When I bought my house last October I never would have dreamed that I would live within walking distance of an entirely gluten free restaurant. Yes, not gluten free friendly, but entirely gluten free. For once there is no need to worry about cross contamination. I don’t often review restaurants, but I knew I had to share this gem with my readers!
Walking into the Serendipity Cafe is reminiscent of walking into someone’s home. It’s so welcoming and friendly. The owner Kim is there to greet costumers as they enter. I love how bright and cheery it is. It was clear right away that many of the other dinners were regulars. There was even a family with seven kids celebrating their sons 13th birthday, and he picked the restaurant! I was surprised that unlike me, most of the customers were not there because they’re gluten free, they were just there because the love the food. Whether or not you’re gluten free if you like healthy tasty food, this a great place to stop.
As a result of being an entirely gluten free restaurant they serve gluten free beer. I can’t remember the last time I was able to order a beer at a restaurant, that is a real luxury. In addition to beer and cider they also have kombucha on tap and smoothies. However, my favorite beverage it the Glow. I often order take out breakfast, because the french toast is amazing, and I also get their glow drink; it’s unlike anything I’ve ever had. The glow combines nut milk, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, molasses, honey, sesame oil and black pepper. It is the most comforting warming beverage in the world. If you’re ever having a bad day, this drink will suddenly make everything better.
Since this was my first time here for dinner I thought I would ask for some recommendations. In the end I went with the crispy cajun chickpea cakes to start and the sesame plum veggie stir fry for dinner. The chick pea cakes were amazing! I was expecting something similar to a falafel, but instead they were almost reminiscent of a crab cake. It came with a tangy lemon tahini sauce that really put them over the top. For a starter, its pretty big; 3 cakes for $9! I brought two of them home with me and they made for a great lunch the next day.
My stir fry was also quite tasty. I don’t usually like quinoa, but their cilantro lime quinoa was actually the star of the dish and I loved it! Usually vegetarian dinners don’t fill me so I added chicken to mine, while tasty I would have been just as happy and full without it. There was one item on the menu I was intrigued by, but too scared to order. They have a pizza that they load with veggies and use a brown rice tortilla as the crust. I just didn’t think a tortilla could make a good pizza crust, however after watching them come out of the kitchen, they looked amazing. I think I’ll be ordering the pizza next time I go, which will probably be next week!
Not having to worry about getting sick, or ask a million questions, or second guess whether or not the sauce has flour was such a stress reliever. It’s so nice having this entirely gluten free restaurant, but it’s even better that is serves delicious and healthy food!