There is a restaurant here in Hawaii(and apparently elsewhere across the US) called Maui Tacos, and I will share some information on them with you, but tonight I made tacos for dinner. Well, a cross between tacos and burritos.
- 1 cup brown rice, cooked (Leftover brown rice works great here to help make cooking this meal go much more quickly.)
- 1 cup lentils
- 1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles
- 1 teaspoon Goya Adobo powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 14 Mission corn tortillas
- 1 cup Tillamook white cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 bunch fresh spinach
- Salt and Pepper
- Sour cream or substitute, and salsa
Gluten Free Menu:
All items on our menu are gluten free, except for the items that include a flour tortilla. Our burritos always feature a flour tortilla, but you can order a burrito bowl instead. A bowl has all the same ingredients as a burrito except for the tortilla. All other items are made with corn. Our enchilada sauce also has some flour in it, but all salsas are gluten free. All meats, beans and rice are made gluten free.
I've never been made sick by eating their food, but you should be very clear in what you want when you order. But, this is true no matter where you dine.
They do something the website calls a "burrito bowl", but don't ask for that because they won't know what you're talking about. Just ask for a burrito, no tortilla. Then it's kind of like a taco salad. This is great for when you see something delicious on the burrito menu, but can't eat it because of the tortilla.
Their tacos are what I believe is pretty authentic for tacos. Anthony Bourdain dined at a near border taco stand on his trip to Mexico on his TV show, and those tacos were meat, soft corn tortillas, salsa verde, and cilantro. At Maui tacos, you get the soft corn tortillas, meat (or not), lettuce, and you can choose your own salsa and wether or not you want other additions at their salsa bar.
They used to use potato starch made utensils, but I think the economy drove them back to cheaper plastics. I was so jazzed when I first encountered the potato starch utensils, and I was heartbroken when I saw them replaced with the standard. Sorry earth, guess everyone's feeling too broke to care.
Here's an interesting note about Maui Tacos: their owner also owns a small Italian restaurant that offers gluten-free spaghetti for an additional dollar, and soy cheese for a dollar. I haven't had the opportunity to try it, but when I do I will most certainly blog about it.
For those of you who have been searching the web for gluten-free restaurant information, I hope this post and my post about Down to Earth help you out.