The waitress was VERY aware of gluten and told us that they do not avoid cross contamination at all. Gluten Free pancakes are cooked on the same surface, waffle makers are shared. While the staff is celiac friendly, the food is not. As such, I can't really recommend this place to celiacs :(
They don’t have separate GF prep or cooking areas, pancakes/waffles are made on same griddle as non-GF, no effort is made to clean the griddle in between, nor do they use different spatulas. The risk of cross contamination is high. The manager was very clear that since they are not required to change or clean of GF they don’t since they are so busy. Eggs/meats/home fries are all cooked on a separate grill which has no gluten ingredients so should be safe. In the end, the food wasn’t great and probably not a good place to go if you have celiacs, and we won’t be back.
I had a breakfast sandwich on a GF bagel and home fries, with a bit of my husband's grits. The fries and grits were great, and the sandwich good. I'll try the pancakes tomorrow! My only complaint would the staff didn't seem very happy. Our server was pleasant enough to us and her other customers, but they didn't seem too happy otherwise. update 8/2016: Best GF pancakes I've ever had. Always VERY busy. I'd be cautious of cross contamination.
While they advertise gluten-free options, this establishment is not suitable for people who have Celiac or a gluten sensitivity to eat at. Before ordering, I asked the waitress if they cooked their gf pancakes separately or even wiped down the cooking area, hoping for at least the latter, but they informed me that everything was cooked on the same surface. They told me that they were too busy in the kitchen to wipe anything down and that they were sorry. After learning this, we got up to leave because I couldn't eat there and they told us that we still had to pay for our drinks (only 2 of which were actually drunken from). In my opinion, trying to make someone pay for drinks after they spent half an hour waiting to get into the restaurant, only to find out that the "gluten-free" items aren't gluten-free at all, and that they do not mention this to you at all unless you dig for the information, is a little ridiculous. According to the manager, Virginia law doesn't require them to actually prepare their "gluten-free" items gluten-free, yet they can still make the claim. That's fine for people who follow the fad diet, but what about the people with actual life-threatening diseases/allergies? The worst part is they didn't seem to see the problem with their false advertising nor did they seem to care.
Had an omelette after the waiter told me that they only had to maintain an certain temperature to have shared cooking surfaces for pancakes. He also didn't make me feel confident about them supposedly using a separate waffle iron for the GF. Eggs and home fries were good though.
The restaurant says that "they have no pans, only a cook top." So they cannot make their gluten free pancakes in a frying pan on the cook top to separate them from the food with gluten. Additionally, they say that they don't have to have separate pans according to the health inspector.
we ate breakfast herev twice. I had the blue crab omelet with a side of gf pancakes. I would hold the cheese next time on the omelet. the pancakes were good but had a sour flavor, maybe they used buttermilk. we mentioned it to the server but she said it was the way the gf tasted. the second day I got scrambled eggs and bacon. they have gf toast.
They are up front that they do not have a separate prep area so it's not celiac friendly. I appreciated the directness. I chanced it, had gluten free pancakes, bacon, and eggs and did not get sick. This place is constantly crowded. The food was "ok" in my opinion.
Not GF if you're a true Celiac you can not eat anything here. Shared cooktops, griddles, toasters, butter dishes, etc. this restaurant is great for the people on the fad diet but for someone who is truly allergic- you can not eat anything from here!!!
The food was ok at best. I asked the waitress what something was in a picture on the menu and she told me both pictures were home fries. The items just look extremely different depending on which cook made them. There was also a significant wait time for a table and for our food.
I just called there before heading over and was told they don't have a separate cooking surface according to the health inspector they only need to maintain a certain temperature. Clearly they have no clue and neither does the health inspector.