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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Plain crab cakes

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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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