Saturday, May 31, 2014

Caviar & Bananas Gourmet Market & Cafe - Charleston

For lunch today, we ate at Caviar & Bananas Gourmet Market & Cafe in Charleston, my parents' favorite lunch spot.  My mom said it was like Dean & DeLuca, which isn't surprising, considering the owner used to be a Dean & DeLuca general manager.  

We had stopped in yesterday to check out their gluten free selection, and I was impressed by how many gluten free items were available.  

Today, I chose the "naked" kale salad and the quinoa salad for lunch.

The quinoa salad contained gold quinoa, feta cheese, scallions, dried cranberries, and a lemon vinaigrette.  I absolutely loved this salad, and plan on making it when we get back to Orlando.  

The "naked" kale salad was amazing as well.  It contained raw almonds, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, aged gouda, grape tomatoes, and a lemon vinaigrette.  

I finished off my meal with a huge piece of gluten free banana bread with a peanut butter drizzle.  I must admit, the banana bread I make at home has never tasted this good!  Caviar & Bananas had other gluten free treats that looked amazing, but they were sitting way too near gluten-filled baked goods to make me feel comfortable, so I went with the banana bread that was displayed separately on its own plate. Hopefully in the future, Caviar & Bananas will display all their gluten free baked goods in their own area to avoid cross contamination.  

The gluten free items in the display case were plentiful.  I could have also ordered smoked chicken pecan salad, grilled herb chicken with imported spoleto black truffle butter, brussel sprout coleslaw, or roasted vegetables.  

Caviar & Bananas also sells other gluten free items, like Tate's Bake Shop Gluten Free Cookies and Pop Chips.  

You can view the menu for their George Street location, where we ate, here.  The menu for their Historic Market Street location can be viewed here.  Both locations serve housemade gluten free oatmeal for breakfast, either with roasted granny smith apples, cinnamon and caramel, or dried cranberries, candied pecans, golden raisins and white chocolate chips.  They also have gluten free bread for sandwiches, but the menus contain a warning that the sandwiches are prepared on the same surfaces as those containing gluten.

I might have to try the oatmeal before we leave in the morning.  The next stop on our summer road trip is Colonial Williamsburg.

Have you ever been to Caviar & Bananas?  


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