Thursday, March 26, 2009

Elmo's Diner, Restaurant Review

We ventured to Elmo's Diner on Ninth St in Durham last night for dinner. Elmo's is a great "neighborhood like" diner. It serves breakfast anytime, sandwiches, dinner specials, kids meals and wonderful milkshakes and malts. But what does it have for the gluten free patron? When we arrived I asked the hostess if they had any information on gluten and their menu, she said "no but that all the servers are very knowledgeable about gluten" and that they encounter this request often. I found this to be true and our server very helpful. If you have time before you go out to eat you can access Elmo's menus from their website, so you can take a look at the offerings before you arrive. A few items to note when ordering: according to our server all the chicken dishes contain gluten due to the marinade they use. Also many of the fish dishes have a similar marinade, but you might be able to request some fish made special. Although the enchiladas are with a corn tortilla, the sauce contains gluten. Their french fries are cooked in a designated fryer for only potatoes so that makes them okay. They offer several burgers that would be an option ordered without the bun. They also offer many salads that would be fine (minus the chicken). You have the option of a vegetable plate with the choice of several vegetables. I opted for a veggie omelet with home fries, and substituted applesauce for my toast. Malts would not be an option, because of the malt powder but many milkshakes would be okay (I would ask them to clean the mixing machine before they blended a GF shake). Elmo's has two locations the one in Durham and the other in Carrboro.

Hours of Operation:
Sun-Thurs 6:30 am-10:00 pm
Fri-Sat 6:30 am-11:00 pm

776 Ninth St.
Durham, NC 27705

200 N Greensboro St.
Carrboro, NC 27510

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