August 26, 2010

Beau Jo’s has an Entire Gluten-Free Menu!

By Evan Sandsmark -  

Everybody likes pizza, or at least it seems that way. When you’re a child, you love pizza. When you’re in college, it’s practically all you eat. And even well into adulthood, pizza remains a staple of the human diet. It’s abundantly available and varies widely in style, and it’s basically impossible to live outside the range of a pizza delivery service. (I don’t really have to worry about people challenging this last remark because if they can’t order pizza, they probably don’t have internet access to read this post either.)

In short, pizza is great, which makes its grain-infused crust all the more painful for gluten-free dieters. Fortunately, there are places like Beau Jo’s out there that acknowledge this issue and address it with admirable force. Not only does Beau Jo’s have gluten-free pizza, it has an entire gluten-free menu. Allow me to break down some of its offerings.

The most problematic component of pizza for eaters who avoid gluten is, of course, the crust, so Beau Jo’s simply replaces the traditional pizza crust with one that is made without gluten (these crusts, by the way, are supplied to Beau Jo’s by a gluten-free bakery). Like any other crust, you can add any number of toppings – toppings that were thoroughly researched to ensure that they are gluten-free, according to the menu – on top of it to make your pizza. However, before you resort to the standard toppings that you customarily throw on your pizza, Beau Jo’s offers some specialty pies that are worth considering. These pizzas are wildly different and range from a vegetarian combo to a sausage medley with a number of exotic creations that fall within this spectrum.

But what about that perennial companion of pizza, beer? I can have my gluten-free pizza, but can I have it with a gluten-free beer? Yes! Beau Jo’s offers gluten-beer – it’s right there on the menu!

And, as we mentioned earlier, your food options are not limited to pizza. Beau Jo’s offers gluten-free appetizers (OK, technically they’re listed as “beautizers”), such as Baked Stuffed Mushrooms and artichoke dip served with veggies, and a few sandwiches that are made with gluten-free bread. Also, you have access to an all-you-can-eat salad bar if you order pizza. However, if you’re seriously allergic to gluten, you may want to approach this with caution because of the possibility of cross-contamination (it’s not that unlikely that, for example, the tongs used to pick up croutons may come in contact with the lettuce).

For a more detailed description of the available items, please consult the menu, which can be found at the following link (PDF):
http://www.beaujos.com/images/MENU_Main.pdf
(The gluten-free menu is on page 4)

The address to the Boulder Beau Jo’s:
2690 Baseline Road

As always, let us know how you liked the food if you make it to one of Beau Jo’s nine Colorado locations (or the one out-of-state restaurant in South Dakota, for that matter).

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