I feel pretty lucky about where I live. Knowing nothing about Connecticut, I somehow managed to buy a house that is centrally located to a bunch of gluten-free stores and restaurants, with more popping up every day. I stumbled upon Cafe Cogululu online and couldn't wait to try it after reading that they are a 100% gluten-free restaurant. Yes, you read that correctly - a totally gluten-free restaurant!
After a family visit to the eye doctor that lasted about 3 hours, with a stop at CVS thrown in there for good measure to buy diapers and change my poopy-diapered kid in the parking lot (#classy) because I forgot my diaper bag, we were all famished, and possibly a little mentally scarred (sorry baby!) with that frantic look about us that could only be described as hungry jackals on the Serengeti plains.
I remembered Cafe Cogulu in my wild eyed state and demanded that we stop in to experience their gluten-free Shangri-la. The lot they are located in also happens to be the same lot that Toozy Patza(gluten-free pizza!) is located in, sweet! When you pull up, the first thing that greets you is a chalkboard touting their gluten-freedom. The restaurant itself is cute, with a few tables and a couch inside. They have a deli case displaying homemade sweet treats and they also sell gelato.
The menu is somewhat limited, but features panini's, salads and assorted extras like pasta. I didn't want any cheese, so I opted to forgo the panini in favor of a chicken salad, which had grilled chicken on top of a heap of greens. For the little one, we got breaded chicken tenders, which came with a side of ketchup. The hubby got a roast beef panini, which I tried a little of and thought was good - next time I would totally opt for the panini. My salad was good, but completely unadventurous. The chicken tenders were really good, although a tiny bit oily. The flavors were great though, rosemary and other herbs, maybe not super kid friendly, but the bebe ate a good amount, so she must have liked it!
For dessert I picked up a box of cinnamon/nut muffins filled with cream cheese. I really enjoyed them, but they were a bit greasy, and made me feel like I instantaneously gained a pound after eating just one. The flavor was mostly cinnamon, with a bit of a kick, which I think was ginger. I inquired about the baked goods, and apparently all of the treats and breads are baked fresh on premises, you can't beat that!
I really enjoyed stopping into Cafe Cogululu and would go back, but would like to see them expand their menu a bit and add more desserts that are less heavy-handed on the butter, and I love butter, so that's saying a lot. I hope they finally got that snazzy new espresso machine they were chatting with me about!