Eating Out Gluten-Free Style

When August first found out he had Celiac Disease, I really couldn’t fathom a diet without bread and pasta.  I knew that the transition would be difficult but one thing that didn’t strike me at the time was just how difficult going out to eat would become.  There are multiple factors that go into making it hard to eat out at a restaurant:

1. Most restaurants don’t have a gluten-free menu.  The city of San Antonio is not very health conscious and so this might be less of an issue in other cities.

2. A lot of the time our waiter or waitress will have never heard of gluten and has no idea what foods contain it and what on the menu might be gluten-free.

3. Even in restaurants that do have a gluten-free menu, there’s no way to know exactly what goes into the food back in the kitchen.

So, the best solution is to eat at a restaurant that cooks the food right in front of you, and that’s just what we did for lunch.  We went to a new Mongolian barbecue restaurant called Genghis Grill that just opened this week.  They give you basic instructions about how choosing your food works.

All of the food options are layed out cafeteria style and you fill your bowl as high as you can  with meat (or fish), veggies, spices, and sauces.  A great part was that all of the protein and vegetables were fresh, not frozen, unlike some other Mongolian stir fry restaurants we’ve been to.

And the best part…all the sauces were labeled with the types of allergens they contain.  No guessing or having to look up gluten menus online!

I got a mix of chicken, steak, shrimp, broccoli, squash, and spinach in their special Asian blend sauce.

August and I were both really pleased with our meals and it was so nice for him not to have to worry about feeling sick later!
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For dinner tonight we used our new grill for the second night in a row.  I have a feeling it’s going to get a lot of work this summer!

August manned the grill and cooked up corn, squash, zucchini, and brats.

All the food turned out great and it was the perfect end to our long weekend!

Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day!

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2 thoughts on “Eating Out Gluten-Free Style

  1. glad to see that you were still able to get a delicious meal! I know that my small town is very health concious so there are tons of gluten free options when dining out.

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