Mez: Verde

Where: Mez Contemporary Mexican, Durham, NC

GF Menu: YES! It’s not just a few items scratched on a piece of note paper, either! It’s a real menu!

What I ate: Fish Tacos wrapped in corn tortillas

How to order it: Ask the server for the GF Menu and confidently select any item you see there.

Fish tacos are also available on the regular menu. These are wrapped in flour tortillas, and appear to have a thicker breading (my dining companions enjoyed these). When both forms of the same item are offered at any restaurant, I find it’s a good idea to place your order, saying “Gluten-Free (blank)” just to be sure they don’t miss the GF part when writing it down for the kitchen.

This dish comes with black beans. Since this is advertised as a GF item, I would bet that Mez took care to prepare a GF bean dish. Take-Home Note: You may be surprised to learn that many cans of black or refried beans sold in grocery stores contain…you guessed it…wheat. When attempting to make this dish at home, read the labels to be sure that gluten, that pesky gremlin, is not playing hide-and-seek in your food.

What it looks like:

Achiote-infused tilapia quick fried and wrapped in soft corn tortillas with shredded napa cabbage, avocado-tomatillo salsa, and chipotle aioli. The breading is light, letting the flavor of the tilapia shine through. The corn tortillas are fresh and warmed and hold up well during frequent hand-to-mouth curling motions.

Green Note: MEZ is North Carolina’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-designed restaurant. You can see the sought-after US Green Building Council seal of approval in the entryway to the restaurant. Kudos to the Chapel Hill Restaurant Group for showing us it can be done! The restaurant environment is gorgeous with its high ceilings, warm wall colors, waterfall fountain, and plants.

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  1. […] to order it: Thankfully, many Mexican dishes are made with corn. (See Mez post.) The vegetables and shrimp are lightly stir-fried in a vegetable oil. I confirmed with the server […]

  2. Hi there, just became alert to your blog through Google, and found that it is really informative.

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    • Thanks so much for visiting my blog, and for your kind note. There is so much information to share. I’m hoping we can all benefit from conversations about a gluten-free lifestyle. Many thanks!


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