I think that everyone has (or should have) a restaurant that they consider their secret find. A restaurant with amazing food, a great staff, and good prices. And for some reason unknown to you, there's never a wait. I'm always torn between worry that my favorite restaurants will close down because no one else ever seems to frequent them, and worry that they will be discovered for the hidden gems that they are, and I'll have to wait in line to get in.
Cafe Athena is one of those secret finds. This is honestly one of my all-time favorite restaurants. Although, upon looking at their website, I found a list of all the awards they've won for best Greek restaurant. Apparently, it's not as much of a secret as I thought. Still, I've never had to wait for a table, so I consider this my secret San Diego restaurant. My sister, Shani, took me there years ago, and every time I visit her in San Diego, I ask to go back. For this visit, I did a little research on gluten-free restaurants in San Diego, and was surprised to find that Cafe Athena was listed as a gluten-free friendly restaurant. Could it be!? My favorite restaurant was also an easy place to eat out without fear of cross-contamination? I couldn't pass that up!
Upon arriving at the restaurant, I let the server know about my dietary restrictions. Without needing any other information, he immediately went to grab an allergy menu. I was very impressed to see that in addition to listing their non-gluten items, they also listed which items were dairy free, soy free, egg free, etc.
I ordered the:
A mousse of imported red caviar delicately blended with potatoes, olive oil and lemon juice. Garnished with celery and carrots.
A popular soup, made with carrots, celery and tomatoes.
YALANDJI GRAPE LEAVES
A favorite Greek appetizer with filling of rice, fresh tomato, red pepper, onion, mint and pomegranate molasses. Served chilled.
And it was all amazing! As delicious as always and gluten-free as well! What could be better? If you live nearby or are visiting, it's worth the drive to check out this "hidden" gem.
This post is linked to What Can I Eat That's Gluten Free.