I've been eating gluten/wheat free since 2008 due to serious health challenges. Dining out has always been a real challenge. In the beginning when first starting out with my gluten/wheat free food journey it was near impossible to eat out especially with friends and family who just didn't get it. I didn't like being a pain or causing any disruption choosing the place to eat or during the meal, etc.
It was always such a big ordeal so we just stopped going out to eat. Not only was it difficult with finding gluten free choices but avoiding the contamination that most people and restaurant servers don't understand can be so dangerous, especially for someone with gluten/wheat allergies. This last year though since we starting attending Pedernales Fellowship church in Spicewood and meeting new friends, pot lucks, etc., I've had to really be more cautious again about eating out. It's not so bad now like in the beginning because I've learned a thing or two and can teach and coach anyone else on this too!
I've become a holistic home chef myself and everyone loves my food so I've gotten pretty picky when it comes to dining out. I'm so happy to have found this restaurant Tea Thyme recommended by someone I met on Friends of Spicewood Facebook group! This was my first experience with them on June 25th and you betcha I'm going back real soon! Hey this is actually a home cooking restaurant so anyone will love it here! There were a LOT of men eatin there so what does that tell you?! It's gotta be a good place right? Not some tea and crumpit place that's for sure! LOL!
What an awesome place to dine! Great atmosphere and everyone is so friendly and helpful!
Now this place is all gluten/wheat/sugar free so absolutely no worries about contamination!!
They have a smoothie bar, salad bar with salads and hot bar full of fresh homemade food! We got there about 11:30 am. The restaurant is roomy with a very clean and pleasant atmosphere. There weren’t many people there early but at 12:30 that place was buzzing! There was hardly a table left open!
Their salad bar at only $7.99 and with hot bar $9.99 is very reasonable. They had two types of chicken dishes and a shredded beef, butter beans, red potatoes, two other veggies I think I saw and some hot pears. Next time I'll snap a pic!
There's no diet coke here gang! It's all organic soft drinks, green, black tea, etc. I had green ice tea, my friend had coffee and water.
My friend is not gluten free. We both decided to eat off the menu and both had the same thing, a Ruben sandwich with salad. It was SOOO good we ate every bite! It's been over six years since I've had a Ruben Sandwich out anywhere! She even loved the gluten/wheat free bread! She said the food definitely does NOT taste like card board! Their pastrami was so fresh and delicious! The grilled bread was amazing! I loved the salad dressing, simple and delicious balsamic vinaigrette just as good as I make at home!
We both had hot pears with coconut ice cream topped with whipped cream and nuts. OMG that was so yummy! My friend loved it!
The service was great and our server was very informative and attentive. I left my business card for Gluten Free Lady and let her know I’d be posting favorably about the food and our experience on my blog! And I'm taking my hubby and trying the Chicken Tacos with Avacodo! Keep in mind they are only open 7 AM til 5 pm Mon--Fri and 7 AM til 2 pm on Saturday and they serve breakfast!
Who else wants to go back with me?
Enjoy the Journey!
Gluten Free Lady