When passing through Williamsburg, Virginia last month I stopped by Food for Thought after reading amazing reviews about their gluten-free menu and know-how when accommodating gluten-free diners. Usually I debate about where to stop when traveling, but to me the choice was clear.
Located just outside the historic district, Food for Thought is a restaurant with an ethic that gluten-free diners deserve a seat at the table- and the same experience when dining out as those without food restrictions. With a focus on good food and thought provoking conversation, it’s a change from many dining experiences where the focus on speed and fascination with smart phones change the dynamic.
Food for Thought has separate gluten-free menus on hand (see those here) which are several pages long. From appetizers to entrees, and even dessert, there’s an abundance of options. While other allergens are not marked, the staff are aware of co-occuring allergies and will indicate celiac/allergy status on your order to ensure the kitchen takes extra precaution to prevent cross contamination.
While musing over the menu, I was surprised when the wait staff brought out a gluten-free roll for bread service. In 99% of my dining experiences, I have to watch my dining companions eat bread without me, so it was extra special to be able to partake in the simple, but so often denied experience.
The roll arrived with my choice of butter or vegan Smart Balance. The roll was warmed to perfection and was soft and bready- not crumbly or dense at all. It had a wonderful whole grain flavor, and the melted “butter” spread was downright heavenly.
After much debate, I decided to order the lunch portion of cilantro lime chicken, which is dairy-free. As a side, I chose jasmine mushroom rice and steamed green beans. The latter are usually cooked with butter, but mine was prepared with non-dairy “butter.”
The chicken was absolutely delicious, pounded flat and cooked to juicy, tender perfection. The cilantro lime sauce was flavorful but not spicy, and I made sure to soak up every drop with every bite of chicken. The rice was fragrant and complemented the chicken and the green beans were plump and flavorful- buttery and delicious.
Together the whole meal was satisfying and filling. I was glad I ordered the lunch portion because it was enough but I didn’t leave totally gorged. I was hoping for a good meal going into the experience, but this totally knocked my socks off!
With good food and great service, I will definitely stop by Food for Thought whenever I return to the Williamsburg area. I was very impressed with the whole experience and atmosphere, and am so glad I found them through positive reviews. If you’re local or playing tourist, stopping here for breakfast, lunch, or dinner is a no-brainer that will please every member of your dining party.