Last week, I tagged along on Mark’s business trip to St. Louis with a quick stop over to see some of my family. We had a great time, but sticking to the diet (Paleo) while we were travelling was, well, challenging.
Well, let me re-phrase that. Sticking to Paleo when we were in Memphis was super easy. My mom is an amazing cook and she made us some great meals — spicy chicken soup, barbeque chicken. She even made some roasted vegetables (including brussel sprouts) that were superb. But, in the airport and once on the road to St Louis, it got much harder to stick to the diet. Gluten free, however, is a diet that I don’t have a choice but to stick to. So, the hunt was on for something I could eat.
We stayed in a hotel downtown which made it challenging to keep getting in the car to go places (valet parking). So, we had to find things convenient to the hotel or that delivered.
The first night we were there I was pleasantly surprised to find out that two Pizza Huts in St Louis offer the Udi’s gluten free pizza crust. Since that isn’t offered anywhere in the Charlotte area (that I’m aware of), I knew we had to try it. It was…. disappointing to say the least. They also offer no guarantee of cross contamination — another disappointment. We also had an unwich (lettuce wrap) from Jimmy John’s for dinner the second night. Neither was exciting enough to even bother taking pictures of.
The restaurant was located in the lobby of the hotel and offered room service. After perusing the menu left in our room, I was excited to see that gluten free (and dairy free) meals were clearly marked on the menu. I really appreciate when a restaurant takes the time to make these designations on the menu.
I was on my own for lunch this day (hubby was at work), so I went downstairs to the restaurant and ordered my meal to-go. The menu was much more extensive in the restaurant (although I believe a lot of it was a wine list), but I still ended up ordering what I had chosen in the room — the chipotle chicken lettuce wraps with sweet potato fries.
I have to say, it was not what I had expected. It was more a lot more corn than I thought it would be, but it was pretty good. Also, it was difficult to eat without being messy. The bibb lettuce was too flimsy to actually wrap the chicken in, so I ended up just eating it with a fork. But all in all, it was pretty good.
Don’t you just love it when a restaurant gives you those little jars of ketchup? 🙂 It’s the little things…
Do you have a restaurant in St Louis that you highly recommend for gluten free travelers? Share it below and let me know what your favorite dish is there!