Being gluten-intolerant is far from fun. So many things that were once a delectable treat become outlawed in your daily diet. While the amount of gluten-free items at restaurants, grocery stores and bakeries have increased, the ability to cough down $5 for an item that would usually cost $2 is difficult. It’s a struggle I faced while wedding planning. I found that most of the gluten free cupcakes and cakes I could find we’re going to cost us well over $1000. Because of that, I put my research cap on and started scouring for local places that wouldn’t break our budget. After looking through downtown, I came across a hidden shop in the West End of Davenport that sold gluten-free and vegan friendly options called, Chic Soiree.
During the 2019 Flood in Davenport, Iowa, our family like many others in the Quad Cities headed towards the wettest places. We found other Quad Citizens supporting the businesses near the flooded streets. Our family safely checked out the flood from the downtown Davenport Skybridge and then headed to a Quad Cities local favorite: Antonella’s Ristorante.
I recently noticed a new business open up in the West End of Davenport, Chic Soiree, and decided to take a walk down to investigate. What I discovered was a delicious bakery with an amazing story behind it.
I was greeted by Sara Whelchel, a third generation cake baker, who kindly allowed me to hang out in her kitchen with her, while she frosted a cake and told me all about her new business.
Do you get stuck in a rut when you are dining out in the Quad Cities – visiting the same few restaurants again and again?
While we love to be loyal to the local establishments we love, there are many we haven’t had the chance to try yet. We recently had the opportunity to eat at Barley and Rye Bistro. Safe to say it has become a fast favorite.
Off 53rd Street there is a new restaurant in town, but it is much different than any other place in the Quad Cities. Simple Superfood Café, which opened up in mid-August, is a raw food, vegan, allergy-friendly, and gluten free establishment that is more than just a place to grab a bite. The owner, Clay Graft, and the employees genuinely care about the health of your body and the fuel you put into it.
Beautiful views? Check.
Old-school charm? Double check.
Good food? Triple check to the tenth power!
In a renovated 1920s craftsman home on 38th Street in Rock Island lies the hidden gem of Quad Cities eateries—Ganson’s Neighborhood Bakery & Café. Located next to Saukie Golf Course, Ganson’s has been around for several years but its popularity exploded with its addition of gluten-free products in restaurant and in stores.
A quiet space with books and coffee? Count me in!
The Moline Library has been a favorite attraction of visitors since its new building opened in 2006. Dewey’s Copper Café was a must visit each time patrons walked through the door. The service was always reliable and friendly, as former owner Salma Arabi made you feel right at home with her compassion and delicious menu. Now owned by her friend, Mindy Alshieka, this wonderful environment is only being enhanced.