Lucky Bones Backwater Grille

22 recent ratings
$$ • Restaurant
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Appetizers, Beer, Bread/Buns, Burgers, Cider, Crab Cakes, Dessert, Pizza, Sandwiches
94% of 18 votes say it's celiac friendly
1200 Rte 109
Cape May, NJ 08204

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We frequent Lucky Bones regularly. I always order off of their GF menu, stressing each time I have celiac. The last time we ate there I ordered the daily pasta special GF. Unfortunately, I got sick & am not sure whether it was the sauce or the pasta. Going forward I will stick with broiled options & salad.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for takeout
Updated 7 hours ago read full review

Celiac

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Went here for dinner 6/24/22. Yes they have gf menu. However, ordered crab & shrimp cake and though it was good, was very small for the expensive price. Husband also got a fish and chips and gave him two pieces of fish, and again, very pricey menu for small quantities. Wouldn’t visit again.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Below Average

Updated 3 days ago read full review

Celiac

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Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 4 weeks ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Reported to have dedicated kitchen space
  • Appetizers
  • Beer
  • Bread/Buns
  • Burgers
  • Cider
  • Crab Cakes
  • Dessert
  • Gluten-Free Menu
  • Pizza
  • Sandwiches

Categories

  • Allergy Friendly
  • Dinner
  • Happy Hour
  • Healthy
  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Restaurant
  • Seafood
  • Takeout
  • Vegetarian Friendly

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Gf pasta w/ shrimp, scallops, & crab meat
Pizza
Gluten-Free Dessert at Lucky Bones Backwater Grille
Gluten-Free at Lucky Bones Backwater Grille
This entire menu is gluten free 😱
Gluten free and dairy free crab cakes served with veggies with no butter ! Delicious!!
Dessert menu. 3 gf options marked with “*” symbol.
Gf brownie w/ vanilla ice cream 😋
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Kept reassuring me that everything was safe and there was no cross contamination. Ended up getting really, really sick.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Poor

Updated 4 weeks ago read full review

Celiac

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Burger was extremely small and gave us stale expired chips. At first they said fries were gluten free and then said they weren’t.

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Poor

Updated 1 month ago read full review

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Great casual dining, separate GF menu with plenty of great choices.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 month ago read full review

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Highly recommend this restaurant - they are fully aware of gluten free and understand celiac. Gluten free foods come out on an orange plate. Absolutely delicious with great wait staff too !!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for takeout
Updated 2 months ago read full review

Not celiac

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Separate gluten-free menu and knowledgable staff. I ordered the gluten-free crab and shrimp cake which was unfortunately undercooked and mushy. Gluten-free bun was tasteless.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Poor

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dinner
  • Good for lunch
Updated 2 months ago read full review

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Lots of options. There is a disclaimer in the GF menu about possible cross contamination (which I appreciate). Enjoyed clams and a salad with salmon. No reaction. Amazing waitress. I will definitely go back.

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dinner
  • Good for lunch
  • Reservations recommended
Updated 4 months ago read full review

Celiac

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The staff here are very well informed about celiac disease and the problems that go along with it. My gf was very happy with their gluten free menu. She had a pulled pork sandwich and French onion soup. She was surprised that she liked the gluten free roll and was fine without bread in the soup and the soup was very good. All gluten free meals are served on flowered or orange platters. It's on our list, very short list, of places celiac friendly with good food.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 5 months ago read full review

Celiac

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My favorite place. I’ve been here many times and never had a problem. They are very aware of CC. I enjoy their gf pizza, crab cake, gf pasta with seafood on top and of course the chocolate decant cake!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 9 months ago read full review

Celiac

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I always get the GF crab cakes and they are always amazing!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 10 months ago read full review

Gluten Sensitive

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It was so nice to finally have crab cakes - gluten free.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 10 months ago read full review

Celiac

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I ate here almost every night on vacation because of there knowledge and large selection for celiacs. Every meal was delicious.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 10 months ago read full review

Celiac

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The staff was knowledgeable and took precautions. They have a separate GF menu. My son’s food came out on orange play, which is how they designate GF.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
Updated 11 months ago read full review

Celiac

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The staff seemed knowledgeable, and Lucky Bones has a separate gf menu. Our server was able to answer my questions. My daughter and I are gf due to celiac. She had French onion soup with the pork chop dinner, and I had Crab Cakes (which I had the night before too at Fins, but I am just so thrilled to be able to eat crab cakes after 3 years!). My crab cakes came with polenta and green beans—it was all delicious. We both still feel well after eating!

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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We took my celiac daughter for their take out and sat out back by the bay. The staff who took our order double checked that it was an “allergy” (celiac) not a preference, and seemed to be knowledgeable about cross contamination.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Great place for Gluten Free! I’m very sensitive to gluten, and I had their crab & shrimp cake with polenta. Delicious! No reaction. Nice outdoor atmosphere at sunset too.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for kids
  • Good for takeout
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 1 year ago read full review

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This is our go to place when staying in Wildwood. My daughter who has Celiac LOVES their pizza and has never had a reaction.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Separate prep space and pizza oven!! All gfree pizza prep is totally dedicated for gfree and no cross contamination problems.

Many many gfree items on the menu. Highly recommend the pizzas. Separate station for prep and separate oven for baking. I’m very sensitive to cross contamination and I was okay. (I have celiacs)

Outdoor seating was great. Right by a boat access so you can watch boats being loaded and unloaded. The beer/alcohol truck parked there was great. They have Tito’s vodka as well.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for takeout
Updated 1 year ago read full review

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OMG! That is all I can say about finding a GF crab cake sandwich! A perfect ending to an awesome beach day! And in case you are wondering, they have tables set up outside and make it easy to distance.

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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Lucky Bones was always a favorite. Once my daughter was diagnosed with Celiac it became our go to always! Servers are so knowledgeable about Celiac and make the dining experience a breeze, no stress if she’ll get sick and no cross contamination. Everything is separated! Love it!!

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Very friendly and many gluten free options. They are flexible and made us a simple grilled cheese sandwich on a gluten free bun.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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The pulled pork sandwich was awesome, it was huge and delicious The bun tasted like REAL bread. Our waitress was friendly and helpful. When my husband mentioned it was my birthday, my gluten free brownie included a candle. They even had Dogfish Head Tweason'ale. YUM.

We have been back to Lucky Bones several times and I think this will be our last visit. Each meal seemed to be worse than the one before. The pizza I had was barely warm. My husband’s fish and chips (he is not gf) was so greasy it was barely edible. Our waitress was very pleasant but it was not a good day for her. She had to come back to our table to retake our order. She had forgotten to put it in and did not write it down. I’m sorry this restaurant is not what it once was.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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They door have a large GF menu - available at the hostess stand. When the rest of the table was served bread and olive oil, I asked if there was GF bread. The reply was that it would be served at additional cost. I found that odd, and didn’t get it. I was thrilled to see a GF crab cake, but not quite as thrilled to eat it. It was just OK, and very small, even as an appetizer. Bit, it was a rare GF crab cake. The Bacon wrapped BBQ Shrimp appetizer was HUGE. it didn’t look all that great, but it tasted very good. I have silent celiac, so I can’t judge if food is truly safe.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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They have a gluten free menu but contamination is not guaranteed. I had the pasta and had a bad reaction.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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We had mac n cheese, crab cakes, pizza and salad. So full!!! Getting food on the orange plate means it was made gluten free

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Gluten Sensitive

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Good food but was definitely cross contaminated

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Huge gf pink menu, lots of apps & dinners, couldn't guarantee fries, but gf pizza came out on pink plate, good tasty. Nice small tavern. Going back

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Best gluten feee menu I’ve seen in the jersey shore area! Excellent menu and wide variety of drinks, apps, main course AND dessert! Been there many times and have never been disappointed. Go.. you’ll love it, celiac or vegetarian or regular menu.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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The GF menus are a different color from the regular ones, which was a fantastic start! On the menu they make it clear that they do everything they can to prevent CC but also mention that the pizza doughs are cooked here daily, which increases the risk. Before our food came out, the server brought me a GF roll with dipping oil - it’s been years since I’ve had that experience and it was great to feel like “part of” the social group. I ordered a grilled chicken BLT after the server helped me determine if I could eat the GF crab cake (I could not, due to dairy), and it was brought out on a red plate with chips to show I was gluten free. The server and this restaurant delivered me an excellent experience. I was safe and not sick! SO impressed! Would definitely return!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Real gluten-free menu. Ordered two pizzas from GF menu, no issues. Wait staff was knowledgeable & chased down a question for us before ordering.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I have eaten here many of times with no problem. However yesterday after being told the pizza is completely safe and cooked separately I trusted them and was glutened. I am so sick;( The dinners are safe but don’t get the pizza.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Best gf crab cake ever!!! Lots of choices on their separate gluten free menu.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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The staff was very confused and you got a different answer depending on who you talked to. This made it very hard to trust anything. The service wasn’t great either. They forgot appetizers and meals. Not the best cape May showing.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Wow! Traveling with celiac can be so difficult and limiting to bland foods....I am so happy we found Lucky Bones! Separate GF menu front to back with options from appetizers to desserts. Food is fresh, seasonal, and most importantly delicious. They are doing is right no doubt.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Plentiful menu, great service very open about cross contamination. Pizza was fantastic! Great steak, had no issues, Will be back again.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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This is my go to spot for dinner !! I am gluten & dairy free and they have a front and back menu for gluten free options ! I love there clam chowder and i LOVE there crab cakes! The side that comes with it has dairy but they substituted for two vegetables and held the butter. They also have a few GF dessert options (monster cookie sandwich with ice cream) but I was so full I got homemade mango sorbet !! Soooo many options and every server i had was very accommodating and knowledgeable !

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Great gluten free options, they have a separate gluten free menu that clearly warns of possible cross contamination with certain items. Dessert menu had clearly marked gluten free options as well. Had their gluten free pizza and the daily special of bacon wrapped scallops with zero issues and it tasted great! They even had glutenberg IPA beer and a couple ciders available.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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They had a 2 page menu full of GF options. My 9 yr. old daughter with Celiac got a personal pizza with bacon. They explained how they cooked the pizza on a special pan and it is then taken into the kitchen (not the open pizza kitchen) to cut it with a dedicated slicer. Pizza was great and to our surprise, they charged us for a regular kids meal, no GF up charge. Definitely recommend.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Wonderful food and atmosphere here. Lots of gf options and HUGE portions! Our server was very knowledgeable and even brought us some gf rolls to enjoy.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Love this place. I eat here often and I’ve never had a problem. They have a large separate gf menu with appetizers, meals, and desserts. Their pizza is amazing, crab cake, and their gf brownie is absolutely delicious! I would definitely recommend you going here if you are in Cape May!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Large portion of chicken with barbeque sauce on the side. Many choices on a separate menu. Very good and filling.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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I eat here every time I come down to Cape May. They have one of the most extensive gf menus around. Lots of great sandwiches but the pizza choices are fabulous. I have find that if you talk to your server they are very pleasant. There are different rooms with different decors. I often eat at the bar to avoid the wait

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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We won’t be back. The decor reminds me of an OLD dirty wooden ship’s hull, so if that’s what they are going for, they nailed it. I would hate to see this place in the daylight. Maybe our experience would have been better if we were not sat at THE worst table - literally surrounded by the restrooms and kitchen. They do have a gluten free “menu” but no dedicated fryer and they state the grill is not GF, so kudos (and 1 star) for even knowing to state that. My Celiac daughter ordered the crab cake. It was over seasoned so you couldn’t even taste the crab and had filler in it. MAYBE it was GF breadcrumbs? Before we even finished dinner she was not feeling well and suffered the next day too. The rest of our meal was also mediocre, except the mussels over linguine which made one person need the bathroom the rest of the night.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I went to this restaurant very hopeful, as it had very good reviews. When we got there it was busy and the service was bad. They barely talked to us. Not only that but they just brought out a huge plate of gluten bread. I got the crab cake which was alright. My family and boyfriend got gluten options however they said they didn’t taste good. It was expensive and not worth it. Within less than an hour I realized that I got glutened. All I ate was the crab cake. They have a gluten free menu. However, I do not trust it. And I will NOT be going back.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Did not leave hungry, that's for sure! A lot of options for GF, had very good creamy spinach dip (comes with a single bag of veggie chips, IMO not quite enough to enjoy all of the dip with, but my fault for not asking for more!) and baby back ribs with baked potato, yum! Other options include sandwiches, pizza, crab cakes - a rare find! - etc. Will definitely add this spot to our Cape May rotation.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Extensive menu. Steak. Seafood. Chicken. Pork chops. Salad. Pizza. Ribs. Warm sandwiches. Cold sandwiches. Burgers. Ice cream sandwich dessert with monster cookie which tasted homemade.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Soooo good ! excellent staff wonderful menu... I thoroughly enjoyed my meal!!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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