|Visited On:||December 7, 2012|
|Gluten Free Menu:||Yes|
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|Price Range:||$10-$20, plus drinks, tax, and tip|
Last month, we visited Freeman’s Little New York on Quinpool Road with some family members. (They also have locations on Grafton Street downtown and in Fairview.) I was fairly surprised when we sat down and there was a sign advertising new gluten-free pizzas! When a server came by to take our drink order, I asked about toppings, and was even more surprised when she said they had a gluten-free menu.
The surprises continued when I saw the two page menu, which you can check out here. It’s one of the most comprehensive menus I’ve seen in a while, and the prices are the same as the regular menu. (The gluten-free menu is available for takeout too!) The first page of the gluten-free menu offers four appetizers (including nachos), two soups, four salads, and four entrées (including a hamburger on a gluten-free bun). The second page lists three specialty pizzas, as well as an option to build your own, with a list of 26 gluten-free toppings! There is also a list of gluten-free sauces and salad dressings, which I thought was a nice touch, since so many condiments have gluten. At the bottom of the second page, there is a statement that they are not a wheat-free facility and cannot guarantee that their items are wheat-free, but the server seemed quite helpful so I was willing to give the pizza a try.
I ordered a custom medium pizza with bacon and extra cheese ($16.99). (I was kind of overwhelmed by all the options, to be honest! Add that to being starving and I’m sure to go with something safe.) My fellow diners all had various gluten-containing pizzas ($10.99 for a small, $16.99 for the medium), except for my father-in-law who ordered the chicken clubhouse with fries ($12.99). Everything arrived pretty quickly. I was impressed to see that my medium was actually the same size as everyone else’s – Mike and I probably could have shared it for dinner. There was a ton of bacon on the top (although we all agreed that their bacon had an odd texture like ground beef) and plenty of cheese. The dough was a bit grainy and doughy, but it certainly wasn’t the worst I’ve ever had.
Everyone else’s meals were great. Their pizzas are amongst the best in town, and their clubhouse was fresh and tasty with lots of fries on the side. We were so stuffed that we didn’t even bother checking out the dessert options. However, there are lots of things on the gluten-free menu that I’d still like to check out. I’m looking forward to a gluten-free burger and a famous Freeman’s shake!
Freeman’s Little New York
6092 Quinpool Road (Halifax)