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glutenvygirl on the road: Texas Rose Steakhouse

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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

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Make your own dipping oil

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Since I am gluten free, there are some things I miss terribly. For instance. I love love love the oil served at some restaurants before the salad course. Love.

You know. The oil they serve with warm crusty bread? That tastes terrific? I know you know what I am talking about. The stuff that you (I) can make an entire meal out of. Yes. That dipping oil. Well, turns out it is super easy to make, and paired with a good GF bread, you won’t be missing a thing. I love Canyon Bakehouse’s Rosemary & Thyme Focaccia, and that is the bread that is pictured for this recipe. It is a fantastic GF bread!

You can make the oil as simple or as complex as your little heart desires. Have fun with it. This is my basic recipe for it – but feel free to add, subtract, adjust or whatever to suit your particular tastes. I keep meaning to try this with roasted garlic, I think that would be fantastic.

I used freshly minced garlic, fresh basil leaves, ground black pepper, crushed red pepper, a bit of salt, some vinegar, and some olive oil. I use organic when possible. The actual quantities of what I use:

1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon vinegar
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 cloves of garlic, minced
4 or 5 basil leaves, torn
1 cup of extra virgin olive oil

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Add the dry ingredients, mince the garlic into it, add the vinegar, and then stir the oil into the mixture.

These photos are taken immediately after preparation, so I could get this post up on here and share with you. I would hate for anyone to be deprived their own garlic dipping oil this weekend! That said, here is a little hint. This stuff, covered and left out for a few hours, deepens in flavor immensely. So if you want to serve it as an appetizer course before dinner, prepare it around lunchtime for an amazingly flavored oil.

Please let me know what adjustments you make, additions you add in, ideas you have, and otherwise! ❤

Enjoy!
~glutenvygirl

glutenvygirl on the road: OKC’s Texadelphia Social Grill

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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: www.texadelphia.com

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: 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’ 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