As you all might have heard, last month the Hyatt Hotels and Resorts ( http://www.marketwatch.com/story/hyatt-introduces-food-thoughtfully-sourced-carefully-served-2012-05-09 ) announced 100 new gluten-free recipes on their various menus for GF guests and diners! I've always had good luck with the Hyatt's wonderful Lone Eagle Grille located on the gorgeous beach at Incline Village in Lake Tahoe, NV...and last night's meal was no exception.
The wait staff and chefs over the years have been very accommodating and careful when I've placed my orders, always taking the time to answer my questions and address concerns. WARNING...for Lone Eagle Grille "newbies" OR seasoned guests it's very easy to become "lulled" by the exceptional view of the Lake from the restaurant's shore-side patio, but nevertheless, inquiring with your server and hostess is ALWAYS advised!
Though the month of June can be quite chilly at Lake Tahoe, my dear friend and I lucked out last night with a perfect evening, meaning...no wind and temps in the low 70's - nice! As the sun slowly began to set, however, the awesome patio fire-pit that we were lucky enough to snag adirondak chairs next to, definitely came in handy. We ordered Mojitos (yum) and carefully chose two large appetizers...a wonderful jumbo grilled prawns with feta fondue and artichokes, and the artisan cheese plate. Our server made sure to alert the chef of my severe gluten intolerance, given that I'm a Celiac, and modified the prawns plate omitting the "fried artichoke" for simply marinated. It was delicious and I felt reassured and safe the entire time I was enjoying our fantastic view and equally great meal. In addition, I always carry my own crackers along for the ride, never assuming a restaurant (even of this caliber) will offer gluten-free bread. Just to note...they do not offer GF bread at the Lone Eagle Grille, so come prepared...who wants to eat an artisan cheese plate without some bread or crackers to accompany the creamy Brie?!
Overall, this is not only a terrific place to vacation but a jewel of a location located on one of the world's most famous and beautiful lakes...The Lone Eagle Grille's menu is diverse, along with a plethora of adult beverage choices. But most importantly, for a Celiac needing a safe and totally gluten free meal served by a staff who is alert and prepared, this is the place to splurge a little and enjoy!
And please...don't forget your sunglasses!