Wednesday, March 14, 2012

K38 - Las Olas

Just ate at the newest installation of the K38 empire, Las Olas, at the Forum Shops at Landfall (in the out parcel).  The manager (I think his name was Teddie) told me they now have a new stand alone kitchen (for all their restaurants) that makes all the chips in a dedicated fryer and that they now are gluten-free (unlike in the past).  He also told me that for people like myself with severe food allergies (or auto-immune reactions in my case) that they can do all the prep at Las Olas in a separate clean part of the kitchen to address cross-contamination issues.  I was truly astounded by this manager's knowledge of gluten-containing sauces, items, etc. on menu!  There are many restaurants where we all can tell the staff is "winging it" and really barely understand the issue -- NOT the case here.

Red Robin

Not that healthy, but very tasty!  They have gluten free hamburger buns now and also a dedicated gluten-free fryer for their french fries.  The manager there and his staff were surprisingly knowledgeable about gluten and the service was great.

Epic Food Co.!

First, hello to everyone!  I am a local physician who has Celiac and finally diagnosed myself 10 years ago, after years of wrong diagnoses.  I understand Celiac and food allergies and sensitivities very well, along with common and not so common effects they can have on seemingly unrelated parts of the body.  I am here to help, if I can.

Also, I wanted to let everyone know about Epic Food Co. that just opened at the Forum Shops by Landfall (I have ZERO financial interest here by the way).  James Bain, former chef at Harvest Moon (old famous ILM food spot for those new to area), and his wife have opened this great new place.  He understands food allergies well and has lots of gluten-free items labeled on the menu (gluten-free pasta, wraps, sauces, etc.).  Homemade food, many organic options, etc.  It is nice "grab and go" food (healthy fast food - if that isn't an oxymoron?).  Plus, James is a great guy!  They have a Facebook page with lots of pics and descriptions of food.