A couple of months back, while looking for gluten free restaurants within driving distance of my office in northern Bergen county NJ, I discovered 97lake Sports Cafe & Restaurant (97 Lake Street, West Harrison, NY). [Special note, this restaurant is in West Harrison, New York, not New Jersey.] Today, I finally got to try it out, and it was amazing.
|97lake Sports Cafe and Restaurant in West Harrison, NY|
|Gluten Free Onion Rings at 97lake (they're dairy free too!)|
"I was diagnosed as a Celiac in 2005. Since that time I have been on a search for the finest gluten free products and recipes in the market today. It is my pleasure to offer gluten free foods to those who know the struggle of eating out without getting sick. Our fryers are gluten free, as is the entire kitchen. Any gluten based products are made off premises. I hope you understand that gluten free products are much more expensive to purchase. Please enjoy our food." - Alan Marc Smith, Owner, 97lake
Ummm . . . wait a second, that means anything deep fried is gluten free no matter which menu you order off of? Shhh . . . don't tell the wheat-eaters! There is a slight price increase on anything with gluten free bread (seems to be $2 usually) which isn't really that bad compared to some other places I've eaten. So enough about the menu, on to the food!
|Hamburger with Avocado on a Gluten Free Hamburger Bun|
with Gluten Free French Fries at 97lake
And finally some notes about getting there: My Garmin GPS dropped me off at 97 Lake Street in White Plains about a 1/2 mile from the restaurant. I just happened to luck out and drive past the restaurant as I did not stay on Lake Street. That Lake Street becomes Veterans Memorial Drive and then East Lake Street. The road I was on is labeled as Harrison Blvd in Google Maps (they run parallel to each other, the restaurant is across both roads from the football field). (BTW: Google Maps thinks West Harrison is Briarcliff Manor. ) Click here to get directions from google maps: Google Maps Directions to 97lake (I've already centered the maps on the restaurant for you, right click on it and select "Directions to here".)
Other reviews you may be interested in:
Gluten Free Bellizzi's (Mt. Kisco and Larchmont, NY)
Gluten Free Restaurant List (mostly for New Jersey but includes a handful of NY restaurants near the border)
Gluten Free French Fries (stand alone NJ restaurants and Nationwide Chain / Fast Food Restaurants)