The Chelsea: Worth the Trip!

Where: The Chelsea, 335 Middle Street, New Bern, NC 28560

GF Menu: Yes! According to a helpful reader comment below, The Chelsea now has a GF menu.

What I ate: Potato Crusted Salmon and Southern Osso Buco with seasonal vegetables from the Dinner Menu

How to order it: The Chelsea is famous for its “New American Cuisine”. In addition to traditional Southern dishes, they serve Asian, Italian, Cajun, French, and German-inspired plates. Whenever entering new culinary territory, it is best to ask the server for Gluten-Free recommendations. Our friendly and GF-savvy server was happy to point out several entrees my mother and I (both GF) could enjoy.

What it looks like:

This was a jewel box dish. The lid was made of thinly-sliced fried potatoes. When I lifted it, I discovered a pan-roasted salmon that was the color of orange cream saltwater taffy. The fish was plated atop a complementary dijon cream sauce.

In Italian, “osso buco” means “pierced bone”, referring to the marrow section of a cross-shank of meat. The dish above included a roasted pork shank which had been braised with olive oil, red wine, fire-roasted tomatoes, olives, and capers. The succulent meat just fell off the bone. The complex mix of tomatoes with salty capers and olives was similar to a fresh puttanesca. The garlic smashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables provided the perfect palate cleansers for each sensational bite of pork.

Green Note: The Chelsea is located in a renovated historic building in the heart of New Bern, North Carolina’s second oldest town. The following information was taken from their website:

Built in 1912, this historic structure was first used by local pharmacist Caleb Bradham, inventor of Pepsi-Cola, as his second drug store.  Completely renovated in the mid-nineties, every effort was made to retain and enhance the history of this place, and its people.  Today, each room in the restaurant holds a different and pleasant surprise…The bar and casual dining is on the ground floor which features the building’s original pressed tin ceiling, and its carefully restored mosaic tiles floor. 

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Published in: on June 12, 2011 at 6:23 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. I just had a lovely meal there tonight and was presented with a specific GF menu. The wasabi-ginger seared tuna was to die for, and the wait staff were incredibly attentive to my needs. One of the best GF dining experiences I’ve ever had.

    • This is great news! Thanks so much for sharing. I just updated the post to include a note about The Chelsea now offering a GF menu. We all appreciate you letting us know!

  2. Do you sell any gluten free beer, and if you do, what kinds of beer do you sell? Thank you.

    • Hi, Jack. I think you may want to contact The Chelsea at to ask this question. I don’t remember seeing a GF beer on their menu, but it wouldn’t hurt to ask! This kind of gentle pressure can help restaurants recognize the demand for it. Incidentally, there is a 100% Gluten-Free restaurant in Asheville called Posana that offers many GF beers.

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