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Gluten-Free Ashville, North Carolina: Posana Cafe

11 Comments 29 January 2010

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Posana Cafe
One Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
828.505.3969

I had the pleasure of stumbling upon the Posana Cafe recently while I was traveling in Asheville, North Carolina. Well, I can't actually take all the credit. Usually when I travel I do a little gluten-free restaurant research beforehand to know what my eating options will be when I arrive. This year, however, due to pre-vacation chaos I didn't do my homework before I headed off to a five-day dance festival in Asheville. Due to the intense schedule of the festival I figured I would make a grocery store stop and stick to my staples like carrots, hummus and rice cakes.

So naturally, I was shocked and delighted when my boyfriend (who had arrived the day before) picked me up at the airport with a gluten-free muffin in hand! He had walked into Posana Cafe just looking for a cup of coffee when he saw a small sign for gluten-free baked goods. (Isn't it great to have gluten eaters looking after us?) Check out this Trail mix scone he bought!

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The Pumpkin Cranberry muffin was just as yummy looking and had the same perfect texture. We tried to dine there that night, but found out they are only open certain evenings for dinner. I could tell though, just by looking at the menu posted outside, that it was my kind of place! Not only because of the mouth watering entree's listed, but also because of the note on the bottom of the menu,

"We welcome you to share with us any food allergies or intolerances so we may better serve you".

Splendid!

Posana Cafe Latte  
Chai tea latte with gluten-free biscotti

The next day we went there for brunch and discovered that the entire kitchen is gluten-free! I must have asked our server three times, just to triple check because the fact that the restaurant is 100% gluten-free is quite understated. (The only non gluten-free item Posana Cafe does carry is regular draft beer, but they also have gluten-free beer available.)

The owner, Martha Pollay, was diagnosed with Celiac disease 4½ years ago. It was her husband who insisted that the kitchen be gluten-free. She said they have been discreet about marketing the gluten-free part of their menu, so as not to suggest that the food is missing something or that it is only for those on a restricted diet. "Ideally, we want to be known as an outstanding restaurant that just happens to be gluten free", she stated. If all restaurants adopted this approach, it would be heaven on earth for the celiac community!

For brunch we shared an egg-white omelet with tomato and basil, sautéed greens, buttermilk pancakes, and potato home fries. Everything was so fresh and cooked to perfection. Plus, my gluten eating boyfriend thought the pancakes were delicious (the ultimate test). We loved the food, atmosphere, and service so much that we made a reservation for dinner and took a box of baked goods back to the hotel.

Posana Cafe is only open Thursday-Saturday for dinner, so it was amazing that we somehow got in on New Year's Eve. This time with a party of four I could try lots of different dishes. I'm pretty sure I was beaming the whole day in anticipation of our meal. All the ingredients in every dish were high quality, many coming from local farms. At our table we drank two bottles of wine, split four appetizers, entrees, and two fabulous desserts. Party time!

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Citrus Crab Cakes with Lemon and lime zest, peppers, onions and a caper remoulade

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Baby Spinach Salad with Belgian endive, caramelized pecans and balsamic vinaigrette
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Vietnamese Spring Roll with shrimp, rice noodles, carrots, cucumber and ponzu dipping sauce
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Roasted Beet Salad with herbed Local Dark Cove Farms goat cheese and homemade bread sticks
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Braised Boneless Short Ribs with maple mashed butternut squash and sautéed brussel sprouts

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Chai Chocolate Pots de Crème with cinnamon & anise

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Chocolate-Raspberry Truffle Cake w/almond ice cream

Yes, the desserts were gluten-free too, and didn't last for a second on our table. :)

Dining at Posana Cafe was an amazing experience, I highly recommend it and it was well worth the trip to Asheville. Check it out! www.posanacafe.com

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    Sophia says:

    Yes! I ADORE this cafe — I stumbled into it myself and ordered the omelet because it naturally doesn’t have any gluten, but then the server told me that EVERYTHING was gluten free and I had to take another 10 minutes to really look at the whole menu! Delicious.

    Another great spot in Asheville with GF menu items is the Laughing Seed Cafe.

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    Jill says:

    I visited Asheville this past october and went to Posana. It was one of the most delightful experiences of ALL TIME. From start to finish I was blown away by the service, quality of food, tastiness and everything being gluten free. I MISS POSANA and want one here in St. Louis, MO. They know what they are doing!

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    Virginia Ramig says:

    I’m so fortunate–I live in Asheville and eat at Posana often. It’s so great to have this wonderful GF gourmet food, a congenial host, pleasant servers, and the sense of relaxation/joy that comes over me as I look at their enticing menu and think, “I can have any of it!I don’t have to ask the server to ask the cook where the gluten is hidden!” Much gratitude to Martha and Peter Pollay!

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    Jessica says:

    I also live in Asheville and go to Posana all the time. Brunch is one of my favorite meals to eat out for and it’s a delight upon delights to be able to get pancakes and french toast at a restaurant again! Everything they have at Posana is absolutely delicious and it’s so comforting to know that it’s entirely GF. None of my gluten-eating companions have ever been disappointed there.

    Asheville is a very Celiac-friendly town. When I got a job offer and we were debating the move down from New England, we walked into a random coffee shop to sit and debate. Right there in the display was a big, beautiful GF carrot cake, for sale by the slice. That pretty much sealed the deal.

    There are hosts of restaurants in town with specific GF options which is fairly rare for a small town in the south….but Asheville’s not really your typical small town. I definitely encourage any Celiacs to come to Asheville to visit. Beware though, you may end up moving here!

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      Sasha says:

      Hi! I am coming to visit Asheville for a week and I’m celiac. I am researching now and discovered Posana. Are there any other places you recommend that you think are safe in terms of cross-contamination? I am pretty sensitive. Thanks so much–I might be seduced by Asheville!

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    Our first visit to Posana Cafe was last October. I was totally amazed even though I’d know for months the whole place was gluten-free, and it was the third such place we’d been to. Posana Cafe went above and beyond any expectations I had. We went back last month and this Sat. (3-6) I’m hosting a gluten-free meeting (complete with gluten-free product door prizes!) in the back room at 10 am. The owners are some of the most gracious people I’ve ever met.

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    G says:

    I CANT BELIEVE IT HAS BEEN A STRUGGLE FINDING FOODS THAT I CAN EAT . OF COURSE THE PROBLEM THAT I HAVE IS I ALSO NEED DAIRY ,SOY ,WHEAT FREE FOODS.I NOTICE THAT I CURRENTLY RETAIN FLUID WHEN I EAT MOST FOODS.EVEN MY HOMEMADE MEALS HAVE TOO MUCH SODIUM .SO NOW I MUST ALSO AVOID SODIUM AS WELL. BUT I AM HAPPY YOU FOUND A RESTAURANT THAT NEAR BY THAT IS TRULY GLUTEN-FREE. AT LEAST I CAN TRAVEL THERE TO CHECK OUT THE MENU. I LOOK FORWARD TO TRYING THEIR MENU. THANKS FOR THE INFO.

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    Jami Broom says:

    Mmmmmm….I was just in Asheville and completely missed this place. That just means I will have to head back! Thanks for the post; this looks delicious :-)

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    Christine says:

    You have totally made my day! I’m going to Hendersonville this weekend for a wedding and was looking for places in the area that are gf. I’ll definitely be making a stop while I’m around!

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    Melanie says:

    Love this restaurant. It has been certified as a “gluten-free” restaurant by the GIG. There is NO GLUTEN in the entire restaurant. It is exclusively gluten-free. The owners wife has celiac disease. Please check out this amazing restaurant tucked away in the North Carolina mountain town of Asheville!!!!

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    pamela says:

    Just returned from a trip to Asheville. The best cafe EVER!!! The chicken breast on cibatta bread with pimento cheese sauce is fab and so inventive! Ate there twice and couod have gone no where else! Also large quanities not skimpy!


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