Hope you all have a Merry Christmas filled with yummy gluten free goodies!! I was fortunate enough to spend it with my wonderful family who is always on board for trying new gluten free restaurants. With my parents living in Philly, I have tons of gluten free options: some fantastic, some sub par. While grabbing pizza at another Philly restaurant (Slice It Up), I ran into a young boy with Celiac disease who recommended Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant. He is very sensitive to gluten and swore he never was glutened there. So the very next day, my mom and I headed to Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant in Media, PA (right outside of Philly).
Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant (http://www.ironhillbrewery.com): Located at 30 East State Street, Media, Pennsylvania and 11 other locations. Yes, 12 locations total! Scattered around the Philly/New Jersey area so pretty centrally located to anyone! They have a rather large separate gluten free menu and the staff was very knowledgable about gluten free and aimed to minimize cross contamination in the kitchen, which I truly appreciated. They even carrie gluten free buns!!! After my usual interrogation of how they handle gluten free, I was satisfied and ordered three food items: 1) Side Caesar Salad 2) Beef Stroganoff 3) Creme Brûlée.
Caesar Salad: I am usually a huge fan of caesar salad, but this one missed the mark. The lettuce was soggy, there was minimal dressing, and it was just very plain. I asked if I could have a gluten free bun with mine since the normal ceasar comes with bread sticks. I was told “No.”
Beef Stroganoff: Pros: For starters, the sauce was incredible!!! So much flavor! The potato mashed was great too! I thought the plate went together very nicely! I was very happy that they were able to give me potato instead of pasta. Such a comfort food kind of meal! Cons: The size was horribly tiny especially for the price. There was minimal meat and potatoes..not sure why they couldn’t give more potatoes at least. The meal itself took up less than half a plate (!?!). Secondly, my meat was almost raw…I ordered medium well and much to my surprise, when I cut into the medallions, blood spilled out and it was bright red meat. When I finally was able to get ahold of a wait staff, they brought out the manager who apologized profusely and offered to get me new beef, which I happily accepted. 20 minutes later my meat was brought out and it was better this time. Boy, was it delicious 🙂
Next up was the Creme Brulee—again on the tinier side, but I was still hungry so any little bit helps. The taste was great, but the consistency and temperature was definitely off. The sugar on top was not hard at all..
Service was the worst part of the experience….by far. Our waitress never checked on us and we had to constantly flag down other wait staff to get more waters or request anything (including my meat fiasco). She kept talking with her friends and was not willing to help us at all. She was not friendly at all—and I fear that is why my meal was so disappointing.
So would I return? Yes, but would want to try maybe a sandwich or something larger….I would not order a salad or this dessert again for sure. But I would be happy to give another location a try. I did NOT get sick so that makes me incredibly happy 🙂
**Please note that this review solely reflects my own honest opinion. I was neither paid nor compensated for my visit here.**