Pappas Bros. Steakhouse- Downtown Houston

What I ordered: Sea Bass w/jumbo  asparagus, roasted wild mushrooms and haricot verts

Let’s start out by addressing the obvious. This Pappas Bros. Steakhouse was in Houston and I know this blog is called Eat Gluten Free in Dallas but I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to share my experience. There are Pappas Bros Steakhouses in Dallas and the menu is the same.

On a separate note Pappas Bros is not known for being gluten free or even labeling gluten free items on their menu. But they use high quality food and have impeccable service so they will accommodate your gluten sensitivity and other food allergies.

I was attending a conference in Houston where I was invited to a dinner at Pappas. I have visited Pappas before but it was when I was unaware of my gluten sensitivity so this trip gave me a new set of eyes.

Gluten Sensitivity? Pass the Turtle Soup

I did mention to our waitress that I had a gluten sensitivity which she acknowledged by stating that although there is nothing marked on their menu to indicate gluten free they have gluten free options that they can provide. She notified the chef of my sensitivity, which I appreciated. She then went on to recommend the Turtle Soup as a starter. I know what you’re thinking, turtle soup…ewwww. It was delicious, similar to a beef stew. Great appetizer.

Second course was the salad, which the waitress assured me was gluten free as their house salad only has a light vinaigrette tossed on it. Moving on to the main course, my waitress advised that a filet mignon could be a suitable option for my gluten sensitivity or the sea bass along with the haricot verts aka French green beans, roasted wild mushrooms, or jumbo asparagus. I ordered all 3. I mean why not it’s vegetables, the more the merrier right? FYI, the sides are pretty big, it’s meant to share and since I was at a group dinner 3-4 people shared these vegetables with me.

The Sea Bass

So here is how I will describe the sea bass, if I could marry it I would. This delicate and perfect entrée that they presented to me deserved to be proposed to. It was beautiful! The taste was something unreal, it was that good and succulent. Cutting through it was like cutting through fresh butter at room temperature. It was topped with lobster. I said… (clearing my throat) it was TOPPED WITH L-O-B-S-T-E-R! Yeah that’s right it was topped with lobster…from Maine. All I can say is their chef must sit on a throne while he cooks and summon the foodie Gods from above because who tops Sea Bass with Lobster?! Since when did lobster become the side chick to sea bass?! Sea bass is already a top of the line seafood as is lobster, but to pair the two together is foodie insanity. It was impeccable, it was everything I’m looking for in a man. It was tender, satisfying and I didn’t need to do a lot to enjoy it. It was perfection. My friend who also has a gluten sensitivity order the filet mignon. I only had a bite but it was superb, that one was not a fail either.

 

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse has you covered, food sensitivity or not you will not be disappointed. Oh I almost forgot the most important thing. The Bugey Ceron sparkling wine. It’s a semi sweet rose and the bubbles do a little two step on your taste buds, it’s so good. I have to enjoy a glass every time I go to Pappas. Bros. Steakhouse. If you have any type of food allergy, Pappas Bros Steakhouse is more than accommodating so go ahead and add it to your GF restaurant list.

Modern Market livens up Richardson @ CityLine

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What a beautiful day it is today in Dallas. Days like this make me think summer is just around the corner. It makes me crave fresh organic summer foods that are light but fill your soul. Good thing a new Modern Market just popped up in my neighborhood. I am so eager to try this place. It’s located at Cityline, the new millennial inspired live, work and play lofts/shopping center right off George bush tollway and Renner road.

The atmosphere is what you would expect of a dining establishment that brands itself as a farm to table eatery. Open dining with a huge sharable table smack dab in the middle of the restaurant. There are also booths, tables and bar tables throughout. The kitchen is an open concept so you can see everything being made which makes it even harder to decide what to order.

So I went in with the sole intention to see how their menu was listed with gluten free, vegan and vegetarian items. That is always a big deal to me. Menu’s need to be readable. Like 3rd grade level readable and figuring out which items are gluten free, vegan, and dairy free should not be like a round on Jeopardy. I was very happy to see that their GF menu items are marked pretty clearly. Although they do offer a variety of items to order, their GF menu items are limited but still some decent dishes to pick from. So here’s what I ordered.

Crimini and Kale Pizza on Gluten Free crust

This pie includes organic red sauce, kale, crimini mushrooms, and red onion on a gluten free crust. You must ask for gluten free crust as it normally comes on a whole grain crust. Here’s what I loved about this pizza. The crust was ultra-thin and airy with a fresh baked taste, no way did I think this was gluten free. I looked on my receipt to confirm that’s what I ordered. I think they were holding the cheese hostage because there was hardly any on my pizza, but that may be because the star of the show was the kale and crimini mushrooms. They also went light on the sauce. Usually I love a good hearty sauce on pizza where I can taste the sauce in each bite, but their lack of sauce actually worked and made the kale stand out. The kale was perfect. It was chopped and plenty of it. Kale was well seasoned so it gave a nice aroma and flavor. The mushrooms were a good size but I wish it would have had more to go along with all the kale. The pizza was good and worth the try. They have 8 different pizzas and by the menu pics, they all look delicious.

 

 

Flank Steak

This is one of their listed gluten free menu items. I wasn’t too impressed with this. I don’t know if it’s because I got this meal to go and warming it up took away from its flavor, but it was just ok. I think it lacked seasoning. It is prepared rare to medium so if you prefer well done, speak up when you order. I ordered the rosemary sweet potato mash and roasted zucchini as my sides. Both were good and proved to be healthy and calorie conscious options. The roasted sweet potato mash was rich for my taste buds and it’s pretty hearty. You will definitely get full by making that a side. I plan on making that one of my go-to sides for Mod Market.

Roman salad

It’s a nice twist to a traditional Caesar salad. This salad does come with croutons so it’s not listed on their menu as a gluten free item. But I fixed that by just asking for no croutons on my salad. The charred bacon and kale mixed in this salad gives it such a kick of flavor. I always ask for my dressing on the side which I was so glad I did with this salad. Drowning it in salad dressing would be a mistake. You will totally miss the flavor of the roasted grape tomatoes and crunchy cucumbers. This salad was heaven.

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Overall, I really appreciate that Modern Market has trusted the taste buds of Dallas to venture into our market. They are definitely needed in a city that is chain obsessed. It’s nice to have a chain that actually takes conscious eating and responsible food sourcing seriously. I think the thing I love most about this restaurant is they have made living whatever food lifestyle you’re journeying through easy. From their menus to their receipts, everything is built around eating responsibly but enjoying it with tasty good for you food.

FYI, Mod Markets receipts have the calorie, fat and protein count on it. How awesome is that?! So you can’t lie to yourself about how many calories you consumed, its right in front of your face.

Amazing Gluten Free Desserts @ Reverie Bakeshop

Cake pops_generic imageExactly 4.1 miles from my house is a gluten free haven of desserts and treats that I discovered by accident. New to this gluten free lifestyle after finding out that I was gluten intolerant just a few months ago, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this bakeshop. Reverie bakeshop sits in a nook in the shopping center on the corner of Campbell road and Coit road next to Qdoba restaurant.

The sign on the outside is unassuming, however their sweet treat offerings are not modest at all. You would never know the sugary warmth and cinnamon air that live on the inside of this cozy 100% vegan bakery until you walk in. A food rebel that boasts on it’s website their passion and commitment to being food, earth and animal conscious.

They create vegan and gluten free treats that you would likely see on food network from cheesecake to cinnamon pumpkin rolls to donuts to chicken biscuits. It’s a dietary restriction haven of hope and you will love it.

 

Cake Balls Galore

I love their cake balls! Did I say I love their cake balls. If all they sold were cake balls and their shop was named Cake Balls Galore, I would have a food crush on their cake balls. I’m not sure if I conveying my love for their cake balls but hopefully so. To be honest I was skeptical about their cake balls because I’ve tried gluten free cake balls before and they were no bueno. But these little gems of unrefined sugar and whatever gluten free baking stuff they use were the bomb dot com!

I tried the red velvet which is my absolute favorite, the marble, the  oreo aka make you slap yo’mama it’s that good and the vanilla .

Their cake balls are like little balls of heaven that after two bites remind you why you woke up early to go running. It was for the love of these cake balls. The texture is perfect. The cake doesn’t crumble when you bite in to it, it’s very moist, the sweetness is not overdone and the icing isn’t too thick. The cake balls are a decent size at $2.50 a piece, two cake balls pack enough sugar and indulgence to have you doing a happy dance when you lick that last little crumb from the corner of your mouth.

Blackberry Lemon Muffin is like bakery porn

This muffin literally had me singing praises. IT’S THAT GOOD! First of all it’s pretty big. It’s not one of those dainty girly muffins. This muffin is for people that appreciate the art of muffins. The way the muffin top blooms over the muffin cup paper is like bakery porn, it’s obscene but you have to keep staring at it.

It’s drizzled with a thin layer of a sweet lemony icing that doesn’t crack and crumble when you bite in to it and there are a few thinly sliced almonds that cradle the muffin top that add a hint of crunch. The blackberries are on the inside of the muffin. I’m telling you, by the time I got to the third bite I was mumbling “Thank you Lord for blessing me with this muffin.”

After the cake balls, this is probably my next go-to treat at Reverie. This muffin is eat the leftover crumbs that fell on your shirt good. At $3.50 this muffin is the perfect compliment to any Saturday morning breakfast or brunch.

Cupcakes

I have tried a variety of their cupcakes, strawberry shortcake, boston creme cake, vanilla, and the gluten free cupcake of all cupcakes, The Fauxstress. This bad boy is a chocolate cupcake filled with vanilla icing with chocolate icing on top that has been baptized in chocolate ganache. Can somebody say AMEN! It’s a 3 to 1 chocolate ratio. It’s chocolate to the 3rd power. It’s chocolate that’s gone wild.

It’s not always available when I go which is pretty obvious why, but if you can catch one before they sell out make sure you pay it forward by going back to Reverie Bakeshop and bring a friend, a date, pick up some for the office, just share the love. You will be known as the cupcake baller when you spring these tasty gluten free treats on your peeps.

I always end up getting at least one cupcake when I pay a visit here. Along with a few other items to sweeten up my weekends. Do not sleep on Reverie Bakeshop. Next time you are passing through Richardson it’s worth the stop to pay a visit for these vegan and gluten free desserts. When you stop by let me know what you tried and if you liked it in the comments section. I’m interested in hearing your thoughts.

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