Thank you to my foodie friend and photographer, Drew Davidson, for recommending this next restaurant, and for sharing his photo.
Where: Mami Nora’s Rotisserie, 2401 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27608
GF Menu: No.
What I ate: 1/4 Chicken Combo with 2 Sides (Black Beans and Sweet Plantains) + Coconut Water
How to order it: I wrote to Mami Nora’s manager to ask the following questions about the gluten content of some of their menu items:
1. Do your black beans contain any gluten (flour, wheat, barley, or rye ingredients)?
2. Does your chicken seasoning mix contain any gluten?
3. Do the yucca fries have any breading on them, or are they fried in the same oil with anything that might have flour on it?
To these questions, Manager Ranbir Bakhshi responded, “The answer to all 3 questions is ‘no.’ The chicken, black beans, and yucca are all Gluten -Free.”
Special Note: Please see the extremely helpful clarifying comment from Laura Wooten below this post. It informs us that, since the time of this posting, the black beans are NOT Gluten-Free. The seasoning contains barley, which is not safe for celiacs.
I later inquired by phone about the two dipping sauces and the sweet plantains. I was assured that these are also Gluten-Free.
What it looks like:
Photo Credit: Drew Davidson
Pictured above is the 1/4 Chicken with tender, juicy, seasoned white meat breast/wing. (Dark Meat Leg/Thigh is also available.) You will taste the distinctive difference of food prepared in an oven using wood charcoal. The restaurant advertises that this slow-roasted flavor is authentic to what you would experience when dining on the street corners of Lima, Peru.
The black beans were hearty. The sweet plantains were gorgeous – warm, and a little bit tart on the inside, and candied with a light, crispy edge on the outside.
Green Note: Mami Nora’s uses little electricity in the cooking process. The following was taken from their website:
Mami Nora’s is recognized for its unforgettable rotisserie chicken, cooked in a special marinade, then roasted in our imported oven from Perú. This oven uses only wood charcoal, no gas or electric heat is needed.
I’m also pleased to share with you that “Sweet Tea & Wheat-Free” has had more than 10,000 views. Thank you, from the bottom of my Gluten-Free heart!
More good news – North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue has declared May “Celiac Disease Awareness Month” again. Read the full announcement on Gluten Free Raleigh.