Saturday, August 4, 2012

Eating Out Gluten Free: Tony’s Oyster Bar

Last night my original plan was to keep working through the pantry stock with a boxed gluten-free pizza crust mix, but eagerly scrapped those plans when Hubs said he was in the mood for a night out.  We decided to use a discount voucher we’ve had for a couple months for a prix fixe dinner for two at Tony’s Oyster Bar in Cary, NC.

I was a little nervous about it since I wasn’t sure how many choices I’d have on a limited prix fixe menu, but when I made our reservation and talked to them about it I was assured it would be okay.  When we first sat down, I told the server about my gluten-free needs and she called over the chef to talk to me.  He was very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions, and I immediately felt more at ease. 

I couldn’t have any of the appetizers listed, but he offered to do a shrimp cocktail for the first course.  I was so hungry I forgot to take a picture, but it very simple and tasty, and the shrimp were perfectly cooked.

There were quite a few entrees listed that looked like they’d be okay for me, and after some discussion regarding ingredients I settled on the citrus-glazed salmon served over wilted spinach with mashed potatoes and vegetables on the side.

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The citrus glaze was bright and tangy, and the fish was perfectly cooked.  I usually opt for rice with fish, but since their only rice option was a pilaf I had to go with the mashed potatoes.  I was definitely surprised at how much I enjoyed the two together, and will be doing that pairing again at home!

We ended up declining the dessert course entirely.  I wasn’t expecting to be able to have one anyway and Hubs said he was too stuffed, although I suspect he was just being nice so I wouldn’t have to be jealous Smile

All in all, I was really happy with our experience at Tony’s, and we will definitely be going back – Hubs and I both are eager to check out their Sunday Oyster Bar specials!

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