Birch Tree Cafe
Birch Tree Cafe Dedicated Gluten Free Restaurant and Bakery Is Absolutely DeliciousAt least once every road trip I search out a special gluten free treat. This time I had a strong craving for a cupcake. That craving led me to the Birch Tree Cafe Delaware’s only gluten free dedicated bakery and cafe. While enjoying my lunch, I had the pleasure of chatting with Cathy, the owner and a fellow celiac.
The Birch Tree Cafe is located inside Good Earth Grocery in the pretty beach town of Clarkesville near Bethany, Delaware. If you are in the Ocean City area it is well worth the drive to this magical little place. The drive inland from the coast is pretty and peppered with nifty little shops.
We arrived just before the lunch hour and had the small cafe all to ourselves. This gave me the opportunity to chat with the friendly and knowledgeable cashier.
We ordered chicken salad on Birch Tree Bakers homemade gluten free bread. We also ordered a BLT on Birch Tree Baker’s Gluten Free Rye bread. Both sandwiches were dairy free as well as gluten free. Cathy uses Veganaise and other healthy natural ingredients to increase nutrition and eliminate many allergens from her menu.
While we waited for our sandwiches we drooled over fresh-baked gluten free cupcakes, brownies, and muffins.
We were going to get our food to go as we had our dog Gypsy with us, and were pleasantly surprised that we could eat our food out on the patio with our pooch. Eating good food on a sunny day on a patio surrounded by a magical organic garden was the perfect accent to our day. Gypsy loved getting to see the live chickens that roamed the property as well.
The owner Cathy was out on the patio finishing up some labels when we sat down to devour our sandwiches. She was eager to speak with us about our blog, our life on the road, and her passion for wholesome gluten free food.
Cathy really understands how important nutrition is to a gluten free diet. So many gluten free breads and bakery items are made with an abundance of starches and lack whole grains. As the chef of the Birch Tree Cafe and creator of Birch Tree Bakers breads and desserts, Cathy bakes foods with great taste, texture, and nutrition.
Our lunch tasted fantastic. The Birch Tree Baker’s breads were soft and full of flavor. The mock rye was my favorite as I have been aching for a good rye style bread since my diagnosis. The Original Gluten Free Bread was some of the best I have tasted too. The texture is soft and light unlike most heavy crumbly gluten free breads available commercially.
Cathy was so amazing at answering questions about ingredients too. I was afraid I would not get my cupcake when the cashier informed me of confectionaires sugar in the icing. Cathy only uses Wholesome Sweeteners in her baking and took time to double check its corn free status. She really knows her stuff! She was able to verify that the confectioneries sugar in the icing was corn free and I got my cupcake wish!
We left The Birch Tree Cafe with full bellies and happy souls. We also left with tons of baked goods for snacking. We purchased four luscious muffins, two gluten free chocolate pecan brownies, and my chocolate cupcake with white icing.
I of course went to town on that cupcake as soon as I was settled in the van. It was heaven. I have not had icing since going corn free and it was everything I remembered. The cupcake was moist and richly chocolate-y. Alan took a bite and let me inhale the rest.
We saved the muffins for breakfast. They were hearty, filling, and delicious. Alan chose chocolate chip as his favorite, while I liked the lemon poppy seed best.
The brownies may have been even better than the cupcakes. I am a huge pecan fan and they set off the fudgey flavor exquisitely.
I highly recommend visiting the Birch Tree Cafe. It is a not to miss spot for anyone who lives in Delaware and has a passion for great gluten free food. Don’t live nearby? Cathy can ship you some of her awesome breads and goodies to devour as well. When you do stop by take some time to say hi to Cathy for me and tell her I sent you.