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Jackson's
11900 Market Street
Reston, VA 20190


4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
Another Great American Restaurant

Reviewer: Gftraveler from South Riding, VA, USA
Reviewed on Dec 30, 2008

As always, we had a great meal at this new addition to the Great American Restaurants family of restaurants. We arrived early before the crowds and got seated right away. We asked for a copy of the gluten-free menu, which they specified as "low gluten" (likely for liability reasons). While there were a fair number of options on the menu, it didn't seem quite as extensive as the gluten-free menu of some of their other restaurants like Coastal Flats and Sweetwater Tavern. All the same, our son ordered a petite filet from the children's menu, which is g-f. My mother-in-law, also following a g-f diet due to Celiac, ordered the grilled fish of the day, which was mahi mahi. I, too, ordered the mahi mahi (but not g-f), and there wasn't too much of a difference between the two dishes. My mother-in-law's did not come with the sauce or the crispy leeks on top, but she raved about how good it was. This came as no surprise...I ALWAYS order fish at the Great American Restaurants, and it is always some of the best fish I've ever had. I don't know what their secret is, but it's fresh and always prepared with yummy sauces/salsas/sides. Many of the salads here (both side and entree sized) can be easily made g-f. But again, other than two fish options, a filet mignon, and one other item, there were no other entrees on the g-f menu. They did have a few interesting sides available g-f, including a delicious rice pilaf with almonds, which we ordered and enjoyed immensely. Like their other restaurants, they offer a g-f chocolate waffle for dessert, which is honestly one of the best desserts ever. They also offer "Atomic Chocolate Mousse," which we didn't try, but it is gluten-free. To sum up, I'd recommend this restaurant if you are okay with a relatively limited range of g-f choices. Chances are, whatever you order will be top-quality and delicious, and everyone (gluten-free and other diners) will have a spectacular meal.

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Bedford Springs Resort
2138 U.S. 220 Business
Bedford, PA 15522


3.5 Palms
3.5 Palms
Bedford Springs Historic Splendor

Reviewer: Gftraveler from South Riding, VA, USA
Reviewed on Dec 03, 2008

Our family enjoyed three nights over the Thanksgiving Holiday at this beautiful and historic resort. Dating back 200 years, it is full of rich history -- including visits by 10 U.S. Presidents -- and was just reopened in July 2007 after being closed for 20 years. It was completely renovated and restored to its historic splendor. It boasts a top-notch spa, one of the country's first 18-hole golf courses, one of the first indoor pools, and a beautiful interior complete with ballrooms and several restaurants. The rooms were nice -- decorated using historic colors but complete with modern amenities. Now...for the FOOD. I have very mixed feelings about writing this review. There is no question that the food was outstanding. Most meals during our 3-day stay were buffets, including a mid-day Thanksgiving dinner. Typically, I'm not a fan of buffets unless the food is really high quality and beautifully presented, and this certainly was. In fact, all our meals at the resort -- from the wonderful breakfast spread to an elegant dinner in the Crystal Room -- were delicious. My only reservation was the lack of attention we received regarding our 5-year old son's gluten-free diet. As always, I had called before even booking our stay back in August, and I was assured that the resort handles special dietary requests frequently and with ease. So I was relieved and excited for our stay. I called again three weeks before our arrival at the resort to personally talk with the Executive Chef, Konrad Meier. He assured me they'd have plenty of gluten-free foods available. Just as a back up, however, we brought some gluten-free mac-n-cheese for our son, along with a frozen g-f pizza and some g-f pasta. Our first night we were just in the mood for something light, so we opted for the Frontier Tavern, which is really more like a bar with a limited bar-type menu. To keep things simple and because there wasn't a lot other than a burger on the menu that we thought our son would eat, we asked them to prepare the box of mac-n-cheese we brought. That seemed to throw the server for a bit of a loop. It was obvious she had never heard of gluten-free diets before. So we asked to talk with the chef. An assistant chef came out and assured us it would be no problem to prepare the mac-n-cheese and also offered to bring out some fruit for our son. Everything worked out well. I figured we'd meet the head chef the next day, at the Thanksgiving meal, but again, when we asked, they sent out another assistant. His first inclination was to offer to cook our son a steak, which typically would have been fine, but I had been assured when I spoke to the head chef weeks before that our son would be able to eat plenty from the Thanksgiving spread. We wanted him to be able to enjoy as much of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner as possible. The assistant chef was fine with that and fortunately he seemed quite knowledgeable as he walked me through the buffet, telling me what was gluten-free and what wasn't and how they used cornstarch, not flour, to thicken their sauces and gravies. However, I found myself wondering just how careful the resort is when it comes to food preparation and avoiding cross- contamination in the kitchen. I also questioned just how much they knew about potential hidden sources of gluten. In general I just felt very rushed through the process and ended up having lots of questions like was chicken broth used in the rice pilaf? If so, was it gluten-free? Was the ham gluten-free? They told me yes, but often ham isn't because of how it's marinated/cured. Our son ate well but did have a stomach ache later. Was there gluten in something? We'll never know. In their defense, it was a busy time, and I probably should have met with the Executive Chef at a less hectic time before the meal. The breakfast buffets were the same, with someone from the kitchen briefly telling me the obvious about what was g-f and what wasn't. I had her double-check the bacon and sausage, which she confirmed was g-f. But it just seemed that there wasn't the level of engagement on the part of the chefs and wait staff that you'd expect from a resort of this caliber. I think I expected them to be more proactive in offering to prepare something special for our son (gluten-free pancakes perhaps?), and it always seemed like a lot of trouble to hunt someone down for that element of special attention. We made due just fine, and I'd recommend this resort for g-f and non g-f diners alike. I'd just try to sit down with a chef upon your arrival to discuss your specific needs -- especially if you want them to prepare anything special for you.

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Ruby Tuesday
25036 Riding Plaza
Chantilly, VA 20152


4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
Ruby Tuesday -- No Kidding!

Reviewer: Gftraveler from South Riding, VA, USA
Reviewed on Sep 24, 2008

After reading about Ruby Tuesday in Bob and Ruth's newsletter this past month, we decided to give it try. Although they do not have a gluten-free menu, per se, there are many items on the dinner menu that are gluten-free, including their fork- tender ribs, most steaks (although they sometimes need to be requested without the sauce), plenty of burger options (triple prime, ultimate chicken, blackened fish, classic, smokehouse, turkey, bison -- just request them without the roll). They also have some chicken and seafood dishes that are g-f as well (either as is, or with minimal modifications). The mashed potatoes (to-die-for) are gluten-free, as are the wonderful fresh stamed broccoli, premium baby green beans, baked potatoes, coleslaw and sauteed portabella mushrooms. I was there with my 5-year-old son, who is the one in the family with Celiac. Needless to say, there wasn't really anything g-f on the kids menu, except for a burger without the bun, so I ordered him the petite sirloin from the main menu, along with the mashed potatoes and green beans, all of which he LOVED. I had the "classic" baby back ribs, which were really good as well (and I'm not usually impressed with most ribs I order). These were the very slightest bit dry, but tender and tasty, with just the right combination of spice and sweetness. I was so excited that my son could try them...although I think being five, they were a bit spicy for his tastebuds. I'm looking forward to going back with the whole family and trying more of the items that are g- f. The Chicken Fresco (as is) and Chicken Bella (with no sauce) look especially good. Obviously, there are locations all over the U.S., and each manager/chef will probably differ in their range of knowledge about g-f food preparation (the manager at this particular location knew very little). So it is up to you to help educate them and be vigilant about explaining cross- contamination, etc. I'd always recommend taking a Dining Card (as we did -- one of Triumph Dining's American Cuisine cards) so that the manager and chef can read it and completely understand your needs.

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Pei Wei
2338 Woodland Crossing Drive
Herndon, VA 20171


3.5 Palms
3.5 Palms
Limited GF options available, but okay in a pinch

Reviewer: Gftraveler from South Riding, VA, USA
Reviewed on May 19, 2008

This restaurant is owned by P.F. Changs, one of the better chain restaurants when it comes to gluten-free dining. However, this more casual restaurant's more limited menu doesn't accommodate gluten-free diners nearly as well. While there ARE a handful of options available that may satisfy your taste, most options are spicy, so this didn't work well when dining with our kids, one of whom has Celiac. Since a salad and some other g-f options didn't look like something they'd eat, we ended up requesting that the kitchen prepare plain beef (just cooked with oil, salt and pepper) and ordered a side of rice. The kids weren't crazy about the beef -- I think it was the flavor of the oil they didn't care for...maybe peanut oil? For us, I don't know that we'd go back until the kids are older and our son's palate has developed to embrace more exotic tastes and spicy options. But it was fine in a pinch, and for adults eating g- f, it would probably be worth trying.

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Bertucci's
44042 Pipeline Plaza
Ashburn, VA 20147


4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
New GF items on the menu at this restaurant chain

Reviewer: Gftraveler from South Riding, VA
Reviewed on Apr 14, 2016

We always enjoy going to Bertucci's. They don't offer gluten free pizza or pasta at this time, which is strange, since they're an Italian restaurant known for their great pizza and pasta. But they do have a small Gluten Free Menu, and everything they offer is quite good. On our latest visit, we noticed they had a few new gluten free items on their GF Menu. However, these are not appearing on the website yet. The Brick Oven Roasted Chicken is new and sounded very tempting, but I opted for the Roasted Eggplant Pomodoro instead (which I'd never tried before). It was very good...just like traditional eggplant parmesan but not breaded. However, it had a generous portion of cheese and flavorful tomato sauce atop the perfectly cooked eggplant. It was delicious. Other choices on the Gluten Free Menu include a Strip Steak, Salmon (grilled or cajun), and Shrimp Risotto (also must try next time!). There is a new Flourless Chocolate Cake on the menu, but we didn't order dessert...too full from all the other good stuff! There's a nice range of starters and salads on their menu, too. Like I said, not everything is listed on their "Gluten Sensitive" menu online (under the Menu tab), but ask for the Gluten Sensitive Menu when you arrive at the restaurant, which should have all their latest additions included.

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