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A Gluten Free Paradise

Dinner, Drinks, Gluten-FreeLizComment

The Little Beet Table

Normally, I spearhead selecting the restaurant when I go out to eat. I love researching new spots and providing options. My close friend Aish is a tad difficult to plan for though...she is vegan and prefers to also eat gluten-free. I love eating most things and actively seek out gluten, so picking something that both of us will enjoy can be a challenge. 

Aish suggested The Little Beet Table, a newish gluten-free restaurant in Flatiron. I got there a bit early, so I ordered a Zacapa Rum Old Fashioned. The bartender accidentally made a Zacapa Rum Manhattan instead. After he made the drink I ordered, he kindly offered me the "oops" drink. It was delicious! I love ordering traditional whiskey/bourbon drinks with the rum I work on. YUM!

  Zacapa Rum Old Fashioned and Manhattan

Zacapa Rum Old Fashioned and Manhattan

  Even the plants are gluten-free!

Even the plants are gluten-free!

To start, we split the Mushroom Flatbread, served with ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan & herbs, as well as the Kalettes with shallot confit. The flatbread was really tasty but a bit small - I guess it's a good thing that I wanted more! The Kalettes? WHERE TO START? I looked them up and they are a new trademarked vegetable, a hybrid between Kale and Brussels Sprouts; a result of 15 years of vegetable "breeding"! 

  Mushroom Flatbread

Mushroom Flatbread

  Kalettes with Shallot Confit

Kalettes with Shallot Confit

For entrees, Aish got the Quinoa Risotto with seasonal vegetables and mushrooms. It looked like a big ol bowl of mush but she loved it. I ordered the pasta special with BONE BROTH! Bone broth is OOOO SOOOO TRENDY!! It was delicious. I would have enjoyed a huge bucket of bone broth. So much more flavorful and filling than a traditional stock. We split the Roasted Carrots with whipped ricotta, sumac and pistachios. This was an interesting combination of flavors - loved the carrots! 

  Quinoa Risotto 

Quinoa Risotto 

  Roasted Carrots

Roasted Carrots

  Pasta Special with BONE BROTH

Pasta Special with BONE BROTH

  Close up of DA BROTH

Close up of DA BROTH

Overall, all the food was tasty and delicious! I typically have a perception that gluten-free = BAD. Not the case! It is difficult for me to pay nearly $15 for most of the non-entree items that were fairly small portions. I enjoyed the restaurant but not sure if the value proposition is there for me.

Cheers,

Liz