The food and service at REX is seriously good! The first time Mindy and I experienced REX was after we cashed in our "Romantic Night Out" change jar and decided to try out a restaurant we'd never been to before. I had read about REX 1516 on another gluten free food blog. It's located right across the street from Bob and Barbara's, a great little dive bar that has free live jazz and soul every Friday and Saturday night. You can catch a meal at Rex, and then enjoy a night getting liquored up on their $5 PBR & Jim Beam shot special, while jamming out with some local music legends. However, our first night there, we simply enjoyed the great service, amazing food, and chill atmosphere. I was more than happy with the range of options on their gluten free dinner menu.
Rex has a bit of a southern twang in appearance, with a wrap-around bar in the back, completed by a large TV screen with non-stop classics in black and white. Brunch at REX starts at 11am. They had plenty of creative drink specials, and a great GF brunch menu. I had a hard time deciding between the Huevos Rancheros and the Shrimp and Grits. I went with the Shrimp and Grits and was very happy I did! The Shrimp and Grits came with Fried Egg, Roasted Tomatoes, Crispy Pork Belly and Blackened Shrimp. It was ridiculously good; every bite a little taste of heaven:)
If you have to eat gluten free, and you're anywhere Philadelphia, go to REX 1516 - trust me, you'll be glad you did.