325 SW Powerhouse Dr #130, Bend, OR 97702
My husband is a physician here in Bend Oregon who specializes in Celiac Disease and other gastrointestinal/autoimmune disorders. As a celiac myself (with numerous food allergies), I work with my husband educating the public about the world of gluten-free living and helping newly diagnosed patients transition into a gluten-free lifestyle. We regularly visit restaurants around Bend in order to stay up-to-date on the best restaurants to recommend to our gluten-free patients. We’ve visited Café Yumm in Bend on numerous occasions and have always had decent experiences at this facility. My husband even took the time to visit with the local owner and question on the preparation processes and assess the risk of cross contamination. He was very impressed with steps that Cafe Yumm takes to keep the facility safe for those with gluten sensitivities and other food allergies. To view Dr. Kremer’s full review of Café Yumm (as well as other local restaurants) please feel free to visit our website: http://www.bendwellnessdoctor.com/index.php?p=286048
63459 HIGHWAY 97, BEND OR 97701
My husband and I live in Bend OR and recently visited the local Olive Garden in order to complete a gluten-free review on the facility. My husband, Dr. Jason Kremer, specializes in Celiac Disease and other gastrointestinal/autoimmune disorders and I (a celiac) specialize in providing nutritional guidance for those on a gluten-free diet. Here is our review of Olive Garden, (found on our website: http://www.bendwellnessdoctor.com/index.php?p=284199) Olive Garden - Bend OR Gluten-free menu- Was a gluten-free menu available? Yes. Service -The first time we visited this restaurant our server was very friendly and seemed quite knowledgeable. He seemed happy to cater to our gluten-free, dairy-free needs. With our second visit to Olive Garden (a couple of months later) we had a new server. Again, this server was friendly and happy to cater to our gluten-free/dairy-free needs. Knowledge - The first server seemed to have a great deal of knowledge about food sensitivities and was able to tell us about the processes that the restaurant has in place to keep the food safe. We did have questions about marinades and salad dressing and when he wasn’t positive about the ingredients he checked with the cooks. The second server that we had actually asked us what Celiac Disease was (we were, of course, happy to educate him). He also suggested a sauce to me to go with the gluten-free pasta dish that I had ordered, and then came back a few minutes later to let me know that the sauce he had recommended wasn’t actually gluten-free. When I asked what steps the chefs/cooks take to ensure that gluten doesn’t end up in our meals, the server was quite vague and assured us that they are very careful to make sure that our meals don’t contain gluten, however he wasn’t able to tell us how the chefs/cooks would be keeping our meals gluten-free. Safety of food - With our initial visit, we felt comfortable eating here and the food did appear to be gluten-free. We spoke with the manger after enjoying our meal and she further discussed the ways in which the restaurant works to ensure the safety of the food. On the second visit, I felt a little less comfortable about the safety of the food but was glad that the server double checked the ingredients of the sauce that he recommended to me prior to serving it. I do wonder how many other gluten-free customers he has offered that sauce to in the past as I believe only checked on it after we told him just how serious a gluten sensitivity/celiac disease actually is. Taste and cost/serving size - We were very happy with both the price and the amount of food that we were given. My wife even had to ask for a “to go” box which never happens with her! The second visit was a different story. My wife ordered a chicken breast with a side of veggies and received a very meager portion of each (see picture above). In addition, my serving of pasta and chicken was also quite small, and while we did get our money’s worth with the amount of salad that we both ate, we were both ready to eat again by the time we got home a little while later. Overall experience - The overall experience was definitely better with our first visit than with our second. The service was good with each visit and it does appear that the restaurant has a system in place to ensure meals are gluten-free. However, I wasn’t impressed by the education/knowledge that our second server seemed to have when it comes to gluten and I feel a more thorough staff training/education program would be beneficial. In addition, the number of choices on the g-free menu was quite limited; it would be great to have a few more options available. It was really great to see a gluten-free menu, however it didn’t offer any appetizers or soups or even display prices for that matter. Based on the inconsistency of server education, lack of gluten-free menu prices, and the fact that gluten-free pasta is made-to-order, just like the regular pasta, I still see a large concern for error in meal preparation. I give Olive Garden 3 out of 5 stars.
1005 Northwest Galveston Avenue #100, Bend, OR 97701
My husband, a doctor who specializes in Celiac Disease and gluten intolerance was actually allowed back into the kitchen of this facility to see just how safe their pizza really is (just letting him back there was a great sign of the steps that this restaurant takes to keep their food safe!). Upon thoroughly assessing the preparation methods of Versantes pizza, Dr. Kremer was impressed by what he found! This restaurant appears safe and I (a celiac) have even had their pizza a couple of times. It is very tasty and I felt confident in the safety of their food. A more thorough review can be found on our local website, http://www.bendwellnessdoctor.com/gluten-free-restaurant-reviews/
375 SW Powerhouse Dr, Bend, OR 97702
Believe it or not, this restaurant appears to be one of the safest in town when it comes to offering safe gluten-free food. As a celiac with a husband (a Chiropractic Sports Physician) who specializes in celiac disease and food allergies, my husband and I do a lot of research on safe restaurants in town (both for ourselves and our patients). Upon reviewing this restaurant, my husband, Dr. Jason Kremer, found that it was surprisingly safe for those with food allergies and gluten sensitivities. For a more thorough review, check out our local website http://www.bendwellnessdoctor.com/gluten-free-restaurant-reviews/
1044 NW Bond St, Bend, OR 97701
My husband, a doctor in Central Oregon specializing in celiac disease and food allergies recently did a gluten-free review on Deschutes Brewery after dining there. The full review can be found on our local website:http://www.bendwellnessdoctor.com/gluten-free-restaurant-reviews/ In a nutshell, even though this restaurant offers a "gluten friendly" menu, the food does not appear to be safe for those with a gluten intolerance or celiac disease. This may be a decent place for those who have gone gluten-free as part of the ever growing fad, however for those with a serious sensitivity or celiac disease Dr. Kremer does not recommend dining here.
11710 W Charleston Blvd #150, Las Vegas, NV 89135
Called this restaurant to inquire about their gluten free options (as I believe their website does mention gluten-free pizza). The man on the phone was rude and said they don't have gluten free pizza and I must have looked up the wrong chain. I'm giving them a one star to be generous.
6689 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89119
This grocery store offered a variety if gluten free options but I was disappointed that it lacked many of my favorite items that I've come to take for granted from my local store in Bend OR. They do offer a gluten free section however it is more limited than many of the other whole foods that I've visited.
6500 West Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89146
We are visiting from our home on Bend OR and came to Sammy's for gluten free dairy free pizza. We were quite frustrated to find that they actually Jane cheese in their pizza sauce! This is no good for the man celiacs like myself who also have a dairy allergy! Luckily the chef came to our table... Right before i got up to leave... To offer to make a special dairy free sauce just for us. Overall pizza turned out great, server seemed educated and willing to meet our needs and taste was good.