If you are a Bay Area transplant from New England, you are going to want to visit Billy’s Boston Chowder House. It is not only authentic, but their gluten free menu makes it possible to enjoy things like a lobster roll again!
Today I had the chance to talk to owner and chef Bill Reynolds of Billy’s Boston Chowder House in Los Gatos, CA about his gluten free menu. As a native from New England, I have not had authentic New England seafood in years. Going gluten free made it near impossible, until now.
Crave a lobster roll with real Maine lobsters? Eggs Benedict for brunch? You can now get your fix, gluten free! Bill gets all of his gluten free rolls, bread, and special brownie dessert from Gluten Free Gourmet LLC located locally in Campbell. He gets his fresh seafood (clams, lobster, etc.) straight from Boston. He believes consistent products, good service, and making people feel like family is his recipe for success.
Billy’s Boston Chowder House opened in Los Gatos several years ago. The owner, Bill, became interested in cooking back in high school when he was taken under the chef’s wings at the local restaurant he worked in. This is where he discovered cooking was his passion. Upon graduating from college, he got a job in the high tech industry. He traveled a lot and dreamed about opening his own business. He attended Johnson & Wales University Culinary School. Upon graduating, he went back to the high tech industry. Even though he missed cooking, he stayed true to himself, always practicing new recipes. He spent the next few years working on a business plan, developing recipes, and trying to find a niche that was not being filled. The Billy Boston’s Chowder House concept was finally born. Bill is a purist at heart. He dislikes fusion and eclectic cooking styles, wanting to remain true to his traditionalist roots.
Bill spent a lot of time doing research before he started to provide gluten free options in his restaurant. He keeps all GF batters, mixes, and foods in separate containers to prevent cross contamination. He rearranged his kitchen to fit in a dedicated gluten free fryer. All utensils/pots/pans for GF are kept separate. Cooks wash their hands and change to fresh gloves to prepare a gluten free order. Bill uses Red Bridge gluten free beer for his beer battered fish recipes, gluten free pastas, and thickens his foods with cornstarch instead of flours.
His gluten free menu is extensive. Click here to view it online.