Spice Kitchen & Bar in Ohio City is a great gluten-free destination. The restaurant offers the perfect dining atmosphere with several fresh, local menu items that can easily be made gluten free if they aren’t already.
I visited Spice Kitchen & Bar on Valentine’s Day because why wouldn’t a single girl plan her own fancy Valentine’s Day dinner with her best friend who is also single? That’s how we roll, gosh darnit. I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T.
We chose to plan dinner at Spice because I had come across a Cleveland publication that referenced Spice Kitchen as a gluten-free dining option, highlighting the chef’s use of fresh ingredients from farmers’ markets and suburban and urban gardens. It seemed like the perfect new restaurant to try out! When we arrived, we were seated at a table for two in-between all of the “happy” couples celebrating their Hallmark holiday, so that made for some great eavesdropping.
After ordering our drinks (a bottle of wine, please!), I notified the server that I was gluten-free and she happily went through the menu items letting me know what I could and could not have. The first thing that stuck out to me was the Polenta Chickpea Fries appetizer. I’m a sucker for anything that involves the word “fries” so I pretty much had to try these. The server told me that to make sure they were gluten free; they would prepare my fries in a separate pan on the stovetop. You have to love restaurants that take simple steps to accommodate us g-free folk!
When I ordered the fries, my friend, Alana turned her nose up in semi-disgust saying she wouldn’t be eating any (because what is polenta anyways?). Then what does she do when the fries are delivered to the table? Digs in – BECAUSE THEY WERE AMAZING.
The Spicy Remoulade dipping sauce that came with the gluten-free Polenta Chickpea Fries was out of this world. We ate every last fry and I debated on getting a second order because they were *that* good!
Next up on the menu was the Beef Tenderloin, one of the main entrees designated to be gluten free. It included rutabaga smashers, brussel sprouts, carrots, and red wine reduction. It was delicious and prepared to perfection, and I’m not only saying that because it was nearly 9 o’clock and I just wanted dinner.
I cleaned my plate and then went back to the debate in my mind about ordering a second round of Polenta Chickpea Fries…but I just got another class of wine instead!
**Note: If I ever have an actual Valentine who is male, please know that I’m a girl that can eat and will probably want your leftovers (if they’re gluten-free, of course).
There was a dessert on the menu that was gluten free but both Alana and I were way too full to even try it. It was Chocolate Pana Cotta with smoked whip, marshmallow, and marcona almonds. Maybe next time I visit I’ll go a little lighter on the whole “inhaling my food” thing and I’ll save some room for dessert!
I highly recommend checking out Spice Kitchen & Bar if you’re in the Cleveland area. It not only offers gluten-free menu items, but also an atmosphere that is very enjoyable. I know you’ll love it!