Hello gluten free-ers! I have returned from months of travel…starting in March! And I have SO many reviews of gluten free options at places around the world. And I can’t wait to share them with you all! (Sorry for my absence though! Be sure to follow me on instagram @glutenfreeandglittery to keep up with my adventures in more real time)
Last weekend I took a (way too long) road trip to Nashville, TN (10+ hours each way…) for an immunology conference. I was excited to see that Nashville had a ton of gluten free options according to some google searches….so I was quite shocked to find that most of the restaurants on Broadway Ave that were listed as “gluten free” were just gluten friendly…And here is my passionate feeling towards the disgrace that is gluten friendly: <blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>If you are going to make something "gluten friendly" but not actually "gluten free," why bother? Stop advertising fake gluten free please!!</p>— GF&Glittery (@GFandGlittery) <a href=”https://twitter.com/GFandGlittery/status/876092637408882692″>June 17, 2017</a></blockquote> //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js)
Anyway….I pretty much stopped at every restaurant along the Broadway strip to ask about gluten free to be told one of four things..
- Nope, nothing at all.
- Yes, you can have the flour tortillas and fries (I kid you not, I was told this)
- Well, we have gluten friendly but not gluten free so if you have celiac, you shouldn’t eat here
- You can have a salad with no croutons or dressing but we can’t guarantee anything
I understand some towns are less gluten free savvy than others, but I was not happy with the number of people who marked the unsafe restaurants as gluten free friendly online….Feeling defeated at this point, my friends and I headed to the Old Spaghetti Factory, a chain that I know has gluten free. I want to stop for a second to give a shoutout to my friends Marit and Amanda for refusing to eat somewhere without me even though I insisted that it was okay. (and it would have been okay but it was really nice of them to care so much and not be bothered by eating at a chain).
However, on our way, I stumbled upon Wildhorse Saloon located at 120 Second Ave North. They had a huge menu posted outside and I saw that several menu items were marked GF! After further investigation, low and behold, I found a place with real gluten free!!! I immediately asked to speak to the hostess and then the waiter to confirm that this was safe for me.
Here’s what I learned…
The menu was clearly marked what was and was not gluten free.
- The vast majority of the menu was gluten free. I’m not talking about salads or sides, but entrees too. Real Tennessee BBQ.
- The BBQ sauce is housemade and gluten free. Waiter went out of his way to get me a fresh bottle from the back in case the tip of the bottle touched bread.
- The potatoes are fried in a separate fryer.
- The servers were extremely knowledgable about allergies and made sure to make notes on my order.
- The portion sizes are HUGE!!! Now, I eat probably 5x my body weight a day (okay, slight exaggeration) but I am constantly hungry and couldn’t even finish my meal.
Things to keep in mind…if you are vegan or vegetarian, there didn’t appear to be many options that didn’t have meat, given this is a BBQ place. Dairy free would be okay, I would think though, but double check! Also, after 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, the restaurant/bar/concert is 21+ year olds only and Wild Horse Saloon does not take reservations.
I ordered the 2 meats and 2 sides entree. I received delicious brisket (SO MUCH brisket)
and coleslaw and potatoes as my side. My oh my was I happy. I was so full by the end and couldn’t eat everything (for once!). The BBQ sauce was great too!
As for the entertainment, there is a live band!!! And it is quite a fun time. The stage is huge and there are screens set up so you can see no matter where you sit. It is really like a concert, with the lights and effects. We watched Adairs Run and despite my general apathy towards country music, I really enjoyed the performance.
Want to learn to line dance? Have no fear! There are FREE lessons between sets so you can learn! And then you can dance the night away…and so many people did! We planned to but then we ate too much and couldn’t dance…I guess a good problem to have!
Want a deep intimate conversation? Probably not the place…it is VERY loud (basically a concert during dinner), but very fun. May be hard with small children or if you want serious conversation.
Would I return? YES YES YES YES! I was about to eat authentic Tennessee BBQ, watch a great live band, and had the opportunity to even learn how to line dance. If I go back to Nashville, I would definitely return.
Have you been to Nashville? What is your favorite place? 🙂
**Please note that this review solely reflects my own honest opinion. I was neither paid nor compensated for my visit here. Also, kitchen protocols and menus can change at any time. Make sure to speak to the staff at any restaurant before eating to make sure that they can accommodate your dietary restriction.**