If you’re like me, you have a tendency of letting your weekends just fly past you. It’s not laziness. it’s more a lack of inspiration. I end up doing the same things I’m comfortable with on the weekends. As a result, my weekends end up being tasteless and ordinary.
Coming up with content for this blog is no simple task. Much like my weekends, these articles require a source of inspiration. A made a decision, halfway through last week, to help both of these issues. In my research for topics I came across some places to go over the weekend that are off the beaten path. In a way, my weekend and my blog have inspired each other.
On Saturday, for lunch I visited a place I read about when researching restaurants in the Fort Lauderdale area. It is an eatery called “Fresh First” at 1637 SE 17th Street. Fresh First is a 100% gluten-free restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch. I chose this place because my friend who accompanied me has celiac disease.
Celiac disease is a condition in which you are allergic to gluten. 100% gluten-free restaurants are not easy to find. This happens to be only the second one I’ve stumbled upon in the Fort Lauderdale area. Sure, some larger restaurants have separate gluten free menus (California Pizza Kitchen, P.F. Chang’s, Margaritaville, Burger 21 to name a few), and those places are great, but with celiac disease, the risk of cross-contamination is possible in these places. They do a great job at keeping the food separate, though. Needless to say, it is far from a dietary choice or fad.
Fresh First is a safe haven for people with celiac disease. Every food, drink and ingredient in the joint is free from gluten. And, of course, it is also great for people who choose to eat gluten-free or other diets that avoid grain. The ketogenic diet, for example, is an extremely low carb diet which could be followed quite simply with many of the items on Fresh First’s menu.
I ordered myself a Western Omelet. A western, the Fresh First way consists of turkey bacon, red peppers, avocado, onions and colby cheese. The omelet, and all other omelets come with a choice of sliced apples or griddled red and sweet potatoes. I had the potatoes. For drink I had my usual coffee and a water. However, at this place when you order a coffee they bring you a 3 cup french press and press the coffee in front of you. The beans were their house blend which was Colombian.
The eggs were fantastic. I’m not the best at describing my food on paper, but I’ll do my best. The portion must have been 3 eggs whipped up into the omelet. All of the meat and vegetables were well proportioned. I did not feel like I had too much of one thing and not enough of the other. I feel that way about omelets in some diners. The Colby cheese brought everything together. There was an abundance of it but, not too much. What can I say? It was just right. The potatoes were great too and I don’t normally dig on sweet potatoes!
Good Food. Period.
Whether you have a food allergy or not (food at Fresh First is also safe for people with corn and peanut allergies, too) Fresh First is tasty and affordable (the total only came out to about $30 / $15 a person). Rest assured your food is going to be fresh and good for you. Wake up early, though because they are only open for breakfast and lunch. Take a look at their menu and check out all the items they offer from omelets to juices. Personally I do not have a need for a gluten-free restaurant but, I’m excited to try them again.