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The Columbia Offers Gluten Free Menu Items

The following Columbia menu items are gluten free:

Spanish Bean Soup
Filet Y Gambas
Black Bean Soup
Pollo Asado
Columbia’s Original “1905” Salad®
Black Beans “1905”
Lula Mae Salad
Tortilla Espanola
Choped Tomato Salad
Costillitas HabanaMussels y Chorizo
Queso Fundido (NO TOAST POINTS)
Pincho Mixta
Chorizo Espanola (NO CRACKERS)
Shrimp Ajillo
Chicken & Yellow Rice
Espinacas Y Garbanzo
Roast Pork
Shrimp Criollo
All Paellas
Mahi Mahi Cayo Hueso
Mahi Varadero
Grilled Salmon and Grouper
Pompano and Grouper “Jimmy”Grilled Grouper
Grouper Bilbao
Filet Mignon
Delmonico Sonny
Pollo Valencia
Crema Catalana

Snapper Adelita can be made if not dusted with flour, just
seasoned and grilled. Topping is okay.

These Sauces Are Not Gluten Free
Boliche Sauce
Columbia Sauce
Barcelona Sauce
Alicante Sauce
Chacho Sauce

What is gluten?

Gluten, is a mixture of proteins present in the cereal grains. The long molecules of gluten, insoluble in water, are strong and flexible and form many cross linkages. This gives flour its characteristic chewiness and permits breads and cakes to rise during baking as the gases within expand and are trapped in the gluten superstructure. Various flours have different ratios of gluten to starch (called hardness) and are appropriate for different types of foodstuffs. Thus soft flour is used for cakes, harder flour for pastry, hard flour for bread, and the hardest, or durum, for pasta. The hereditary disease called nontropical sprue is characterized by an inability to digest gluten. In this disease the gluten acts as an antigen (see immunity) and forms immune complexes that cause damage to the mucus lining of the intestine.