I was recently invited to try out Garlic Jim's Pizza. I've been meaning to get to one of their locations for a long time now, but again, the L.A. sprawl stopped me in my tracks. Luckily, I had a good reason to stop in at the Redondo Beach location -- my friend moved down to Irvine from Palo Alto on Friday, so I drove down after work to help her move in. Even though she isn't gluten free, she's a gluten free ally (haha) and I knew that a pizza would help welcome her to her new apartment.
I was pleasantly surprised when I pulled up to the Garlic Jim's location in Redondo and saw the below sign greeting me. I've definitely noticed a change in gluten free advertisements -- they are much more pronounced. Check out the labeling on Chex or Betty Crocker's Gluten Free mixes. The words "Gluten Free" are no longer relegated to tiny print below the Nutritional Information label, and I think that it speaks to the increasing number of Celiacs and the power that our money has in convincing restaurants and food manufacturers to create well-marked gluten free labels.
But now to the important information -- the pizza! I ordered a large Queen Margherita for my friends and I. The pizza was great! I'll let my non-gluten free friend's description say it all: the pizza was "light, tasty, and a pretty substantial substitute to gluten-filled pizza. It was a healthy alternative to pizza, I didn't feel like I was eating cardboard or anything."
I couldn't agree with my friend's review more. I really enjoyed Garlic Jim's pizza. It is a thin-crust pizza and I'm into thicker crusts, but I thought the pizza was particularly flavorful. A lot of gluten free pizzas can be bland but Garlic Jim's was anything but. I would definitely eat at Garlic Jim's again if there were locations closer to me. Garlic Jim's has locations in Burbank, Pasadena, Redondo Beach, Simi Valley, and South Pasadena.
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Garlic Jim's Pizza
1876 S Pacific Coast Highway
Redondo Beach, CA 90277 (Map)