Sunday, December 11, 2011

High Level Diner

After the couple hours spent at the Butterdome Craft Fair ~ we decided to go for lunch at a nearby Diner -
The Highlevel Diner ~ We have been to this diner in the past and the experience eating there always leaves us with a great experience and a desire to come back. 

The Highlevel Diner is always a full and busy place, usually when going in there is a line up - but it moves along and you are not waiting for long.  The owner is a friendly guy who always touches base with you, finds out how many are in your party and I find we are usually seated within 10-15 mins at the most.  The atmosphere is not new or modern, but it is clean, warm and cozy filled with antique furnishings ~ and  just as they "take pride in serving fresh, wholesome food from local producers, they also take pride in presenting original art works created by talented local artists."  Always great works to view from paintings to stained glass hangings.

They are very celiac friendly ~ have truly undertaken the "art" of accommodating those who require eating gluten free.  They have not only separate a separate "Celiac Breakfast & Brunch" Menu but also a "Celiac Lunch and Diner" Menu  - as well as being accommodating for their special "Turkey Tuesdays", "Thursday Ukrainian Diner" and the "Sunday Prime Rib Diner".

We decided to choose from the Lunch and Diner menu today - and I spied that they had "Home cut Fries" (made in a dedicated gluten free fryer) so I choose their "Gluten Free Diners Clubhouse" ~ (Locally raised chicken breast, bacon, tomato, lettuce & mayonnaise on toasted gluten free bread. Choice of fries, green salad or steamed veggies.) with the side of the Home cut Fries.  It was very good, they brought me heinz ketchup (as their locally made brand is not gluten free) and I enjoyed my clubhouse and fries.  Tasty.  The fries were really great, not greasy perfectly fried and just a little crunch to them.  Delicious.  Kevin had the "Jambalaya" ~ A Cajun Classic! A spicy combination of sausage, chicken, rice, tomato and shrimp slowly simmered.  They served it with crispy corn tortillas ~ he said it had a nice kick to it and enjoyed his meal.

And though they do not have a dedicated "wheat free" kitchen - they use dedicated gluten free fryers and toasters and take the care and attention needed as I have not felt ill after eating at the Diner.  I recommend if you like the artsy, antique, bistro feel of a great place to eat - High Level Diner would be a good stop.  :)

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