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Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop is Fantastic Gluten Free New Orleans Goodness

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Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop

2309 N Causeway Blvd
Metairie, LA
70001
(504) 835-2022

www.gumbostop.com

Recently we spent a few days in New Orleans. It is a fantastic city. I knew I wanted to try some authentic New Orleans cuisine. Being a celiac with a corn intolerance I thought this would not be an easy task. Googling gluten free new orleans brought up tons of restaurants, but I couldn’t be sure any were actually any good with cross contamination issues. I did some reAding of reviews and most were iffy. That is until I stumbled upon Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop.

The reviews for this place were out of this world. I was feeling pretty comfortable with eating there as a celiac. Next step was to email and facebook message Chef Ron to see if he could accomodate my corn intolerance. He responded quickly and was sure he could make me something wonderful that would fit my diet. Since I am still mostly on the corn-lite side of the corn intolerance spectrum I decided to go for it.When we arrived we were greeted by a server and I let her know first thing about my celiac and corn intolerance. She sent out Chef Ron himself who went through the menu items with me that were gluten free and don’t contain corn. A large portion of the menu is gluten free or adaptable! Chef Ron even offered to make me his fried green tomatoes appetizer using Bob’s Redmill flour. I was super excited since I rarely get to eat any appetizers in a restaurant. We also chose the Jambalaya and the seafood gumbo.

Gluten Free Fried Green Tomatoes

Gluten Free Fried Green Tomatoes

The fried green tomatoes were out of this world! I have never had a fried green tomato in my life and did not know what to expect. They came out beautifully plated. They were so pretty I didn’t want to eat them but hunger took over. Alan liked them so much he actually licked the leftover spicy mayo off of the plate.

Gluten Free Gumbo

Gluten Free Gumbo

The gumbo was fantastic I’m sure, I am just not a fishy seafood person. I did enjoy tasting crawfish for the first time. I liked it more than I thought I would.

Gluten Free Jambalaya

Gluten Free Jambalaya

The jambalaya was fantastic! The sausage was grilled perfectly and very flavorful. The chunks of chicken and the tomatoey rice were spiced just right and made me want to eat way more than I should. Thankfully the portions are enormous. Even though Alan and I pigged out, we still had leftovers enough for a small dinner that evening.

Chef Ron is a really nice guy who cares a ton about his food and his guests. At one point he told me he was “here to nourish me”. That feeling of appreciation from the chef was a feeling I have not gotten at any other restaurant and it really made me feel great.

Photo of Chef Ron and Laurie

Photo of Chef Ron and Laurie

After the meal Chef Ron even took a moment to snap a photo with me. If you haven’t tried Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop please please go right now.

Rating by Laurie Clark: 5.0 stars
****

Chicago’s Pizza Gluten Free Pizza Restaurant Review

Chicago's PIzza Gluten Free Pizza

Chicago’s Pizza

3114 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL
60657
(773) 477-2777

www.chicagos-pizza.com

So our travels have led us to escape the heat of St Louis and head to Chicago. One thing on my food bucket list has been Chicago style deep dish pizza. I was really afriad that I would not find a gluten free deep dish pizza, but thanks to a little googling and a reccomendation from a friend, I came across the most amazing pizza I have ever had gluten free or otherwise! Chicago’s Pizza has seriously ruined me for any other gluten free restaurant pizza. I want to hitch the restaurant to my rv and take it with me.

When we arrived we were brought bread and dipping oil. I quickly told the server to take it away because we could only eat gluten free. To my surprise she said she would be back with gluten free bread! Free gluten free bread and dipping oil! It was amazingly soft and slightly crunchy on the outside. We went on to order gluten free cheesy garlic bread and a large gluten free deep dish pizza. We chose the Chicago Special with italian sausage, green pepper, onion, and mushroom and we added pepperoni because, why not?

Chicago's Pizza Cheesy Garlic Bread

Chicago’s Pizza Cheesy Garlic Bread

The cheesy garlic bread was out of this world. I was amazed that the bread held its structure while being soaked with garlic butter and topped with gooey stringy delicious cheese. Most gluten free breads don’t hold up well to liquids.We were so excited for our pizza to come out. I was not able to sit still and was practically dancing in my seat.

When it did come out the server plated us up slices of the large hot pie. It was a nice touch. The crust was tall and the toppings were really piled on. Despite being heavily topped the crust was not soggy. It was thick, chewy slightly crispy on the bottom and just perfect! It tasted like real pizza. Most pizza places that offer gluten free pizza go really sparse on the toppings because most crusts can not stand up to all the liquid that toppings produce. This is one aspect of pizza making that Chicago’s Pizza excels in. I believe it helps that chicago style pizza has the sauce on top of the cheese and toppings. The layer of cheese kind of seals the crust off from the toppings helping the crust stay dry. The toppings were fantastic too. I don’t think I’ve ever had tastier or larger chunks of sausage or more flavorful pepperoni in my life. The sauce was stand out as well. It had visible chunks of onion and tomato and a really robust flavor.

Slice of Chicago's Pizza Gluten Free Pizza

Slice of Chicago’s Pizza Gluten Free Pizza

Overall I can’t wait for another chance to go into the city and grab another pie or two. Chicago’s Pizza will half bake a pizza for you to finish in your own oven and they provide instructions on time and temp for best results. Want to know the most amazing thing about Chicago’s Pizza? They deliver gluten free pizza, pasta, sandwiches, calzones, sides, ect until 5 am! They also use a dedicated area and dedicated toppings to make every gluten free pizza as safe as possible. Out of all of the reviews I have read I have not seen mention of anyone having a bad gluten free experience. We travel non stop now and would love to hear recommendations of your favorite gluten free restaurants. Post them in the comments.

Rating by Laurie Clark: 5.0 stars ****