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glutenvygirl on the road: Texas Rose Steakhouse


Located in Pampa, Texas, the Texas Rose Steakhouse was quite busy a few weekends ago when we stopped by. We were seated after about a ten minute wait.

The staff was friendly, and our drink orders were quickly delivered. A staff member circles the room, delivering those famous homemade hot rolls (for the ones at the table consuming gluten). I ordered a medium ribeye, baked potato, and a dinner salad. The dinner salads come without croutons. The ribeye was full of incredible beefy flavor, seasoned perfectly, and cooked exactly how I had ordered it.

Overall, it was a good dining experience. The staff was attentive and professional, and the food delicious. Highly recommended.

Texas Rose Steakhouse on Urbanspoon

glutenvygirl on the road: OKC’s Texadelphia Social Grill


A friend and I recently took a trip to Oklahoma City. I love our trips for a couple reasons. Getting to spend quality time with a sweet friend is wonderful. We always find someplace different to dine. And? We stop at Whole Foods where I spend entirely too much cash without regret.

On our most recent trip over there, we stopped in Bricktown at a gem of a restaurant called Texadelphia Social Grill. I had found it on my iPhone Urbanspoon app while she was driving, which is a huge help when you’re trying to find a decent place for a meal. It was highly recommended, and supposedly gluten free friendly. We decided to check it out.

Once there, I noticed they were still a bit busy even though it was after the lunch rush. The restaurant was very clean and well-maintained.

I navigated the menu with assistance from a helpful employee. I ordered a Gringo Burger, without bun. The employee informed me that the waffle fries are dipped in wheat flour, so those were out. They also offer tortilla chips and salsa, but the cashier quickly pointed out that they were fried in the same oil as the fries, which is helpful information. She was very knowledgable and friendly, answering my questions thoroughly.

*Side note- I love love love restaurants where the staff is educated to handle questions and concerns when dealing with customers and their food sensitivities or allergies. Our cashier also had some good GF suggestions to make, and was happy to tell me what some of their other GF patrons enjoyed. While I didn’t order exactly what she had recommended, I truly appreciate that kind of familiarity with what their customers order and want! 🙂

The Gringo Burger (I ordered it minus the bun) consisted of a beef hamburger, salsa, cheddar cheese, guacamole, and the toppings of lettuce, tomato, sour cream, and tortilla strips. Request no tortilla strips if you cannot tolerate foods fried in the same oil as wheat products. We also ordered an appetizer of queso – which was delicious!

They offered typical fountain drinks, as well as some great tea varieties – including organic peach great tea that was amazing! The menu said that they use certified Angus beef for their burgers. The menu also offers cheesesteak, chicken, soups, burritos, salads, paninis, and sandwiches.

You can find more info on their website:

Final note: we both really enjoyed our meal, and I look forward to bringing my family here next time we are in OKC. They will love this place!

Texadelphia Social Grill on Urbanspoon

glutenvygirl On the Road: Branson’s Olive Garden

Recently, my family and I were on vacation at a lake in South Missouri. On the way home, we stopped in Branson for lunch. We chose the Olive Garden, knowing that we would likely find decent GF options there.

It was the best experience I’ve had at any Olive Garden, anywhere.

The person who seated us, Lisa I believe, quickly provided me with a gluten free menu when I requested it. Our server was Jacqueline, and she was incredibly talented at her job – not to mention very friendly and patient. She understood immediately what my needs and my son’s were. She carefully worked with us while choosing which meals and side dishes to select, making the large bowl of salad without croutons, and even to the point of, at the end of our meal, packing the gluten free items completely separate from the gluten-containing ones without me even having to ask for it (my husband cannot go to Olive Garden without consuming mounds gluteny pasta and breadsticks. It’s a proven fact). We were checked on often, and our drinks were refilled before we ever asked.

It was just a truly *nice* restaurant experience, and wonderful gluten free experience as well. My son had the gluten free pasta with red sauce. I had a steak grilled perfectly to medium, with grilled veggies.

I love it when a restaurant is aware, knowledgable, with a gluten free educated staff. Everyone in my family left very happy. When we return again to the area, we will definitely have to stop back by.


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glutenvygirl On the Road: Texas – Rosa’s Cafe and Tortilla Factory

Rosa’s Cafe and Tortilla Factory is a good place to find appetizing gluten-free options for a quick meal. Recently having stopped at the location on I-40 in Amarillo, I was pleasantly surprised to find many good gluten-free selections available. Rosa’s is a very affordable and fast-paced restaurant with a busy drive-thru and quick friendly service inside.
Their homemade tamales are delicious and made without gluten. Their queso is also very good. Yes, I like to combine them! While the chips are gluten-free, there is the possibility for cross-contamination if you are very sensitive, due to potentially being fried in the same oil as their sopapillas. Their salads can be ordered without the chips or taco bowl. The fact that they use lots of fresh produce really helps to make selections easier, when avoiding gluten.
Rosa's Cafe & Tortilla Factory on Urbanspoon

glutenvygirl On The Road: Texas – You Dough Girls/The Bucket


Love this place! Large salads with the ingredients prepared fresh to order, 100% juicy beef burgers, and delicious gluten-free friendly foods available as well.

Recently, we stopped in at The Bucket (also known as You Dough Girls) in the panhandle of Texas. It is one of my favorite lunch restaurants.

They have fabulous bread that they make there, which my taste buds recall very vividly from my gluten-consuming days. They also offer breakfast items, daily lunch specials, sandwiches, and more.

Salad, without croutons

I ordered a small salad (above), hold the bread and croutons, with a beef burger with cheddar (no bun). I sliced up the burger and topped my salad with it – and it was heavenly! The owner assured me that they use 100% pure beef – no fillers or additives. Their salads are chock full of a variety of veggies, and they are happy to hold any part of it that you don’t want included.

Open for breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday, they also are open for breakfast on Saturdays.

You Dough Girls Bread Shop on Urbanspoon

glutenvygirl On The Road: Texas’ Cattle Exchange

One of our favorite restaurants is The Cattle Exchange, located in Canadian, Texas. Known for their delicious mesquite-grilled rib eye steaks, savory BBQ, and more, they also offer online ordering of their steaks. A local favorite restaurant, their rib eye steaks rate in my opinion as the best steak to be had in the entire state of Texas. The steaks are not exactly considered “cheap” – in either quality or price; they are, however, well worth it. If you have no immediate plans to travel to the Texas Panhandle, I recommend utilizing their online ordering service for steaks.

Recently we stopped in for lunch. We ordered near the entrance, and then selected a booth to slide into. A waitress brought out our drink orders immediately and confirmed our lunch order with us. I had ordered a rib eye steak salad, with the steak cooked medium. I requested it served without croutons, so that it was gluten-free.

The steak salad was brought out exactly as I had ordered it.  The plate was piled with sliced cucumber, carrots, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, sliced red onion, shredded cheese, a side of salad dressing, and topped with a generous portion of freshly cooked and sliced steak. The steak salad was delicious! Warm steak served over crisp fresh colorful veggies…a perfect steak salad.

Add this place to my list of highly recommended restaurants that are gluten-free friendly.

Cattle Exchange on Urbanspoon

glutenvygirl On the Road: Oklahoma City’s Sage Gourmet Cafe & Market


Organic roast beef and cheddar with veggies (without bread), and potato salad

So, a friend and I found ourselves in downtown Oklahoma City today. We were trying to find a decent place for a quick lunch. So, as Holly deftly navigated through the traffic, ridiculous construction, past idiotic drivers, and down one-way Bricktown streets (the right way, I might add), I browsed Urban Spoon for a good place for a gluten-free meal.

I found one that looked promising, and upon further inspection I was impressed with the menu and the apparent awareness of gluten-free fare.

So, we tried it. Located in the Deep Deuce historic jazz neighborhood just north of Bricktown, it was relatively easy to find. The waitress was familiar with gluten-free items and didn’t look at me like I was requesting anything unusual for wanting a gluten-free meal. During dining, we learned that the location had only been open a couple weeks.

The ingredients were very fresh, the dishes were nicely prepared, and the presentation was eye-pleasing.

Next time, I want to try the salt bar. I’m intrigued.

Check out their menu! You can find their info and menus at

Sage on Urbanspoon