Just realized this is the last update before December arrives. Lots to report this week in the gluten-free dining and shopping scene: restaurant opening/closing/moving, gluten-free menu additions, and new restaurants on the horizon.
The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook Volume 2 from America’s Test Kitchen is out just in time for the holidays. The second volume expands the repertoire of gluten-free recipes, including developing a whole-grain flour blend that brings earthy flavor to a variety of baked goods.
Bhojanic is closing its Decatur location November 30th because they couldn’t come to terms on a lease extension. Their Buckhead location is still going strong as is their food truck and catering business.
California Pizza Kitchen has reopened in Lenox Mall after four months of renovations, which has lead to an expanded menu with gluten-free pizzas, hand crated cocktails and more non-pizza entrees.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill’s updated menu now includes gluten-free pasta. Seven entrees can now be ordered with casarecce gluten-free pasta, which expands their gluten-free options significantly. Casarecce pasta is shaped like a very narrow, twisted and rolled tube and is most likely served al dente, which can leave gluten-free pasta hard and unpalatable. Be sure to tell the server how you would like the pasta cooked.
The new Chick-fil-A on Northside Drive in West Midtown is scheduled to open December 9th. Grilled chicken, french fries, salads, and more await gluten-free diners.
According to ToneToAtlanta, Fresh to Order (F2o) plans to close their existing location on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs December 12th. Currently located in Hilderbrand Court, F2o had to find a new home as the center is being redeveloped. Fresh to Order plans to reopen in March at One City Walk, the new mixed use development at the corner of Hammond Drive and Roswell Road.
According to Decaturish, Louisiana Bistreaux is targeting June 2016 for opening its second location in Suburban Plaza. The restaurant, which will seat 120 to 130 people, including 30 seats on the heated/air conditioned patio, is planning to have gluten free and vegetarian options on the menu.
Smashburger closed its Sandy Springs location after a sprinkler malfunction lead to flooding and damage.
The Bishop in Avondale Estates is closing its doors on November 29th. The owner, Luellen Marshall, wants to spend more time with her family and running the business takes her away from them too often. This restaurant was a great addition to the community and I am sad to see it go. They have great gluten-free options, so stop in before the 29th to support their closing.
Trader Joe’s has added plain coconut creamer to its offerings. It is dairy and soy free and only comes in plain. Hope they will add flavored options soon.