Health Column: No Coast Sushi is friendly to the gluten-free diet
LIVING AGAINST THE GRAIN
Free Press Health Columnist
There are a few things I have missed since going gluten free: Egg rolls, Twizzlers and Twix bars.
Another thing I missed was sushi. Most soy sauces that restaurants use are wheat based, and without soy sauce sushi just isn’t sushi. I heard that No Coast Sushi in Grand Junction has a gluten-free menu, but I hadn’t had a chance to try it out until a couple weeks ago. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had at a restaurant in a while!
First, I went online to make reservations. Their online reservation system is so easy to use, and on the final page it has a comment section where I made sure to put that the entire party was gluten free. I thought a heads up for the restaurant would be nice. When we arrived, the gal at the front confirmed that we were all gluten free, which was a good surprise.
Our server, Kelley, was also very attentive to our needs. First thing, she asked “all of you are gluten free?” To me, this was very important. It isn’t too often that gets asked, even if you specify it when making reservations. She then explained that they had gluten-free soy sauce and that it was used in their gluten-free eel sauce. I thought maybe I had gone to heaven! It was mom and dad’s first time eating sushi, so she was able to tell us which rolls might be the best ones for them to try as they were hesitant to try anything wild at first.
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All of their gluten-free menu items are specified on their menu along with options that can be made gluten free. I would say that half of their menu is or can be gluten free, so we had a wide variety to choose from. We started out with the edemame and drinks while making our choices. We then chose three rolls along with the gluten-free miso soup. All items were delicious, and knowing that they were gluten free made it so much better. The only thing missing from the experience was dessert, which Kelley said they were working on.
Overall, I would recommend No Coast Sushi to anyone wanting a great restaurant experience. Attentiveness and knowledge, as well as great food, makes me excited to go back.
GJ Free Press health columnist Angela Wetzel has celiac disease and is president of Gluten Free Grand Valley, a support group for those with celiac disease and wheat allergies. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Gluten Free Grand Valley on Facebook.
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