Dinner at Denny’s – New Years Eve

Chopped Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Garlic Toast (not Gluten-Free)
Chopped Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Garlic Toast (not Gluten-Free)

We’re at Denny’s for dinner.  We found ourselves with no water in our apartment during the day today and they weren’t sure when it would be restored, so we checked into a motel.  Dad and I routinely have breakfast at Denny’s, but we never eat any other meal there.  They have a fairly large menu, although I am only familiar with the build-your-own Grand Slam as being gluten-free.  I’ve tried eating the same items at another Denny’s in Detroit, but met with unfortunate consequences.  Something wasn’t gluten-free, even though I thoroughly questioned the manager about ingredient listing and foods prepared on separate grills in the kitchen.

Fortunately, I never have any trouble with the Denny’s in our hometown.  It’s a different crowd here in the evening than it is when Dad & I come here for breakfast.  We’re here early enough in the evening to not catch the after-bar crowd, and that’s a good thing.  Our server’s name was Katie and she did a great job of taking care of us and several others in her area.

Build-Your-Own Grand Slam (Gluten-Free)
Build-Your-Own Grand Slam (Gluten-Free)

Rick ordered the Mushroom Swiss Chopped Steak with green beans and hash browns. It came with garlic toast on this occasion, although on a later visit, it came with dinner rolls.  He also ordered a Coke to drink.  It was a very good meal!  The portion was more than ample.

I ordered the Grand Slam (Build Your Own) with 2 sausage, 2 bacon, 2 eggs over easy, hash browns and a Coke.  Whenever I order my meal at Denny’s, I always ask the server to make sure that it’s served hot.  There has been a tendency in the past to receive your plate and it’s only warm.  On this particular visit, it arrived piping hot.

No room for dessert, although I honestly don’t know what dessert would be gluten-free.  Since I primarily visit Denny’s for breakfast, there’s no need to worry about the dessert choices.

Uno Chicago Bar & Grill – December 30, 2009

Lemonade
Lemonade

We LOVE Uno Chicago Bar & Grill in Brookfield, Wisconsin.  We dine there at least twice a month.  During the Christmas holiday, they had an offerUno Chicago Grill DSC04615 where you’d receive a $5 voucher for future service (after 1/1/10) for every $25 Uno’s gift card that you purchase, so we bought two!

Our server’s name was Pete and he came by shortly after we were seated and took our drink order.  Uno’s only serves Pepsi products, unfortunately, so that’s what Rick ordered.  We both prefer Coca Cola products.  I ordered a lemonade, although it tends to be very tart at Uno’s.  Once the ice melts a bit, it’s a perfect blend of sweet and tart. The raspberry lemonade, on the other hand, is very sweet – too much so, in my humble opinion.  Sometimes, it’s not any less sweet when the ice melts.

Uno Chicago Bar & Grill Seating DSC04662We love coming here.  Even during prime time on a Friday or Saturday, we never have to wait long – yet, they’re busy. Tonight, it’s not that busy. Tomorrow (New Year’s eve) might be a different story.

We had an Entertainment Book coupon for a free appetizer with the purchase of 2 entrees.

Cheese Sticks (not GF)
Cheese Sticks (not GF)

And here is my only complaint – Uno’s no longer offers gluten-free appetizers!  They used to have these pork drumsticks, but no more.  They do have soups, but for me, that’s more a meal. So, in order to make use of the coupon, Rick ordered cheese sticks. He said that they were very tasty.  I would have loved to sample one – they were my favorite appetizer back when I could eat such things.

Chicken Thumb Platter with Fries (not gluten-free)
Chicken Thumb Platter with Fries (not gluten-free)

For his entree, Rick ordered the Chicken Thumb Platter with French Fries.  This is something that he routinely orders – it’s one of his favorite meals at Uno’s.  It was just as enjoyable as ever, he reported.

I ordered the baked stuffed chicken with steamed broccoli. I also ordered a house salad, no croutons and ranch dressing on the side. Within the last couple of months, Uno’s has added more gluten-free salad dressings – yay!  They used to only offer balsamic vinaigrette, not my favorite. It’s always nice to have choices!

Gluten-Free House Salad with Ranch Dressing
Gluten-Free House Salad with Ranch Dressing

The salad was very crisp and cold – mixed greens with a wedge of tomato and cucumber.  The dressing came in a small cold container and it  poured easily over the salad.  The chicken was delicious! It was stuffed with spinach, feta, and tomatoes. The broccoli came with a lemon wedge and was steamed well (no crunch).

Gluten-Free Baked stuffed Chicken with Broccoli
Gluten-Free Baked stuffed Chicken with Broccoli

We had to wait a bit for our server to bring boxes and our check.  Unfortunately, he didn’t take the appetizer off the bill, but we didn’t realize it until he had run our gift card and charge card.  Rick had to bring it up to the front and a manager had to correct it.

Overall, though, it was an excellent meal.   The part at the end with the check was just a simple mistake, and I certainly wouldn’t grade them badly for it.   Uno’s provides an excellent variety of gluten-free foods, and it’s always an enjoyable night out for us.