Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Margarita Grill, Glen, NH

I haven't blogged nearly as much as I would have liked to lately, largely because I've been buried by my recent travel schedule. At the moment I'm in Intervale, New Hampshire, and I've been traveling throughout NY, VT, NH and MA for eight consecutive days of backcountry skiing and ice climbing on assignment for a few magazines. Thankfully, my travels have been filled with wonderful gluten-free surprises, including dinner last night.

After a day of backcountry skiing near Franconia Notch and the Cannon Mountain ski area in northern New Hampshire, I found myself rolling into North Conway with a serious craving for Mexican. Picking up a free tourist map of the Mount Washington Valley, I set my sights on Margarita Grill, which is located on Route 302 in Glen, a short way north of North Conway.

Margarita Grill is a second-generation, family-owned place in the heart of New Hampshire ski country. It's not Mexican like you'll find in San Antonio or Albuquerque, mind you, but they serve up some pretty tasty food (especially after a day of strenuous outdoor activity!).

While MG didn't have a gluten-free menu, the hostess was very knowledgeable, guiding me through the "safe" options as we made our way to the table. My server double checked the menu items with the chef and confirmed what could and could not be prepared gluten-free. I settled on the tacos, which are served in large hard corn tortillas. These are jumbo tacos, and two was enough for me for dinner - one each of ground beef and shredded chicken, both topped with onions, lettuce and tomato. (The fajitas are NOT gluten-free. In my experience, fajitas are usually a safe route to go. Not so in this case.)

The meal was quite tasty, and I left feeling satisfied and healthy. A wonderful combination.

- Pete


GFE--gluten free easily said...

Pete--We love that area! Have never been during the winter, but when we do, we are taking one of those horse-drawn sleigh rides. :-) (Maybe that's only available at Christmas ... not sure, but I want to do it. LOL) Last time we were there on a motorcycle trip, we stayed at the Christmas Farm Inn in Jackson. We stayed in the main inn ... I think we stayed in Comet's Room--seriously. But, that was in my gluten days so I am not sure how well they'd handle gluten free, but they had a fine restaurant, so hopefully, they would do well. Anyway, the Margarita Grill sounds quite good. When we are back in that area, I'll remember it for sure.

BTW, I think you are doing a fine job posting ... it seemed to me you had just posted, so I was surprised to see it had been a few days. Finally, be safe around Mt. Washington!!


Abigail and Jude's Mum said...

We are native Bostonians and will be making the journey to Storyland and Santa's Village this summer. I just came across your blog! Thank you! My 8 year old has a significant gluten sensitivity and I just started looking for someplace that will have choices for her. (and I own, worship and live from you cookbook! The waffles the the bomb .... For those with sensitivities, and those without :-) thank you!