I recently contacted The Publick House in Brookline to inquire about any gluten-free options they might have. Below is the e-mail I received in response:

"Hi GFboston,

We do not have a distinct gluten-free menu at this point, but we often have people with gluten allergies dine without much difficulty. All of our waitstaff and kitchen staff are very sensitive to food allergies and dietary restrictions, and menu items are made to order, so a number of them can be modified to be gluten free.

Regarding the fries, we have two different kinds. The regular hand-cutfrench fries are fried in oil that fries breaded items, but our Belgian-style frites are fried in their own separate oil, so that is a possibility.

Thanks,
The Publick House"

As a Publick House lover, I will DEFINITELY be over for some Belgian-style frites ASAP! Very excited :)
I usually go to the Rattlesnake because they have an awesome roof deck and they make big and strong whiskey sours. I decided to have dinner there with a friend, and was pleasantly surprised with the outcome!


I had the Grilled Tijuana Caesar salad with salmon ($12.50), which had grilled hearts of romaine, corn salsa, and Caesar dressing with a kick. It comes with croutons, but I obviously declined. The salmon was flaky and seasoned perfectly.


My dining companion had the Thai Tuna Salad, but he isn't gluten-free and I'm not sure if the salad can be made gluten-free. The salad had peppercorn and coriander–seared Ahi tuna with seaweed salad and baby tatsoi in Thai peanut vinaigrette with ginger and soy–marinated tofu & bean sprouts ($14). He absolutely loved his salad as well.


We also tried the Hudson Valley Duck Tacos ($11), which normally come in deep fried flour taco shells, but we chose to substitute corn taco shells instead. Our server warned us that this might not be a good idea, and he was definitely right. The tacos had molasses and cola-marinated duck breast with cranberry-rosemary risotto & truffle-cranberry glaze. It was a disaster of a meal; the flavor combination did not work at all and the different aspects clashed with each other. There was just too much going on at once.

Overall, we enjoyed our experience and our meals; the service was wonderful. I have been salivating just thinking about my salad, and I can't wait to go back and have it again. I'm just going to pretend that the duck tacos didn't actually happen!

Location: 384 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)
Website: http://www.rattlesnakebar.com/
After a recommendation from one of my twitter followers, I visited Orinoco in the South End with some of my friends. I drooled over the menu for days, as I had heard that something like 95% of the menu was gluten-free!

I started off with the trio of empanadas for $8 (cod, domino, and mechada) and a glass of white sangria. Truthfully, I didn't know what was in the domino or mechada at the time, so I wasn't exactly sure what I was eating, but they were all great! I think I was just so excited to be eating an empanada that I totally lost all of my focus and control. The domino empanada had black beans and cheese, while the mechada had shredded beef and cheese.


Next, I had an arepa for $6 , which is a traditional Venezuelan corn pocket sandwich. I chose the pernil arepa, which is roasted pork shoulder, since pernil is a dish that my family has been making for my entire life. It was a bit on the dry side, but still flavored well. I'm not a fan of mojo sauce, but perhaps if I had been it would've masked the dryness of the pork. I loved that I was able to eat a sandwich, and the corn had great texture and flavor.


Next time I go back, I want to try the reina pepiada arepa, the orinoco salad, and the cordero tradicional. See their website to drool on your own, and head into the South End or the Brookline Village location to enjoy friendly and quick service and delicious food.

Location: 477 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA (South End)
Website: http://orinocokitchen.com/
I visited Gaslight with my sister for one of my birthday dinners. I've heard a lot of people rave about the food here, and I've been pining over the menu for quite some time, so I was really excited to finally visit.

I have to say that it was a pretty awful dining experience overall. My first qualm was with the host. We arrived 15 minutes early and were told that we would have to wait until our exact reservation time to be sat, so we waited about 5-7 feet from the host stand so that we wouldn't be missed when our time came. As a former host and server myself, I prefer if someone arrives early so that I can seat them and hopefully the table can turn over quicker, but since every restaurant is different, I didn't mind waiting. By the way, the entire front room of the restaurant was empty and there were tons of tables available (therefore our little 2-top could've been swapped out with a different reservation).

However, while waiting, about 10 other parties walked in and were sat immediately; while some of these reservations could've been late, I cannot imagine that that was the case for all of them. Our reservation time rolled around, and the host continued to seat every party that walked in except us. We waited 5 more minutes until we approached the host, and we were then made to wait another 10 minutes. When we were finally sat, we were sat next to the open kitchen door and it took 35 minutes for our order to be taken. As a result, I spent most of my time at the restaurant being extremely angry, which is rare for me. Our table could've been turned over 1+ hours earlier if we had just been sat when we immediately walked in.

Our server was very nice and experienced, but very absent during our time there. Luckily, the food was amazing, or I would've left very unhappy. I had the escargot and the steak tartare.

I have heard that Gaslight has the best escargot in Boston, and I have to confirm that this is true. The steak tartare was also absolutely amazing.

My sister had a beet salad and french onion soup (non-gf). I tried her beet salad and it was outstanding; it also went really well when mixed with the steak.


As much as I hated my time at Gaslight, the food was so great that I would return again.

Location: 560 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118 (South End)
Website: http://www.gaslight560.com
Bill Total: ~$53 excluding tax and tip (including carafe of wine and dessert)