We are on vacation in Florida, staying at our timeshare on Singer Island. This visit, the challenge has been finding great places to eat while following my grain/gluten/wheat- free plan. Tonight’s find is Captain Charlie’s Reef Grill in Juno Beach.
We have been to Captain Charlie’s many times in the past, back in the days when I was an uneducated wheat-eater. The food has always been fantastic, and we were hoping that many of our favorite dishes were wheat-free.
I asked our waiter, a charmingly efficient gentleman, if the conch chowder was prepared with a flour base since I am wh- ….he interjected, “You can eat the conch chowder – no wheat. My wife is gluten-free, too.” I was delighted! Many of the dishes are perfect for those of us who feel and function best wheat-free.
We chose to share several dishes. We got the conch chowder, a thick, red concoction of conch, vegetables, and potatoes. Yum! We followed that with a grilled calamari appetizer. We skipped the marinara, and asked to have the hot pepper topping with it. We had always gotten the fried calamari before, but this was even better – spicy and delicious. It was great to have the option of grilling; I didn’t miss the batter at all. Next, we shared a crisp Caesar Salad; our waiter brought the croutons for my Dearly Beloved separately. The final shared course was T-Wa Curried Coconut Scallops with Scallions. The scallops were perfectly prepared and served in a fragrant, light sauce. DB had the accompanying pita triangles.
The ultimate finish was the Flourless Chocolate Chip Brownie Sandwich. Our waiter assured us that this was the perfect gluten-free dessert for me…he was SO correct. The ingredients included egg whites, ground nuts, chocolate chips, coconut. Vanilla ice cream was sandwiched between two chunks of brownie served with a nice serving of whipped cream on top. Decadent, but absolutely delightful! Doesn’t this look good? (Sorry…ate the other dishes before I took pictures!)
We highly recommend Captain Charlie’s Reef Grill!