[Restaurant Review] Detroit Red Hots Coney Island

Posted by Obake on Jul 13, 2011 in Advice/Tips, Restaurant Reviews |

This review is for the Detroit Red Hots Coney Island on 14 mile road and Stephenson highway.

I want to start out by saying that diners and coney islands are going to be the bane of your existence if you are celiac. They are rife with cross-contamination, and this place was not an exception sadly. I say sadly, because though this place is now unsafe for me as a celiac, it’s a great place to eat if you are NOT celiac. Do not misinterpret this as a bad place to eat overall, because that is not what I am trying to say, its just a bad place for celiacs to eat.

There are a few things about diners in general that make them unsafe places to eat:

1) Cross contamination. Often the grills are not wiped down between courses or freed of gluten before cooking a new course.

2) There is wheat in things that you don’t think there is wheat. Like using flour to make shredded potatoes crispy.

3) Servers are usually unsympathetic to you. Many will take offense or worse to your request.

I am going to say right now that some of this is bad judgement on my part, but that doesn’t change my opinion. After looking over the menu, there are a few things that looked safe, which amounted to omelets and salads. Strike one. I saw steak and eggs, and thought, “Hey, that sounds safe!”, so I ordered that, specifically without toast. When it arrived, what was on the plate? Toast. I try to explain why its a bad thing that there is toast on my plate, and it turns into an argument. Finally, tired of arguing over it, I give the toast to my dining partner and because I am starving at the time, and throw caution to the wind and eat it anyway. My first warning should have been that the steak tasted like pancake mix. Regardless, I eat it all, because I am hungry. I will find out later that everything I ate was contaminated, and suffer for a day and a half with a feeling that is akin to drinking acid. I am not particularly keen on ever repeating that.

If you didn’t guess already this restaurant gets a D. I am sad that I have to do this, because I loved that place, but I can’t risk being that sick again. This place is entirely unsafe for celiacs.

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