Restaurants are often a struggle for gluten free families. People struggle with finding gluten free restaurants and with handling food/waiters. So, we have put together a section just for this!
Many restaurants say that they cannot guarantee gluten free. While this does mean that there is a risk, often this is just for precaution and there is never an issue. However, it is up to you and your family to decide your comfort zone!
Tips for Restaurants:
Restaurants are hard! Here are some of our personal tips for handling sticky situations:
It is always helpful to call ahead to a restaurant and talk with them personally about their GF knowledge and options! Even if their website suggests something, we always call.
Always make sure your waiter knows that you are GF. If it is easier, you can simplify Celiac Disease to an allergy-as they both need to be handled without complications!
If the waiter or entire restaurant seems inexperienced or unsure, don't risk it.
Sometimes, waiters are gluten free, so it is helpful to ask if they are familiar with your situation.
If you see cross-contamination, don't be afraid to let them know and ask them to adjust it.
*You would always rather be safe than sorry* (anyone doubt or hesitation can cause problems when you have Celiac Disease or an allergy.)
Going out is really tricky! How do you know when a restaurant can give you what you need? How do you trust them? To help, we have listed some restaurants that we visit and trust a lot. Most have gluten free menus, which make it easy to select a meal, but some you must talk directly to the waiter!
Cheesecake Factory (items are labeled GF)
Yum Yum's (an entire GF restaurant!!!)
Gluten Free Conscious:
Scotch and Sirloin
Gluten Free Pizza:
Stinger's Pizza Pub