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  • The Happy Tart

    5 starsFebruary 15, 2014

    2307 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301

    Fabulous, beautiful, delicious birthday cakes. Icing could use some rebalancing (less butter, more sugar). But this is a minor quibble.

  • Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill

    5 starsJanuary 11, 2014

    1905 N Roan St, Johnson City, TN 37604

    Had wonderful ribs here twice last summer (2013). Wait staff was knowledgeable and accommodating, the bar-b-que sauce was delicious. Reasonably priced. Would certainly go back. Was pleased to discover later that they are a chain, which makes for a nice addition to the road trip dining options.

  • Frank & Albert's

    5 starsJanuary 11, 2014

    2400 East Missouri Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85016

    Tortilla chips from a dedicated fryer. Sublime guacamole. Wonderful Southwest entree. Stylish dining room and outdoor patio warmed by fire pits. What's not to love? Waiters were fully trained and knowledgeable about GF issues, as was the kitchen. It wasn't cheap, but it was worth every penny.

  • Bright Angel Restaurant

    5 starsJanuary 11, 2014

    Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023

    Fabulous early morning breakfast on the South Rim! Boiled eggs were an option, if I was willing to wait 25 minutes (high altitude = longer cooking time). When the GF/cross-contamination issues were raised, the waitress didn't even blink. No problem,she said. Kitchen is trained on this. Fresh utensils will be used. So I had wonder file scrambled eggs and a very generous fruit plate with plenty of coffee shortly after dawn. The place was buzzing with other early risers.

  • El Tovar Dining Room

    5 starsJanuary 11, 2014

    1 El Tovar Road, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023

    The finest restaurant on the South Rim boasts a chef who has done something amazing: he has systematically revised the menu over the last year or two to de-emphasize flour and increase the proportion of dishes inherently GF. Wow. Dishes were delicious and creative. I'm unclear on whether they have dedicated kitchen space, but the dining room and kitchen team were very accommodating when they knew GF allergies were in play. I had a delicious, worry-free dinner there.

  • Cafe Pasqual's

    5 starsJanuary 11, 2014

    121 Don Gaspar Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501

    Tiny, 50-seat restaurant focused exclusively on Southwest food using fresh, locally sourced, GMO-free food. The tiny kitchen made me apprehensive, but I'm glad I took the risk. Corn flour tortillas and fresh-made dishes meant about 25% to 30% of the menu were available to eat without accommodations. Everything was delicious. If they could find space in their kitchen for a dedicated fryer, the tortilla chips would be an option as well. Reasonably priced.

  • Las Fuentes Restaurant

    5 starsJanuary 11, 2014

    1297 Bishops Lodge Road, Santa Fe, NM 87506

    Wonderful, creative menu prepared by a fabulous chef and served up by a well-trained staff in a lovely classic NM dining room. The flourless chocolate cake is fabulous. A 3-course meal isn't cheap, but its worth every penny. The GF menu items aren't re-treads of the regular menu without the sauce. They are well-conceived integrated stand-alone dishes that regular diners order happily even without needing the GF.

  • Thunderbird Bar & Grill

    5 starsJanuary 11, 2014

    50 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501

    Dedicated fryer means GF tortilla chips to enjoy with the fresh salsa. Delicious food, aware and conscientious staff.

  • Revolution Bakery

    5 starsJanuary 11, 2014

    1291 San Felipe Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87505

    Delicious, creative cakes. Wonderful find.

  • Seasons 52

    5 starsAugust 25, 2013

    7863L Tysons Corner, McLean, VA 22102

    Fabulous restaurant safe for celiacs....in the middle of a mall (Tysons I). Dedicated space on the grill for GF grill items, including burgers and chicken. Separate, extensive menu of delicious GF options. Menu changes each season. Informed, meticulous staff.

  • Bastille

    3 starsAugust 15, 2013

    1201 North Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

    Good food made fresh from scratch daily. Classic French comfort food. Staff could use a bit of education (didn't realize fries would not be GF b/c beignets also placed in fryer). Limited but good menu options, accommodating staff. A bit off the beaten path, but worth it. Far more reliable than Tasca.

  • The Majestic

    5 starsAugust 15, 2013

    911 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

    Delicious, knowledgeable, accommodating, innovative, and safe for celiacs. Everything except the butter is made fresh at the restaurant. Including the bacon. Pasta is made at a separate section of the kitchen. Menu changes roughly quarterly. Truly delicious. Same owners as Restaurant Eve.

  • Jack's Oyster House

    5 starsAugust 05, 2013

    42 State Street, Albany, NY 12207

    Pricey, classic splurge restaurant safe for celiacs in New York's capital city. Multiple GF menu options. Wait staff knowledgeable and accommodating, providing plain oil & vinegar on the side rather than house dressing. I had the steamed lobster (hard to get gluten-ed by that). Celiacs with high sensitivity might want to ask how the various other menu options (including Steak Diane!) are prepared.

  • El Loco Mexican Cafe

    5 starsAugust 05, 2013

    465 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12210

    WONDERFUL GF dining experience! Staff extremely understanding and accommodating. Everything delicious, especially the frijoles and the salsas. I did not dare try the GF corn tortillas because they were produced off-site by a third party. No problem, they said. They noted celiac a often forego the tortillas and so they serve entrees in a bowl. If you can tolerate items certified GF at a 10ppm level, the chips (provided in an un-opened bag) make the salsa even more enjoyable. The neighborhood is funky, the restaurant is tiny, the prices are great. If you are in Albany, venture away from downtown for a fabulous, safe, and tasty GF meal here.

  • The Oval Room

    5 starsJuly 29, 2013

    800 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20006

    Staff and management trained, knowledgeable, and accommodating. I dined there at lunch. They made adjustments to the menu for me, mostly minor since the ingredients were already GF. Everything was delicious. Strongly recommend.

  • Curate

    4 starsJuly 29, 2013

    11 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

    Limited but DELICIOUS options for celiac diners, more options for gluten sensitive or gluten diet diners. Stellar staff. Four different types of cured Spanish ham. Sous chef came to the table to go through menu options and answer detailed food prep/ingredients questions. If only they had a dedicated fryer, the tortilla would have been GF as well. Definitely worth a return visit.

  • Posana Cafe

    5 starsJuly 24, 2013

    1 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

    Wonderful dinner!!!!! Delicious meal options even my non-GF husband liked. Server was knowledgeable and nice. Loved the lettuce wraps, gazpacho, quail, pork shoulder, and cheesecake with the crunchy hazelnut/coconut crust. Beautiful presentations and perfectly sized portions. Very celiac friendly place. LOVED IT.

  • Tupelo Honey Cafe

    1 starsJuly 24, 2013

    12 College St, Asheville, NC 28801

    We came here solely for the purpose of having a gluten-free breakfast, especially their version of eggs Benedict. The good news is that the server knew to ask the kitchen before I placed my order. The bad news is that the server came back with a clear, unambiguous message from the kitchen: the restaurant is gluten FRIENDLY, but NOT gluten free. Since flour flies in the air, they cannot provide a gluten free dining experience. Then I asked for a hard boiled egg and the server initially said it was not on the menu and so would not be possible. She managed to find a way to boil eggs when the prospect of our leaving immediately became clear. AVOID THIS PLACE IF YOU HAVE CELIAC DISEASE, especially for breakfast.

  • La Tasca

    1 starsJuly 12, 2013

    607 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

    DO NOT TRUST THE MENU!!!!! Although the menu lists 6-8 items as GF, it turned out only the scampi and the sauteed spinach were truly gluten free. The server was nice, but had to inquire about the remaining dishes labelled GF. Turns out the meatballs (yes, it turns out they have a small amount of flour) and the sauces (yes, they have a small amount of flour) for the other dishes were a problem. Very disappointing, particularly since they made the effort to print up menus claiming dishes were gluten free when they are not.

  • Bouchon French Bistro

    5 starsJune 23, 2013

    62 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

    Wonderful menu! GF crepes, GF crust for the quiche, GF fries (prepped in a dedicated fryer) seasoned with Herbes de Provence but a bit too much salt, moules, two different types of steak....friendly, knowledgeable staff about celiac disease also. Can't say enough goo things about this place.

  • Founding Farmers

    5 starsMay 18, 2013

    1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

    Gluten free menu relying on whole foods and focused on good flavor. Staff fully trained on gluten cross-contamination issues. Always crowded. Reservation essential.