Enjoyed a great evening with these awesome gluten-free bloggers.

Enjoyed a great evening with these awesome gluten-free bloggers.

I know what you’re probably thinking…..here’s another food review where I get to read about amazing food and drool all over the photos?? Well you’re right because I was invited to join a local blogger’s dinner that was hosted by Chelsea’s Kitchen in Phoenix. I always look forward to these for many reasons because I’m curious as to how restaurants are preparing the food, what options they have and most importantly how it tastes. Well, let’s just say I was impressed from start to finish with the evening. The Executive Chef came out to greet us and explained all the safety precautions they take to make the food safe for those with food allergies. He also mentioned they have a separate fryer which is always a popular question asked when chips or french fries are on the menu. The smiles at the table were huge as soon as we found out that was the case. I mean who doesn’t like french fries??

The menu started out with a variety of drink options if we chose to take them along with a few appetizers. They were extremely accommodating with me since I’m also allergic to dairy and soy. After I discussed with them that I had multiple food allergies they made additions and substitutions as necessary to the dishes. With that said I started out with chips and salsa with guacamole, the deviled eggs with bacon, brussels sprouts salad and shrimp ceviche.

Deviled Eggs with Bacon

Deviled Eggs with Bacon

The deviled eggs come with bacon as an option but according to the menu they are a must. I would agree. I loved deviled eggs but when you add bacon it literally took them to a whole different level and I would’ve just eaten all six of them but I decided to share.

Guacamole and Chips

Guacamole and Chips

The Guacamole and Chips came with a charred tomatillo salsa that was to die for. It had a little bit of a smokey taste but I couldn’t stop eating the guacamole. Remember they have a separate fryer so eat as many chips as you want.

Shrimp Ceviche

Shrimp Ceviche

The shrimp ceviche dish came with chips, avocados, tomatoes, jicama and lime juice. I enjoyed the one bite that I had but I knew I had a lot more food coming so I took it easy on this dish. I might also add that the restaurant served me a nice assortment of fresh veggies because they knew I mostly adhere to the paleo diet. I cheated this night but thought it was a really nice touch.

Brussels Sprouts Salad

Brussels Sprouts Salad

Up next was the brussels sprout salad which was topped with bacon, almonds and manchego cheese. This was awesome! What made it even better for me was the fact that they had a cheese option that I could eat. Manchego cheese is my favorite and was a nice added touch to this salad.

Prime Rib with veggies and fries

Prime Rib with veggies and fries

After all that food you would think it would be hard to get to a main course but I managed to struggle my way through it :) . I ordered the rotisserie prime rib which came with vegetables and mashed potatoes. They gladly switched out the mashed potatoes for french fries due to my dairy allergy. As far as the cut of beef goes, it was a nice presentation but overall I wasn’t impressed with this part of the meal. It came out pretty red and the ends were extremely salty. I didn’t ask what type of rub they used but the taste was pretty potent. After I worked my way away from the ends due to the piece of meat being undercooked I felt it was a little tough to get through. Even though I didn’t enjoy the main course that doesn’t mean that it changed my feeling of the restaurant as everyone else really enjoyed their main dishes.

Strawberry Gelato

Strawberry Gelato

Finally, dessert was available and since they had a dairy free option I couldn’t say no. I got the strawberry sorbet and I gobbled it up in about 10 seconds.

On a side note, they did bring out mac n cheese which is a specialty of the restaurant. I unfortunately couldn’t eat it but everyone else raved about it so I would highly recommend ordering it if you decide to dine at Chelsea’s Kitchen.

All is all, I loved everything about the restaurant. They have a really nice size outdoor patio which is where we had dinner. The staff was extremely attentive to us and had knowledge of our food restrictions. If you live in the area or plan on visiting Phoenix, I would highly recommend checking them out as a safe place to dine.

Thanks Chelsea’s Kitchen for a great night!!

 

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. 11-4-2013

    First of all, thank you for this great review. I haven’t been to Chelsea’s in quite a while but it’s in an area that I could definitely add it to our list of places I can go. (I also have multiple food allergies so “just” gluten-free doesn’t cut it for me.)

    Can you tell me why Manchego is okay if you are non-dairy? I have a whey allergy but Manchego used to be my very favorite cheese. If I went to Spain, I’d probably deal with the consequences but I haven’t had it in a couple of years now.

    • 11-5-2013

      Manchego cheese is sheep’s milk and I’ve never had issues with it. Have you tried it?