Saturday, June 11, 2011

Arad Evans Inn

My parents and I recently went out close to celebrate their 29th wedding anniversary.  29 years -- amazing!  I can't even fathom it, but congratulations to the 'rents.  We choosing between two restaurants but ultimately went with Arad Evans Inn.  My parents had previously visited Arad Evans but I had never been and was excited to visit after hearing great things about it from them.

Upon being seated, I peered over the menu and saw a few dishes that looked good.  When our waitress came over, I asked her about one of the dishes and told her that I couldn't eat gluten.  I was shocked when she responded by offering me a gluten free menu!  I didn't expect Arad Evans to have a gluten free menu and was very pleasantly surprised.  She promptly brought the gluten free menu over to me; it was the original menu except it labeled which dishes were "GF" and any substitutions that needed to be made in order to make it gluten free.  The same menu also lists dairy free options as "DF."  I ordered the Gazpacho as my appetizer and opted for the Halibut en Papillote as my entrée.  Even though the last time I had Halibut en Papillote (at Fig & Olive in L.A.) I didn't love it, I gave it another go.

After we placed our orders, our waitress told us that she would be bringing bread over.  Naturally, after six years of being gluten free, I was expecting to eye it hungrily and not be able to enjoy it.  I was floored, shocked, stunned, (insert your favorite synonym for "surprised" here) that the waitress told me she would be bringing me my gluten free bread basket!  In six years of being gluten free, I have never heard of that.  The bread they brought over was Schar; I've enjoyed the company's products but never like this before.  The restaurant seasoned and toasted the bread to perfection.  Perhaps I'm exaggerating and am just overjoyed at finally having tasty bread again.  Either way, Arad Evans did a great job by serving up great gluten free bread for me.

The gazpacho was then brought out with creme fraiche and avocado.  The gazpachos I've recently had here in upstate New York have been chunkier than the gazpacho I was used to while living in Madrid.  However, the gazpacho was still amazing at Arad Evans Inn and very flavorful.  Unfortunately I wasn't as pleased with my halibut.  I think the saying "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me" applies.  As earlier mentioned, I didn't enjoy Halibut en Papillote when I ordered it from Fig & Olive but here I gave it another go.  The fish was very plain and didn't have a strong flavor.  I have definitely learned my lesson and will be staying away from the dish in the future.

Overall, Arad Evans Inn impressed me with a gluten free menu, a gluten free bread basket, and an amazing appetizer.  While I didn't love the entrée, I would definitely visit again and try out something different.  If you ever find yourself in Syracuse and need a nice gluten free spot, Arad Evans should be your first choice.

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Arad Evans Inn
7206 Genesee Street
Fayetteville, NY 13066 (Map)
315.637.2020

1 comment:

Nicki said...

This place actually sounds pretty great!!