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Great News for Twin Cities GF Peeps!

Hubby and I discovered another burger joint here in the Minneapolis area that has both GF burgers and fries.  Red Robin Gourmet Burgers in Plymouth has a separate, dedicated gluten-free fryer!  Now we have another option besides Ernie’s.

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Other items are on the menu, but the burgers are the stars here.  Options include lettuce wrap or gluten-free buns, along with their famous fried egg topping.  Good stuff!


royal red robin burger

Completely enjoyed the Royal Red Robin burger with the famous fried egg on a gluten-free bun – but without the cheese!

And check out these chunky, meaty fries!  (Also in sweet potato.)


Are y’all drooling yet?!  LOL

*GASP!* OMG It’s Paleo Heaven!

Oh.  My.  Lord.  I think we died and went to (Paleo) heaven.

Fogo de Chao, Churrascaria (Brazillian Steakhouse) extraordinaire.
This place was amazing.  You must check it out if there is one in your city!

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Posted on Facebook about our experience:

Stick a fork in us and ROLL us back to the car ’cause we’re done.

We tried about 8-10 of the 17 meat varieties they were serving and were so stuffed we just couldn’t go on – which is unheard of for Hubby!

The experience begins with a huge salad bar and evolves into a scrumptious meat-feast where the gracious servers (Gauchos) bring large skewers of roasted meats to your table and slice a bit off for you.  Saturday they were serving 17 kinds of beef, pork, lamb and chicken.

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I was assured by the staff that all meats except the chicken legs are gluten-free!  Yippee!  And most of the salad bar as well – anything with gluten is obvious (bread, pasta, etc) with no hidden gluten-containing ingredients.  Wow!  Some items had dairy; but those were also obvious, so we could easily self-select.

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It was quite the feast (as reflected by the price) and worth every penny!  Repeatedly, our eyes rolled to the back of our heads in bliss as we chewed each tender roasted morsel.

We are in love.

Planning a return for Hubby’s birthday in September.

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Ernie’s Pub & Grille

Ernie's Pub

Ernie’s Pub & Grille – 14351 Nicollet Court – Burnsville, MN 55306

For all my GF/Paleo Peeps in or visiting Minnesota:  a restaurant with a focus on gluten-free eating.  This place even has a dedicated gluten-free deep fryer for french fries and sweet potato fries.  What a treat!

Last Sunday we attended their Gluten-Free Expo and had an opportunity to try the smoked chicken wings, salt & pepper french fries and sweet potato fries.  So Yummy!  I can’t tell you just how special it was.  It’s been nearly two years since I’ve had proper (sweet) potato fries due to gluten cross-contamination of fryer oil.  So good we signed up for their card program and mailing list!

This is the first area restaurant I’m aware of that focuses on safe gluten-free food.
From the website:

We’re proud of our Gluten Free options!

When we made the commitment to move forward with offering Gluten-Free menu items, the first rule was that we would do it RIGHT!     We continue to grow within that commitment and continue to develop additional menu items and procedures that allow us to meet our own expectations in hopes of exceeding yours!

​All of our dressings, pasta sauces and our condiment sauces including Lemon-Dill Sauce and others are homemade and are specially designed to be safe for Celiacs and those with general Wheat allergies!

We’re also  pleased to have a “dedicated” fryer which allows us to prepare Fries, Sweet Potato Fries and other deep-fried items in a GLUTEN-FREE method!  Simply put, Ernie’s has put French Fries back on the menu for YOU!

The menu links below are our “regular” menus.     For all items that are “naturally” Gluten-Free, they are marked with a Gluten-Free Logo.       There are many items which are not Gluten-Free but can be modified to be Gluten-Free.    Some of those modifications are as simple as leaving the Seasoned Bread Crumbs off of the Scallops or leaving the Croutons off a Salad.

We offer an outstanding Gluten-Free Pasta alternative to our regular pasta AND we also offer Udi’s Gluten-Free Buns.     The cost for those modifications are listed right in the menus for your convenience!

​When joining us for a meal, please be sure to let your server know about your special dietary requirements so that we can ensure your safety.

Menu perusal revealed a good selection of (GF) meat and seafood entrees in addition to the appetizers.  Even though they are located across the metro from us, we will definitely be returning for Date Night soon!  It’s worth the trip!

Many Thanks to talk radio personality Jason Lewis for promoting the event and restaurant on his show.  Apparently his wife is celiac and they really enjoy going to Ernie’s.  See you there!