Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Cheese Shop - Colonial Williamsburg

The last two days, we have had lunch at The Cheese Shop in Merchants Square in Colonial Williamsburg.  

I knew they had gluten free bread, but I was still excited to see this food allergies sign.  

Yesterday, I ordered a turkey sandwich with swiss cheese on Udi's gluten free bread.  When I saw that my bread had been toasted, I became a little worried about cross contamination, so I headed back to the sandwich counter.  The employee that I spoke to said that that they have a separate station with its own toaster for preparing gluten free meals.  

I also ordered a gluten free, dairy free bean soup.  I thought it was really strange tasting, but my daughter Emma ate it and enjoyed it.

Today, I ordered a corned beef sandwich with swiss cheese on an Udi's bagel, which cost me $1.50 extra.  There is no extra charge for Udi's bread.  I really enjoyed this sandwich, but only ate half the bagel because I have a hard time eating that much bread for lunch.  

I also shared some Route 11 Lightly Salted Potato Chips with my daughter Emma.  They were really good, plus I was happy to see that they were labeled gluten free.  They are also NON GMO Project Verified.  

Both days, I purchased a Justin's gluten free candy bar with milk chocolate, peanuts, caramel, and nougat.  It was super yummy!  

The Cheese Shop also has a huge display of gluten free food.  I have never seen these Stonewall Kitchen gluten free mixes.  They had a cornbread, cinnamon sugar doughnut, brownie, pancake & waffle, and chocolate chunk cookie mix.

The Cheese Shop had gluten free products from Glutino and Tate's Bake Shop, brands I am familiar with, but also some really interesting brands and products I have never heard of.

I wanted to buy one of each of these gluten free flours from Zocalo.  The Cheese Shop had mesquite, sweet potato, purple corn, and kaniwa flour.

I might have to go back and pick up a bag of pasta before we leave.  I have never seen a gluten free pasta like the Rice Riccioli Pasta.  

I did buy several packs of Gin Gins chewy ginger candy today.  I am addicted to this stuff!  It is gluten free and vegan.

Outside of the gluten free section, I found gluten free products from brands like Justin's and Scarpetta, my favorite jarred sauce.  They also had a great selection of gluten free potato chips and Crispin hard cider.  

The Cheese Shop has always been my family's favorite spot to eat lunch in Colonial Williamsburg, so it was great to see their commitment to keeping people with food allergies safe.  I was also excited to see so many gluten free options.  You can check out The Cheese Shop's website here

June 5, 2014 Update -- Yesterday, we ate lunch at The Cheese Shop for the third day in a row.  My parents recommended the Virginia ham, so I ordered a Virginia ham sandwich with provolone cheese on an Udi's bagel.  It was very good.  All of their deli meats are gluten free, so there is a lot to choose from.

Have you eaten at The Cheese Shop?


  1. I live in Massachusetts about 1/2 hour away from the Stonewall Kitchen Factory, Cafe and Store. Their products are super! The family favorite is their gluten free donut mix. You should definitely think of picking up one of their mixes.

    I recently found your blog, and I really enjoy reading it. My daughter just graduated from high school, so we're doing a "Mom and Me" trip to WDW next week, followed by a 10 day universal studios / Disney Fantasy cruise with her best friends this August. Your information has been a life saver. Thank you so much!!

    1. You're welcome! Glad I can help. I am definitely going to buy a donut mix before we leave tomorrow. Enjoy your trips!