Friday, April 10, 2015

Gluten-Free Portsmouth, NH

Over the Easter weekend, my husband and I took a mini trip to New Hampshire and Maine. We bought pure maple syrup made in New Hampshire, saw Portland Pirates minor league hockey game in Portland, Maine, and drove through New Hampshire's White Mountains.

Oh, and we ate lots of delicious food!

There was no shortage of gluten-free restaurant options in this area of the country. It seemed like everywhere we went there was another restaurant or bakery with a gluten-free sign in the window. It was nice to see so many local places making an effort to cater to those with Celiac disease and gluten sensitivities.

We ate at two local places in Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Lexie's Joint and The Friendly Toast.

If you're looking for a great burger, then definitely check out Lexie's Joint. This place has specialty burgers, build-your-own burgers, milkshakes, shoestring fries, and more. Plus, they have gluten-free burger buns! I had a burger with bleu cheese, BBQ sauce, and bacon. My husband had a burger with all the typical fixings. The Portsmouth location is sort of a small place, so you have to time it right when you get there if you want a seat. They do offer take-out, though.

The Friendly Toast is open for breakfast and late-night drinks. We went there for breakfast, and I had a delicious eggs benedict (called The Friendly Benny) with home fries and my husband had gluten-free banana pancakes with home fries. According to the menu, the pancakes are the only thing that can be made gluten-free, but they do have omelets that we imagine could be gluten-free, but you'd have to ask.

Editor's Note: When eating out at a restaurant that is not 100% gluten-free, there is always the possibility of cross-contamination in the shared kitchen. My husband didn't have any reaction after eating at these restaurants. But if you don't feel safe eating at a restaurant like this, then by all means don't!

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