Celiac Safe in Destin, Florida
Eating out Celiac Safe in Destin, FL was a bit of a challenge. Eating out in any restaurant can be daunting, and a bit risky. I accept that responsibility, and work to stay safe when I’m out and about with my girls. Doesn’t matter where we go, my first request is for a Gluten-Free menu and when ordering I make certain they know I want my choices to be Celiac Safe.
I know I did get glutened somewhere along the line, but thankfully it didn’t hit until Sunday when I was home again and able to deal with it. Three days of very painful joints and living near the bathroom was a small price to pay for seven days of love and fun with my Daughters and Granddaughters. Even so I was able to stay Gluten-Free and Dairy Free with all our choices that week.
One thing we did notice was pricing was off. We consistently chose places with $$ and each and every one of them should have been $$$ when we got the bill. So be careful, we ended up spending far more than planned on our meals out. Thankfully, we had also rented a Condo on the beach with a full kitchen. So we had Shipt deliver food for breakfast & lunch or snacks for the week on the first night we got there.
BEN & JERRY’S – If you’re looking for a Dairy Free Ice Cream Cup or Sunday, don’t waste your time. We were very disappointed when we discovered their one Dairy Free choice that they advertise was the same store packaged option offered in every single grocery store. So we stopped at Publix Grocery, grabbed one of every other GF, DF option, picked up some GF Cones and went back to the Condo. That way each evening we enjoyed our own Ice Cream Cone and decided we wouldn’t waste our time with Ben & Jerry’s again.
MELLOW MUSHROOM – This one made us all smile! We were all able to get Pizza’s that were not only Gluten-Free, but Dairy Free AND a Vegetarian option so everyone was happy. Any pie can be made on a Gluten-Free crust; however, only those pies and ingredients with the GF designation can be made with their allergy-safe procedures.
MARGARITAVILLE – They did have everything clearly marked Gluten-Free on the main menu which was nice…things were clearly marked GF. I ordered the Catch of the Day (Grilled and served with Island Rice, Chef's choice of Vegetable and Mango Salsa). Very tasty, I cleaned my plate :-)
My Granddaughter got the Volcano Nachos (Tortilla Chips layered with Chili, Cheese, Pico de Gallo, fresh Guacamole, Sour Cream and Jalapeños) Also clearly marked GF but I was trying to avoid Dairy as well. Plus it was big enough to feed four!!
ROCKIN TACOS – This one was well worth the trip, I would have gone back for seconds if I could have. They didn’t have a Gluten-Free menu, but our Waitress was very helpful. I got the Mexican Street Corn (Fresh grilled Corn on the Cob with Chipotle Aioli, Queso Fresco, roasted Red Peppers, Cilantro and a squeeze of fresh Lime) I’ve never had Aioli before, now I’m a big fan! I’m going to need to learn how to make that stuff.
JACKACUDAS – We were all excited to try this place…not so much when we left. Everything was tasty, but nothing much to write home about. I got the Basic Veggie Roll (Cucumber, Avocado, Asparagus, Daikon Sprouts). They were all out of Avocado (??) and made no attempt to substitute with something inventive so my basic roll was even more basic, but still the same price.
THAI TANIC – We just had to eat here, if only because of the name alone :-) But this place was a great find! No Gluten-Free menu, but I’m a huge Thai food fan so finding something Gluten-Free would have been easy. I got my favorite Pad Thai (thin Rice Noodles in a Tamarind Sauce with Shrimp, Bean Sprouts, Green Onion, Egg garnished with Peanuts and Lime). This one was definitely worth the visit.
ANGLERS GRILL – I think this was probably our most disappointing stop. Probably because they had some really great reviews and our hopes were high. I opted for the Catch of the Day (grilled Red Snapper with Mashed Potatoes and Broccoli). The fish was very overcooked and actually crunchy around the edges. The mashed potatoes were nothing to write home about.