Friday, April 6, 2012

GLUTEN FREE VEGETARIAN LUNCH AT HOPE AND ANCHOR, BROOKLYN

A shopping trip to IKEA in the Red Hook area of Brooklyn led to a stop at this comfortable neighborhood eatery. If you're a gluten-free vegetarian, there are salads and omelettes, and a pleasing awareness of celiac needs.

I chose the roasted butternut squash, fennel, pecan and goat cheese spinach salad. Not one item on the plate without memorable flavor. Definitely recommended! My friend had a mushroom spinach egg white omelette, done exactly as I would prefer it, too, with all ingredients mixed through, frittata-style. For a beverage, I was (for me) adventurous, and selected the homemade limeade, which had a perfect balance of sweet and sour.

With the range of salads and omelettes available, you will be happy as a gluten-free vegetarian at Hope and Anchor, even at an hour when Karaoke (yes, really!) is not in full swing. I thought I'd be low on starch/calories and almost ordered some mashed sweet potato as a side, but with a cup of tea for dessert I was fine, at least until I caught a glimpse of the wares at Sun in Bloom in another Brooklyn neighborhood. Oh, and if you're a fan of the metalflake-patterned red plastic seating covers of yore, you'll love the banquettes!

347 Van Brunt Street
Red Hook, Brooklyn

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