Orleans: where we looked for a gluten-free restaurant on the banks of the Loire River
We left Carcassonne at 8 o’clock in the morning to arrive in Orleans as soon as possible. We were 6 hours away, so in line with other trips we have made, we made some pork loin sandwiches that Isa brought from Cuenca. I love that pork loin! These gluten free sandwiches have already become another indispensable element for our trips.
We stopped to eat after a few hours – again quite early for us – in another service area but we could not enjoy very much those gluten-free sandwiches because it started to rain.
We enter Orleans pouring rain…
Just upon entering, we saw a Buffalo Grill Restaurant. This is a restaurant where you can probably eat – always explaining your gluten intolerance very well, of course! -, since it is a grill restaurante they will always be able to do something just grilled. Even so, be always alert, since in Paris I ate grilled meat and vegetables and I was heavily contaminated. Together with the Tapa Tapa Restaurant in Barcelona, it was one of the worst contaminations I have ever suffered.
In fact, when we contacted the association to ask about gluten free restaurants in Orleans, we received an email telling us that they did not have information and that we we should just order: grilled things. Amazing!
Luckily, the bad weather gave us a truce and allowed us to go for a walk around the city. This time we had organized ourselves very well: Isabel was in charge of the city tours and I was looking for gluten-free restaurants in Orleans. This time I did not have much success… now we tell you!
We highly recommend you to walk around the city center. In fact, one of the most beautiful views is from Jeane D’Arch Avenue, towards the cathedral. It is really beautiful!
As usual, in the middle of the afternoon we felt hungry and decided to go looking for a shop selling gluten-free products in Orleans. We ended up at the Carrefour in the Place d’Arc Shopping Center, next to the train station. As you can see in the photograph, there was a whole line of gluten-free products, but nothing else. When we say “nothing else” it is literal: nothing! No product of which we look – meats, soups, sausages, etc. – had indications of gluten free.
Finally we decided to try new things and brands that we had not tried before. We bought some cookies with caramel and some muffins with chocolate chips.
With a full stomach, we continue walking until we reached the Cathedral again. Right next door is the Tourist Information office. The only gluten-free restaurant in Orleans that we had found on the internet was called “La Girouet” and on its website it did not say anything about gluten-free food. Also, it seems that the name of the restaurant has changed. On its website it says “Au bord de la Loire”. In addition, on the page SORTIR SANS GLUTEN indicates that your dishes may contain traces.
Upon entering the office, we asked for gluten-free restaurants in Orleans to the information guy. He got very excited, happy as when a child knows the answer to a difficult question. We felt excited too. He told us about this “vegan” and “gluten free” restaurant: Oh Terroir, at Rue des Halles number 3.
When we left, we went direct to find it! This restaurant is a kind of vegan “fast-food”. In fact, the name tag is “Fast Good”. It was a restaurant with a format very similar to McDonalds, but with “vegan” and “bio” food. The excitement lasted until we entered the restaurant… when we asked for gluten-free food, the face of the waitress said everything… she had no idea… she turned and asked her workmate. He came over and told us that they could change the pasta for lentils or quinoa. It sounded ironically delicious… lentils alla carbonara! He did not convince us, so we left. In addition, there was only one kitchen and the risk of cross-contamination was too high… at least that’s what we considered!
When we left, we checked their menu and, first of all, it was not vegan since they had beef and chicken, and second, the gluten free word or symbol was not present. Nowhere! Well, where they indicated it was on the outside sign. Beyond that poster, reviewing its website, we only found the word “sans gluten” in one of the beers.
We decided to end the day just like we did in Prague: watching sunset from the river. This time the Loire instead of the Vltava, but the same situation: a pleasant temperature, good company and a beautiful landscape.
We had another day in Orleans and we had already seen everything we wanted to see, so we modified the plan for the next day to go to see the Castle of Chenonceau, an hour driving from Orleans, to the south.
Before returning to the apartment, we went to the car to pick up our own food to spend the rest of the days there. That night we had a pumpkin cream with a boiled egg and we split a packet of chicken wings.
You can see the pictures of the trip here.
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P.S.: Please keep in mind that in this blog I share my trips, anecdotes and experiences about gluten free travel around the world. It is possible that, in any of my trips, I go to some restaurant not trained by the associations where the risk of being contaminated with gluten exists. I kindly ask you to also take into account that the list of references can change. Please, always double check before eating in the restaurants we recommend. Thank you very much!
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