Amy Vanden Boogart



  • Cheesecake Factory

    1 starsAugust 17, 2013

    1796 International Drive, Mc Lean, Virginia 22102

    They just debuted the GF menu at some of the Cheesecake Factory restaurants. The Tysons location has the menu, and it is a great menu -- lots of options, even pasta (they have GF fusili). However, I would definitely exercise caution here. I ordered Evelyn's pasta with the GF fusili and found a piece of regular pasta mixed in my dish. They clearly do not have their act together on cross-contamination and safety issues for those who need to be GF.

  • Holy Cow

    5 starsAugust 04, 2013

    2312 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301

    This place is a dream come true for people with celiac's who want to eat "real burgers and fries" while feeling safe. Dedicated fryer for fries so you can order any of their varieties (sweet potato fries with marshmallow dipping sauce are off the hook!). I asked to speak with someone to make sure I understood exactly what I could and could not order with regards to burgers and toppings. I would recommend you do the same if you really need to be strict. Veggie burger is NOT GF, but turkey burger is. The gentleman I spoke with (not sure if he was the manager said his wife has celiac's, so he was very familiar with what GF really means). You can get your burger on a GF bun (from The Happy Tart across the street) which makes it feel really authentic. The bun was very good, although it started to fall apart a bit (as usual with GF bread!) so I had to fork and knife my burger. Still, a great experience all in all, and I felt very safe eating here!

  • Tale of the Whale

    5 starsJuly 09, 2013

    7575 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959

    Excellent GF menu! Lots of seafood options, including lump crab cakes!!

  • Barefoot Bernie's Tropical Grill & Bar

    5 starsJuly 09, 2013

    3730 North Croatan Highway, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949

    Went here while on vacation in the OBX. Very nice GF menu, and homemade GF pizza dough was excellent! Our waitress told us her dad has Celiacs so she was very familiar with the diet. Be sure to ask for the special GF pizza/sandwich list (not all of them can be made GF using a GF crust/roll, but many of them can!). Definitely will be back on our next trip!