MN Week Day 3: Breakfast at Birchwood Cafe, Minneapolis, MN

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Tasty Gluten Free Review
Location: Minneapolis, MN 55406
Site: birchwoodcafe.com

So wanted to find a new restaurant to try on Vaca in Minnesota and used YELP and the Birchwood Cafe by typing in gluten-free sort by highest rated for brunch. Wanted to also get drunch (haha).

So I’ll with hold my political views since this restaurant is HIGHLY political in every possible way (coming from Texas it’s a culture shock) however, if you have good food I don’t care what you do.

Oh My Gahh, a sweet potato, rice flour, kale, bacon, fried egg waffle, see full ingredients below

From the entrance to the last bite this place is truly a 5 star restaurant and deserves every award in the book, it needs to be on TV, national attention, and all employees brought to light this is a hidden gem. You get your menu at the front, figure out what you want and order with the lovely lady up front. All items are noted with the GF status if they are gluten free. They had the largest selection of unique gluten free items I’ve seen in awhile, now I opted for a bunch of food since I have to try everything that is unique. Started with a Gluten Free Pyro American Pale Ale brew which is tasty! (I then got the “booch” which was SO darn good).

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MN Week Day 1: Dinner at Firelake

After shopping or window viewing all day because honestly not much shit you want to buy at the largest mall in America (who needs another Journey’s). We decided to find a nice ass restaurant to grub at, enter Fire Lake. This place was connected to the MoA through the Radisson hotel which is at the Mall of America itself. So you can stay and shop and eat without leaving the mall ever muahahah!

Fire Lake had gluten free items noted.

While in MN for the week to do tourist things I kept looking up on Yelp for the most gluten-free classy place. Kept coming across Fire Lake so decided to give it a try. The day we went it was almost dead so it ended up for a perfect evening. The interior is beautiful, clean, organized and has a beautiful motif to it. Our waitress was a total cougar and took care of us, even gave us tips on what to do and sight see during our visit. The cocktails we had were also tasty (nothing super cocktail lab worthy, but tasty!).

Cocktails & Appetizers at Fire Lake (Poutine Fries, nom!)

For appetizers the other friends in my party got the Battered cheese curds and loved them. I got the Poutine fries were simply so darn tasty and amazing, very well seasoned with nom taste. For main course the Wild Acres Rotisserie Duck simply stood out as much as it could. Sweet potato spaetzles, carm brussels, apple sweet cerry chutney and yes it was delicious.

Excellent sweet chicken.

If in the area Fire Lake is not to be missed, great management, service, and quality. Prices are on par with everything.

Minnesota Week Day 1: Mall of America

So we decided to hit up Minnesota for a few days and see what all the hype was about. So stay tuned will be updating posts of each thing we did and it’s review or my thoughts of it! Also main reason was Mall of America which is located in Bloomington, Minnesota. Known for being the largest mall in the United States of America. My full review of the MoA will be at the end of blog post. But first let’s review the Nordstrom Cafe located inside the department store.

Flight in was chill (STL airport sucks), +1 for Starbucks

Nordstrom Cafe

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Nordstrom Cafe

Gluten Free review of Nordstrom’s Cafe. Which is wishy washy with there location on YELP. Is it Nordstrom Cafe or Marketplace cafe I’m confused?

Anyways had a meal here and was asking about gluten free items. Both the chef and cashier were very knowledgeable of gluten free items and knew what to say and went over a few things in a certain dish to make sure it was gluten free.

 

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Excellent service, great chicken, even better side salad.

Had beautiful views of Minnesota looking out the window. Decent service and overall a great lunch and way to start the day, I’d go back! Tasty chicken dish and the side salad it comes with DARN that’s some good stuff. Read More Below

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Nada Moo!, La Madeline’s, and Homemade Fish Dish

First week of April was pretty good, tried this new ice cream called Nada Moo and it has 0 Dairy, 0 Corn, 0 Corn Syrup, and it was Cookies & Cream. This is the only Cookies & Cream gluten free ice cream I’m aware of and it is EXCELLENT! Also hit up the chain La Madeline’s for an Omelette (took the bread off) and you dip it in the tomato basil soup, wow guacamole it’s good.

Also lady was trying those Sunkiss meals where they pre-package the ingredients and you cook them, most are super spicy and way to long to cook, this fish one however was pretty darn good.

Table 28, Little Rock, Arkansas

Table28 is located inside the Burgundy Hotel

Wanted to try Table 28 for awhile and knew that could accommodate gluten free patrons from a previous review, we tried one Friday night but was booked so came back on a slow night and got right in. It’s inside the Burgundy Hotel which is a hip/posh hotel or at least tries to be,located near West Little Rock.

We got sat by the hostess then a guy filled our water and we waited for 7 minutes (we almost got up and left). Finally the bartender came over and said our waiter was late and he had to take our order. Classy.

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Table 28 Spread, all the “modern” except the “quality”

Told us the Artichoke was gluten free, how ever not the pita but did bring out some carrot slices instead which didn’t pair at all but still was a thoughtful gesture, the artichoke dip itself was very good. I chose the Beef Filet Tenderloin which came with carrot fries and parsnip. It was tasty, nothing super special however was a decent piece of beef.

 

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Chic-eh.. interior at Table 28

Lady had the Meatloaf and enjoyed hers as well. I’d prob order something different next time since the steak quality for $38 is not justified in the quality of beef that was served. We had a few cocktails, nothing to rave about.

I’d come back here after exploring the rest of Little Rock’s culinary scene, maybe we went on an off night, however the atmosphere was awesome.

Sky Modern Japanese Little Rock

So we’ve tried the other Sushi places in town first because their menu contains +gf notations and certain items, avoided here for awhile until I found out they carry gluten-free soy sauce. Enter Sky Modern

Sky service was excellent, the appetizers were tasty (edamame was cold) but I don’t knock off for that, and the miso soup was very tasty and warm. The interior is super cool, cloud lights, a silver tree, pretty awesome place can’t believe waited so long to try this spot.

Been to a few other sushi spots in town and Sky by far had the best sushi, it was fresh, tasted great and was assembled like a pro. The Shrimp Ebi did have wasabi in it which I didn’t know and it didn’t say that so I avoided it eek! However I will be back soon to dive into some more sushi! Also great prices.

Izzy’s Little Rock Round 5

Last trip to Izzy’s Meal, probably be the last for awhile. While the aspect of this place having a large gluten free menu’s initial draw has died down it was time to judge it on quality and so far I can honestly say I haven’t had one meal that was “epic”. It’s also mediocre food which lacks any flavor to be honest. It’ll be awhile before I go back!

Gluten Free Chicken Sandwich & Sad Veggies

Ladies Pizza (said was eh)

Chillin at Kemuri in Hillcrest, Decent Sushi Option

Gluten Free Review
+server had to check with chef on any item if it was gluten free
+eh no dedicated gluten free menu

I’ve wanted to back here to give this place another chance maybe a better waiter so I will do that soon to try and get it 5 stars. We were seated at the bar and then the bar had a light that was like a strobe light so had to move chairs next to another table next the back bar.

Kemuri Chillin, a decent Sushi option in LR

The service was good however he had no any of any gluten free options nor what contained soy sauce, etc so probably the reason wasn’t as pleasant. We got a bottle of Sake which was excellent (he did know his Sake) and we got some Robota appetizer I think? Was like filet beef sticks and also some roasted pork belly appetizer which was excellent, the apps were great. The sushi however was 3/5, it didn’t taste fully fresh and the rice as soon as you picked it up with the chopsticks fell apart, the sushi chef that night was terrible. I’ll be back soon though because it’s def a hot spot and got real busy bar side before we left.

http://kemurirestaurant.com

 

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