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Eats Beat: Pizza, pub grub — and it’s all gluten-free

Posted 7:24am on Wednesday, Aug. 07, 2013

Gluten-free cooking is here to stay.

If you don’t believe me, go look at the lines at From Across the Pond.

The British-Italian pub-and-pizza restaurant just moved to a larger space on Boulevard 26 in North Richland Hills.

Yet that’s already full most nights. What began as a simple pizza-and-pasta cafe is now a booming success with either regular or gluten-free dishes.

Along with Elote Mexican Kitchen in far north Fort Worth and also the Good Karma Kitchen rolling food truck, From Across the Pond specializes in serving flavorful food for everyone, including the estimated 50,000 local residents with celiac disease.

A broad gluten-free menu serves both the restaurant’s original pizza-and-pasta menu and British pub specials. London owners Emma and Lee Herdman bought a former Original Joe’s and with it, a British pub menu.

So if you’re been looking for gluten-free fish and chips or cottage pie, Boulevard 26 is the place for you.

A recent visit turned into a hectic marathon. The beef-and-Redbridge-ale stew was one of several items that were sold out, and waiting diners peered desperately at each passing plate.

A regular chicken tikka masala was standard.

(Order the house salad. You’ll recognize the ubiquitous tomato vinaigrette dressing.)

Most diners seemed to be enjoying the pizzas, although a few holdouts came for the Scotch eggs or the “bangers and mash.”

From Across the Pond opens daily for lunch and dinner; 8447 Boulevard 26, 817-428-2332, fromacross-pond.com.

The other worry-free restaurant, Elote Mexican Kitchen, is open daily at 12584 N. Beach St., in the Woodland Springs neighborhood; 817-741-3600, elotemex.com.

• Restaurant Week is next week.

But it really starts Friday, when some restaurants launch a “preview weekend.”

The special charity-benefit fortnight helps benefit the Lena Pope Home charities, with $5 of each lunch and $7 of each dinner in Tarrant County going for the Lena Pope Home agency.

I’ve printed several dinner menus. Among the lunch specials: The venerable Al Biernat’s will serve a three-course $25 lunch featuring Al’s salad, a roasted half-chicken, short ribs, redfish or a Wagyu hamburger steak.

Ferrari’s Italian Villa in Grapevine starts the special Friday, offering a $25 lunch with a choice of lobster ravioli, pappardelle with basil or roasted scallops with Gorgonzola.

Bonnell’s Restaurant in Fort Worth doesn’t start the special until Tuesday, but the $25 lunch menu is impressive: an andouille sausage burger, fried chicken or shrimp pasta, following by a sampler of four desserts.

Bud Kennedy's Eats Beat appears Wednesdays in column appears Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 817-390-7538 Twitter: @BudKennedy

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