Sanctuary: Modern Kitchen offers allergen-free fare

Aug. 30—At Sanctuary: Modern Kitchen, co-owner Kelly Boyer said she's working to show people that "being allergen-free doesn't mean being taste-free." The restaurant prides itself on being the only completely gluten-free eatery in Frederick. It's also nut-free, and offers menu items safe for those with soy, nut or dairy allergies. But the goal is to serve food that people without allergies or food sensitivities would enjoy just as much, Boyer said. She runs the restaurant on Shab Row with her mother and grandmother, offering frozen entrees for customers to prepare at home in addition to a host of baked goods and eat-in dishes. The establishment fills a gap in the community, Boyer said, especially for those who can't enjoy most restaurants due to the risk of cross contamination. "These customers need it," Boyer said. "We really get to learn most of our customers' stories and create relationships within our community."

Sanctuary: Modern Kitchen

16 A N. East Street, Frederick


Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Price: Most menu items are between $15 and $30


Instagram: @sanctuarymodernkitchen

Owner Kelly Boyer recommends: The traditional crispy chicken sandwich, which is a speciality reserved for the first Saturday of each month and is served on a house-made bun with lettuce, tomato, onions and pickles. The chicken is coated in a gluten-free batter and fried in canola oil, and customers can add provolone cheese or mayonnaise.

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