Monday, June 21, 2010

Wilmington Grocery Stores

If you are headed to the beach this summer, you might want to know if you can buy gluten-free products in our fair city.

There are two local stores, Tidal Creek Co-op, located at 5329 Oleander Drive, and Lovey’s, located at 1319 Military Cutoff Road, that stock many gluten-free items and both have fabulous salad bars.

Harris Teeter and Lowe’s are the major grocery stores that I frequent and they both stock quite a few products. Most have some type of gluten-free noodle, baking mix, and cereal. The selection varies from store to store.

I’ve found gluten-free products even in small corner markets downtown, and if you’re ok with working with what you can find, you’ll do just fine here.

Have fun at the beach and don’t forget the sunscreen.

Monday, June 14, 2010


Our roof is being replaced and the ruckus this evening was so loud and constant that even though I had a lovely dinner planned, we had to get out of the house. It was late and the kids were cranky so we headed up Oleander, stopping at each restaurant we passed. The first had a half hour wait, the second had no gluten free options, but the third, Nicola's, had gluten free pasta and no wait. Sold!

The choices were spaghetti or ziti and the little guy picked the ziti. We asked for added salami to make it more than just a bowl of plain pasta. I should have asked if the salami was gluten free but there was a circus-like atmosphere at our table and I forgot.

I had a spinach salad and a side order of parmesan risotto. It was delicious, and really filling.

And then we got the bill. One kid size portion of mac and cheese was $4. That's pretty standard. The kiddie portion of gluten free pasta with salami was $9. Ouch.

The gluten free option at a local Italian place is great and if you don't have any other restrictions, there are nice dishes. But you might want to ask about the upcharge before ordering. There isn't a printed kid's menu and the charge for substituting gluten free pasta isn't on the regular menu; and we didn't ask about the price before we ordered. Since we are dropping several G's on a roof this week, an expensive weeknight dinner so we don't lose our minds during the process hurt less than it usually would. This would have been more fun on an evening when we could have enjoyed ourselves instead of a rushed school night, but since everyone actually liked and ate their dinner, we have no complaints.

Location and menu are on their website .

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Two Guys Grille


My name is Jennifer and I'm a new contributor to this blog. I live in Wilmington and my son was recently diagnosed with a gluten sensitivity. We still use things processed in the same facility with gluten products and eat in restaurants where there may not be a dedicated grill or fryer for gluten free items. For now.  I do not recommend this for people with Celiac Disease.

Today was the last day of school so I took the kids to their favorite restaurant - Two Guys Grille.

I emailed Two Guys a few days ago to find out if their fries are gluten free. Good news! The sweet potato fries are gluten free. The fat and skinny are not, but the sweet potato ones are the best anyway so we're happy. They also said that each restaurant cleans out their fryer on Mondays, so some people with allergies/sensitivities come early in the week.

I looked at the Kids Menu online and I thought the Doodlebug was a hot dog, but it's a corn dog. The other option was a hamburger without a bun. He settled on sweet potato fries and sharing my salad, which is probably better than many restaurant meals he's had in the past.

They have good salads and great Philly sandwiches that you can get without bread. Our waitress was happy to check on ingredients for us.

They have several locations and most of them have an outdoor seating area.

You can find locations and menus here.