UPDATE: Wheatless BG closed in May 2017 and reopened under new ownership/management with new hours of operation.
Loaded nachos, fried zucchini, mozzarella sticks, fried pickles, boneless wings, chicken alfredo, baked ziti, Cajun pasta, Monterey chicken, chicken tenders...Wait a minute! This can't be a gluten-free restaurant!
As I reviewed the menu at Wheatless, a dedicated gluten-free restaurant in Bowling Green, KY, I called the server to the table just to double check that everything was completely gluten free. I have never been to a gluten-free restaurant with such an expansive menu filled with items that are typically NOT gluten free. She assured me that everything on the menu is 100 percent celiac safe.
I told my husband, "Pinch me. I must be dreaming!" Then I studied the menu trying to decide on what to order. The possibilities were endless! We arrived in time for breakfast so I settled on the All-American Platter. Just a few minutes later, two plates filled with eggs, bacon, home fries and pancakes were placed in front of me and I started eating. This was the first time I'd eaten breakfast in a restaurant since May when we traveled to Florida and I was beyond excited. My husband ordered the heart-healthy platter with egg whites, turkey bacon, fresh fruit and toast. We both enjoyed the toast so much, we purchased a loaf of bread to bring back home.
We knew we'd be passing through Bowling Green on our way back home two days later, so we made plans to visit again for lunch and we were not disappointed! We shared Cajun pasta and the chicken tender platter. Both dishes were excellent.
The server told me that more than half of the customers are not gluten free, but they love the food and they keep coming back. Wheatless has a fast-casual atmosphere with lots of space, and even a private room for large groups. She explained that Wheatless moved to the new Campbell Street location in March 2016 with changes to decor, an updated menu and the addition of a bar serving gluten-free and gluten-removed alcohol (gluten-free beer and gluten-removed beer is not the same thing). Click here to read what the Gluten Intolerance Group says before consuming beer if you have celiac disease or severe gluten itolerance.
Wheatless is a first of a kind in Bowling Green, or any place I've ever been! I have never seen such a gluten-free oasis. Wheatless didn't have the feel of a "Mom & Pop" establishment like most gluten-free restaurants do. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it was just different. It felt more like a chain restaurant with the set up and decor. The owners hope to grow it into a chain, and they've recently started offering franchise opportunities. I spoke to a regular customer and was told that the next Wheatless location will either be in Louisville, KY or Nashville, TN (fingers crossed for Nashville as it is a shorter drive from where I live).
In addition to the amazing menu, Wheatless also has a grab & go pantry complete with seasoned flour, cake mix, bread crumbs, frozen appetizers, and whole cheesecakes. There is also a dessert case with a variety of sweet treats. The selection varies each day.
So, here's a quick list of what you need to know about Wheatless:
1. It is awesome.
2. Breakfast is awesome, but it is only available on Saturdays and Sundays.
3. The grab & go pantry is awesome, so be sure to bring a cooler and stock up on frozen chicken tenders, fish sticks, mozzarella sticks, and more.
4. Don't forget the baked goods in the case near the front door.
5. There is a separate room for large groups. If anyone wants to throw a party, please invite me. I want to come!
6. There is a full-service bar with gluten free beverages. They also offer gluten-removed beer.
If you're plans take you near Bowling Green, KY, I highly recommend Wheatless. They are open seven days a week. Click here to check out their website for hours and menus.
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