Took my partner tonight out for a birthday dinner. It's the first time we've been out to eat since we were diagnosed a year ago. Actually the second time but the first, last year, was a disaster.
It was wonderful! It was the one on rt 611 in willow grove right near the tpk and it is in a strip mall with a Staples (hard to see the sign). I asked for the manager (Mike I think) when we first walked in to explain our situation. Before I had gotten more than a few words out he said ' Oh, no problem. Let me seat you with these regular menus so you can start looking and I will bring over our gluten free ones.' I was so surprised. He was more than prepared. He explained some of the differences in the menu to us and let us know he would alert the kitchen. The menu was another surprise. 3 of the 4 fish sauces they have are gluten-free, some chicken and meat dishes, some delectable appetizers and the salad. We were able to have a real meal (except for dessert) He also alerted our waitress Liz, who said she would personally make sure our meals were properly prepared. It turns out her mom is a celiac. We thought that was the reason for her wonderful service and knowledge. Nope! It seems the staff is actually trained that way. When 2 different servers brought out some of our dishes, we had a few questions. They said 'wait, don't touch anything yet and let us check'. They were back almost instantly from the kitchen with the answers we needed.
From the moment we walked in the service was superb and all the staff seemed well educated about celiacs. Since it was a birthday meal we pigged out and tried lots of things and neither of us got sick. Here's what we had...
Bacon wrapped scallops (there were 4 and huge!) Saucey Shrimp (our favorite and enough for 3) house salad w/ house vinegarette (comes automatically with pine nuts and not croutons) All our fishes were nicely grilled, VERY fresh(I'm fussy) and we also had the lemon sauce andthe mango salsa with them. The garlic mashed potatoes were out of this world, the honey ginger squash tasty, and steamed fresh veggies were done just right. Another friend had the non gluten-free pork chops and loved them and they were also huge.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and next sunday we are trying jules in doylestown.