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California Pizza Kitchen (Short Pump Town Center)
11800 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23233


5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Two different gluten free pizza crust choices at CPK Jun 26, 2018
reviewer: Gftraveler from South Riding, VA

Well, we finally made it to CPK to try their new gluten free cauliflower crust pizzas (as well as some of our favorite traditional-style gluten free pizzas, which we love). Oh my...the cauliflower crust pizza was wonderful...thin and slightly chewy, just how I like my pizza crust. You can get any of the gluten free combinations (with toppings all segregated in a separate area to prevent cross contamination) or even choose other toppings (but just know there is always a slight risk of cross contamination, since they aren't kept separate). The gluten free Barbecue Chicken Pizza is a family favorite, shown here with the traditional style gluten free crust that my husband ordered. I'm guessing there are far more females trying the new cauliflower crust than men, but who knows! I loved it! As you'd expect, CPK is one of the best places for gluten free pizza, whichever type you order.

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Carrabba's Italian Grill
11450 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA 23235
United States

5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Always delicious and reliable gluten free Italian Jun 26, 2018
reviewer: Gftraveler from South Riding, VA

We don't go to Carrabba's Italian Grill enough. I say this because every time we go we have an awesome meal, and I feel confident they are keeping our gluten free son safe. We were traveling to Richmond for a lacrosse tournament and decided to eat at this restaurant, because we had not yet had an opportunity to try their gluten free pasta. I ordered my favorite Pollo Rosa Maria, which is wood-fired grilled chicken stuffed with fontina cheese and prosciutto, topped with mushrooms and basil lemon butter sauce. It was a generous portion -- two small breasts -- served with a large side serving of pasta (their gluten free pasta is casarecce shaped and very good). The pasta was done perfectly al dente. The meal also came with a choice of starter salads, which were also all generously portioned. (You can also opt for soup.) Here is a link to their Gluten Free Menu. In the restaurants, you get a regular menu, in which all the gluten free options (and there are MANY) are notated. You have your choice of appetizers, salads, soups, many steak and chicken entrees, and wonderful pasta sauces and combinations, including one with scallops and shrimp "alla Vodka." Our son ordered the Pasta Carrabba, with wood-grilled chicken, sauteed mushrooms, and peas. It had an Alfredo sauce that was good, but very rich. We were tempted by the creme brulee for dessert, but we were all too full from the wonderful dinner! I'd recommend patronizing any Carrabba's restaurant. I am very thankful that this is a place with many locations that serves the gluten free community so well -- with so many high-quality, tasty, and safe options. You don't feel like you're missing out on anything here (except maybe the bread, but who needs those extra carbs anyway!).

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Firebirds
11800 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23233
United States

4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
GF-Friendly restaurant at nice outdoor mall Jun 26, 2018
reviewer: Gftraveler from South Riding, VA

This is a gorgeous outdoor shopping mall/plaza with so many gluten-free friendly restaurants that it was hard to choose. It was the eve of our son's birthday, so we let him choose! The bacon wrapped filet mignon on Firebirds' menu appealed to him, so we went here! They have a very extensive Gluten Sensitive Menu with about anything you'd want: salads, steaks, fish, surf and turf, ribs -- and even a kids menu. In addition to the bacon wrapped filet (filet was good, but just one piece of bacon wrapped around circumference of steak was also not very good -- not crisp), we ordered the Beef Filet Kabob and a seasonal fish special. All was good, including the parmesan mashed potatoes and another seasonal side we ordered. The only downside was that we were told there were no desserts that were gluten free. Too bad, as we were celebrating our son's birthday. This restaurant has locations all over the eastern half of the U.S. and in Arizona. We've been to some of their other locations. I'd definitely recommend this as a very nice place to eat with a good atmosphere and plenty of high-quality, safe gluten free choices.

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Kukui's on Kalapaki Beach (in Marriott Beach Club)

Lihue, HI 96766
United States

4.0 Palms
4.0 Palms
Good gluten free dining at restaurant in Marriott Beach Club Dec 28, 2017
reviewer: Gftraveler from South Riding, VA

Kukui's on Kalapaki Beach is the main restaurant within the Marriott Beach Club resort on the southeastern tip of Kauai. We stayed at this resort for a week, so we dined at Kukui's quite a bit...for breakfast 4-5 times, for lunch 3 times, and for dinner once. Overall, I'd recommend it if you are gluten free. However, take note of the following: You will not find many gluten free options at all listed on their Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner Menus. The only way I knew all the gluten free options that were available is that I called well ahead of our trip to make sure this would even be a viable option for dining during our one-week stay. Our son has Celiac, and we try to select locations that offer the most GF options so that he will feel included in the nice dining we do on vacations. It's always a shame to be dining at a nice restaurant and be restricted to just a few options. At Kukui's, I was assured by the sous chef, our son would have plenty of options. This was, indeed, the case. However, these items are not well publicized at all. There is a note on the breakfast menu about "letting your server know about any dietary restrictions." There are only 1-2 salads listed as GF on the Lunch (poolside) menu...and nothing else. And on the Dinner menus (there are several, depending on the night of the week), there is only the notation of gluten free flatbreads being available. Looking at their menus linked from this page ( http://www.marriott.com/hotel-restaurants/lihhi-kauai-marriott-resort/kukui's-restaurant-&-bar/76223/online-menu.mi ), you'd think you were in for a week of very restricted eating. However, this is not the case. For breakfast, we were able to request gluten free muffins (best to do this the day or evening before you want them). They were delicious...fresh, homemade, and moist. We enjoyed 4 varieties during our stay: blueberry, banana walnut chia, chocolate chip, and coconut pineapple. Our son was also able to request gluten free pancakes or waffles (we stuck with the pancakes, as I'm always concerned about having gluten free waffles made on a waffle iron that's used for regular waffles, too, which I always assume is the case). Of course, you could also order eggs, bacon, and sausage, which were all verified gluten free. These and other items noted as gluten free were available at their daily breakfast buffet and special Sunday brunch buffet. There was also an omelette station. So there were always plenty of breakfast options. For lunch, their amazing burgers were available on gluten free buns. They came with chips, but if you ever wanted to order fries, I was also told they could bake some in order to avoid the shared fryer. There were also some salads. I'm not sure if they could have done the fish or shrimp tacos gluten free...I didn't ask about corn tortillas, since our son always seemed so happy with the burger options on the days we were having lunch by the pool (other days we either snacked or were out on excursions/tours). We only dined at Kukui's once for dinner (I've reviewed the other places we dined at nearby on this site: Duke's and Cafe Portofino and a Hawaiian luau). The only thing noted on their dinner menu as being GF were the flatbreads (and that's what our son wanted to order). But in my conversations with the sous chef, he also told me that steaks and various seafood dishes would be an option. I was also told they had gluten free pasta available. I trust this was the case, but I am just so surprised they don't make this more clear on the menu that these things are available (even if it's with modifications). I met a woman at the bar one afternoon that, coincidentally, was gluten free as well. She heard me ordering a burger on a gluten free bun for my son. She never realized they were available (and had settled for a burger wrapped in lettuce) because nothing was communicated to her (and she had no way of knowing all the great items available gluten free, because it wasn't noted on the menu). She didn't know about the breakfast options, either. Perhaps she should have asked, but really, it is so sad that there are probably many, many guests like her that settle for plain, boring meals throughout their stay at this resort because they don't know of all the great gluten free substitutes available. I also learned that the kitchen is VERY careful about the preparation of GF orders (and other restricted dieters' orders), so cross contamination was never a concern. Besides, I always ask the person taking our son's order to note that it's an "allergy" so they take it seriously. To sum up, I'd recommend this place as a safe restaurant for dining, whether you are staying at the Marriott resort or not. Just call ahead to get a better feel for the options for whatever meal you're going to be eating there. Know that there are many more options than what they publicize.

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Pinkberry
300 Rodgers Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96819
United States

3.0 Palms
3.0 Palms
Gluten free frozen yogurt at Honolulu airport Dec 27, 2017
reviewer: Gftraveler from South Riding, VA

Pinkberry frozen yogurt was one of the only gluten free options we found at the Honolulu airport. Although there is a CPK (also in the “food court” where the Pinkberry is located), they don’t offer their gluten free crust as an option at this location. My son wanted the Chocolate Hazelnut flavor at Pinkberry, which is just Nutella added to the yogurt base. We read the ingredients on the yogurt base (used, I think, for all their flavors). It is gluten free, as is the Nutella. If you are flying to Hawaii and passing through the Honolulu airport, I recommend packing plenty of your own snacks from home for the flight (no meal service, only boxed snacks) and to eat at the airport waiting for a flight to another Hawaiian island. This chart on the PInkberry website shows which of their flavors contain gluten: http://www.pinkberry.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2017/09/PB-090617_Food-Allergies-Sensitivities.pdf

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