Twisted Fork: From Scratch

Where: The Twisted Fork, Raleigh, NC near Triangle Town Center

GF Menu: No. They do, however, make their dishes “from scratch” and are therefore very accommodating to your dietary needs.

What I ate: Blackened Tilapia Fillet served over Rice Pilaf with Sautéed Spinach and a Lemon-Caper Beurre Blanc

How to order it: For a GF diner, there are a few potential flags when ordering a dish with this description:

1. Check with the server that the tilapia is not seasoned with any gluten. Some common seasonings may contain gluten or “modified food starch” (sometimes another name for gluten), so it’s worth asking about. The server assured me that this dish was Gluten-Free.

2. Ask whether the butter sauce is thickened with any flour containing wheat.

3. Check whether the spinach is sauteed in a broth (which may contain gluten). According to the Twisted Fork website, they make their own chicken stock, so that’s a good sign. Many store-bought broths contain wheat gluten as a preservative.

3. Finally, just to be sure, confirm that the rice pilaf is made with just rice (not a mix of rice and pasta or other grain) and also not cooked in a broth that contains gluten.

All that said, this dish was GF and wonderful! Worth the asking!

What it looks like:

Twisted Fork Tilapia

Gently blackened tilapia with lemon-caper butter over sauteed spinach and rice. The fish is seasoned well (not too salty) and cooked to perfection. A complete meal by my standards – a grain, a green, and a protein. Packed with complementary flavors, this dish really satisfies.

Green Note: Fresh from their website: “No canned or pre-made products here. With freshly-made ingredients always on hand—like homemade chicken stock and breads baked in-house—and local foods floating around the kitchen, Chef Matt Griffith is proud of his “scratch kitchen.” And, like he says, “as long as we have the ingredients, we can make it to order any way you’d like.”

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