“Gluten-Free” is a term that seems to be popping up more and more lately. Whether people are being diagnosed with Celiac Disease, a Gluten Intolerance, or any other health issue, “Gluten-Free” is trending. When cooking for oneself, it is easy to keep it safe from mistakes or cross-contamination; however, when out to eat, you never really know what’s happening with your food. Being “gluten-free” doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice going out to eat, it just means you need to be careful when you do.
Here are a few tips for eating out Gluten-Free:
- Call ahead just to make sure they’ll be able to accommodate your needs, especially if you’re going in a big group.
- When going to a new restaurant or trying a new ethnic food, do research first so that you know what the main staples are made out of and how they might be adapted to suit your needs.
- No matter how many times you have been to a restaurant, make sure you tell them about your situation again. (Neglecting to do this can lead to poor preparation precautions and cross-contamination.)
- Make sure to ask about sauces, salad dressings, Coffee flavorings, ice creams, froyo, etc.
The MOST IMPORTANT TIP
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions over and over again until you are comfortable. Some restaurants will even bring the chef out to speak to you!
Below I have made an easy, go-to list for “Gluten-Free” Dining in Charlottesville, Va! These are not the only places that will accomodate to gluten-free needs; however, the restaurants listed either have a gluten-free menu (*) or gluten-free denotations on their main menu (#).
Fry’s Spring Station #
Hot Cakes #
Indulge Gluten Free Bakery*
The local #
One- Meatball place*
Paradox Pastry #
Rev Soup #
Ruby Tuesday *
Wild Woof Brewing Co. #