Re-printed, with permission, from Celeste Beck, author Sweet Tea & Wheat-Free: The Quest for Gluten-Free Food in the South. Even if you don’t have a wheat allergy, you’ll want to check out this exceptional restaurant. The food is not only delicious, but NOFO is also a committed supporter of all things local!
Where: Nofo at the Pig, 2014 Fairview Road, Raleigh, NC 27608. This restaurant is located in the former Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store at Five Points in Raleigh.
GF Menu: No.
What I ate: Mango Salad with Blackened Shrimp + Basket o’ Sweet Potato Fries from the Lunch Menu. (See Addendum to this post below regarding the Sweet Potato Fries.)
How to order it: Let the server know you are Gluten-Free. Ask whether the item you plan to add to your salad is battered in wheat flour or is sprinkled with a seasoning mix that may contain gluten. The blackened shrimp was Gluten-Free when I visited.
You may also want to inquire about the salad dressing to make sure it does not contain any soy sauce (of the non-GF variety), malt vinegar (made from barley), or wheat additive. The dressing on this salad was a simple balsamic vinaigrette.
What it looks like:
A half-dozen blackened shrimp cavort with dried cranberries, mango, toasted walnuts, and feta cheese on a bed of mixed greens. This salad is so full of citrus-y, nutty, cheesy goodness that it hardly begs for the dressing, but I dipped the occasional lettuce leaf in there to taste the lovely balsamic vinegar anyway.
The sweet potato fries are outta this world. They are cut long and thin, are always fresh-out-of-the-fryer (but not greasy), and are sprinkled with sea salt crystals. They come with one ramekin of catsup and another of a cajun citrus mayonnaise.
Green Note: The Five Points Farmer’s Market is currently held in Nofo’s lower parking lot from May 1st to October 30th. This information is from Nofo’s online newsletter:
Bickett Market & NOFO, with the support of local restaurants & businesses, announce the opening of The Five Points Farmer’s Market on Saturday, May 1 in NOFO’s parking lot. The hours will be 8:00am-12:00pm. We’ll have produce, beef, chicken, pork, seafood, flowers, eggs, honey, cheese, chocolates, bakery goods, jams & jellies on sale by local farmers and food industry artisans.
I received an inspirational and clarifying response from the Nofo manager, Aly Young, after this post was published. Please read below for information on the Sweet Potato Fries and also for the exciting news about Bard’s Beer. Many thanks to Aly and the Nofo Staff for checking your menu and catering to Gluten-Free customers. I look forward to returning for GF pasta and perhaps a GF wrap!
2010/06/21 at 6:41 pm
Hello Celeste and Readers!
I am the manager of Nofo @ The Pig and after reading your blog I wanted to make a correction! Our sweet potato fries do unfortunately have small traces of gluten and we can not be sure they are gluten free, although we do notice that it is not usually enough to affect the allergy. However it does depend person to person and I would hate to have anyone feeling ill after leaving us.
We definitely cater to a gluten free lifestyle; our menu is also easily edited to your dietary needs. You just let us know of your allergy and we will make sure we don’t send anything out that you can not eat. As far as the fries I am so sorry that it did have gluten but again very small amounts. After reading your blog we went through what was and was not gluten free.
And just so everyone knows we do carry a gluten free pasta that can be substituted on any of our pasta dishes! Chef Dave said he would pick up a gluten free wrap if we had the demand, so come try us out and let us know what you want.
We also just picked up Bard’s beer which is a delicious gluten free beer!
I am pretty new to the world of allergies seeing as though I am lucky enough to not have any, but we are always open to suggestions and recommendations!
If there is something you want and we don’t have it all you have to do is ask.
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919- 821- 1240
Nofo @ The Pig