No matter how many times you try new places and feel confident, because you are familiar with a certain cuisine, ethnicity, etc… there is always a nervousness you have the first time you try a place not knowing how truly familiar they are with the concept of being gluten-free. I have gotten into the routine of asking a lot of questions, and if the person I am asking doesn’t seem fully confident in their answers, or know exactly what gluten is, then it’s a deal breaker and I won’t risk it.
The other day, I finally decided to try a place in my very own neighborhood that I am always driving by, and which people and constantly sing its praises. I gave in, and gave it a try. It’s called Bell Street Burritos, and it is in Inman Park, intown Atlanta. USA Today actually named Bell Street one of the 10 great burrito places in 2011.
Generally, I feel like burrito places are one of the more safer places……get a burrito bowl, or tacos with corn tortillas, but some places will sneak soy sauce into salsa, or beer into a marinade….yes, that’s right..soy sauce into salsa! Who would have thought. I spoke to the manager at Bell Street and asked a lot of questions, and they assured me there was no soy sauce or flour on the premises. And they don’t fry the chips on site, so as a rarity, the chips and salsa are a go!
The menu is simple, and very reasonably priced. I ordered the burrito special as a bowl with potatoes, broccoli and green chilies with a side of chips and salsa. It was very tasty, filling, but not too heavy. The chips were light and crispy, and I was honestly overjoyed that I was able to eat them and I didn’t have to sit at the table and watch everyone else indulge as I normally do.
Bell Street has a very laid back, indie vibe and can get quite crowded at lunch time now that the word is out on this place. You might just see some of the stars of Anchorman 2 there, as they are filming it in the area right now. I will definitely be going back for more!