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The Four Seasons
20160 Garrett Highway
Oakland, MD 21550


5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Restaurant at Deep Creek Lake in Maryland is well-versed in gluten-free meal preparation

Reviewer: HapiCmpur from
Reviewed on Feb 17, 2011

The Four Seasons restaurant is an elegant establishment that sits right on the shore of Deep Creek Lake, not ten minutes from Wisp Ski Resort. I mentioned my gluten-free diet to the hostess when I called to make my reservation, and without any prompting from me she put Chef Jason Fickes on the phone. Jason talked me through several menu options, explaining what he would do to make each of my choices gluten-free if it wasn’t already so. That was highly reassuring. Not long after we arrived and were seated, Jason came out to our table to meet my wife and me and to help us make our final decisions. He was quite knowledgeable about the gluten-free diet, and seemed very pleased to be able to serve me safely. The apple-ginger pork wasn’t just safe, though; it was magnificent! When it came time for dessert, our server wasn’t quite sure if the syrup for their chocolate sundae met gluten-free requirements, so she peeled the label off the container and brought it discreetly to our table for inspection. That was yet another nice touch. The only glitch of the evening was that my house salad arrived with croutons on it, but to be fair, I had forgotten to tell our server to leave them off. More important, the salad was whisked away immediately and replaced with a fresh one. I highly recommend the Four Seasons, not only for safe gluten free dining, but for a truly marvelous experience. The service, the food, and the atmosphere are equally excellent.

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Rapids Lodge and Restaurant
209 Rapids Lane
Grand Lake, CO 80447


4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
Rapids Lodge and Restaurant can accommodate gluten-free diets

Reviewer: HapiCmpur from
Reviewed on Aug 06, 2010

The Rapids Lodge has a lot going for it. In addition to excellent food and service, the restaurant has a terrific view. It backs right up to the beautifully boulder-strewn Tonahutu Creek. There's so much glass on that side of the building that the creek can be seen from nearly every table in the dining room. The restaurant does not have a GF menu (half-palm deduction), but the chef claims to be able and eager to accommodate a wide variety of special diets, including GF and vegan. Our waiter that evening also seemed to know quite a bit out the GF diet, and he asked several questions that indicated to me that he understood the importance of getting it right. My wife and I eventually selected a plate of Elk medallions that were delicious. The restaurant at Rapids Lodge is quite pricey, but the high quality of the food must be taken into consideration, along with the superb view and atmosphere. And that's not even to mention the sense of security one gets from eating in what appears to be a very safe establishment.

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Caroline's Cuisine
9921 U.S. 34
Grand Lake, CO 80447


4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
Caroline's Cuisine restaurant safe for gluten-free folks

Reviewer: HapiCmpur from
Reviewed on Aug 06, 2010

Caroline's Cuisine is an upscale restaurant that does an impressive job of combining Old World French cuisine and decor with that of the Colorado frontier. It's quite pricey, but the food is very good and the portions reasonable. They do not have a gluten-free menu, but the woman who took my order -- who I believe was the owner or manager -- claimed to know all about the GF diet and even dismissed my offer to send her back to the kitchen with a homemade GF dining card. I'm giving them a half-palm deduction for not at least giving me the chance to test their knowledge of the diet. She vanished from the table before I even had a chance to protest. Granted, I didn't get sick that evening, but I still feel that a good restaurant will let diners who are on special diets satisfy themselves that their meal is being prepared safely.

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Sagebrush BBQ and Grill
1101 Grand Avenue
Grand Lake, CO 80447


2.5 Palms
2.5 Palms
Sagebrush BBQ and Grill restaurant review

Reviewer: HapiCmpur from
Reviewed on Aug 06, 2010

I ate at the Sagebrush on a recent stay in Grand Lake because it was featured on a list of GF-friendly restaurants that I got from the town's Chamber of Commerce. Although I found Sagebrush staff eager to TRY, they were not adequately versed on the GF diet to warrant a good review. The manager himself took my order and tried to assure me by saying that he has a waitress on staff with celiac disease. He was clearly nervous, however, that she wasn't on hand that day. I selected an omelet from the menu that I thought would be safe and described in what ways it might need to be modified to meet my needs. I even gave him a homemade GF dining card to take back to the kitchen with my order. However, when the omelet came to the table, there was a pile of unsafe hash browns leaning up against it, despite the fact that he and I had discussed the shared deep-fryer. The manager also seemed surprised when I told him that I couldn't just scrape off the spuds and eat the omelet. He was perfectly kind and didn't object to starting over, but my confidence was shaken by the fact that I had to educate him about cross-contamination. Perhaps with time, their waitress will bring the entire staff up to speed on celiac disease; until then, however, I recommend avoiding the place.

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Max & T's Bar and Grill
1000 Grand Avenue
Grand Lake, CO 80447


4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
Max & T's Bar and Grill for gluten-free

Reviewer: HapiCmpur from
Reviewed on Aug 06, 2010

Although Max & T's doesn't have a GF menu, I ate there confidently on two occasions during a five-day visit to Grand Lake. On both occasions -- one dinner and one lunch -- my waiters did not need to be educated on the GF diet and could point out several items on the menu that were safe for me. They were also more than happy to take my questions back to the chef, and they always returned with confident, definitive answers. Max & T's is a bit pricey, but that's not uncommon in a town situated right at the doorstep of a National Park. Moreover, the quality of the food is quite high, and the service is impeccable.

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