When I was first diagnosed with celiac, I thought the day of eating delicious baked goods were over. The couple of items I had tasted in the past that were gluten-free didn’t leave a positive impression on me. Shortly after being diagnosed someone mentioned Rose’s Wheat Free Bakery in Evanston, Illinois, which is just north of the city. They said everything was delicious and gluten-free, so I decided to give it a go and meet my friend there for lunch.
My first visit there was about a week after I was diagnosed, so I was still very overwhelmed and felt like eating out was a total battlefield and I would never be able to enjoy a meal out again, but when I walked into Rose’s, it was the first smile I had on my face in over a week. It was like I walked into some cozy bakery and everything looked absolutely amazing and it was all safe. I told the woman at the counter this was my first time there and I was recently diagnosed, and she gave me tons of samples to try. Oh my goodness, it was hard to decide what to buy and bring home, it was all so good, and no one would miss the gluten in these items. The woman was so helpful that she really made me feel at ease, she answered tons of questions for me, even ones that had nothing to do with the bakery. I just wanted to set up a tent and never leave. Not only do they sell baked goods, but they also have a sit-down café where everything is gluten-free as well as tempting array of items containing organic vegetables and meats.
Since that first visit, I have had nothing but positive thoughts about Rose’s and continue to go there monthly for lunches and to get a fix of their wonderful baked goods. It is such a comfort to know I can sit down and look at the menu and eat everything in there! I don’t even need to ask questions about how things are prepared or what they came in contact with, I felt like my old self eating out. And another thing that is great about Rose’s is that there is a children’s menu, and a play area for children to play and do artwork out of the way of servers, but convenient for parents to keep an eye on them.
For my daughter I like to order her the grilled cheese, which has to be one of the best grilled cheese I have ever had. The bread is baked onsite and amazing! For myself I like the grilled vegetable sandwich with the olive tapenade and goat cheese that comes with a side of fresh napa slaw. I have also tried the fresh beet salad with goat cheese, quiche and once I had a bite of the children’s chicken strips just to see how the breading tasted, and wow, I wanted to eat the chicken strip just for the breading!
The children’s meals come with a choice of cookie from the bakery, and that is where we always head as soon as we finish eating our lunch. Their baked goods are truly a dessert worth finishing for your meal for. I can honestly say, and if one reads my reviews they will know I review with honesty, I have not tasted one item here that I was not crazy about.
They carry various loaves of bread such as a teff loaf and millet loaf, hamburger buns, hot dogs buns, French bread rolls, pizza crust and they recently started making pita which has become hugely popular and if you don’t get there early enough in the day you may miss out. I have really enjoyed their seeded bread which includes sunflower, sesame and flax seeds. I also love the snickerdoodles, oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip and lemon ginger cookies, as well as their cupcakes, cheesecake brownies, biscotti, lemon squares and raspberry crumble bar. I usually end up going home with at least one loaf of bread, granola and muffins.
The name may seem a bit confusing since it is called Rose’s ‘Wheat Free’ Bakery, but be assured they are certified 100% gluten-free, and peanut free, as they only order ingredients from peanut-free suppliers. In addition to these allergens Rose’s also offers items that are dairy-,egg- and sugar-free as well as vegan options. Speciality cakes and desserts can be ordered ahead of time, as well as calling to order a pizza for dinner.
If you are not in the Chicago-area, you can still enjoy Rose’s goods by ordering online, they ship everywhere in the continental US.