Mad Donna’s has been on my list of restaurants to try for a while now, and I can’t believe it has taken me this long to head out to East Nashville to give it a try. I’d heard that Mad Donna’s used gluten-free bread from Aunt April’s Bakery, so I was really excited to check it out.
I was glad we tried Mad Donna’s late on a weeknight, because the place wasn’t busy, and I could ask the waiter as many questions as I needed. When I called, I learned that they don’t have a gluten-free menu, but they assured me that they could make almost anything on the regular menu gluten-free. But when we arrived, I found out that my options were far more limited than I was lead to believe. Yes, I was disappointed, but I knew that I’d be satisfied with anything that they could make safely with April’s bread.
We ordered the chips and salsa as an appetizer. I was a little apprehensive as the chips are made in-house, and they do not have a dedicated fryer. Apparently, I was living on the edge that night. I did try them, but I did not get sick.
I was impressed with the garden salad that I ordered. Most side salads on a bar restaurant menu consist of limp lettuce and shredded carrots. But this salad actually had vegetables, specifically green peppers, tomatoes, and mushrooms, and drizzled with their cilantro-lime vinaigrette it was incredible.
It’s always a special treat to be able to order a sandwich when you are gluten intolerant, and I was not going to pass up a chance to enjoy April’s bread. So I ordered the Turkey Melt complete with applewood bacon, artichoke dip, and swiss cheese.
Wow! April’s gluten-free bread can stand alone, but the combination of the decadent sandwich fillings was so delicious – not so low in fat, but delicious nonetheless!
The Husband ordered the B.A.S. Burger (bacon, avocado, and swiss) on gluten-free bread so I could try it. Even though he’s not gluten intolerant, he loves April’s bread. (And I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a burger topped with avocado and cheese). He also got the sweet potato fries, which were just as good as they look in the picture below. Again, the fries are not made in a dedicated fryer, but I didn’t seem to have any trouble.
There are certain restaurants like Wild Cow, FiddleCakes, and A Matter of Taste whose extensive gluten-free offerings are worth making the trip for. I’m glad I tried Mad Donna’s, because I really did enjoy my meal, but I’m not sure I will head to East Nashville just to eat there again. There isn’t enough variety for this gluten-free diner. However, I give them props for having gluten-free bread, and AMAZING homemade gluten-free bread at that, and really good food. If you find yourself in the area, pop in for a burger or sandwich and let me know what you think.
Question: Are you able to eat fries or chips that aren’t cooked in a dedicated gluten-free fryer?