Summer in Northwest Ohio is my absolute favorite! Having lived in Toledo, OH for a majority of my life, my most cherished summer memories all include being on Lake Erie.
Marblehead, OH, located just 45 minutes away from Toledo, is my family’s summer time stomping ground. We have docked our boat at Bay Point Marina for the past 8 years, and it isn’t a summer weekend if we aren’t sitting on the beach soaking up the sun.
Bay Point has changed drastically in the past few summers, with lake-front cabins being replaced by three-story mansions, and my favorite walking trail becoming home to new “lots for sale”. I won’t lie, this change initially bothered me, but I am now in awe of the dream homes on the lake, and excited for the hustle & bustle they have brought to the community.
One of my favorite additions to the community is The Shore Club, a seasonal restaurant open for members of Bay Point. Sitting on the beach, with amazing views of the water, and an up close & personal view of Cedar Point [just a water taxi ride away], it hosts a truly beautiful dining experience. Along with great views of the water, this restaurant also has a fantastic gluten free menu to offer diners as well!
I first visited the restaurant for dinner with my mom (also gf), and my Grandma on Mother’s Day. We picked this restaurant because my Grandma absolutely loves the lake [runs in the family]. By doing my usual call-ahead procedure, I knew my mom and I would be able to eat gluten free at the restaurant, but had no idea the extent of the gluten free accommodations!
As our server greeted us, I informed her of our diet restrictions, and she knew exactly what gluten free included [I think we can all agree how frustrating it is when servers are completely unaware of what gluten even is]. She then fetched the menu with all the gluten free dishes listed on it. Being that it is a smaller-scale operation, the menu for the restaurant is somewhat small. A good thing to note is that this did not hinder the gluten free options available whatsoever!
The gluten free menu includes items from each section of the menu: appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees, and even the pizza section! Those appetizers available gluten free are chicken wings and french fries, & let me tell you, both are delicious. My sophisticated palette loved these items. Also, how nice is it to have appetizers available!! I hate when everyone gets to enjoy bread. soup, and whatever else when often the gluten free individual sits there plate-less.
The salads available are the Summer Salad with berry vinaigrette, the Grandmere’ with sweet basil vinaigrette, and the Seared Tuna Salad. Now, if you have read my previous posts you know I don’t like to get down with a bowl full of lettuce, but I have to say, when I tasted the Grandmere’ salad I was impressed! The sweet basil vinaigrette they make in-house is scrumptious! This compliment is a lot coming from me, because I pretty much cringe at the taste of any other salad dressing. Kudo’s Shore Club chef, you are the bomb diggity.
Basically every sandwich offered at The Shore Club is gluten free when you go the no-bun route. The list includes a delicious looking hot ham & cheese sandwich, a hot turkey sandwich, pulled pork, grilled chicken, and a variety of hamburgers & cheeseburgers. All sandwiches are served with a salad garnish, meaning you can enjoy one of the three salads described earlier. This may be the only place I would actually take them up on this “salad garnish” offer, rather than swapping my salad for more french fries, that’s how good their homemade salad dressing is!!
Entrees available for the gluten free crowd includes filet mignon and a grilled hawaiian chicken. I did not try the filet mignon yet, but I don’t really see how that wouldn’t be good. I did eat the grilled Hawaiian chicken for dinner and man oh man was it tasty! I practically licked my plate clean. The chicken had pineapple chunks on top, along with a layer of provolone cheese. The portions are also pretty hearty, but the hungry girl I am still didn’t have any to take home [although the normal human being would]. I regret not having a picture of this meal, but unfortunately my stomach was being selfish and didn’t let the blogger in me snap a pic pre-pigout. Shucks…
One thing I did get a picture of was the gluten free pizza available at The Shore Club! My mom and I ordered a pepperoni and sausage pizza one afternoon for lunch and it was super tasty! The sausage was fantastic, and it had the perfect cheese-sauce-topping ratio. Another great thing about this is that the pizza is only $12! I think we can all agree that’s a pretty darn good price for a gluten free pizza seeing that the crusts available at Whole Foods, and other health food stores can be pretty pricey on their own!
The only sad thing about Bay Point is that you have to be a member, or a guest of a member, to come inside the gates. Since my family has docked at Bay Point for years, I have had the luxury of being a member under my parents name. If one doesn’t have a boat, but they live near the Marblehead, OH area, seasonal beach passes are available. A family pass goes for $445. You might think “whoa there, you’re breaking my bank!” but I assure you, once you take in the scenes of Bay Point, you would be packing your beach bag every weekend between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
And who doesn’t want to look at this beautiful view while chowing down on some gluten free gloriousness?!