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I ate there in Durham, NC 2 years ago and didn't like it. I don't like bean flours at all, and they use bean flours in their crust. I felt safe eating there in terms of knowledgeable servers and cross-contamination issues, but I just can't past that bean flour taste.
That's too bad. I went to this location when I was in town this past February. I had the coconut shrimp and the chicken entree. Honestly, the only reason I would go back is for the coconut shrimp because the chicken was blah, but if they've discontinued the gluten-free menu, then I have no need to ever go back. No more menus at the stand? Come on!
I visited the Happy Tart the same day of my last post. I guess you could say I was desperate for a cupcake! I combined this trip with a visit to the Homemade Pizza Company, and I was able to park in the lot behind the pizza place. The Happy Tart owner was very nice! I asked if they used any chickpea or garbanzo bean flour (which I can't stand) in the items, and she said that they don't. Yay! I got 2 cupcakes - a salted caramel and a s'mores. Both were delicious. I wanted to go back today, but they close at 4 so I'm out of luck. Definitely a keeper! Mt. Vernon Avenue seems to have a lot of foot traffic, so I have the bakery can stick around.
I used to eat at CFA at least once a week. (Shame on me!) I don't eat there as often anymore because its not as convenient to my job as it used to be. I wonder if the employees at your local restaurant weren't being careful. The only problem I had was that I asked for a grilled chicken breast and the cashier gave me fried instead, and of course I didn't notice it until I got back to work and opened the package. Other than that, I've had no problem except for the long lines!
Yes, the usual chain restaurants are in Miami. I used to go to Pollo Tropical a lot when I lived in Miami a long time ago. They list their allergy info their website (www.pollotropical.com). I'm guessing that a lot of Cuban and other Caribbean food would be gluten free as long as you're not getting the breaded stuff. You'll find lots of chicken, rice, fresh fish, beans, yucca, plantains. The no-nos would be Jamaican beef patties, pastelitos, Cuban pork sandwiches, and conch fritters.
I just read that PF Chang's expanded their gluten-free menu. New additions include Mongolian beef, shrimp with lobster sauce, and fried rice. I'm happy about this because there was such little variety before, but now it seems like they have everything covered.
http://www.pfchangs.com/menu/ and click on Gluten Free
I went to a destination wedding this past July at the Rock House Hotel in Negril. I did well the entire weekend - no reactions at all. I didn't speak with the hotel staff before my arrival, but I'm not sure why I didn't! I could have but instead I just took a chance. It worked out well for me anyway, but it probably would have been good for me to get some info beforehand. The food at the hotel was good. I was dying to eat some of the items on the menu (I absolutely love coconut shrimp), but some of them were breaded so I knew they were no-nos. The fried plantains looked like they were deep-fried with a light coating so I didn't eat them either. I'm used to them just being fried in a pan naked. I don't like conch but the conch fritters are obviously off limits. I think I ate jerk chicken each day of the trip. We ate it at the hotel, at a restaurant down the street and in Montego Bay. Good stuff. At the wedding reception, everything seemed to be naturally gluten-free except for the bread. There was fresh seafood including gigantic lobsters and grilled mahi-mahi, a few different kinds of salad, grilled chicken, rice and beans. I can try and find my pictures of the food if you want. The only thing that I missed out on was dessert - I just ate fresh fruit.
During the week, one of my friends at the conference rented a car which is how we got to the Cliff House. My friend came into town (with a car!) at the end of the week so we were able to eat at places all around town. That was definitely helpful.
I went in October of 2008 and 2009. I don't think you can lose with the service at the table service restaurants. In 2008, we ate at California Grill and Jiko. This past year, we ate at California Grill, Kona Cafe, Narcoosee's, and Whispering Canyon Cafe. The service was best at Whispering Canyon Cafe, but the food was the best at Narcoosee's. I think our server was very rushed at Kona. She wasn't bad, but she seemed to be overwhelmed - it was a busy night.
I think if you eat a counter service meal in one of the resort food courts, you will plenty of options. For instance, the food court at Port Orleans Riverside has a pasta bar, burgers, pizza, and a carving station. They also have a lot of options for breakfast, but beware because it can be a zoo in the morning! The counter service restaurant at Animal Kingdom Lodge didn't have as many options. I'm not sure how the other deluxe resorts are with their counter service choices.
If you want specific menu recommendations, please let me know! I can tell you what I had and point you in the direction of some reviews and blogs as well. As long as you are prepared and you give Disney notice that you will be coming to town, you shouldn't have any problems!
Like Chell said, don't wait to make your dinner reservations!