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Thursday, September 17, 2009

S’MAC, NYC

Last April, I reported that S’MAC went ALL gluten-free (here’s more from Celiac Chicks and A Gluten Free Guide) but it wasn’t until this week that I had a chance to try myself.

(A side note: I haven’t really delved into many or any milky situations. Even my trial with Lactaid ice cream was fraught with too many urps for comfort. That could have been for many reasons, corn syrup or over indulging, don’t exactly know. Regardless, I knew what I was walking into with the date with mac and cheese, the grandfather of dairy dishes-milk, butter, cheese. Oy. But I just had to try this. I cleared my schedule for any tummy mishaps. I went armed with many, many Lactaid chewables. I dosed before during and after dining, six in total, which seemed to really help. I won't be repeating this experiment often but good to know it could kind of be done).

Sarita, owner of S’MAC treated me to a Mediterranean mac and cheese. Filled with goat cheese, spinach, garlic and olives it was mac and cheese for the grown up in me. The kid in me reveled in the crisp topping created by GF cornflakes. Oh heaven. I brought D. (also GF) who had the Manchego mac and cheese. We didn’t really speak for a full five minutes as we both luxuriated in the goodness that was this hot, bubbly, cheese-y, all gluten-free (and made in a peanut/tree-nut facility) goodness.

Sarita clearly cares about her patrons and their well being and their taste buds. We talked at length about the ingredients, cross contamination and source products. Every effort has been made to ensure that the gluten-free-ness meets Sarita’s (and GIG’s) exacting standards. In Sarita’s hands, I felt safe.

Certainly, if you go, and have any extra allergen or gluten-free questions sarita@smacnyc.com DEFINITELY email owner Sarita first. Tell her Allergic Girl sent you, and bring your appetite for some serious comfort food, all gluten-free.

Sarita's Macaroni & Cheese

345 East 12th Street, NY, NY 10003
212-358-7912, 212-358-7917
sarita@smacnyc.com

5 comments:

Little Fish said...

I ate at the UWS location last year and it was heaven! It kills me that I haven't been back. Anyway, when given the choice of whether or not to get breadcrumbs on top I spoke with the manager who assured me that they were safe for my peanut/tree nut, sesame and poppy allergies. I felt confident and ordered the breadcrumbs and it was perfection!

BTW- was at Otto two weeks ago and again last night. Thankfully I have no dairy issues, but I would highly recommend that you take those obscene amounts of lactaid again in order to try the Salty Caramel Gelato! When I die and go to heaven I'm pretty sure everything will taste like Otto Salty Caramel Gelato.

Erin S. said...

S'Mac is one of my favorite gluten-free places in NYC. Sarita has been great and completely understands the gluten-free community since she has her own dietary needs. My favorite is the gluten-free Alpine mac and cheese. MMMM.... bacon, cheese, and gluten-free breadcrumbs. Delicious!

Glad to know you enjoyed it as well, even with 6 Lactaid pills.

suz said...

That's so funny!! I blogged about S'Mac on Tuesday after a short business trip to NY. I'd been meaning to try them forever. I'm glad you finally did too. It was fantastic.

Always enjoy your blog by the way. From one allergic girl to another :)

Allergic Girl® said...

thx fellow SMAC lovahs!

Marty said...

Re: the ice cream-the corn syrup would do me in!