June 28, 2010

OMG...It's Gluten Free!!

That's right, how cute is that?! There really is a little gluten free cafe with that name right here in the Chicagoland area. This past Saturday, OMG...It's Gluten Free! held their Grand Opening celebration from noon until 2pm. Alexandra and I have been dying to visit the little cafe since we heard they opened their storefront back in the spring. With grand opening celebrations planned, this weekend was the perfect time to finally get out to Frankfort.


Inside, the menu board and order counter.

From the second we got there until we left, the store was jammed packed with allergenistas lined up to get pizzas, muffins, cookies, breads, you name it. As Alexandra and I perused the menu, we sampled some delicious gluten free blueberry muffins and brownies. I couldn't get my hands out of that muffin tray, they were phenomenal! Flavorful, moist, and topped with large sugar crystals, I was instantly brought back to my pre-celiac days when I would love getting the giant blueberry muffins from the Jewel bakeshop. The large sugar crystals were my favorite and I haven't had a muffin like that since. Needless to say, when I got up to the counter, I bought a muffin.


Blueberry muffin and Banana Nut Muffin

We finally decided to split a personal pizza and a single serving of lasagna. We topped our pizza with fresh basil and stuck with the plain cheese lasagna. We even split some more desserts by ordering another muffin - this time a banana nut and three cookies - chocolate chip, white chocolate chip, and butterscotch. Fortunately for OMG, their little cafe was filled, unfortunately for us there was no where to sit. The cozy cafe has only a handful of tables and all were taken by the time we arrived. Luckily there was a wonderful smoothie shop just a couple doors down where we ordered some refreshing fresh fruit smoothies and the owners were nice enough to let us enjoy our food there.


OMG, it's Alexandra and me at Paradise Smoothies! THE MOST AMAZING smoothies! I had a grape, cherry, watermelon smoothie....sooooo good!

The pizza was delicious. You would never know that it was gluten free. The crust was thick and buttery. Just the right amount of sauce and ooey-gooey melted cheese. Yum! The lasagna was tasty too, but we both decided that the pizza was our favorite.

6" Personal Cheese Pizza with Fresh Basil and Single Serving (half eaten) Cheese Lasagna

The desserts?! Now I knew were the cafe got their name. First bite and the words, "OMG! This is gluten free?!" were uttered. Alexandra and I couldn't get enough of that butterscotch cookie. In fact I'm still dreaming about it now. That cookie alone is worth the hour drive from the city. I enjoyed the chocolate chip and white chocolate chip cookies as well. They are just a smidgen undercooked so they are still soft and chewy...I love my cookies that way. Alexandra likes her cookies crunchy, so I got those flavors all to myself. :)


Chocolate Chip, Butterscotch Chip, and White Chocolate Chip Cookies!

All in all, this place is great! It's a great place for south suburban gluten and peanut free folks to get high quality gluten free products. It's the cutest little store, all of the staff was very knowledgeable and nice, and the selection of gluten free offerings is great! Right now their hours are limited, so if you do live in the city it's hard to get out there after work, but definitely plan for a Saturday trip to OMG...It's Gluten Free! You won't regret it!
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