Thursday, July 24, 2008

Gluten Free in Amagansett, East Hampton and Sag Harbor

Here are our favorite kid friendly restaurants and places to shop in the area which have some gluten free food.

Babette's on Newtown Lane in East Hampton serves eggs for breakfast and has an organic, eclectic menu for lunch and dinner. They are listed with so they have some awareness of GF food.

La Fondita in Amagansett is our favorite place to go because they have picnic tables in a lush garden and there is a pond in the back, so you can catch some frogs after you eat. I order a salad, my son gets rice and beans and my daughter likes the nachos. The casual, kid friendly atmosphere and the watermelon juice make this a good place to try. It is one of the cheapest places to eat out in the area.

Hampton Chutney Company, in Amagansett Square, is another place to try. I have always been a fan of the Thali, because it reminds me of being in India. But you need to get it without the naan to make it gluten free and I think the masala dosa and curried chutney chicken, with spinach and onions are better. They were recently mentioned in the New York Times article Restaurants Offering Gluten Free Options.

Second Nature, the health food store in East Hampton carries a bunch of our favorite gluten free products: Westsoy Rice milk, Tinkyada pasta, Larabars, Candy Tree strawberry licorice, Bubbie's Pickles, and Applegate Farms organic, grass fed beef hot dogs.

Provisions is a health food store in Sag Harbor has fresh organic juices and a great atmosphere.

King Kullen in Bridgehampton also has a health food section with gluten free food as well as some organic fruits and vegetables.

Green Thumb, which is further south on 27, has local, organic fruits and vegetables. It is interesting how the more organic farm stand feels so much more old fashioned than the others. I now consider the modest harvest to be a good thing and I have come to think of pesticides and genetic modification as the testosterone of the fruit and vegetable world. Green Thumb also has a CSA drop off--in case you want to support local farmers year round.

And last weekend, tired of the playing the game of telephone with the waiter and chef, I ordered a steamed lobster at East Hampton Point. No one is dusting flour on a steamed lobster with corn on the cob...and you can get that anywhere--even at Lunch!