An in-depth review of gluten free options at Wildfire. This review is entirely my own opinion and from personal experiences, and is meant to be a guide. When choosing a gluten free restaurant, please use caution according to your individual needs.
I’m a little late in writing this review, but better late than never right? Every year for Mother’s Day, we have huge family dinner with my grandparents and sometimes extended family. Most of the time, we go out for dinner that night (moms shouldn’t have to cook for everyone on this day!). Since this year is a bit different after my diagnosis with Celiac Disease, I was on the hunt for a new restaurant we could go to that everyone would enjoy. As I have said in some past reviews, I don’t have the luxury of having a ton of local or unique restaurants near me – the ones that we do have had been house favorites! However, they don’t have gluten free menus… and the ones that do are about 20-30 minutes away (might not seem so far, but my grandparents don’t drive that far). After doing some research and reading reviews, this year we chose to go to Wildfire. We hadn’t been there in a few years, and I was excited to try their gluten free menu.
Wildfire is a small chain steakhouse restaurant. They have locations in Illinois, Minnesota, and Virginia, and are a little on the pricey side. However, if you want a buttery steak or some delicious seafood, this is the place to go. To my surprise, Wildfire actually takes Celiac Disease VERY seriously. Not only do they have a pretty diverse menu, but their staff is very well trained to handle allergies and limit cross contamination for Celiac Disease. Here is the statement they make on their website:
“With much staff training and care, Wildfire is proud to serve our guests with celiac disease and gluten intolerance. We offer an extensive gluten-free menu, which features many of our specialties including homemade gluten free pizza, sandwiches on homemade gluten free buns, and barbecued ribs and chicken. Our servers and chefs understand the importance of particular dietary requests, and are happy to accommodate you. When a guest orders from the gluten free menu, the server starts the gluten free procedure. This includes informing a manager, filling out an allergy form and giving the form to the Chef. At this time, separate utensils and bowls are used to prepared the food to keep our guests safe.”
Any restaurant that has a written statement describing their gluten free procedure is one that I would definitely try! After looking at the gluten free menu, which was pretty large, I decided to order a steak with some veggies on the side. To my surprise, the waitress brought out a gluten free roll or me to snack on while everyone else was chowing down on bread… and it was really good! They bake their gluten free rolls fresh and separate from everything else, and I was actually skeptical of it because it tasted pretty good.
Let’s get to the meal. My meal didn’t just come out looking perfect, it had little toothpick labels inserted in the steak and veggies that said “gluten free.” That made me feel pretty good knowing that they really took every precautionary measure to make sure that my meal wasn’t cross contaminated. Overall, it tasted absolutely delicious! The steak was buttery, the veggie portion was pretty large, and I couldn’t be happier with how they treated someone with Celiac. I’ll definitely go back again.