My favorite restaurant in Manchester New Hampshire is the Puritan Backroom. The Puritan is a place where Luke and I go to celebrate many happy occasions and accomplishments. My college graduation, my engagement to Luke, special date nights, new jobs, and even my first 1000 hits on my blog (yes we look for ANY reason to celebrate) are all the happy moments I think of every time I go to the Puritan. The reason I love the Puritan Backroom Restaurant so much is that they have by far the best and biggest gluten free menu out of all the places I have been.
Check out the menu, I guarantee there is something for everyone!
Two weeks ago Luke and I went to the Puritan Backroom Restaurant and it was delicious (as usual). I ALWAYS start off the night with their amazing Greek salad (with oil and vinegar on the side). This salad is my favorite! I am sure it has to do with the giant hunks of feta cheese they give you. Yum!!
If you like appetizers there are plenty of gluten free options to choose from. You can order fresh vegetables with Tzatziki (a Greek strained yogurt sauce), fruit cup with sherbert, Loukaniko (grilled Greek sausage with onions and peppers), scallops wrapped in bacon, jumbo shrimp cocktail, or fresh vegetables with hummus. I typically don’t have enough room for an appetizer, but I could always go for fresh veggies and hummus. This is a great healthy option to go with a lighter meal.
Choosing an entree is hard for me at this restaurant because there are so many choices! When I’m in the mood for something on the lighter side I tend to go for the vegetable stir fry. This meal is a giant plate of summer squash, zucchini, carrots, broccoli, pepper, and onion sauteed over rice. I love this dish because it is nice and healthy, really tasty, and big enough that I have plenty left over for lunch the next day. Another dish I have tried in the past is the barbequed lamb. Lamb is not something I usually order, but I tried it one day when feeling more adventurous and loved it. It’s a smaller plate of barbequed lamb tips on a skewer with onions and peppers.
The only dish I have tried at the Puritan that I would not recommend are the broiled chicken fingers or the broiled chicken parmesan. The Puritan is well known to have the best (regular) chicken fingers around. I was hoping the gluten free ones would be similar, but I really just did not like them. The chicken was tough in texture and the gluten free sauce was too sweet for me. Maybe it was just an “off day”, but there are so many items on the menu I do like, that I am not sure if it is worth trying it again.
I have been on a big fish kick lately, so this past time at the Puritan I ordered the swordfish. You have the option to choose lemon pepper or Cajun spices. I love food on the spicy side so I went with the Cajun! It was delicious! So far this is my favorite dish on the gluten free menu. It’s much more expensive compared to other items on the menu ($19.95), but worth it! I guess I am going to have to save this dish for those extra special occasions!
Some other great reasons to go to the Puritan:
- Gluten Free Dessert!!! Choose from toffee brownie, mini bread loaf, rice pudding, parfaits, and ice cream!
- Quick stop for ice cream at the separate ice cream shop (http://www.puritanbackroom.com/ice-cream/).
- All regular menu items are available for take out (http://www.puritanbackroom.com/takeout/takeout).
- There is a function hall available, making this a great place to host an event and provide food for guests who are gluten free! (http://www.puritanbackroom.com/functions-conferences/event-menus.php)