine, it felt like I was catching up with a long time friend. Just like their pizzas, the atmosphere at NKD Pizza is "all natural, with no "artificial" pretense. No scripted welcome, just people putting themselves out there to interact with the public. 

Not only can you get gluten-free pizza and chicken wings, you can get DESSERT! In fact, the only dessert at NKD pizza are the Udi's individually wrapped Chocolate Chip and Snickerdoodle cookies. These cookies are also soy-free and nut-free. 

Want a discount? While you're waiting for your pizza order, try to find all 20 words, take a picture, post it to Instagram and tag them, and get 20% off your next order! Actually, Instagram and social media is a big part of their business model. They want to interact with their public-and not just about pizza. They want to use their business to talk about healthy diets and curbing diet- related illnesses. Businesses that want to change the world for the better. I'm totally down with that. While there is only the Sterling Heights location at the moment, they plan is to open another 15 locations in the greater Metro Detroit area soon. 
I can't wait for them to take over Michigan! 

NKD Pizza - Sterling Heights 
2100 Metro Pkwy 
Sterling Heights, MI 48310 
(586) 580-7330 

** While I was given a meal for free, my thoughts and opinions are expressly my own. **

Friday, June 3, 2016

Why Chicago Has my Gluten-Free Heart

Chicago is like the New York City of the Midwest. Huge buildings, big attractions, and throngs of visitors. One of its nicknames is actually the "Heart of America," because it is one of the biggest transportation centers in the country, as well as being near the geographic center of the U.S.

Traveling when you have Celiac Disease can seem a bit daunting, but Chicago is FULL of unique gluten-free options. This city will surely win over your gluten-free heart! Here are some of my tips of places to eat and things to do while you're on a GF getaway to Chicago!

Wheat's End Cafe
This 100% gluten-free restaurant is just lovely. With zero concern that my meal could possibly make me sick from ingesting gluten, I wholeheartedly ate without abandon. Lamb meatloaf, English muffins, and more. It was so amazing I wrote an entire article about it. Read it here!

My first date with a Roti. It's been true love ever since. 

Roti Mediterranean Grill
I first fell in love with Roti in 2014 during our very first trip to Chicago. How can one NOT love Roti, when they offer delicious gluten-free Mediterranean food AND gluten-free pita bread?! This fast casual restaurant is like Chipotle, only with chicken kabobs instead of pork and hummus instead of salsa. They also have gluten-free falafel and just started offering a tabbouleh made with quinoa instead of cracked wheat. Since they're basically only in Chicago, you'll have to make sure to visit multiple times when you're there!

Photo Credit - Yelp 

I'll be totally honest - I haven't been to Cassava yet. I ran out of time on my most recent trip to Chicago, but it's definitely on my to-do list next time I go back. This 100 % gluten-free restaurant makes empanadas out of cassava flour. You may be more familiar with cassava's other names, such as tapioca. (Which is what Chebe is made from!) What started as a small business making pao de quejo, now serves empanadas, chili and other items. They've been highlighted by the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center and their dough has been sent for independent testing and tests below 10 ppm. The more I learn about this amazing place the more I kick myself for not having visited. Make sure that you don't make the same mistake I did and eat to your hearts content.

Photo Credit- Sarah Dymond

Do-Rite Donuts
Every single gluten-free Chicago friend I know sings the praises of Do-Rite Donuts. While Do-Rite is not a 100% dedicated bakery, they do use a separate, dedicated fryer for their gluten-free donuts. All gluten-free dough is prepped in the morning. They take special care to keep preparation separate from their regular donuts. Their normal gluten-free donut flavors include Cinnamon & Sugar, Maple Bacon, Pistachio Meyer Lemon, and Valhrona Chocolate Glazed. I've tasted the Maple Bacon, and it was tasty!

I now want to eat breakfast every day at Egg Harbor Cafe. 

Egg Harbor Cafe
It's taken me a few trips to Chicago to finally make it here, and it was everything I dreamed it would be. Egg Harbor Cafe has multiple locations throughout Chicagoland, although there is not a location downtown. They have an extensive gluten-free menu and they serve Sweet Ali's pancakes and cinnamon rolls. Every bite of that cinnamon roll was like heaven. There is an Egg Harbor Cafe location in Schaumburg just down from where the GFAF Expo is held, so be sure to get breakfast there when you come for the expo!

There are lots of other great restaurants to eat at. I was incredibly amazed by my dinner at Weber Grill, and I hear that Marcello's Father and Son has gluten-free deep dish pizza! But there's more to do in Chicago than just eat. Here are some attractions you HAVE to visit!

Millenium Park
Millenium Park is home to sculptures, water fountains, gardens, outdoor pavilions and more. The most famous attraction is probably the Cloud Gate. It's often referred to as the Bean, because it's shaped like a kidney bean. This polished stainless steel structure reflects the city skyline. True tory, the person at the edge of the photo in the blue shirt is my husband. He was taking a picture of a family on vacation, using their camera. When he was done, we realized they lived in a city less than 20 miles from our house in Flint. Small world, huh? My friend (and comedian) Blake Grigsby did a great video where he managed to convince 150 strangers to take a group photo together there.

Image taken from 
Chase Auditorium
Confession - I'm a NPR junkie. My favorite show is Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me, and it is taped weekly at the Chase Auditorim inside the Chicago Theater. The theater has many other shows (obviously) that you can take in. If theater is your thing, Chicago is the place to be. Check out Chicago Shakes at Navy Pier and the Goodman. If you're in the mood for a good laugh, check out the many improv shows, including IO Chicago, Second City and Comedy Sportz. Use the site GoldStar or Hot Tix to find tickets to all of these shows and more.

Of course there are many other famous places to visit. Shedd's Aquarium, the Field Museum of Natural History, Navy Pier, and so much more. You can take in a baseball game at Wrigley Field (which serves Gilbert's gluten-free sausages!) or simply take in the beauty of the coastline.

As downtown Chicago is a busy place, I HIGHLY suggest getting a Ventra Card. This multi-use transportation card gets you on all the bus lines and some of the trains. The rates are very affordable and it makes getting around the city SO much easier.

A quick note of thanks to my Chicagoland friends who helped answer some additional questions. You can follow Colie, Brianna, Mel and Julie on Twitter and I'm sure they'll gladly answer a question or two for you. Otherwise, have FUN on your Chicago adventure and report back to me on any new finds!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Wheat's End Cafe Restores Your GF Sanity

This picture makes me smile. The simple decor and openness makes me feel welcome. 
Of course, I'm talking about the quiet ambiance at Wheat's End Cafe in Chicago. 

The big comfy benches. The clean lines of the wooden tables. The warmth of color. 
Walking through the doors instantly puts you at ease and you feel like the daily stresses gets left at the door. Well, at least it alleviates my stresses. Because unlike other restaurants, I know I can safely eat at Wheat's End Cafe without fear of cross-contact and accidental ingestion of gluten. Why? Because the entire restaurant is 100% gluten-free. No wheat, rye or barley ever cross the threshold of this restaurant. Many menu items are dairy free too. 

Wheat's End Cafe is owned by Susan McMillan. This location used to be home to a 100% gluten-free restaurant called Senza. It was a high end restaurant, winning Michelin stars and rated one of the Top 100 restaurants in the country. Then they made a bold decision to change formats. Still amazingly delicious meals made in a dedicated gluten-free kitchen but just a bit simpler. From foie gras to homemade yogurt. From oysters on a half shell to half an omelette on a house made English muffin. I asked Meni why they chose to have a dedicated gluten-free restaurant. He simply stated that is was because no one else was doing it. 
Boy am I glad they took that risk! 

I mean look at this beautiful egg and bacon on English muffin. I was only going to eat one of them, really I was. But it was just. SO. good! I'm not the only one who thinks so. Manager Meni Mizrahi says that over half of his patrons don't even need to eat gluten-free. But for those who MUST dine gluten-free, he says he could write a book full of stories of their expressions of gratitude. Grateful hugs from clients. The joy of a child being able to eat her first donut, EVER. People order from across the country, having packages shipped on ice, just for the familiar taste of their baked goods.

Wheat's End Cafe offers more than just breakfast fare. This beautiful dish above is LAMB meatloaf. Lamb, folks. Amazing. It's just one of the many delicious items on their weekday menu. Their weekend brunch menu include fresh popovers served with sausage gravy, eggs benedict accompanied by prosciutto, in addition to their slow-roasted short rib dish served with organic eggs and potatoes.

Of course, there are still baked goods. Donuts, muffins, scones and vegan cinnamon rolls are just a few of the items you can buy there. You can also purchase packages of their English muffins, bagels, pizza crusts and mini loaves to take home as well. I'm totally wishing I would have bought some of the English muffins for myself. It's hard to believe they're gluten-free! 

I love that the restaurant also has a bookshelf full of gluten-free cookbooks and other resources. I think it shows how much they care about their patrons, wanting them to now only eat well when they're out, but learn how to cook well when they're home. This place is a labor of love. Thank you Susan and Meni, thank you for loving your community through delicious food, hugs, and the willingness to cater to those that often get overlooked.

Wheat's End Cafe 
2873 N. Broadway 
Chicago Illinois 60657
(773) 770-3527
Hours- Tuesday thru Sunday: 10 am - 3 pm

**While I was not paid for my review, my meal was provided to me free of charge. Trust me though, next time I go back I'm going to want to buy one of everything. Thanks to CJ for setting this up!**