Where: The Loop Pizza Grill, the Eastgate Shopping Center location, not far from the campus of UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC. Visit their website for other locations in NC, Georgia, and Florida.
GF Menu: Yes. Ask to see the Gluten Free menu when you place your order.
What I ate: One of the Loop’s new Salad Specials, topped with Cajun-style Fish Fillet
How to order it: When ordering a salad, speak to the server about your GF salad dressing options and ask them to leave off the croutons.
If you plan to add a meat topping to your salad, check the GF Menu to confirm that the seasonings used on the meats are indeed Gluten Free. Many popular seasoning mixes contain MSG, which contains gluten. According to the Loop’s Allergen menu on 04.18.2010, the Cajun-style mix used on the fish was Gluten Free.
What it looks like:
Get excited. “Over a salad?”, you may ask. Yes! This particular salad deserves a shout-out. A warm Cajun-style white fish fillet topped a bed of cool romaine greens with goat cheese, cranberries, mandarin oranges, red onions, and walnuts. The crisp greens, fruits, and nuts emerged with their own distinct flavors through the impossibly light vinaigrette.
Green Note: The Loop provides an easy-going dining experience set in an upscale, but not fancy, environment. They use washable plates, cups, and utensils, and there are very few disposable items. Also, the Loop had a sign posted that encourages their customers to “Buy Local.”