When we moved back from Austria, Alex and I looked at a lot of houses and neighborhoods to live in. We wanted a neighborhood that we could walk Rufus around and where we could walk to shops. We considered the Village of Pittsford but then decided we weren’t quite there yet. It felt like moving to Park Slope without a family, we would feel out of place without a stroller. So, we decided on Park Avenue and moved into a house in the ABC Streets neighborhood. I love this neighborhood because the houses have character, the street signs are antique-y, and there is a sign that welcomes you to the neighborhood. And I love that I am walking distance to restaurants, bars, Boulder Coffee, CVS, Wilson Farms, and Stevers Candies.
Park Avenue has a lot to offer not only for the regular diner, but for a gluten-free person like me. Almost every establishment from Culver Road to Vassar Street has something gluten-free to offer. Taking advantage of the sunshine today, I walked Rufus down to CVS for errands and stopped into Nathan’s Soup and Salad for lunch. The board outside advertised gluten free soups, labeled with a “G.” Nathan’s also labels their menu with “V” for vegetarian, and “D” for dairy free. Upon arriving, I noticed that they had more than just gluten free soup, but also gluten free bread from local Rochester establishment, Silvana’s Arize, and gluten free sandwiches. I ordered what I came in for, soup, and left with a cup of ham and cheddar and a Silvana’s Arize gluten free roll. The cheddar soup lacked depth of flavor for me, but I was still happy to be enjoying a warm cup of soup on a cold day. The roll reminded me of real fresh bread, doughy with the faintest smell of yeast. It was a lovely lunch and for the price of $5.35, a good deal
Next door to Nathan’s is Dolce, a cupcakery. Dolce makes two varieties of gluten free cupcakes daily. Dolce has the longest list of flavors I have ever seen, and it appears to me that they can do many of those flavors gluten free. Today I chose the chocolate raspberry and it was to die for. The raspberry buttercream frosting was fruity, buttery, and light, The chocolate was rich and dark. It was a match made in heaven. The only downside is with it so close, I will have to practice serious restraint every time I walk by!
For the gluten free diner looking for lunch, Nathan’s is a great option, and for dessert, Dolce just makes sense. However, like I mentioned before, there are many more options on Park Avenue so here is a list of my recommendations:
F. Oliver’s Oils & Vinegars: I like the basil olive oil & royal pomegranate balsamic vinegar.
Wine Sense: Great boutique wine shop with helpful staff.
Boulder Coffee: Great coffee, gluten free chili, and packaged GF brownies.
Esan of Thailand: The curries are gluten free, I like the green.
Dorado: The baked enchilada is a good hearty meal.
Cibon: Go for lunch and get the duck salad.
Nathan’s: Any GF soup with the Silvana’s Arize bread is a perfect lunch.
Dolce: My favorite flavor is the raspberry chocolate, but it isn’t available regularly.
Sinbad’s: Falafel or the half chicken with artichoke salad.