Fantastic Gluten Free Experience at Resort in Bonita Springs
|Hyatt Regency Coconut Point (and their restaurant Tanglewood)|
|Review Type:||Resort and restaurant|
|Location:||5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34134|
|Date Visited:||December 2014|
|Review Posted:||December 17, 2014|
|Summary||This Hyatt resort and its restaurants make dining easy for gluten free guests|
Tanglewood restaurant, one of the restaurants inside the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida (on the west coast of Florida between Ft. Meyers and Naples) was one of the best gluten free dining experiences I've had since I was diagnosed with celiac disease several years ago. My sister (who also has Celiac disease) and I chose the hotel because we wanted to really relax in Florida and not have to cook all of our meals, as we usually do when we travel. It was a great choice.
The restaurant clearly marks gluten free options on the menu, but they also told us that everything on the menu could be prepared gluten free if we wanted. We ate there three nights, with two different waiters. Both were extremely knowledgeable about the measures that the kitchen takes to avoid cross contamination. They treated our questions with respect, and never made us feel silly for asking how our food would be prepared. One night, the manager came over to reassure us that he takes pride in being able to serve customers with Celiac or food allergies. Oh, and the food was very tasty, too!
As an appetizer we particularly liked the rocket salad, with very crisp, fresh greens, tomatoes and figs. For entrees we enjoyed the grass-fed beef burger (they offered a gluten free bun but we were happy with just the burger and fixings) and the Florida grouper which came with a delicious sweet potato-asparagus hash. I highly recommend this restaurant.
The Hyatt Regency has put an emphasis on gluten free meals as part of their "Food. Thoughtfully Sources. Carefully Served." program. The chain gives each hotel or resort chef the flexibility of including gluten free options on restaurant menus. At the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, gluten free selections have been noted on the menus for the Tanglewood restaurant (mentioned above) and Tarpon Bay restaurants, but as the reviewer stated above, they are happy to make any item on the menu gluten free, if possible. You can visit their Dining page for an overview of all their restaurants, lounges, and bars.
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