Prost Wine Bar & Charcuterie is an excellent addition to the downtown Frankenmuth dining scene. Their name, which means "Cheers!' in German, fits in nicely with this Bavarian-themed town. While they are known for their drink menu and charcuterie boards, it was their extensive gluten-free menu that garnered my interest.
I contacted owner Zak McClellan after a member of our Mid Michigan Celiac Support Group mentioned that Prost Wine Bar & Charcuterie made gluten-free waffles. How refreshing it was to know that most of their menu is actually gluten-free! They make homemade gluten-free bread, and their regular bread is made off site, which prevents cross-contact. Most of their menu is meat, cheese and salads, which are naturally gluten-free. They do not deep-fry anything, and none of their items are breaded. They have separate cutting boards, utensils and a panini press for gluten-free sandwiches. The dedicated panini press is removed from the general prep area when not in use, and Zak has expressly trained his staff on avoiding cross-contact in the kitchen. They do make regular desserts in house, but their gluten-free dessert is made off premises. Awesome!
So I our support group board decided to meet here for dinner to experience it ourselves. We started the evening with this fantastic Kale & Artichoke Dip. Made with "baby kale, marinated artichokes, cream cheese, and Parmesan," it is served in a skillet alongside homemade gluten-free bread. It was a large enough serving that the four of us split it and I still had some to take home. I gave the rest to my husband, who was highly impressed.
There were so many options for dinner it was hard to decide. I went with the Club Prost sandwich, loaded with roast turkey and smoked pancetta. The seasoned mayo on it was a bit too spicy for me, but it was so good overall I devoured it completely. The chips are coated in black pepper and have a bit of a bite to them. I was so full I never ate my olives.
My friend Karen ordered their Grilled Cheese Royale with a side salad. I love how simple yet beautiful the salad is presented on the plate. I definitely want to order this sandwich when I return. My other friends ordered their Classic and the "Prostrami," and were very pleased as well. I was also pleased that Prost only charges $9-$13 for their sandwiches.
Even though we felt we ate too much, we managed to sneak in enough room for a bite of dessert. This Chocolate Truffle Cake is decadent and rich. A few bites of this sweet treat was a great end to our meal. Good food with food friends leads to good health, right?
We went for dinner and waffles were not on the the menu. I'm assuming they are available for their Sunday Brunch, Lunch & Bloody Mary Bar. Prost has an extensive beverage menu, and clearly marks which beers are gluten-free and which are gluten-removed.
** I was not compensated for my meal or my thoughts. All opinions are my own.**
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