September 23, 2010

Gluten-Free Dough Gives GF Eaters of Boulder, Longmont Options at Basil Flats Restaurant

By Evan Sandsmark -  

It’s amazing how a seemingly minor option at a restaurant can open up a world of choices to those with a gluten intolerance. Consider a restaurant that has gluten-free dough available, like Basil Flats in Longmont. Every item on the menu that is made with regular dough – and there are almost always a lot – can be made with GF dough, and this radically increases the number of choices for people with celiac disease. We’ve seen this before with some restaurants in Boulder that offer pizza – as long as gluten-free pizza crust is available, many different meals at these establishments are perfectly in line with the gluten-free diet – and now we’re seeing it again with Basil Flats.

What’s more, the Basil Flats’ menu is almost entirely dedicated to pizza and flatbread sandwiches, so the fact that the restaurant has gluten-free dough available basically renders the whole menu GF-friendly, and their menu has a great deal to offer!

Let’s look over the pizzas first. This section of the menu is broken up into two parts: the “Old Favorites” and the “New Favorites.” The Old Favorites include classic pizzas, like Pepperoni and Sausage Mushroom. If you have your kids with you, they may be drawn to this part of the menu. (As a side note, the menu has a helpful logo by certain dishes to denote that it is a “kid-friendly selection.” There is also a small emblem by vegetarian dishes, which makes the menu easily navigable for those who don’t eat meat.) The New Favorites, on the other hand, are a little more unique. The Arugula Salad Pizza, for example, is quite novel. It consists of a tossed salad of baby arugula placed atop a ricotta cheese and prosciutto pizza. It’s like having two meals in one! Of course, you can always make your own pizza, and there is no shortage of ingredient options if you choose to do so.

There are also a number of flatbread sandwiches available. The veggie sandwich, though simple, looks great, as does the chicken Parmesan. The Veggie is made with portobello mushrooms, seasonal vegetables, roasted tomatoes, hummus, and goat cheese, and all of these delicious ingredients are wrapped together in GF flatbread. The chicken Parmesan features breaded chicken, which is covered with roasted tomato sauce and mozzarella. You can also add grilled peppers and onions to this sandwich upon request, as we would do, for what’s worth (not much).

The pizzas and sandwiches make up the majority of the menu, but there are a few other GF items available. For example, there are a few salads, and as long as you order these without croutons or a gluten-containing dressing, you’re in the clear (needless to say, always check with your server to make sure all the ingredients are in fact gluten-free). There are also a few appetizers on the menu, and most of these are gluten-free too, assuming that the flatbread used in these dishes can be ordered gluten-free (and there’s a good chance it can, considering that the sandwiches are made with GF flatbread).

Overall, then, almost all of the items on the menu of Basil Flats can be made gluten-free, and this was made possible just by making gluten-free dough available. Thanks for incorporating the new dough into your kitchen, Basil Flats! We’re sure more than a few readers appreciate it.

You can find the Basil Flats’ menu (in a PDF) here:
http://www.basilflats.com/basilflats-menu.pdf

And the address to the restaurant:
1067 S. Hover Street Unit D
Longmont, CO 80501

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