As y’all spent the last week gearing up for the return to school and work, I went on a vacation. Working in the hospitality industry, we go from some our busiest weeks (through January 3rd) to some of our quietest. Since I missed seeing my dad for Christmas, we headed off to Atlantis in the Bahamas for a belated celebration.
Unlike Disney World where I feel comfortable eating with celiac disease and food allergies, Atlantis is a whole new ballgame for me. I filled out a food allergy form in advance, but was still intent on bringing my own breakfast and lunch. So far, it has worked out well.
My first dining experience in Atlantis was at Mesa Grill, one of Bobby Flay’s restaurants. My dad and sister who have been to Atlantis before were certain this was one of the restaurants where I would feel the most comfortable eating. And, boy, did they turn out to be right!
As we sat down, I immediately noticed that the menu labelled quite a few of the top allergens and was particularly impressed that the phrase “celiac” appeared on a menu.
When I told my waiter about my allergies, he immediately called the chef and they brought over the food allergy form that I had filled out in advance. While they are willing to make substitutions, it was clear from the that there was one appetizer, entrée, and side dish that was already gluten, dairy, and egg free. I spoke to the chef about preparation and was excited that these dishes did not contain any of my other allergens.
My meal began with the Shrimp & Grouper Ceviche, which features Serrano chiles, tomatoes, mango, and plantain crisps.
The presentation was beautiful, and the appetizer had quite a kick. I found the dish to be filling too. While I was given a spoon, I was quite excited that I could eat the entire dish with the plantain crisps instead.
For my entrée I had the Chipotle Glazed Rib Eye, which comes with a red and green chili sauce. The sauce was a little bit too spicy for my liking, but for those of you who like spice it would be right up your alley. I was lucky that the chef predicted this and served it on the side! Plus, my rib eye was cooked exactly to order. 🙂
Now, I was the most excited for my side dish: Southwestern Fries. These are “celiac-friendly,” and therefore, do not go in a fryer with gluten. The seasoning is fairly mild compared to the spice I saw in my dish throughout the rest of the night.
Lastly, but certainly not least, came dessert. They have a mango and berry sorbet. However, being quite full, I passed on them for the night. I would like to give a quick shout out to the churros that my dad and sister enjoyed. These are not gluten free, but they are tasty if you dine here with someone who does not have celiac disease and/or my food allergies. 🙂
I’m bringing this dining experience and Bahamian vacation to Fiesta Friday this week! We’ll be finishing up our vacation this weekend, and I’m looking forward to enjoying a final meal at Mesa Grill tonight. I’m even going to try the sorbets this time (and maybe get two orders of fries!).
Happy cooking, and have a wonderful weekend!
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