If you need to adhere to a Gluten Free diet, dining out can be hell. I sit there half the time explaining to my waiter what gluten is, to finally resort to asking to speak to the Head Chef in hopes the guy or gal knows what I am talking about.
More and more restaurants are becoming aware of the various needs of their public. Some are offering completely separate menus or a symbol signifying the GF meal. Times are changing and we now have various listings on the internet to locate a restaurant that can cater to our needs.
One very simple suggestion is to call ahead and ask the hostess or whomever answers the phone if they have a GF menu, are aware of GF needs etc. He or she may not have a clue what you are referring to and at this point I ask to speak to the manager, owner or chef. If they have no clue what you are talking about, head elsewhere. There are a number of sources with a simple search on the internet for “gluten free restaurants” but you will need to narrow the search in your area with a town or city name.
There are a few sites dedicated to asking restaurants to sign up to be placed in the database for general use. Here is one: Gluten-Free Restaurant Awareness Program Diners can use this website to locate restaurants that offer gluten-free meals.
From our home to yours, Tina Turbin.