5 Phoenix Dishes I Miss Most Now That I'm Eating Gluten-Free

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Judy Nichols
Blueberry brioche from Tammie Coe can't be duplicated in a gluten-free form.
Once upon a time, I could eat anything. I traveled the Valley of the Sun, nibbling here and there, happy in my gluten-filled world, blissful in my celiac-disease ignorance. I had many favorite dishes that I would return to again and again.

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- Sharon Salomon's 5 Best Spots for Fried Chicken in Metro Phoenix
- Beer Stew and Gluten-Free Love

Now that I can't eat them, you should. Here are five:

Blueberry brioche toast from Tammie Coe and her husband MJ
Oh, bliss on a plate. I would revel in the deliciousness of this amazing piece of pastry that was the result of the dynamic duo's combined skills. A piece of brioche made by famously good bread maker Michael John, covered with an almond paste, sliced almonds, and fresh blueberries, then broiled to caramelized delectability. There is no equivalent in my gluten-free world, so I must only dream of days past.

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Chicken-fried steak at the TEXAZ Grill is one of the things I miss most now that I'm gluten-free.
Chicken-fried steak at the TEXAZ Grill
This crisp, gravy-smothered Texas-size plate of steak goodness got me through my pregnancy 19 years ago. I had morning sickness and afternoon-sickness and late-night sickness. I threw up. A lot. The smell of the parking garage made me throw up after work on a nearly daily basis. My husband cooking with fresh basil drove me out of the house. But the chicken-fried steak at the TEXAZ Grill, which was called something else back then, along with the sides of mashed potatoes and corn and a bucket of root beer (no caffeine, no aspartame for my fetus), would settle my tummy right down. It was my favorite pregnancy meal, and my best friend would take me there at least once a week. It is perhaps responsible for many extra pounds that never came off, but I also think it made my son a happy camper and helped shape his friendly, down-home personality.

Location Info

Tammie Coe Cakes on Central

5210 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Texaz Grill

6003 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Aloha Kitchen

2950 S. Alma School Road, Mesa, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Thai Lahna Restaurant

3738 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Original Pancake House

6840 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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SpinnersKeith
SpinnersKeith

Thai Spices in Mesa also has great Pad Thai that is Gluten free and their curry's are also.

azfoodieatheart
azfoodieatheart like.author.displayName 1 Like

I too am facing this dilemma; super difficult as a chef (notably pastries) and former restaurant critic to switch to a gluten-free life. But I can give you hope, at least as far as Pad Thai goes...  I have finally gotten my fix, and it is better than before. Tottie's Asian Fusion on Scottsdale & Lincoln will specially prepare Pad Thai using wheat-free soy sauce. It is AMAZING Pad Thai. Go and get your Pad Thai fix Judith!

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