Restaurant review

Fresh First: Gluten-free cafe delivers the goods in Fort Lauderdale


If you go

Place: Fresh First

Address: Quay Plaza, 1637 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale

Contact: 954-763-3344,

Cost: Inexpensive-moderate

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Prix-fixe dinner service Fridays and Saturdays beginning Sept. 6.

FYI: Gluten-free beer and wine. Free parking garage. Kids’ menu and high chair available. AX, DS, MC, VS.


If "gluten-free" and "organic" aren’t big in your vocabulary, you’ve probably never heard of zucchini puttanesca ($13.95).

Unless, of course, you’ve already discovered Fresh First, the first gluten-free cafe in South Florida. Mary Siragusa and her pastry-chef daughter, Francesca Siragusa, opened the restaurant in June.

Their puttanesca is a perfect example of how far we’ve come in the evolution of what we once called health-food restaurants.

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