Monday, January 9, 2017

Eating Out Gluten Free

I used to enjoy dining out, but not as much anymore. In fact, there are times that it's more trouble than it's worth because I have eliminated almost all gluten from my diet. Although some restaurants have gluten-free menus at the host stand, some servers have to go to the back to look for one.

Here's a list of the restaurants I've found to be the most accommodating:

  • Olive Garden
  • Red Robin (delicious gluten-free hamburger buns)
  • Bonefish Grill
  • Applebee's
  • Wendy's (not a specific menu but a list of allergens)
  • Chili's
  • P.F. Chang's
  • Mellow Mushroom
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Boston Market
  • Carrabba's

If you are eating in a restaurant that doesn't offer a gluten-free menu or guide, try putting together your own gluten-free meal with these tips:

  • Meat, produce, and dairy are naturally gluten-free.
  • Avoid processed foods because many of them have fillers with gluten.
  • Don't touch the breads, cakes, or pies.
  • You can have ice cream for dessert, but make sure it's one that doesn't have ingredients with gluten (cookie dough ice cream). You're probably safe with plain vanilla ice cream.

Remember that most restaurants can't guarantee that your meal will be 100 percent gluten-free if the food is cooked in the same kitchen as those with gluten. Cross contamination can happen, even when the kitchen staff has the best of intentions.

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