Village Family Restaurant (Waynesville, Warren County)
Word has really gotten around. My inner circle of friends and family have spread the news far and wide that I am continually looking for safe places a person with Celiac disease can eat. This is exactly how I found out about Village Family Restaurant. A person who works in the same vicinity as my husband gave him the word we should try this little place, and I’m sure glad we did.
We landed there on a national holiday with the kids for lunch, and boy was the place packed. I was a little nervous that asking for special gluten free food would be way too difficult with a restaurant filled to the brim, and was prepared to leave and eat at our old standby. Surprisingly, the server said “hold on, we have a separate menu for gluten free.” Get this – it was full menu, front and back. Score!
Since we were there for lunch, I skipped over the section noted “dinner” even though the dishes looked very promising, and ordered a Turkey Bacon Club sandwich on gluten free whole grain bread and potato chips.
I questioned the very patient server about cross contamination, especially the toaster. She noted that they will toast sandwich bread on foil in the oven instead of the toaster – I just needed to ask. She also explained the back story of the gluten friendly menu. The owner has a gluten sensitivity and rolled out the dishes slowly at first, then complied them into a full service menu.
The food arrived and the sandwich was delicious. While I certainly could have made this myself at home (it was Udi’s bread, after all) I probably couldn’t have done it in the same amount of time with the full list of ingredients for less than the menu price of $7.25, plus it was nice to be out with my family.
With our positive lunch experience, we decided to try dinner a few weeks later.
This time we happened upon the Waynesville’s Christmas in the Village, when all the local businesses light up the night with Christmas decor, special events and sales, and horse and buggy rides. Again, the restaurant was packed. (Our timing is impeccable.) We waited forty five minutes for a table for four. Once seated, the service was friendly and prompt. I ordered the Beef Hot Shot off the gluten friendly dinner menu (Menu Description: slow cooked tender shredded beef on gluten free whole grain bread, served with a heap of mashed potatoes and smothered in gluten free beef gravy and a choice of one side). Again, I specified the bread to be toasted in the oven, or not at all, and the server was happy to accommodate my needs.
We did wait a little longer for our food to arrive compared to the tables around us, but we are used to that considering my requests. This meal was good. The beef was very fall-apart tender and full of flavor, and the gravy was delicious. My only complaint was the potatoes had that ‘instant’ flavor to them. I mentioned this to my husband and he tried mine against his – they were different, I surmise the kitchen makes gf instant potatoes to order and the ‘real’ mashed potatoes contain gluten.
Overall we had a good dinner at a family owned restaurant. This is a big win in my book.
Village Family Restaurant
144 South Main Street
Waynesville, Ohio 45068
Here is a photo of the gluten free menu.
Remember to communicate with your server about toasting the bread in the oven in lieu of the toaster.