Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Kelsey's in Waterloo

I've written about Kelsey's before and how it didn't really cater well to Celiacs. Well, my wife had an inkling for nachos, so we decided to visit the King Street location in north Waterloo this evening for dinner.

I was actually pleasantly surprised! The waitress knew what gluten was, and checked up with the kitchen on a number of items on the menu for me.

We started with a huge plate of nachos - we had to have them without the ground beef because the seasonings they use are not gluten-free. Our waitress offered to replace the beef with grilled chicken, but we decided to just go without meat. The chips were indeed corn chips (she checked with the chef, and they only contained corn flour), and the toppings were just fresh tomatoes, lettuce, jalapenos, and cheese.

By the way, the plate of nachos is huge! Way too much for two of us...as an appetizer.

The main courses are a bit of a challenge at Kelseys. Instead of opting for just a chicken salad like I have in the past, I decided on a sandwich...without the bun. It's a trick I've really come to depend on since many sandwiches are gluten-free once you take away the bread.

I ended up with a chicken club - chicken, bacon, melted cheddar and tomatoes and lettuce. The waitress checked up on it and it was indeed gluten-free. It was really tasty, though I suppose not very healthy. You can't eat like this every day - but if you're eating out, you might as well enjoy it, right?

The meal came with fries or a salad. The fries are cooked in the same fryer as other products containing gluten, so they were out. I opted for a house salad with just oil and vinegar dressing. It was decent - fairly fresh lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and shredded cheese.

The bottom line? A fairly decent meal at a restaurant I once deemed one of "KW's Worst Restaurants". (http://safeceliac.blogspot.com/2007/09/kitchener-waterloos-worst-restaurants.html) I guess I stand corrected.

Been to Kelseys? What did you order? Any good tips? Feel free to share a comment!


Anonymous said...

I had a similar experience at Casey`s Bar and Grill in Kitchener (Sunrise Plaza). Expecting the worst, I had a very knowledgeable waitress. The Cobb Salad was delicious, and gluten free.

I am interested in trying Ye`s Sushi. I wonder if you have any experience with Japanese food--obviously fake crab is a problem, along with soy sauce, but the rest ought to be ok, I think.

SafeCeliac said...

I haven't tried too much Japanese. I went to Seoul Soul with my wife once and was pretty disappointed. They didn't have any dishes without soya sauce, with the exception of sushi.

The waitress practically laughed at me because she couldn't believe that someone couldn't have soya sauce. (it's like when I tell people I can't have beer - "How do you live?")

So I ended up having plain sushi, without the soya sauce. In other words, pretty boring.

I've often have thought about bringing my own soya sauce to Japanese restaurants. I wonder if that would be considered rude...

If you're reading this and have been to Ye's Sushi, let me know about your experience!

Anonymous said...

Not rude at all. At the last k/w celiac assocation meeting (our November turkey dinner) our president was giving out little containers in which one can put wheat free soy/tamari sauce for Japanese dishes. As an aside, I can't believe the waitress laughed at you. Now that's rude.

Kathleen said...

I went to Kelsey's last night on King St. in Waterloo and had a good experience. The server had no idea about gluten vs wheat but was friendly and helpful in asking the chef. I ordered the smoky mushroom chicken dish and they just left off the sauce and added plain bacon on top. It was served with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. We also shared the nachos without the beef and they were excellent - but had a lot of cheese on them.

Know of any good Korean restaurants that are celiac friendly? I know Gochujang - the main hot paste in many Korean dishes can often have wheat in it

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