Friday, November 14, 2008

Gluten Free in Saratoga Springs NY

My Trip to Saragota Springs NY!

So I had to go to Saratoga Springs for a conference this weekend, and I did some researching on where to eat Gluten Free there, and found a great blog which used to be the Gluten Free Saratoga blog here on blogspot- definitely check it out if you are visiting Saratoga.

For Dinner the first night we went to Cantina, on Broadway. Cantina is a Mexican restaurant that is fairly new in Saratoga (it opened a few years ago I believe). Many of the dishes were made with corn tortillas and the chips put on the table were GF as well! They had so many options, including chicken NACHOS that were fabulous!!! I was so full after eating there, I had so much to take home. Our waitress told us that they were looking to do more GF, seeing how so much of there stuff is already naturally GF anyway- that would be AWESEOME… so definitely visit Cantina!
430 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
phone: 518.587.5577

The next night I went to Circus Cafe . Circus Cafe has a GF menu (note that they do list items that go in a fryer, but warn that other Gluten-containing items go in it, so I avoided them)… I got a Circus Burger, without a bun, and a salad on the side. For dessert- and this was the BEST part, I got a warm hot chocolate pudding cake! (yes, GF flourless cake!) this cake was served warm with hot pudding inside, and got a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side- IT WAS DELISIOUS!!! I couldn’t believe it- it was SO good, and we had the BEST (and most friendly) waiter I have ever had! (and loved that his “circus” shirt said “I used to be a contortionist”! ha ha) you have to check it out!
Circus Cafe
392 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

I also went to Nunzios- as recommended by the Saratoga Blog… Now, I was there I was “information gathering” to come back for dinner or lunch the next day. I was walking around the store/restaurant and just happened to be there while they were getting a delivery of “Saratoga Gluten Free Goods, LLC” products. I was so happy to be there right as all these wonderful things were coming in. The best thing I got was the “Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars” They were DELISIOUS!!! I also got Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies, Gluten Free Multi Grain Sandwich Rolls, and Gluten Free Potato Bread. ALL were great! I wish I picked up more, because they said they do not ship- yet-. Hopefully they will in the future! The only information I have on them is
Their blog:
Saratoga Gluten Free Goods, LLC
PO Box 946, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, (518) -681-1707
They also carry their products at:
Wild Thyme Whole Food and Tea Company -108 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 518.885.7275 (which is a GREAT health food store! I go every time I’m up in Saratoga!)

Now, while I am raving about Saratoga Gluten Free Goods, I can not say the same for Nunzios Pizza and Deli. While I was paying for all the goodies I was buying, the person ringing me up (I believe the owner), when I asked about ordering a Gluten Free Pizza, and how much lead-time do they need, she shook her head and said not today. The other person there (who was helping with the GF goods) said to her “oh, do you have gluten free pizza today” and the owner said “no, not now”. So when I asked will you have pizza tonight or tomorrow, she shook her head and said “I don’t know”. Then proceeded to tell me (without further asking) that serving gluten free is a pain in the neck for her. It takes her a long time to prepare the GF food because of making sure to wash everything (which for us, is good at least!), etc…, because of the hassle she said she is almost ready to Not do it anymore because people give her grief about waiting so long for GF pizza, and don’t “they” realize that GF is not her primary business and she has a business to run and that is her priority.” I then tried to calm her down (I am a counselor in my day-job), and tell her “of course, I understand, and I thanked her for taking the time to make sure to sanitize the equipment prior to making GF foods” and asked, if I WERE to order a GF pizza, or GF chicken Parm, pasta, etc… tomorrow, how long should I call ahead for? And she said “I don’t know, it gets really busy and it takes a long time and it’s a hassle for me- at least 2 hours, and I don’t know if you should come on a Friday or Saturday night it’s busy”, so when I asked about Saturday lunch, she went on and on again about it being a hassle and “don’t we understand” etc…- to which I finally said “don’t worry, I won’t be back”.
Now, to be a good blogger, I felt I had to let you know that Nunzios currently offers GF pizza- CALL A FEW HOURS AHEAD- and pasta/dishes- (at least as of now, until it finally gets to be TOO MUCH OF A PAIN for her) so while GF is available, I did not go back to try the GF Pizza or other dishes, so I can not report on them.

I can say that the baked GF goods offered by Saratoga Gluten Free Goods there WERE worth the trip into the store- I wished I bought more, so I wasn’t tempted to go back to buy more and have to endure that again! The people delivering the baked goods were VERY nice and the only reason I didn’t walk out without buying anything was the hope that they got the profits, not Nunzios.
Nunzios Pizza & Deli
119 Clinton St
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 584-3840

If you happen to be visiting Skidmore College the Food Service managers were very knowledge in GF, and that night I was there were even teaching a cooking class for students on Cooking Gluten Free!! How awesome!

And while I didn’t have time to go, I went into Wheatfields to ask about what they have. They have a GF menu, and any of their pasta items can be made with Gluten Free Pasta! They were very friendly when I went in there, and the hostess said for me to tell the server when I sat down that I will be ordering GF pasta so that the cook can start up a new pot/water, etc.. because they cook it from scratch. I will definitely go there next time!
440 Broadway downtown Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 587-0534

Chain Restaurants that offer a GF menu in the Saratoga Area:

Nienety Nine Restaurant
3073 Route 50, Wilton Mall
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
518-584-9906 allergen listing

Pizzeria Uno’s
3008 State Route 50
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
518-587-4270 - Gluten Free Menu

Health Food Stores & Supermarkets:
Four Seasons‎
33 Phila St, Saratoga Springs, NY‎ - (518) 584-4670‎

Wild Thyme Whole Food & Tea Co
108 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa, NY 12020, (518) 885-7275‎

Hannaford Supermarket
95 Weibel Avenue , Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 , (518) 587-0681 - Lots of GF stuff!

Price Choppper
-Saratoga Price Chopper, Church St. & Railroad Place Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518) 584-9400
-Wilton Price Chopper, 3049 Route 50 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518) 583-7551
-Route 50 Price Chopper, 115 Ballston Ave. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518) 580-9172


Anonymous said...

My son, who does not have gluten allergy and his girlfriend who has celiac's order a lot from Nunzio's and never have a problem if they give some notice. usually just calling ahead. Hope the owner reads your blog a if she was having a bad day, she should have not taken it out on you, or whatever the reason, it was not smart! Olde Bryan Inn also has GF items, I am told and KD's fish fry on Geyser Road. The Saratoga GF items are very good-I have tried.

SueZboss said...

Thanks! Yes, KD's Fish Fry has GF menu and I'm excited that you told me that Olde Bryan Inn does too- I used to go there prior to being GF- I will definately check it out on my next trip back up to Saratoga!

Yummy Mummy Cupcakery said...

Saratoga is now offering Gluten Free Cupcakes. I am a new business but would love any feedback. Thx

jennifer said...

Ate lunch at Wheatfields and they actually know very little about gluten free foods and cross contamination of those foods. They wanted to serve me rice or cellophane noodles for a pasta dish. Don't they know that there are really good pastas to serve, such as Tinkayada, which taste like regular pasta? They really need more education on GF and when I tried to give them info, they declined. Not a place I would eat in again, plus I got sick from perhaps a "cross contamination of my food" that they know little about!