Nice restaurant that understands gluten free in Wardensville,
February 14, 2015
South Riding, VA
This restaurant was a great find. My husband discovered it online when looking for someplace to stop en route from our suburb of Washington DC to Timberline Ski Resort in West Virginia. We wanted to find something other than fast food -- a place with reliable gluten free options. After looking at their menu online, which didn't have any gluten free items specified (but many things looked like they would be gluten free), I called the restaurant. Lucky for me, I talked to the owner, who was very knowledgable and assured me that, yes, there were many items on the menu that were naturally gluten free or could be made gluten free. He also understood when I explained that our son was on a medically necessary gluten free diet due to Celiac Disease. Virtually everything is made in house, and he said they even had a dedicated fryer for their french fries. The restaurant is located in a tiny town and is cozy with an impressive bar area, in addition to about 15-20 tables. As luck would have it, our server, Ann, also had Celiac, so explanations weren't necessary. She advised us of all the things on the menu that were gluten free -- steaks, the ribs, and more. I had a fish entree that was gluten free and wonderful: Roasted Salmon with cucumber dill sauce, rice pilaf, and steamed asparagus. Our son's filet mignon was perfectly cooked, but our other son's NY Strip was a bit overcooked (he had ordered it medium). My husband had the ribs. There were plenty of veggies to choose from as sides, too. For dessert, our gluten free son ordered the creme brÃ»lÃ©e, served in a big cup and with a generous portion of whipped cream and honey-candy garnish on top. He loved it. I'd recommend this place if you're ever in the area -- or passing through. It's one of those small town discoveries you'll be glad you stumbled upon!