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Gluten Free Restaurants – Philadelphia

Celiac disease – Gluten Free friendly restaurants in Philadelphia (listed alphabetically)

Applebee’s Restaurant
Applebee Dietary Inquiries
You can call this number and someone will provide information on gluten free menu items. I have spoken with them while seated in the restaurant – though you could certainly call ahead of time.

542 Springhouse Village Center
Springhouse, PA 19477
Mediterranean BYOB. Per my GI doc, the owner is very in tune to the needs of celiac patients.

Boston Style Pizza
447 N Sumneytown Pike
North Wales, PA
(215) 699-3977
Has gluten-free pizza as well as a recently expanded gluten-free menu.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill
2575 Maryland Road
Willow Grove, PA 19090
(215) 659-3950
Has a gluten-free menu

Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse
324 W. Swedesford Road
Berwyn, PA 19312
Has a gluten free menu and location information online.

Plymouth Meeting Mall location
Website has a gluten-free listing. Staff and management were very receptive to requests as well as the food being delicious and healthy.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Check website for local sites – coming soon to K of P mall. Great burgers and fries! Locations I visited were very gluten-friendly.

JB Dawson’s
Has a gluten free menu available online as well as upon request at each location. This is a local chain with five outlets –one near Plymouth Meeting Mall. The corporate Director of Kitchen’s is very Celiac aware as he has family member with Celiac.

Jules Thin Crust Pizza
Offers great gluten –free pizza and crusts to make your own. Locations in Doylestown and Newtown.

Legal Seafoods
King of Prussia Mall. Great food and great attention to gluten-free concerns. Gluten-free menu is available.

Morton’s Restaurant
King of Prussia Mall location is actually working on an allergy menu for customers, though other locations have been very responsive to gluten-free requests. My waitress, Gina, was very well versed and great at offering gluten-free alternatives.

Outback Steakhouse
Has a gluten free menu available online as well as upon request at each location.

Pasta Pomodoro
Won 2007 NFCA Gluten-free cooking competition
Voorhees NJ

PF Chang’s China Bistro
Great Chinese food. They have a gluten-free menu available and are very responsive to concerns. Plymouth Meeting Mall location is now open.

Redstone American Grill
Plymouth Meeting Mall
Have spoken with Director of Culinary Operations from corp office. Gave me local chef’s name and email as well as a listing of gluten-free menu items.

Erewhon Organic Corn Flakes 11 oz. – Product Reviews

These light and crispy flakes are made with simple pure ingredients – organically grown corn and sea salt. And, Erewhon Corn Flakes are 100% natural, low in sodium, and low fat. Great taste and great nutrition! Allergy Alert: contains corn. Kosher.

Ingredients: Organic corn flour, sea salt.

Product does not contain:
Gluten, Wheat, Soy, Eggs, Dairy, Nuts, Peanuts

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size 1 1/4 cup
Serving per container: 6

Amount per Serving: Calories 210, Total Fat 2.5g, Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 100mg, Total Carbohydrates 26g, Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 3g, Protein 2g, vitamin A 10%, vitamin C 2%, calcium 0%, iron 15%

Erewhon Crispy Organic Brown Rice With Mixed Berries – Product Review

Delicious organic cereal made from the actual whole grain of organic brown rice. After the rice has been carefully toasted, it is glazed with a subtle blend of honey and brown rice syrup that sparkles with sweetness. Then a delicious medley of strawberries, raspberries and blue berries is added. Kosher.

Ingredients: Organic whole grain brown rice, organic brown rice syrup, honey, freeze dried blueberries, freeze dried raspberries, freeze dried strawberries, sea salt, and natural flavor.

Product does not contain:

Gluten, Wheat, Soy, Eggs, Dairy, Nuts, Corn, Peanuts

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size 1 cup
Serving per container: 9
Amount per Serving: Calories 120, Total Fat 0.5g, Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 100mg, Total Carbohydrates 27g, Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 6g, Protein 2g, vitamin A 0%, vitamin C 4%, calcium 0%, iron 2%

Chebe Mix Gluten-Free for Pizza Crust 7.5 oz. – Product Review

This chewy pizza crust is easy to make! Mix requires addition of oil, egg, cheese (optional) and liquid (milk or milk substitute) to make pizza dough, calzones, cracker bread, and more. Yeast free and made in a gluten-free environment.

Ingredients: Manoic (tapioca) flour, modified manoic starch
(100% manoic), salt, minced herbs (basil, garlic, onioin, oregano, thyme).

Product does not contain:

Gluten, Wheat, Soy, Eggs, Dairy, Nuts, Corn, Peanuts

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 0.75 oz.
Serving per container 10
Amount per Serving: Calories 70
Total Fat 0g, Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 190g, Total Carbohydrates 17g, Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 0g, Protein 0g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 0%, Iron 0%

Erewhon Rice Twice 10 oz. – Product Review

Delicate crisps and tender puffs of organic brown rice gives you two distinct textures in this exceptional cereal. Rice is glazed with a blend of honey and brown rice syrup that sparkles with sweetness. Besides having great taste, Rice Twice is a fat free, low sodium food you can eat out-of-hand…just bag it for snacks at school, work, or on the road! “Only the purest, finest natural ingredients from the people who coined the term “natural foods.”

Ingredients: Organic brown rice, brown rice syrup, honey, sea salt.

Product does not contain:

Gluten, Wheat, Soy, Eggs, Dairy, Nuts, Corn, Peanuts

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size 3/4 cup
Serving per container: 9
Amount per Serving: Calories 120, Total Fat 0g, Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 60mg, Total Carbohydrates 26g, Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 8g, Protein 2g, vitamin A 0%, vitamin C 0%, calcium 0%, iron 0%

Clif Organic Nectar Bar, Lemon, Vanilla & Cashew 1.6 oz. – Product Review

One of a family of snacks. 100% organic chewy fruit and nut natural energy bar with creamy lemon, crunchy cashews, and anti-oxident goji berries. Deliciously satisfying. No added sugar. Not genetically engineered.

Allergy Alert: contains nuts. May contain trace amounts of dairy, peanuts, and soy.

Ingredients: Organic dates, organic roasted cashews, organic goji berries, organic lemon juice concentrate, organic vanilla.

Product does not contain:

Gluten, Wheat, Soy, Eggs, Dairy, Corn,

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size 1 bar (45g)
Serving per container 1
Amount per Serving: Calories 160
Total Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 5mg, Potassium 310mg, Total Carbohydrates 27g, Dietary Fiber 6g, Insoluble fiber 5g, Sugars 17g, Protein 4g, vitamin A 2%, vitamin C 0%, calcium 2%, iron 8% , selenium 4%, vitamin E 2%

Chebe Gluten-Free All-Purpose Mix 7.5 oz. – Product Review

The chewy texture and flavor of this product prove that wheat is not necessary to make good bread. Requires the addition of oil, eggs, and liquid (milk or milk substitute or water). Yeast free and made in a gluten free environment.

Ingredients: Manoic (tapioca) flour, modified manoic starch
(100% manoic), iodine-free salt, cream of tartar, sodium bicarbonate.

Product does not contain:

Gluten, Wheat, Soy, Eggs, Dairy, Nuts, Corn, Peanuts

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 70
Serving per container 10
Amount per Serving: Calories 70
Total Fat 0g, Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 0g, Total Carbohydrates 17g, Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 0g, Protein 0g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 0%, Iron 0%

Festive Gluten-Free Almond Fruitcake

Foolproof Christmas option for gluten-intolerant (+ recipe)

Home » Lifestyle » Food & Wine
Wed, 3 Dec 2008
Food & Wine

A festive almond fruitcake with a difference. This festive almond fruitcake is a superb alternative for those who are wheat- or gluten-intolerant or who would simply like to try a different Christmas cake.
The dried fruit and almonds, both chopped and ground, are glued together with a minimum of batter.

It is an easy and foolproof cake to make.

Rich, moist and delicious, it is best served in small slices.

Use a small serrated knife to cut.

The cake will keep for up to three months if wrapped in foil and stored in the refrigerator.

It’s great to have on hand right through the holidays.

For those with a mild glucose intolerance, a half tsp of baking powder is unlikely to be a problem.

When I checked the supermarket shelves to see what baking powders are available, I discovered that Edmonds is now gluten-free.

You can, if you wish, substitute a half tsp cream of tartar and a quarter tsp baking soda for the baking powder in this recipe to make a gluten-free raising agent, or just buy a gluten-free baking powder.

1kg mixed dried fruit
120g whole brown skinned almonds, roughly chopped
70g maize cornflour
1/2 tsp baking powder
70g ground almonds
3 eggs, size 6
1/4 cup honey, warmed
1 tsp natural almond essence
2 Tbsp amaretto liqueur or brandy (optional)

Line the base and sides of a 20cm square cake tin.

Combine dried fruits and chopped nuts in a large bowl and mix thoroughly.

Sift the cornflour and baking powder together and stir in the ground almonds.

Mix well.

Beat eggs and honey in a medium-sized bowl with an electric mixer until thick and creamy.

Beat in almond essence.

Stir the cornflour and almond mixture into the beaten eggs, mixing well.

Pour this into the bowl containing the dried fruit and nuts and stir until thoroughly combined.

Spread into the prepared tin, pushing it well into the corners.

Smooth the top.

Place just below the centre of an oven which has been heated to 150degC.

Cook for 1hr 35min to 1hr 50min.

The cake should be golden brown, feel firm to touch and a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake should come out clean.

Remove from the oven and brush the hot cake with amaretto, brandy or a liqueur of your choice.

Cool completely, wrap in foil and store in the refrigerator.

It is ready for eating within 12 hours of baking.

This is not a cake for icing.

I serve it just as it is, but you could brush the top with an apricot jam glaze and decorate with glace fruits.

– Joan Bishop

Article Source:

Experts Recommend Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Autism Diet

Amelia Santaniello MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) ― Like most young boys, Will Johnson is all about dinosaurs, not necessarily dairy. In fact, he’s allergic to milk and eats gluten- and dairy-free.

But the lack of dairy in his diet might actually be helping him grow in new ways. He is on what has become known as the autism diet, which he said does everything.

“He was diagnosed with high-functioning autism about a little over a year ago,” said Will’s mother Janette Johnson. She added he was very hyper and energetic at the time.

Swings and ball pits weren’t enough to get the meltdowns and sensory needs associated with Will’s autism under control.

“Even a few months ago, he wouldn’t be able to be around here at all,” Janette Johnson said.

She decided to start her son on a gluten-free, casein-free diet after hearing from other parents it could work miracles. But, to fully understand the science behind the diet, it’s important to note what gluten and casein actually are.

Gluten is a protein found in foods like wheat, rye, oats and barley. It helps hold things like breads together and makes them soft. Casein is a protein found in dairy products, and one of the things that makes cheese melt.

Some doctors say these two proteins act like the drug opium in children with autism, impairing both the immune system and the brain.

“We’re not 100 percent sure, but what’s happening is that the body may not be completely breaking down those proteins,” said Dr. Paul Nash, a nutritional wellness practitioner.

Nash, who is what’s known as a “DAN” (defeat autism now) doctor, said the partially digested proteins are getting absorbed, which can have effects. DAN doctors believe gluten and casein can change how some kids on the autism spectrum think and act.

“They’ve done studies where they’ve injected lab animals with these compounds and they’ve seen behaviors similar to autism and schizophrenia,” Nash said.

On the contrary, medical doctors have been slow to embrace the idea that the diet could change a child’s behavior.

“I think a lot of it is just the history of what autism used to be thought of, as a behavior disorder and that there was no medical link,” said Dr. Bryan Jepson, a biomedical expert on autism who is considered an expert in the biomedical field and practices at an autism-focused clinic called the Thoughtful House Center for Children in Texas.

Jepson is one doctor who said the diet does work, but that those in his profession are often skeptical. He said with some children, you can see an immediate response, but it will often take about a month or sometimes even a few months.

“I think a lot of the argument from the doctors would say well, it’s expensive, it’s hard, you’re wasting money, it’s a false hope,” he said.

At the same time, Jepson said that, in reality, 60 to 70 percent of his patients who have tried it have in fact had a response.

Janette Johnson is cognizant of the controversy. When reporter Amelia Santaniello asked her what the traditional allergist said, she said he told her she was wasting her time, money, and socially impairing her child further than he was.

But like so many parents with kids on the spectrum, she was willing to try anything to help her son.

“His behavior has changed quite a bit,” she said.

She said some parents say it is drastic, like if a child starts talking, but she thinks for Will it’s more subtle. He now has better eye contact and talks to more people. During their interview, he told Santaniello he likes the food his mother makes for him.

“It’s a lot of work on the parent to make sure that the child is getting what he needs,” Johnson said.

At the same time, shopping, label reading and learning to cook a whole new way are getting easier. Penni Ruben, director of store operations at Lakewinds Natural Foods, said they do what their customers ask for. At Lakewinds, every item in the store is coded with colored dots.

“The green is wheat-free, the red is gluten-free, the yellow is yeast-free and the blue is dairy-free,” Ruben said.

The store also hosts cooking classes for parents who are just starting out, taught by those who have experienced the same thing.

Cooking instructor Angela Litzinger, whose daughter is gluten-intolerant, said she does it because she doesn’t want anybody to start from scratch.

“I think everybody deserves a cookie,” she said.

Litzinger added that sometimes it is hard being a mother, and that having a kid with special needs can sometimes puts an extra layer of pressure on your time.

“I don’t want anybody to start from scratch like I had to,” she said.

Janette Johnson said the classes are a huge help and she is now experimenting with everything from brownies to rolls. She admits the diet is a lot of work and very expensive, upwards of $100 or more per month, but she doesn’t think of it as a diet. She thinks of it as another therapy — a food therapy.

“It’s something that he needs to help his body so he can think and he can be better,” she said.


Gluten Free Heinz Product List

This list of gluten-free products manufactured by Heinz just in from the Knoxville Celiac Listserve.To subscribe or unsubscribe via the World Wide Web, visit
or, via email, send a message with subject or body ‘help’ to
knoxceliacs-request@celi-act.comThank you for your interest in Heinz Products. We certainly understand how
difficult it can be to find foods that meet the requirements of a restricted
As you requested, the following is a listing of all of our products that do
 NOT have gluten containing ingredients. If the product you asked about is not
 on this list, then it may contain  gluten containing ingredients.
Heinz BBQ Sauces  (Original, Chicken & Rib, Garlic, Honey Garlic Only)
> Heinz Chili Sauce
> Heinz Cocktail Sauce
> Heinz Horseradish Sauce
> Heinz Ketchup   
> Heinz Organic Ketchup
> Heinz One-Carb Ketchup
> Heinz No-Sodium Added Ketchup
> Heinz Hot and Spicy Kick’rs
> Heinz Easy Squeeze Ketchup
> Heinz  Mustard   (All Varieties)
> Heinz Pickles  (All Varieties)
> Heinz  Peppers  (All Varieties)
> Heinz Relish  (All Varieties)
> Heinz Sloppy Joe Sauce
> Heinz Traditional Steak Sauce
> Heinz Vegetarian Beans
> Heinz Distilled White Vinegar
> Heinz Red Wine Vinegar
> Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar
> Heinz Apple Cider Flavored Vinegar
> Heinz Red Wine Vinegar
> Heinz Garlic Wine Vinegar
> Jack Daniel’s BBQ Sauces  (Original #7, Honey Smokehouse, Hickory Brown Sugar,
> Spicy BBQ Only) 
> Jack Daniel’s EZ Marinader — Teriyaki Variety
> Jack Daniel’s EZ Marinader — Garlic & Herb Variety
> Jack Daniel’s Steak Sauce (Both Varieties)
> Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
> Lea & Perrins Traditional Steak Sauce

TGI Fridays Salsa  (All Varieties)
> Classico Red Sauces  (All Varieties)
> Classico Alfredo Sauces (All Varieties)
> Classico Pesto Sauces  (All Varieties)
> Classico Bruschetta (All Varieties)
> 1769600012        Taquitos, 36 ct. Delimex Chicken
> 1769600018        Tamales, 12 ct. Delimex Beef
> 1769600019        Tamales, 12 ct. Delimex Chicken & Cheese
> 1769600020        Taquitos, 24 ct. Smart & Final Beef
> 1769600024        Tamales, 6 ct. Delimex Beef
> 1769600028        Taquitos, 25 ct. Delimex Beef
> 1769600029        Taquitos, 25 ct. Delimex Chicken
> 1769600048        Taquitos, 36 ct. Delimex Beef
> 1769600095        Taquitos, 12 ct. Delimex Beef
> 1769600096        Taquitos, 12 ct. Delimex Chicken
> 1769600133        Taquitos, 22 ct. Schwan’s Beef w/ Salsa
> 1769600155        Tamales, 15 ct. Costco Beef
> 1769600159        Tamales, 20 ct. Delimex Beef, Costco
> 1769600180        Taquitos, 60 ct. Delimex Beef
> 1769600186        Taquitos, 60 ct. Sam’s Club Beef
> 1769600206        Tamales, 2 ct. Trader Joe’s Beef
> 1769600207        Tamales, 2 ct. Trader Joe’s Chicken & Cheese
> 1769600214        Taquitos, 25 ct. Delimex 3-Cheese
> 1769600222        Tamales, 6 ct. Schwan’s Beef
> 1769600481        Taquitos, 36 ct. Delimex Beef (Mexico Import)
> 1769600500        Taquitos, Delimex Beef / Deli-Pak
> 1769600505        Taquitos, Mini, 40 ct. Beef, Snacker Tray w/ salsa
> 1769600554        Tamales, Cheese Deli Bulk Pack
> 1769600555        Tamales, Chicken Deli Bulk Pack
> 1769600556        Tamales, Beef Deli Bulk Pack
> 1769600565        Tamales, 20 ct.Beef, Sams Club
> 1769600684        Taquitos, 66 ct. Costco Beef
> 1769600685        Taquitos, 66 ct. Costco Chicken

> 1769601208        Tamales, 2 ct. Trader Joe’s Cheese & Green Chiles
> 13120XXXXX-        ALL VARIETIES of Ore-Ida? Tater Tots?
 >1312000080         Ore-Ida Golden Patties? (9 ct.)
> 1312000198         Ore-Ida? Snackin’ Fries ? (10.5 oz.)
> 1312000258         Ore-Ida? Golden Fries? (32 oz.)
> 1312000278         Ore-Ida? Golden Fries?  (5 lb.)
> 1312000286         Ore-Ida? Golden Crinkles? (32 oz.)
> 1312000291         Ore-Ida? Golden Crinkles? (5 lb.)
> 1312000296         Ore-Ida? Pixie Crinkles (26 oz.)
> 1312000377         Ore-Ida? Cottage Fries (32 oz.)
> 1312000392         Ore-Ida? Southern Style Hash Browns (32 oz.)
> 1312001417         Ore-Ida Extra Crispy Fast Food Fries (26 oz.)
> 1312000469         Ore-Ida? Potatoes O’Brien (28 oz.)
> 1312000647         Ore-Ida? French Fries (8 lb.)
> 1312000654         Ore-Ida? Country Style Hashbrowns (6 lb.)
> 1312000801         Ore-Ida? Shoestrings? (5 lb)
> 1312000809         Ore-Ida? Crunch Time Classics Straight Cut (24 oz.)
> 1312000810         Ore-Ida? Crunch Time Classics Crinkle Cut (24 oz.)
> 1312000828         Ore-Ida? Shoestrings? (28 oz.)
> 1312000829         Ore-Ida? Shoestrings? (40 oz.)
> 1312000833         Ore-Ida? Country Style Hashbrowns (30 oz.)
> 1312000845         Ore-Ida? Deep Fries Crinkle Cuts (24 oz.)
> 1312000854         Ore-Ida? Hash Browns (5 lb.)
> 1312000862         Ore-Ida? Country Style Hashbrowns (6 lb.)
> 1312001012         Ore-Ida? Potato Wedges with Skins (24 oz.)
> 1312001190         Ore-Ida? Steak Fries (3.75 lb.)
> 1312008564         Ore-Ida? Golden Crinkles?  (8 lb.)
> 1312008565         Ore-Ida? Golden Fries?  (8 lb.)
> 1312008572         Ore-Ida? Golden Crinkles? (8 lb.)
Again, we appreciate you taking the time to contact us.   If you need further
 information, feel free to call us at this toll-free number (1-800-255-5750).
 Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM until 6:00 PM, Eastern
Heinz Consumer Resource Center
When contacting us, please refer to the following reference number: 002865985A
P.S. – For your convenience, here’s a recipe for a barbecue sauce without
 gluten-containing ingredients:
Heinz Ketchup Basic Barbecue Sauce
1/2 cup Heinz Tomato Ketchup
 1/4 cup water
 2 tablespoons brown sugar
 2 tablespoons Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar
 2 tablespoons Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
 1 teaspoon chili powder
 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
In saucepan, combine all ingredients.
 Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.
 Brush ribs or chicken with sauce during last 10 minutes of grilling or
Makes about 3/4 cup of sauce.