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Restaurant Review
Paloma Blanca
 

We have eaten at Paloma Blanca for many years.

There have been numerous menu changes and new policies, all of which have made it easier and quicker for them to serve their gluten-free customers. There are celiac menus for both lunch and dinner. Everything is clear about what you can order, including what to watch out for. Substitutions to make the item gluten free are indicated on each listing.

Paloma Blanca buys special gluten-free corn chips and corn tortillas; all you have to do is ask for them. You'll even get your own bowl of salsa. There are five soups that are naturally safe, and their cups are larger than some other restaurant's bowls. There are enchiladas with salsa verde or queso, and grilled chicken breast with your choice of crema cilantro, crema chipotle, or salsa guajillo.

But one of the nicest things about dining at Paloma Blanca is that while they can satisfy your craving for Mexican food, if you are not in the mood for that, you can find plenty on the menu to satisfy your desire for soup, seafood, or a hearty salad with fresh homemade dressing. Almost all of the margaritas are gluten free; only the frozen House Margarita should be avoided. They also serve gluten-free Redbridge Beer.

Paloma Blanca has a lovely patio with fountains and tropical plants. The sound of running water, exotic music, and the hacienda-inspired architecture will encourage you to think you are in Vera Cruz instead of the heart of San Antonio.

This review was written by Anne Barfield in April, 2009.