Happy Sunday, fellow gluten free-ers! 🙂 Here is Part 4 of my gluten free adventures in Los Angeles! With my 3 trips in the past 11 months, I have so many restaurants to review, but today I bring you a great Italian restaurant and Mexican restaurant. Important to note: both are located very very close to Loyola Marymount University (and each other). This makes them very convenient for students!
Cinco: (http://www.cincola.com) Located at 7241 W Manchester Ave, Los Angeles. This is a great Mexican restaurant located nearly within walking distance from Loyola Marymount University (LMU). It is a very popular choice for college students to meet for dinner and drinks. I have visited this restaurant twice and the staff has been very knowledgeable and accommodating of gluten free. Although Cinco does not provide a gluten free menu, the staff can easily tell you which items can and cannot be made gluten free. With any choice I decided, they double checked with the kitchen happily. I loved their steak fajitas! Cinco uses corn tortillas so the fajitas are naturally gluten free. The fajitas come with beans, veggies, tomato salsa, guacamole, sour cream and beans. Typically this dish also comes with Spanish rice, but sadly this rice is cooked on the same surface as flour and therefore, would be cross contaminated. Kudos for the kitchen staff for pointing this out! The staff wanted to give me an extra side to make up for the absence of rice so they doubled my bean portion! The portions are HUGE and the meal was very flavorful! See below for the photo.
Italy’s Little Kitchen: (http://www.italyslittlekitchen.com/index.html) Located at 8516 Lincoln Blvd, Westchester, CA. This Italian restaurant is located right by Cinco and LMU. The first time I visited this restaurant I was extremely jetlagged and very hungry. I had landed in LAX around 8pm and Ryan immediately took me to this restaurant (good choice, Ry!). Fearing I would get stuck with just gluten free pasta and plain marinara sauce, I was nervous at first, but was reassured when I spoke with the staff who was extremely willing to accommodate gluten free. In fact, they offered to make almost any sauce gluten free from scratch for me. They also made me gluten free grilled chicken and mushrooms for my pasta. Absolutely delicious and very filling. Everyone was so kind and went out of their way to make sure I could have a nice flavorful meal. The restaurant was small and romantic, but also casual (I didn’t feel odd showing up in yoga pants and college hoodie—classic travel day attire for me). Sadly, there is no gluten free bread offered—but hopefully this will change!! Check them out if you are in the area!
Have a wonderful week everyone! 🙂 And please check back soon!
**Please note that this review solely reflects my own honest opinion. I was neither paid nor compensated for my visit here.**