Adam texted me at work on Friday to ask if I would be interested in going out to Silvi’s Kitchen for a date night. I didn’t have any plans for dinner, so I emphatically said yes, secretly reveling in the idea that I wouldn’t have to cook dinner.
Silvi’s boasted a second kitchen specifically for preparing Celiac safe food. Their chain of restaurants is owned by Udi’s – the same Udi’s that makes gluten free food. Adam loved Silvi’s partly because I could eat almost anything off of their menu and mostly because it was the best French Dip sandwich he’s every had in his life.
But, if you hadn’t figured it out from the title, you may have figured it out from the past tense used in the last paragraph. Silvi’s is no more.
We pulled into the parking lot and were met by the sign of some generic pizza chain. We decided to see if they had anything I could eat and found out that the 2 separate kitchens were now one big kitchen and could “make accommodations” to make their meals gluten free.
It was incredibly disappointing.
On to Max’s Wine Dive
So, Adam and I searched the depths of our brains for something a little out of the norm, but close to where Silvi’s used to be.
During an Aha! moment, we came up with Max’s Wine Dive. In a Google search, I realized that there was a place that served gluten free chicken. And so, I asked Adam to take me on a date night.
At Max’s Wine Dive, the chicken is fried fresh and served with collard greens while it’s too hot to eat. The gluten free chicken is prepped and fried in separate workstations and fryers.
When I was about two bites into my chicken, the waitress came running from the kitchen telling me that one of the sous chefs had put normal flour into the gluten free fryer.
The apologized profusely, gave me my meal for free, and then gave me a gift certificate that was big enough for another meal and a glass of wine. From chef to hostess, everyone was so apologetic for the incident.
Since then, we’ve been back several times; I have never had any other issues. The chicken is amazing! Adam tried my chicken and said he couldn’t tell the difference between the two.
The restaurant is a little small. When we went on Friday night, there was an hour wait for a table. However, we were able to get a seat at the bar in about twenty minutes. During the week, it’s not so bad. The atmosphere is a little loud, but it’s very uplifting. It’s a bit pricey and not someplace that we would go for a last minute meal. However, it’s an exceptional place for a date night.
Max’s Wine Dive gets an A+ in my book!