It’s fun on occasion to get good ol’ American Fare at a sports bar. An appetizer, maybe a burger and fries are staples during a visit like this. But most times when people who eat gluten-free go out, so many of these tasty treats are axed off the “safe to eat” list. Not at Mad Jacks Sports Cafe in Vadnais Heights, Minnesota.
We arrived last Thursday night when I needed to run some errands. While it was a little out of our way, my daughter and I were determined to check it out. We each asked for a gluten-free menu. And we got it: Mad Jacks full-blown, three-page gluten-free menu. I have seen some longer menus before but many of those have “asterisks” on them. If you eat gluten free you know what that means….some of the dish is okay, but you have to order it in a certain way (burger without the bun, salad without the dressing, etc). But not here. This menu was fully gluten-free — all the way down to the fryer! Even offering a gluten-free deep fried fish sandwich (see previous post with my interview from the general manager/executive chef).
We started with an order of Jacks Skins. They were basically a potato, with cheese, chives and bacon (we requested no jalapenos). They were very good. My daughter has been wanting those since we stopped getting them at Timberlodge Steakhouse (because they were fried in oil with the battered stuff).
Then, Emma ordered a cheeseburger and french fries and I ordered the Triple Decker Grilled Cheese with french fries. The fries were great!!! It was so fun to see Emma actually get french fries from a restaurant! She was fine with the burger and the bun, but the actual patty was pretty charred. So she didn’t eat much of it. My grilled cheese wasn’t too bad, however the bread had a bit of an after-taste, so my recommendation instead of having three slices of iffy-tasting gluten-free bread in the Triple Decker Grilled Cheese…maybe make it just a double-decker traditional grilled cheese without the additional slice of bread. I think I would have enjoyed it more.
Next time, I will probably try another item off the menu, while Emma will probably give the burger another shot. Everyone I have heard from has really enjoyed their experience. And so did we. It is definitely worth a trip.