It's Memorial Day weekend, which means grilling to many of us and road trips to many more. I love road trips, because it gives me a good opportunity to try gluten free restaurants I wouldn't normally have a chance to visit, like the Eggs Up Grill in Portland, CT (just outside of Hartford).
I found about the Eggs Up Grill after reading an awesome blog post by Fairfield Weekly, that highlighted a bunch of gluten free restaurants and bakeries all across CT. Eggs Up is your normal mom and pop diner, with the exception that they have a pretty extensive gluten free breakfast menu. I put them on my "to try" list the second I saw that they had gluten free french toast. They also have a variety of gluten free pancakes, with berries, chocolate chips, or plain, and offer breakfast sandwiches on gluten free rolls.
I was torn between the chocolate chip pancakes and the french toast, but opted for french toast because I was really curious about it. The owner, a sweet woman who has Celiac disease, said they use Aleia's gluten free bread, also from CT, to make the french toast. I've had Aleia's bread before and it was pretty good from what I can remember, so I went for it.
They brought out gluten free maple syrup for the french toast, which I found funny because maple syrup (if it's 100% maple syrup), should inherently be gluten free. The Vermont Maid Syrup they gave me, while conveniently labeled gluten free, did not have an ounce of real maple in it. I was a little disappointed about that, but I let it go because the french toast looked pretty yummy. They served it with powdered sugar and fresh strawberries, which is always a winner in my book. The toast itself was good, a bit dry for my tastes, but it held up well overall. I wish I had tried the pancakes to give a better review of the place, but overall I think it's a great place to stop in if it's close by to where you live, or is on the way to wherever you're heading.