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Bye, Bye Burger and Fries, Here Come The Gluten-Free Menus

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June 23, 2011 at 3:05 PM | by | ()

Hotel restaurants are getting savvy about catering to their diners palates. Several spots started offering vegan fare and now the Hotel Casa del Mar is going gluten-free on one of its menus. (But they aren't the first. Fairmont Hotels also made a similar move back in January and Vegas has done gluten free for a while.)

Unlike some eateries that only offer one or two appropriate dishes, the Santa Monica hotel's Catch restaurant has a substantial menu of gluten-free goodies, from crudo and salads to entrees and sides.

You won't be forced to just eat a plate of veggies. The meat-and-seafood-packed menu features oysters in the half shell and crudo like hamachi with pink peppercorns, olive oil, lemon and sea salt. Salad options aren't boring either, like the roasted beets, burrata, grapefruit and pistachios. Appetizers include grilled Japanese octopus with potatoes and capers and beef carpaccio with baby artichokes, Meyer Lemon and dry Jack.

For the main course, go for 16-ounce bone-in ribeye with sides like braised Tuscan kale and Parmesan farro; oven-roasted monkfish with baby artichokes, fingerling potatoes and lemon confit; or red-wine-braised short rib with root veggies and black garlic gremolata.

The gluten-free menu is part of the hotel's Live Well Again program. The idea is to pamper yourself to truly live well, whether it be through spa treatments, exercise or healthy gluten-free eats.

Since hotels are quick to hop on the trend bandwagon, especially when it comes to health and fitness, we expect to see more and more of these menus popping up at hotels throughout the summer.

[Photo: Hotel Casa Del Mar]

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