Mike Madriaga 9:30 a.m., Nov. 23
Gluten-Free Lunch at Brockton Villa
I have been promising my mom a visit to Brockton Villa for over a year, but every time she’s been in town, we have either forgotten or we just haven’t made it. Finally, this time, we did.
Mom is on a gluten-free diet and has also recently been told by her nutrition-centric doctor that she should only have eggs every fourth day. Same with beef. Thankfully, Brockton Villa has a few non-egg, non-beef, gluten-free options.
It was a Thursday afternoon, around 1:00 p.m. My friend T met us at the restaurant with her 4-month-old baby. The sun was shining, the air was warm, and we got lucky with an outside table and an uninterrupted view of the water.
Mom and the view
We started our meal with the Fiery Dill Shrimp Butter Leaf Wraps (gluten-free, $16). I love anything I can wrap in lettuce and then dip in sauce. This came with cucumber shallot salad, avocado jicama salad, and citrus herbal cocktail sauce for dipping. Fresh and tasty.
For an entrée, Mom had the gluten-free version of the Grilled Atlantic Salmon BLT ($13). Strange, I know, but “gluten-free” in this case meant “no bread.” (This dish is also available without the salmon for $8.) The Applewood Smoked Bacon was thick and juicy.
T ordered the Crab Cakes with house slaw and roasted red pepper emulsion and then experienced food envy when my food came out: Crab Cake Sliders with tomatillo and corn salsa and chili crème fraiche. The presentation, I think, made my choice look a bit less plain.
Plain crab cakes
Crab cake sliders
Along with the sliders came a big fluffy salad, which was good, but it soggified the bottom half of my slider buns. Still, the crab cakes inside were delicious and had a little kick. Yum.
It was a lovely afternoon and, most important, Mom was happy.
Please note: the crab cakes and sliders are not gluten-free.
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