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Gluten Free in the Upper Midwest

Original Pancake House September 25, 2014

I love Pizza Luce’s brunches (and bloody marys) so much so that I procrastinated on trying the Original Pancake House for quite some time. but now that I’ve been there, difficult decisions must be made every time I go for breakfast/ brunch! both are completely amazing.

the first time I went to the OPH, I went to the Edina location. thankfully a friend told me to call ahead and get on the wait list. this doesn’t get you a table when you arrive, but it does get you on a shorter one. one time I called ahead and there was no wait, but I still asked to be on the call-ahead list, and it was an hour-long wait for walk-ins by the time I got there 15 minutes later! be sure to call a good half an hour before you plan to arrive, to be safe.

I was amazed at the huge gluten free menu that they carry~ they are very thorough in providing TONS of options!! we’re talking pancakes, waffles, crepes, french toast, and omelets. all have tons of options for toppings, add-ins, and syrups, as well as several choices on pancake sizes: normal, the short stack (plenty for one person!), the dollar-pancake size, and junior/ senior meal plate sizes.ย sides include hashbrowns, eggs, and options on bacons and sausages. and don’t worry, even with incredibly reasonable prices, they said that they run through the options to optimize the deals for you.

on my first trip, I tried my an old favorite of mine, GF pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream (it was amazing!) and sampled of my friend’s GF pancakes with chocolate chips (also good, but would be too sweet for me to eat a full plate of). we also had a side of hashbrowns. I love potatoes, so I was very hesitant to share an order, but I was sure glad that I did! they fill a side plate, and are about one inch high. the hashbrowns alone elevated OPH towards the top of my restaurant list ๐Ÿ™‚

the next time I went, I went with a larger group of family, this time to the Roseville location (a much bigger location, it felt like). we all ordered gluten free so that we could all sample everything, which was an amazing feast! we had banana pancakes (and ordered the decadent caramel topping for them, which tastes like caramel rolls), the blueberry pancakes, a rather boring-in-comparison waffle that came with some fun syrups (not that we couldn’t have ordered a more fun waffle…), and another order of strawberry pancakes. we got a plate filled with all kinds of little syrup containers. one surprising crowd-pleaser was a citrus syrup. no one thought they’d like it, but loved it once they tried it. and of course we got more hashbrowns too ๐Ÿ™‚ a must!

next time I’d really love to try a crepe, as it’s been a very long time since I’ve had one, and I love french toast too. there are just too many options to decide! hopefully I’ll be able to sample a whole batch of new things though, that feast was definitely the way to go~ and I don’t think they charged extra for gluten free, nor were the options limited that much. so the gluten-eaters were completely happy getting gluten free, luckily for me!

there are several locations: Eden Prairie, Edina, Plymouth, Roseville (Maple Grove’s Original Pancake House is a different restaurant, which I’ll write about shortly)

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Nadia Cakes: Update September 9, 2014

I’ve tried many, many treats from Nadia Cakes now, so I wanted to write a quick update. they now have about 4-5 daily kinds, not just chocolate or white, but triple chocolate and chocolate peanut butter cupcakes too. but I usually go on weekends, because they have ever-changing offerings on Saturdays and Sundays, check their menu online to make sure you hit a day with something great, but sometimes there are surprise ones that show up there unexpectedly, in addition to what’s published online. there are often 7-8 gluten free cupcakes to choose from on the weekends. the GF cupcakes are displayed in a little dome-top cake platter, on top of the regular cupcake shelves, first thing when you get to the display cases. they keep the inventory below and will change gloves to grab your cupcakes and give you separate containers (I ask, just to be sure). if you know that you’ll want a lot of a given type, it’s nice to call ahead of time, even a day or two in advance, so they know if they should make more. (if you arrive later in the day, your first choice may be sold out already). and at any time, with I think 48 hours notice, they can make almost any flavor of cupcake gluten free, as long as you order at least a dozen cupcakes.

here are some of my very favorite cupcake flavors: Salted Caramel, which not only has a great caramel frosting, but caramel melted in the center of the cupcake. Dalmations are gluten free Oreo-like sandwich cookies blended into the batter and the cream cheese topping, with half a cookie sticking out the top. the Inner Goddess is a red velvet/chocolate cupcake. with I believe a chocolatey filling inside (but I’m not positive, it could just be super moist!) and then a whipped topping frosting mound that’s got toffee bits covering the frosting. the Grasshopper is a chocolate cupcake with a fudgey filling and a mint cream cheese frosting, even the Birthday cupcake is amazing, though it’s just vanilla cake and chocolate frosting, because the frosting is a chocolate cream cheese frosting. yum! they have tons and tons of original flavors, and it’s hard to choose which days NOT to go!

and besides gluten free cupcakes, they have several other items. there’s a cookie case, where they’re all gluten free. there are usually monster cookies and some type of cookie sandwich (and they’ll make any cookies in there INTO a cookie sandwich, if you ask). these are probably my biggest weakness! thankfully they’re too rich for me to eat a whole one in one sitting!

and then in the larger case, towards the register, they have some other gluten free items sprinkled throughout. they have a gluten free cookie dough square, that has layers of chocolate chip cookie dough, chocolate, and frosting. they also have “trifles”, which are chunks of goodies (cookies and frosting and such) piled into a cup. there’s also a non-GF version of this, so be sure it says gluten free. but just make sure to check out all of the cases to be sure you’ve found all the treats to choose from ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I highly recommend this bakery!