We stayed at the Best Western, 3 blocks from The Landing. Breakfast was included. They offer the same variety of hot and cold items every single morning. In one of the heated containers were plain scrambled eggs and seasoned potatoes, which is what I chose. I saw the label from the eggs but not the potatoes. (no, I am not recommending eating something without seeing a list of ingredients.) And gosh - really? - why does there have to be a dozen ingredients in PLAIN scrambled eggs? ugh. But nothing with gluten that I saw.
Another heated container included sausage patties and biscuits with one set of tongs. Didn't chance the sausage; so not worth it. Other options that I saw were: hardboiled eggs and yogurt in the refrigerator and a bowl of apples, oranges and bananas. I added a cup of hot tea and an Udi's muffin to my eggs and potatoes and was good to go each morning. (wished I brought a pkg of instant GF oatmeal for something different one morning, but I was fine with what was there. I also took a yogurt and piece of fresh fruit for mid morning snack (or lunch). After eating my breakfast the first morning I watched as the person who was constantly refilling the containers used what looked like the same bowl, first with eggs, then biscuits, then potatoes, etc - and I thought "uh-oh - I took too big of a risk!" because if she was using the same bowl, everything surely had gluten. I hesitated to ask at that point - but I did - and she assured me that each food had a re-fill bowl of its own.
The piano bar at Ernie Biggs after dinner was fun - but I was exhausted! so we didn't stay long.
We didn't go out for lunch the next day. Had breakfast around 9:00 and I had a banana for late morning snack. Saw an afternoon show and had popcorn with the show and bought plain chocolate fudge after the show (after viewing a list of ingredients). I stopped in at two restaurants on the strip before the show in order to determine where to have dinner. The first, a BBQ place, I passed on. No one seemed to have time to answer questions, finally saying "we're short handed today." I then went to The Great American Steak and Chicken House (HUGE chicken in front of restaurant.) Manager seemed very accommodating and made me feel that they'd be able to serve me a safe meal, checking ingredients. Dinner was "o.k." but nothing fabulous. Manager wasn't around when we returned. I ordered a plain steak, baked potato and beans, staying on the safe side, but of course making my special diet requirements clear.
Lack of reactions should NOT be used as an indicator that a restaurant is safe, but I had no reactions. :) Dining out is always risky.
Best part of this restaurant - Outlet mall is directly behind it - Oh ya! Its a shame my husband doesn't like to shop. Imagine that - a husband who doesn't like to shop, LOL But I managed to get a few things. :)
We ended the night at the same place as the first night - at the Paddlewheel Pub, by a firepit, with a couple Angry Orchards. We could see the water show from where we sat and we could here the band that was playing on The Landing. Very nice :)
For lunch on Sunday we stopped at Jimmy John's on the strip. It was 2:00 so no line of customers, so I thought I'd try it. They offer lettuce wraps so I asked if they could use items from new containers. All the tomatoes were already out, but they pulled all other ingredients from new containers. I chose "no tomatoes" and no mayo. The girl making my wrap changed her gloves and got out a new board to prep on, looking less than thrilled with the process. I made a point to tell her how much it meant to me that she was making my sandwich safe - and she finally smiled.
I had been craving BBQ so tried another restaurant when we were back on The Landing that evening, Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que. When I asked the hostess if they accommodate a gluten free diet, she said "no," that they used to, but it was removed. I'm assuming she meant a gluten free menu.
I was trying to avoid chain restaurants, wanting to try something different, but we ended up going to Joe's Crab Shack since they were close and since they offered a gluten free menu. Of course, a menu is no good unless those who prepare the food avoid cross contamination - and of course I asked all the questions and told them how strict I need to be. I had the blackened tilapia, white rice and broccoli - yummy.
And our third and final night ended as our first 2 nights ended. Of course, leaving the fire and having to walk three blocks uphill was not something I liked thinking about while I rested my weary legs at our most relaxing and favorite spot - but I managed, lol