Not only is Mason-Dixon Bakery and Bistro the first 100% gluten free bakery in Alabama, it also ranks among the top 15 in the entire United States. Is your first thought: “How can anything that is completely gluten free actually taste good?” Let me assure you that at Mason-Dixon, they have learned the secrets to tasty success.
We have a precocious granddaughter Penelope who once proclaimed when asked to name her favorite food: “GLUTEN!” At the time, she was having stomach issues, and her parents were trying to steer her away from products containing gluten in an attempt to identify the cause of her problems. She associated gluten with all of her former delicious favorites and was sorely missing them. Well, lucky for Penelope and the thousands of others who either MUST avoid gluten or who choose to do so, Huntsville has a wonderful place to enjoy a guilt-free lunch or a baked treat.
Located at 2358 Whitesburg Drive, Mason-Dixon is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It is a smallish place, but the flavors produced by Chef Matthew Streeter are richly-layered, healthy and allergen-free in addition to being gluten free. My friend and I went in recently for dessert, but take note that Chef Streeter’s Chicken Apple Brie Sandwich with housemade fig jam was named one of the Top 10 Sandwiches in the state a few years ago. I MUST get back over there to try one.
Very enticing menu offerings are available for both breakfast and lunch. Take note that Mason-Dixon is only a few minutes away from Huntsville Hospital, in case you are visiting a friend who is a patient and maybe want to carry them something that will help them forget hospital food.
Kids menus include a sandwich, drink and side and range from $5-7.
The drink menu provides a variety of coffees and teas along with lemonade and organic sodas. The Snickerdoodle Latte sounds particularly appealing.
Mason-Dixon offers a selection of carry-out meals that can be ordered in advance and picked up on Monday-Wednesday-Friday. Check the website for details. They also do extensive catering for weddings and events of all kinds.
Mason-Dixon Bakery and Bistro is clean, attractive and cozy. It has a feel-good atmosphere and the staff is helpful and friendly.