The restaurant’s outdoor tables were bustling with boisterous families, children and people eating breakfast before hitting up Lollapalooza for the day; which was exactly what we were doing.
On a Sunday afternoon with a party of 10, I was sure we would be waiting forever to sit. However, I was pleasantly surprised when we were seated within 5 minutes on the 2nd of level of this bi-level steakhouse.
Upon scouring the menu I came across the Naked Veggie Burger. I haven’t had a veggie burger in months because they are usually make with breadcrumbs, but surprise #2 of the day: this veggie burger was 100% gluten-free & vegan:
Veggie Burger (gluten-free, vegan): Since ordering as a Celiac is not difficult enough, I decided to throw in some curve balls to keep the waiter entertained. Instead of raw veggies (that it came with) I asked for a side of cole slaw. I also also for a side of pesto mayo, which I usually love. However, this pesto mayo lacked any real pesto flavor so I didn’t use it. The burger was good & totally not what I was expecting. Really really moist, almost the consistency of flourless chocolate cake (if that makes any sense).
I ended up asking for tomato and onion then topped it with some slaw.
On a side note, they also offered a gluten-free crust for all their pizzas. However, no gluten-free bread was available for any of the sandwiches.
My friends ordered:
Bellevue Salad: rock shrimp, sweet onions, feta, tomato, heart of palm, balsamic: I didn’t ask but I would think you could order this with grilled shrimp vs. rock shrimp making it gluten-free.
Turkey Avocado Club: 3 decks sourdough toast, bacon, dill havarti, lettuce, tomato, mayo: Clearly not gluten-free and no gluten-free option available. The fries were also not gluten-free. I miss sandwiches.
And because Tavern on Rush instructed us to do so…
…get started we did:
Off to the races!
: Huge menu
so plently of [gluten-free] choices.
Cons: When you don’t have a real focus or specialization, some dishes can lack.