|Their welcome sign!|
Like the last time I enjoyed a meal at Ruggles Green, I walked in craving a burger. A girl can only live off of loaded salads (the easiest meal to prepare away from home) for so long! Though I had several options to choose from, I ended up ordering the Turkey Burger on Ruggles' own gluten free bun with a side of sweet potato fries. The fries are marked gluten free on the menu, but you can imagine my excitement when I learned they were actually gluten free (i.e. not cooked in a shared fryer) and therefore celiac friendly.
|Then, now, and a wall full of condiments!|
And the taste? Absolutely delicious! My burger was HUGE, and cooked through while still being juicy. A couple layers of crunchy lettuce + melted mozzarella daiya cheese (a dairy free score!) + tomato slices + organic mustard and ketchup (varieties of which each customer chooses from the wall of condiments) = an edible heaven in my hand. All held together by a bun that, besides boasting a soft, flaky texture, didn't fall apart like many gluten free breads.
|Time for my close up!|
A few days before we left Houston, though, I needed one more Ruggles Green fix. This time we chose the to-go option, usually a no-go for celiacs. Despite ordering on the phone to the wrong location (my bad!), I still walked out with a 12 inch gluten free veggie pizza after only twenty minutes of waiting.
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Though the pizza tasted a little too greasy, the flavors made up for it! The roasted tomatoes and mushrooms burst in my mouth, while the chunky zucchini slices complimented the tangy sauce. I would name the burger as my favorite meal, but this pizza definitely cured my pie craving and made for delicious leftovers.
Surprisingly enough, one of Ruggles' gluten free meals also won the heart (or is it stomach?) of my gluten-eating sister. She ordered the Quinoa Linguini with Turkey Meatballs both visits and couldn't believe it was gluten free. I stole a bite (The best part about eating at a place with a variety of GF options? Taste testing others' plates like a "normal" eater!) and it turned me into a pasta lover!
The quinoa linguini tasted soft, but not over cooked. And for those wondering about any quinoa aftertaste, the (deliciously) dominant flavors were definitely the fresh tomato sauce and Italian seasonings. The turkey meatballs were smaller than the traditional restaurant spaghetti, but made up for it in flavor and tenderness. Finished off with grated Parmesan cheese on top, my sister slurped up her serving in no time and I couldn't blame her!
As a celiac, finding safe and delicious food while traveling can be more tedious than the traveling itself. For all those with food allergies in Texas, though, Ruggles Green is definitely a scrumptious stop. This celiac gives it a solid 10/10 with only one complaint: no California locations!
*Also found at RunningwithSpoon's link party!*
Have you ever eaten at Ruggles Green? What's the best gluten free burger or pizza you've eaten? Comment below!