First of all, no, I have no idea why I just ate the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood. Okay, I do.
See, my girl wanted a special day with me because I’ve been working like an insane person and she’s been thrown in every camp from here to the border, so she’s all, “Mom. Pay attention to me.” I decided it might be fun and ridiculous to take one of those bus tours around Los Angeles and while we were on said tour, we got a coupon for the Hard Rock Cafe. Lunch was solved. But first, did you know Brad Pitt used to dress up like a chicken in front of this particular El Pollo Loco to sell their wares?
But I’m also going to tell you about the upside.
That is a naturally gluten-free pomegranate margarita. They do have the booze there at the Hard Rock, because you know, they rock hard. I figured out pretty quickly why the ladies room reeked of vomit when they plunked down those drink menus where you can get like a French press filled with boozy lemonade and for an extra $3 you get 12 extra ounces and shot . . . of whatever. I felt like I was at LAX and my flight was just delayed. But I stuck with just one giant margarita, because I’m responsible like that.
While the Hard Rock Cafe does not offer a gluten-free menu, they do have gluten-free buns for the burger. And as a bonus, our lovely server was in-the-know about the shared fryer so he knew I couldn’t have French fries. Maybe it was because we switched servers in the middle, but one thing did get lost in translation when I opted for the side salad instead of the gluten fries. If you look really closely in that pic above, you’ll see croutons up in that green salad. Sigh. Although, let’s be honest. I was at the Hard Rock Cafe on Hollywood Boulevard ordering a big ass margarita and cheese burger with triple cheese. I was not there for the side salad. This kid, however, was mucho impressed.
I got to share with her my fave story about that time my boyfriend was working at the London Hard Rock and I sent him a mix tape that was so rad they played it there on heavy rotation. Which led her to asking me why they weren’t playing it in the L.A. Hard Rock if it was so good, and I had to explain to her that The Pixies are not what the kids are listening to these days. Still, she learned a lot about KISS that day, which made it all worth it.
So, yeah, maybe avoid the Hard Rock unless they up their gf game. And maybe other reasons.
Your girl looks super thrilled and adorable! Plus that margarita is rather awesome.
You are correct on both counts, Dana. 😉
I had a similar experience at Hard Rock Pittsburgh – Station Square. It showed up on my gluten free finder, great. Asked the host if there was a gluten free menu and he stated that there are a lot of options and the server would be able to detail these for me. The server then stated that she doesn’t know what would be gluten free and would have to go find out. I asked if they had gluten free buns that my gluten free finder said and she said they no longer have those. She did tell me the fries were ok and when I asked if they were made in a dedicated fryer only for fries, she said they were. I ended up having a salad and we shared a side of fries. The salad didn’t have croutons. But the limited option of things she came back with was unreal so I surfed up on my own what is really GF at the Hard Rock. We were close to leaving but I opted for the fall back salad and was greatly disappointed. I don’t think they should be on the gluten free finder.
Yeah, it doesn’t seem like it should show up on a Gluten-Free Finder at all. I guess we should realize that you cannot rock hard if you can’t eat gluten. Or something?
I am attempting a gluten free lifestyle and your blog has been such a help. Thanks so much! I’m also nominating you for the “One Lovely Blog Award!”
Aww, thank you so much Mackenzie! And while I’ve neverd heards of it, that award sounds, well, lovely! Thank you!