Gluten Free Detroit Metro, Amanda, and other bloggers were invited to Punch Bowl Social to experience the new location, it’s entertainment, and the food in exchange of our review and opinions.
Detroit and it’s downtown area are really making some changes. When I arrived at Punch Bowl Social I was not sure what to expect. The building and it’s decor are interesting, and a mix of new aged modern and Victorian. Each section of the building is divided with several bars and games for many ages.
There are a lot of things to do at Punch Bowl Social. You could drink and hang out or go bowling at one of their two alleys. There is Scrabble, darts, and Karaoke rooms.
Our group was welcomed at a reserved table that was half of a tree at bar top height. Water glasses were ball jars and the water was delivered in old glass milk containers. It was definitely unique.
The gluten free eaters of the group delayed on eating the chips because we were unsure if they were gluten free. (There were other bloggers with gluten issues and others were vegetarian.) We were assure that the fryers are dedicated and the chips, as well as, other fried items were gluten free.
The gluten free items are marked on the main menu. It is easy to make selections and our waiter was very helpful regarding dietary needs. There were a few questions that stumped him so he went straight back to the kitchen to speak to the cook. They did refer to it as a “gluten allergy”, but whatever it takes to make things right…
Our group was severed a selection of foods in a buffet style. This included punch, of which I could not partake with a baby on board. There was a nice selection of non-alcoholic sparking drinks.
I will say, if you are participating in a group function where there is a buffet style service, watch for hidden gluten. There were labels on all the foods in the buffet. Many of them had gluten free or vegetarian listed, but upon visual inspection there was bread on the serving plate or close by at the serving station.
Due to the issue of gluten sharing the same serving plater some dishes were not edible by the gluten free crowd.
Punch Bowl Social corrected this issue by allowing the gluten free folks order dedicated gluten free entrees. I chose The New Order Chicken Sandwich on a gluten free bun. The taste was great with the jalapeño creme balanced with a pickled slaw. The bun, like many gluten free buns became soggy and fell apart. The bun wasn’t anything special, but it was better than having a bunless sandwich in a dish.
Overall, we will visit Punch Bowl Social again. I’m not sure we will visit with children under the age of 12 years old or mature enough to conduct themselves like small adults. I believe it would be a great adult evening out where you don’t have to be responsible for anyone else but yourself.
The food was good and the ease of finding the gluten free labels on the menu was nice. The staff was more than helpful with questions about gluten free foods and adjustments. (We hope that stands for all their gluten free visitors.) As always, be cautious. If you are a Celiac, afraid of cross-contamination, or super concerned about someone poisoning your gut…. DON’T DO IT. Just go to Punch Bowl Social for the drinks and entertainment.
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