BakerStreet: Sophisticated Steak with a Side of Great Service

BakerStreet Steaks, Seafoods, and Spirits has been one of my favorite dining spots since moving to Fort Wayne over a year ago. After being diagnosed with Celiac Disease (I cannot digest wheat/gluten) BakerStreet has risen to my number one stop for fine dining.

I dined at BakerStreet shortly after starting a gluten-free diet. In fact, it was my first gluten-free dinner out on the town. I was a party of one so I sat at the bar accompanied by my copy of The Gluten Free Bible by Jax Lowell. The bartender approached and offered me a drink. I ordered a beverage and told him that I am a Celiac and cannot come in contact with wheat or gluten. The gentleman did not flinch or hesitate. He promptly handed me a menu and assured me that my request was not a problem. I opened the menu and happily read the new heading above the appetizer list: “GLUTEN FREE MENU: all items on this menu can be prepared with or without gluten.” Just what the doctor ordered, quite literally.

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As I reviewed the menu, the bartender, who was busy, took time to chat, check on me, and offer to place my order at a slower pace since I was enjoying a book. I love that kind of service. Just because I am eating alone does not necessarily mean I want to eat fast. BakerStreet offers an comfortable and friendly yet sophisticated environment. It is perfect for a date, celebration, or business meal. It also works just fine for a quiet dinner for one.

The selection at BakerStreet ranges from vegetarian options to surf and turf and a sixteen ounce New York strip. I started with a spinach salad, followed by a twelve ounce New York strip au poivre with steamed broccoli. The salad arrived and was fresh, crisp, and included ripe sweet strawberries. The aged balsamic vinegar dressing provided the perfect amount of tang to compliment the sweetness of the salad. I enjoyed it very much.

The steak arrived according to the requested timing. The meat was cooked to a lovely medium rare and the peppercorns were ground just right so that the au poivre preparation was not overwhelming. It was a great version of my very favorite steak meal. However, the highlight came next. Dessert.

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As a Celiac, desserts can be scary. This dessert, however, was anything but. The offering was a flourless chocolate cake with raspberry sauce and whipped cream. It was beautiful and delicious. It was so good that I saved half for the following day’s breakfast!

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I was once again impressed and completely satisfied with my BakerStreet experience. It is lovely for those who enjoy wheat and those, like me, who do not.

BakerStreet is located at 4820 N. Clinton Street just north of Coliseum Boulevard. Fine food is served Monday – Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

 

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Whitney is a Southern girl. She is an attorney by trade and an administrator by birth who works at a local college. Whitney spends her free time adventuring with her border collie Scout and blogging at It is pretty - https://coalfieldstocornfields.wordpress.com.

Going gluten-free in Fort Wayne, part 3: Pasta

gflogo2 Going gluten free in Fort Wayne, part 3: PastaThis is the third in a series of posts about eating gluten-free in Fort Wayne!

Pasta

When I still ate wheat, boy, I loved me some pasta. The best I ever had was at a now-closed restaurant in Muncie, IN that offered penne pasta in a tangy vokda cream sauce. Spaghetti in olive oil was my go-to light meal at home. I was left optionless when I went gluten free. Or so I thought. Fort Wayne has some different options when it comes to gluten-free. I’ll be concentrating on Italian pastas, since Thai pasta, for example, is usually made from rice, a naturally gluten-free grain.

 

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Casa Restaurants - a Fort Wayne Institution

Casa Restaurants

One of the treasures Fort Wayne has is its local chain of Casa Italian restaurants. With four locations spread across the city (though my favorite, the original, in central Fort Wayne closed last year), their signature house salad is known nationwide and has oft been copied emulated. They offer, however, an entire gluten-free menu, with dishes containing pasta that, while kind of an off-white greyish color, taste delicious. If you’re feeling decadent, try it with the butter sauce, which is amazing.

Biaggi’s

I’ve tried to stay away from chains, because I’m focusing on unique-to-Fort Wayne treasurers you can try while here.  While it is a chain, Biaggi’s is a small chain, and utterly delicious.  I’ve literally never had a meal I didn’t like while eating there. They offer a good gluten free pasta that has maybe a tiny bit difference in texture from beglutened pasta, but it tastes great and is hardly noticeable. And you can laden your dish with all sorts of great stuff: wild mushrooms, caramelized onions, sun dried tomatoes, lobster — the list goes on. And if you request it, they have a great gluten-free flatbread that they can serve with their pre-dinner bread and “Biaggi butter” (olive oil + grated Parmesan + fresh cracked pepper = heaven in your mouth)
(Side note: Biaggi’s also has a gluten free artisan pizza, but I didn’t include it here because a) I’ve never tried it, and b) you’ll definitely want to get pasta when you go.)

Gluten-free Fort Wayner’s and Out-of-towners: Where do you get your pasta fix? What is it like? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Andy Welfle is a nonprofit geek, a pencil blogger, and freelance writer living and working in Fort Wayne. He loves urban bicycling, the nonprofit arts and culture community, and his cranky cat named Sachen, which is the German word for "things".

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2 Responses to "Going gluten-free in Fort Wayne, part 3: Pasta"

Rachael
June 11th, 2011
I looooove Casa's- Fairfield was always our favorite too. I've had great GF pasta dishes at Trolley Bar too- although of course it's going to be pricier there. Casa also recently started offering a GF cheesecake. I haven't tried it yet- they never told me they had it when I was there!
Sherri
June 9th, 2011
The "gluten free flatbread" is actually the gluten free pizza crust. And the pizza is far better than the pasta there, fwiw. I personally don't care for it at all.

Going gluten-free in Fort Wayne, Part 2: Pizza

gflogo1 Going gluten free in Fort Wayne, Part 2: PizzaThis is the second in a series of posts about eating gluten-free in Fort Wayne! For my first post about sandwiches, click here.

Pizza

If you’re like me, you seriously craved pizza when you stopped eating gluten. I seriously had to walk out of Pizza Hut a few times because it smelled so good, I was afraid I’d lose my willpower and break my intestines. Luckily, some pizza parlors popped up in the last few years to satisfy my need for cheese-and-tomato-sauce covered crust.

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Though pricey, this independent pizza shop boasts my favorite gluten-free pizza in town. Located on the north side, 800 Degrees has a wood-fired oven, and serves up many varieties of 10″ pizzas, from a delicious, classic margherita-style to fancy pizzas involving spinach and feta. My favorite is with pepperoni (they shred a spicy pepperoni on top) and black olives. The gluten free crust is crispy, and almost indistinguishable from a beglutened thin-crust. Expect to pay no less than $13 for a 10″ pie, though, and it just goes up from there.

B. Antonio’s

This local chain serves inexpensive, classic pizzas with super-fresh ingredients. With two locations on the north side, it’s a commute for those living or visiting central or south. A friend of mine worked there, and just hours after he tweeted they introduced a gluten-free pizza, I was there! Like 800 Degrees, the pie is 10″, which is perfect for one hungry diner, or two snackers. It is cheaper, however, usually by three or four dollars. The crust has upon occasion been somewhat soggy, as gluten-free bread products tend to be, so make sure to indicate you’d like the order to be on the crispier side of baked.

Red Angel

I just tried their pizza for the first time a few weeks ago! With two locations; one in Fort Wayne, and the other in Paulding, OH, this small chain seems to be trying their hardest to be the gluten-free stop. It’s biggest selling point for me was that it also has a gluten-free beer on the menu, thereby reuniting a duo that I sorely missed: pizza and beer. Granted, the beer they offer is Red Bridge, an Anheuser-Busch product which is so-so at best. But the pizza definitely made it taste better. While the price was mid-line and the ingredients were good, but not special, they offer flavor combinations that are fun and interesting. I had the Red Angel special, hold the ham and onions.

Next week, stay tuned to learn about where to find gluten free pasta! Fort Wayne visitors or residents: Have you found other gluten-free pizzas? How was it? Let us know in the comments, below.

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Andy Welfle is a nonprofit geek, a pencil blogger, and freelance writer living and working in Fort Wayne. He loves urban bicycling, the nonprofit arts and culture community, and his cranky cat named Sachen, which is the German word for "things".

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6 Responses to "Going gluten-free in Fort Wayne, Part 2: Pizza"

Kristen
Kristen
January 7th, 2012
You are welcome! Please give us a call at 1-800-767-7752 if we can ever assist you in any other way!
Ed
January 6th, 2012
Thanks for your gluten write ups on Fort Wayne, I do appreciate it very much as I am a new celiac.
gluten free pies
June 29th, 2011
Nice website! Greetings from Glory Foods.
Rachael
June 4th, 2011
A word of caution as a very sensitive Celiac with many pre-GF years of experience working in the pizza business: flour can stay airborn for 24 hours. I tried a GF pizza from one of these places once and became sick, in spite of all their best intentions. To the best of my knowledge, none of these places maintain a list of toppings confirmed to be GF either. They supply a GF crust. So please be careful out there and use your best judgement! I miss GF pizza nights at The Roasted Bean.... :(
Alison
June 2nd, 2011
Oh, and although the gluten free pizza around town is pretty good, ALL (with the exception of Biaggis) of these pizza places are on the north side of town and don\'t deliver past a certain region (except with Waiter on the Way, which is extra costly), which is a disappointment for those of us who live on the south end of town.
Alison
June 2nd, 2011
Although I haven't tried it, Biaggis also serves gluten free pizza.

Going gluten-free in Fort Wayne, Part 1: Sandwiches

gflogo Going gluten free in Fort Wayne, Part 1: SandwichesIf you have a special diet and are traveling outside of your community, it can be stressful finding restaurants that can accommodate your restriction.

More and more people are becoming gluten intolerant, or worse — being diagnosed with Celiac disease. In fact, the New York Times reported that Celiac disease is more than four times more prevalent now than it was just 50 years ago.

I developed a gluten intolerance two years ago, and as someone who consumed a lot of bread and wheat products, it put a major dent into my life. Suddenly, I couldn’t eat sandwiches. Doughnuts. Bagels. PIZZA!

As the gluten-free lifestyle booms, and eating wheat-free diets becomes trendy, restaurants in Fort Wayne are taking notice. For a while I thought I was doomed to eat salads for the rest of my life, hold the croutons please. But I’ve explored, asked questions, and discovered some real gems that let me diversify my diet and get my carb fix back.

This, the first in a series of posts, will focus on the sandwich shops. Stay tuned for tips on finding good pizza and pasta in town as well!

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12 Responses to "Going gluten-free in Fort Wayne, Part 1: Sandwiches"

Amanda
April 17th, 2013
How about the Fox & Hound?
Jo Adkison
March 25th, 2013
Thank you for the great recommendations! Some I've discovered: North Anthony Health Food Shoppe has a great food bar with GF but you have to go up front and get it weighed (priced by the pound) before you eat it! I really enjoy it though because sometimes you're not starving yet you get a tasty and healthy variety of soup entrees and salad. I also love 800 Degrees GF pizza with their homemade sausage. Biaggis has the best GF bread in Fort Wayne and they have a potato crusted tilapia that is GF & really good! Trying to find great GF Meat lasagne is really hard in Fort Wayne, but when I asked at Casa on W. Jefferson for the closest thing to it, they customized for me and it was really pretty good.
Rachel
December 4th, 2012
Pint & Slice next to The Dash has gluten-free pizza.
Brooke
April 23rd, 2012
are you craving some good italian food? im celiac and Casa, Olive Garden For Italian offer gluten free options, and a Few More Options Wendys, Applebees, LoneStar, Bakers Street, Arbys, for some reason i can tolerate B dubs Ultimate Nachoes, B Antonios Pizza,YESSS I SAID PIZZA :) Biaggis, Roasted bean and many many more So Excited People are realizing the Frustration of trying to eat out and being celiac
Candacer
February 26th, 2012
Nice ! Thank you! This is so very helpful! Recently discoered I have a gluten sensitivity and am learning more about eating Gluten -Free and frankly, eating out has been very overwhelming and frustrating. These options are great!
Erica V.
February 23rd, 2012
Jimmy John's unwich is fantastic . . . . BUT not all their ingredients, like the cheese, are gluten-free. It works for me because I have an intolerance, not an allergy, but if you are super sensitive, tell them about your allergy, ask them to change their gloves and no cheese. My fave is the #11. Enjoy!
Kristen
Kristen
January 26th, 2012
Wow! That is awesome - and great news, since the new downtown Fort Wayne Jimmy Johns is located just two blocks from the Grand Wayne Convention Center, and Visitors Center! Thanks for the tip!
Marika Hamilton
January 26th, 2012
This may sound funny.... but Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches has a Gluten-Free option that is delicious! Check out a Jimmy John's UNWICH.... it is any of our awesome sandwiches wrapped in lettuce... instead of bread! Have a more severe allergy and worried about cross contamination - just let us know and we will gladly switch out gloves, knives and cutting boards. Now open at: 101 W. Wayne St. Fort Wayne, IN 46802 260-420-1533
Kristen
Kristen
October 5th, 2011
Thanks Christy! We are always on the look out for great GF options!
Christy
October 5th, 2011
Andy, Downtown actually has 4 places where one could find a gluten free sandwich! You missed the three below. The Peony Tea House (503 W Wayne St) can accommodate a GF eater when given advance notice (with homemade bread, bless their hearts). I dropped in yesterday and they had everything in stock, plus a cookie, brownie, scone, and cupcake! The Health Food Shoppe's Downtown Deli (inside Cottage Flowers, 236 E Wayne St) has an assortment of gluten free sandwich options, and a hot entree. And, as you know, the Pembroke Bakery and Cafe will be opening soon in the Auer Center at 300 E Main Street.
Andy Welfle
May 31st, 2011
Rachael, Thanks for the comment! I wouldn't say they're super knowledgeable, but it's a pretty small place, so it doesn't take long for the servers to ask the kitchen staff, who do know. I honestly don't know about the cross-contamination. But I'm guessing they aren't vigilant about that. I don't have an extreme intolerance or Celiac's, so I don't have to worry about it, but I know that it's an issue for many people! You could give them a call and ask, though!
Rachael
May 30th, 2011
Thanks for sharing about the Dash-In. I didn't know they had GF bread. How knowledgeable did you find them to be on the GF status of the rest of their menu items? Did they manage cross-contamination concerns well? Can't wait to check it out!