1568 Crossways Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23320
I grew up in Florida but have been living in the city of Richmond for the past 15 years. I was having a serious home-sick sea food craving like never before and after searching around I read the mixed reviews of this place and decided to give it a chance. The staff was very knowledgeable about celiacs and the manager even came to my table to go over my options (they do have a gf specific menu). The Steam Pots were pricey as people have stated but it's giant pots of seafood- as a reasonably minded consumer I understand the price of seafood is higher than that of a typical chain restaurant entre. The prices were not unreasonable for the quality and sheer amount of food you receive. Being a chain, Joe's Crab Shack's seafood is going to be from frozen supplies, even though they are located in touristy beach areas. Any diner should know this. Taking that into consideration, It was delicious and I had no reactions from the 4 steam pots my partner and I consumed between us. Although there are many locally owned seafood restaurants to enjoy in VA Beach my first stop was here because they had specific gf menu that I could view online before stepping foot into a location. I didn't want to risk cross contamination on the first day of my vacation. A lot of smaller establishments either don't have any gf reviews out yet or said they couldn't accommodate gf options when I called (or had no idea what gluten was). My personal experience was great and I will surely eat here in the future so long as they don't try to place a bib on me ever again.
6151 Harbourside Ctr. Loop, Midlothian, VA 23112-2162
Their gf menu is pretty extensive compared to a lot of places and especially surprising for a sports bar. With that being said I have had serious contamination issues with this location. I make sure to notify the waiter that my order is gluten free and emphasize the need to communicate that with the kitchen. Twice I have eaten off the gf menu and had a severe reaction. I'm not sure if the error is on the water's end or the kitchen but they are not as careful as needed for those of us with a severe allergy. If your gluten intolerance is on the lower side then the risk might not have be as great, or if you're just cutting back on gluten in your diet. If you have an allergy, celiacs, or a high intolerance then I DO NOT recommend taking that chance at all at this restaurant. The only safe options I've found so far that has never given me issues are their salads (without croutons of course). I've ordered them with grilled chicken and so far that's been without issues. They have gluten free bread for their burgers but I haven't tried them so that might be a somewhat safer option. I will unfortunately never eat here again due to the severity of contamination I have experienced.
12301 Chattanooga Plz, Midlothian, VA 23112
Their grilled chicken nuggets are really good and a great quick grab for gf food on the go. Their waffle fries concerned me at first seeing as how fryer contamination is a huge issue for me. I have spoken with the managers at several locations and they assured me that the fries are not fried with the breaded chicken. Their website confirms this claim as well, "Chick-fil-A Waffle Potato Fries®: (cooked in separate fryers from the chicken)." I have yet to have any reactions to their fries even though I order them sparingly as I don't want to be sick for a couple of days but so far every time they have been ok. I also greatly enjoy their chicken and fruit salad. The granola comes in a separate individual packet so there isn't any contamination issues. I just toss it out and enjoy the salad without feeling like I'm losing any essential flavors to make the meal taste complete. I rarely eat fast food (gf free concerns as well as I don't normally eat "junk" food) but if I have little to no other options Chick-fil-a has been a tested and true gf option when I need it.
2001 Park Ave, Richmond, VA 23220
By far one of the best GF restaurants in RVA. A lot of delicious sandwiches and all of them can be chosen with gf bread. The bread they use isn't dried out or hard (like so many others can be). Most of their soups are gf and AMAZING, especially when paired with their sandwiches. Their gf desert options are even better. Their pies and cakes are delicious, moist, and vary from week to week. I've been going here for 3 years now and have not had any contamination problems nor have I been anything but thrilled by the food they offer. This is one of the top gf places to try in Richmond.
227 Mediterranean Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
If I could give this place a negative amount of stars I would. My boyfriend had a steak and I had the crab cakes. His steak was obviously cooked before we arrived and reheated for our order. It was dried out and tasteless. My crab cakes were mush and flavorless. I've never eaten cat food but if I did I imagine what I had for dinner that night would be very close to the experience. Our "vegetable medley" was undercooked summer squash and and zucchini with canned corn thrown in. Yes, CANNED corn. Outside of the food being a complete abomination the interior was cheap and felt like a Captain D's dining room. Relatives that live near by have informed me that most people only go here for the outdoor bar and I can't imagine any other way this place could stay open if their food is what we experienced. They do have a separate gluten free menu unlike many other places in the area but it isn't worth it. I paid $27 for my cat food cakes but we did have the staff take off the steak seeing as it was beyond the classification of "food." The staff was friendly enough and offered to comp the steak without us having to ask. I would never ever step foot into this place again.