So, when we last left off, I was telling you about the highs and lows of eating breakfast while on my honeymoon! But enough about breakfast, let’s move on to lunch! Actually one lunch in particular: Gluten Hates Me visits Cheeseburger in Paradise!
In all honesty, you guys know that I am ALL about the LOCAL food. I’m not big on chain restaurants…but I’m also no going to turn down free food. So I RSVP’d YES and boogied my gluten free booty to a booth! And actually, there aren’t any locations in North Carolina, so it was pretty serendipitous that CIP contacted me the one week out of the year I was within 2 miles of a restaurant! :)
I was pretty shocked by how large the menu is, and while it’s mainly burgers without buns, it’s still nice to know that the wait staff are fully aware of what being gluten free means. (Ahem…Cracker Barrel)
And CIP even puts their promise in writing:
And speaking of fresh, when Parrish and I pulled up to the restaurant, there was a truck unloading food at the back. And it wasn’t a Sysco truck with pre-packaged nonsense, it was a refrigerated truck with FRESH produce! It’s all about first impressions. :)
I ordered the:
and Parrish ordered the:
And for once in a blue moon, when our food arrived I actually had order envy. Parrish’s burger had big chunks of jalapeno. TASTY
Mine had big chunks and mushrooms…and while it was really good, Parrish’s was REALLY REALLY good.
I do love mushrooms though :)
Every bite was delicious, which with burgers is pretty rare. You almost always get a little bite that’s a little…questionable. But not these! They were…
AND they have gluten free veggie burgers!?! I’m never able to find gluten free veggie burgers! Do you guys ever have any luck?
Plus, since Parrish and I never buy ground beef, it was a really nice treat. We savored every bite!
And every sip!
I don’t even know what this delicious cocktail was, but was INSANE-ly delicious! Our super sweet waitress came over with it to celebrate our honeymoon, and because the bar had accidentally made an extra! :)
So overall, would I recommend Cheeseburger in Paradise to a gluten free diner?
And will I dine there again? Sure! While I love local, chain restaurants do add a certain “uniformity” to training their wait staff and chefs on what being gluten free truly means. And I pretty much fall head over heels in love with a restaurant who takes initiative to help me dine there. (Ahem…Cracker Barrel) I mean I’m ga-ga over P.F.Chang’s. (call me)
So there you have it. And speaking of paradise…
I miss it here.
First day back to work was H.A.R.D. hard.
But I did just make a bangin’ batch of kale chips that’s definitely making this day better.