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For a Brit, visiting our 'cousins across the pond' would on the face of it seem one of the easier trips to make if looking for gluten free food. However, in a strange place it is often hard to find somewhere but rest assured, someone will have been there before.

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Islands Restaurant
, Chain View On Map
We were in the mood for burgers when we passed an Islands Restaurant. An Islands had just opened up near us and as hamburger connoisseurs, we were curious to try it. So, before the lunch rush, around 11am, we pulled into the parking lot and I ran in to see if they had any safe alternatives for MT who has dairy and egg allergies. The manager immediately stated that they did have options for MT. In addition, he printed out the restaurant's allergy information, sat down with me in a booth and walked me through the items that were safe. He also answered my questions about food preparation and cross-contamination. By the end of our conversation, I felt comfortable that Islands would take MT's food allergies seriously.

The allergy info on their website is a little confusing. It lists out the menu items that you must avoid if you have certain allergies, rather than listing out the items that are safe. Also confusing is that it breaks out the components of each menu item and which allergens it includes (which is useful if you want to be able to custom order - but still very confusing). So, I was glad to have the manager review the list with me. It was refreshing to get this kind of service when we were in an unfamiliar town at an unfamiliar restaurant. We ended up ordering the Jr. Wave Burger (without cheese) with a side of Steamed Veggies and the Island Fries for her. It was nice to be able to order off the kids menu - which happens so rarely for us. MT was one happy customer - devouring her entire hamburger, broccoli and all of her French fries.

Please note that when researching Islands for this post, I found a very detailed disclaimer at the bottom of their allergy information. So, this may not be the place for you if you have very severe food allergies.
Recommended By: @PlateItSafe / plateitsafe.com On: 2013-09-24

Bamboo Asia
San Francisco, California (CA) View On Map
When walking around the Financial District of San Francisco during lunch hour, I can't help but notice all the new cafes that pop up seemingly overnight. Bamboo Asia is one of my favorite 'new' gems with gluten-free dishes and more. It is separated into three counters; India, Vietnam and Japan. You can see how everything is prepared, so besides mentioning your allergen, you can also pick what goes into your salad, wrap, bowl or roll, depending on which "country" you end up ordering from. They are extremely accommodating with their menu when it comes altering dishes from my experience. Bamboo Asia is also a great spot for vegetarians as anything can be modified to exclude meat - and the dish will still be full of delicious ingredients.

The Vietnam counter is a no brainer for those with gluten intolerance. Everything is gluten free in this area except the Banh Mi aka Sandwiches due to the bread. Their bowls and salads are delicious.

The India counter is is also quite gluten-free friendly. Note: it's the sauces and dressing that gluten-free folk must avoid here. The Roti Wraps are delicious. The Rice Bowls and Salads are also gluten-free - just be sure to mention you're gluten free to avoid any sauces or dressings.

The Japan counter is best not explored for those with severe and multiple food allergies and gluten-intolerance. They are comfortable admitting such - there're just too many food allergens in one area.
Recommended By: @PlateItSafe / plateitsafe.com On: 2013-09-24

San Francisco, California (CA) View On Map
Craving an allergy-friendly Japanese restaurant? Look no further than Rocketfish. Located in the Potrero Hill district of San Francisco, not only is a quaint and lovely little neighborhood joint, they have many items on their menu that are allergy friendly. They also do catering; so Rocketfish is a great solution for a party, office gathering, etc. and especially for those with guests of all sorts of food sensitivities. Note, besides having a great selection for vegans and vegetarians as you'll see on their website, Rocketfish is also kid-friendly and has a kids menu (though inquire about allergens if it's your kid who suffers). Obviously, communicate your food allergy restrictions and general needs to the manager and server or call ahead to familiarize yourself with what you can expect to order. Here is a sample of their dinner menu, but dishes can be made without certain ingredients on request, and can also obviously change in a day's notice.
Recommended By: @PlateItSafe / plateitsafe.com On: 2013-09-24

Inn On Randolph
Napa, California (CA) View On Map
The Inn on Randolph in downtown Napa was completely renovated by new owners Dan and Karen Lynch in 2012. Karen was diagnosed with gluten sensitivity seven years ago and wanted to provide a place for those who are gluten free or who have Celiac disease to be able to feel safe. That mirrors my family's experiences in many places. We now limit our hotel choices to places that have a kitchenette, just in case. The Inn on Randolph eliminates this need. The remodeled kitchen has never known a spec of gluten. This means that every delectable item on the menu is gluten free, including their signature breakfast dishes: smoked salmon, vanilla pancakes, bacon wrapped polenta, corn cakes with homemade applesauce, and Mexican souffles.

For guests who plan to visit wineries, Karen provides guests with a complimentary bag of gluten-free crackers and is working with local Napa restaurants to help broaden the gluten-free menu options for her guests. In addition, the inn offers gluten-free cooking classes taught by Jeffrey Larsen. When travelling gluten free, the question of where to eat is borne from more than just a desire to try local food, it is a matter of staying healthy and safe. Inn on Randolph takes the guesswork out things by providing a gluten free experience that doesn't compromise on quality or comfort for guests.
Recommended By: @CeliacBaby / coulditbeceliac.blogspot.com On: 2013-09-24

Boston, Massachusetts (MA) View On Map
I must say, this restaurant was an absolute delight. On Yelp, they get 3.5 stars. Not great, but I am determined to try as many restaurants in the North End that serve gluten free Italian food as I can. All I can tell you is, the food was delicious and the service was great.

I started off with the Mussels Marinara. I love mussels, and in general, I love dishes like this. The mussels were juicy, and cooked well, not rubbery at all. But the star of the dish was the wonderful broth. The mussels are cooked in white wine, garlic, butter, diced tomatoes, and then their wonderful robust marinara sauce. A real winner. And then came the first surprise. The waitress came over and asked how it was. I told her I wished I had some bread to sop up the sauce. She said, "Hold on." Five minutes later, she came out with a gluten free pizza crust that the Chef had put some butter and some herbs on and cooked. So I was able to sop up that perfect broth. The gluten free pizza crust/bread was served in a separate tin to prevent cross contamination.

As for my entree, I had their Bolognese, which uses beef, pork, and veal. This Bolognese was a little different than the others I'd tried so far in the North End, as the others had a smooth, almost velvety texture. The sauce here was kind of chunky; similar to the way I make it at home. The gluten free pasta they used was quite good, cooked al dente and spot on. Finally, I ordered a gluten free pizza to go. I ordered the Spukone, which has sweet Italian sausage, ricotta cheese, garlic, basil and extra virgin olive oil. It was very similar to Bertucci's Sporkie pizza, which used to be my favorite until I went gluten free. Again, this was cooked in a tin to prevent cross contamination.

So all in all, it was a wonderful meal. I would go back again, no doubt about it.
Recommended By: @glutenfreenme / glutenfreeandmeinboston.blogspot.com On: 2013-09-24

Messhall Kitchen
Los Angeles, California (CA) View On Map
It surely helped a ton that my meal at Messhall was safe and sound even though we did a prix fixe situation as part of the "Dine and Ride" thing for The Greek. I haven't done a prix frixe since I was diagnosed, you know, because of the specialness. But I did it! And it was gluten-free!

I had tomato soup which I have not had at a restaurant, again, since my celiac diagnosis. My waitress at Messhall has a celiac BFF. Sweet. I LOVE it when that happens. I mean, I hate that someone has celiac, but damn does it make a difference in the safety when you dine out. I felt so secure that I ordered the speciality cocktail called "Roll the Dice" which means the bartender basically makes whatever he/she wants.

For dinner I had a short rib dish with bacon mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts. And, yes, gluten-free. Honestly, it was incredibly amazing and delicious.
Recommended By: @peveteaux / glutenismybitch.wordpress.com On: 2013-09-24

Real Food Daily
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They have a ton of gluten-free and vegan options there, and I just discovered it this week. Sure I decided to simply go with chocolate cake, but at least I know that g-free joint is there when I go back to my lentil-eating ways.
Recommended By: @peveteaux / glutenismybitch.wordpress.com On: 2013-09-24

Tortilla Republic
Los Angeles, California (CA) View On Map
The menu looks crazy good, and what's even better is everything is labeled that is gluten-free. Which is even more helpful when you go into a Mexican style restaurant, as it's tempting to think you're safe no matter what you order. I totally would have had carnitas tacos had it not been on the "unsafe" list. So major points for Tortilla Republic's commitment to safe dining for us sensitives.
Recommended By: @peveteaux / glutenismybitch.wordpress.com On: 2013-09-24

Sweet Marie's
Kauai, Hawaii (HI) View On Map
I was pleasantly surprised to come across Sweet Marie's, a gluten free bakery, cafe and local favorite on the beautiful island of Kauai. Sweet Marie's offers breakfast, lunch and an array of baked good for dine in or take out. Sweet Marie's not only caters to the gluten free diet but also caters to other allergies including egg, dairy, oats, wheat, rye, barley, or spelt. My goal was to make Sweet Marie's our first stop once we landed. I wanted to pick up a few items to have for the week, whether for a snack, breakfast item or dessert. Once we landed we enjoyed a turkey meatloaf which was moist and delicious for $8.99. We also enjoyed a 10' cheese pizza perfect for sharing for $19.99. We also stocked piled several treats including muffins, cookies and her famous Triple Chocolate Explosion for the week! I recommend calling ahead and placing an order for pickup based on your flight schedule to guarantee specific flavors/goodies are available. Marie can also package items for the plane trip home. Thanks Marie for providing a gluten free haven for individuals with dietary restrictions.
Recommended By: @GlutenExchange / theglutenexchange.com On: 2013-09-22

The Mission Restaurant
San Diego, California (CA) View On Map
Last weekend I was able to try The Mission, in Mission Beach, a restaurant that has been on my "Must Go To" list as it is named one of the "Top 25 Best Breakfast Spots in the Country," by USA Today. The Mission has also received numerous awards in San Diego for their spectacular breakfast options, so you can understand my desire to try this local favorite. The Mission's focus is to provide simple, healthy, tasty food with a whimsical edge at an affordable price, and they do just that! All of their dishes are made from simple and fresh ingredients that pleases the eye as well as the palette. The atmosphere of The Mission is constantly buzzing with locals and visitors from around the country. I had heard they make fresh gluten free rosemary bread, so I was anxious to try one of their signature sandwiches on their famous loaf. The Mission conveniently has a gluten free menu which lists entrees that are gluten free or can be prepared gluten free. Please note products that contain gluten are prepared in the same kitchen.

I enjoyed their Chicken Pesto Sandwich- a house made pesto and grilled chicken with mayo, tomato, greens on fresh rosemary bread for $9.25. I also enjoyed a blended frappe, an iced coffee blended with cocoa and milk for $4.25. I highly recommend this beach favorite this summer, although the wait may be long, grab one of their signature coffees, smoothies or shake to sip on while the time passes. It is definitely worth it!
Recommended By: @GlutenExchange / theglutenexchange.com On: 2013-09-22

Pizza Rev
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PizzaRev, a Los Angeles-based chain, allows customers to craft their own pizza using a wide variety of unlimited ingredients, all for one price. We had a chance earlier this week to check out the PizzaRev concept and sample some pizzas. To create your pizza, you walk through a cafeteria line that a friend of ours described as "like Subway, but for pizza." A crew of pizza-builders help you select your sauce, your cheese, and an array of toppings, from sweet fennel sausage, to anchovies, to fresh arugula. Then the pizza gets fired up in PizzaRev's custom-built 9,600 pound stone-bed "Fire-Deck" oven, and three minutes later, your own personalized pizza is ready.
Recommended By: @SouthBaySparkle / southbaysparkle.wordpress.com On: 2013-09-18

Bottos Sausage Express
Ocean City, New Jersey (NJ) View On Map
They have gluten free sausage. Cooks are extremely kind to gluten free allergies and do there best to make everyone happy.
Recommended By: Rick Thompson On: 2013-09-02

Essex, Massachusetts (MA) View On Map
I discovered Woodman's restaurant many moons ago (pre-celiac) while living in Boston. When a little respite from city life was needed, friends and I would drive up the north shore. I hadn't been back to Woodman's for many years, until I discovered a few years ago (post-celiac diagnosis), that much of their food is gluten-free (who knew? I never had any reason to ask - pre-celiac!), and now Woodman's has become one of my all-time favorite "gluten-free" eateries where I can enjoy a plate of New England fried clams, scallops & shrimp occasionally! Usually fried seafood is coated with wheat flour and off-limits to the gluten-intolerant, Woodman's uses corn flour dipped in oil to achieve their perfect golden crust, which is light and very delicious!

If seafood is not your thing, Woodman's offers grilled chicken, chicken fingers, hot dogs too. I ordered a combo of fried shrimp and scallops, with French fries and cole slaw. Woodman's is open year-round, so you can experience New England seafood anytime of the year! Expect long lines in the summer, but don't let that discourage you, as they move quickly.
Recommended By: @CeliacCorner / celiaccorner.com On: 2013-08-23

Tender Greens
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We went out to dinner at Tender Greens, one of my favorite restaurants when I lived in West Hollywood. It's a fast casual salad shop with some sandwiches on the menu too. I spoke with the order taker about my gluten free options and she suggested the Thai Shrimp which has little gem lettuce, green papaya, thai basil, citrus peanuts, coriander, chili lime vinaigrette. I was a little nervous about the order because she didn't seem 100% confident that the item was gluten free, so I asked her to double check. After she double checked with the manager I felt assured that the salad would be gluten free. As we walked down the line towards the cashier to make our payment and spotted some delicious-looking gluten free treats. They had both a gluten free chocolate chip peanut butter cookie and a flourless treat so obviously Taylor and I ordered both. The salad was delicious. I appreciate Tender Greens' salads because they don't go super heavy on the dressing and are just flavorful enough to taste good while still appearing to be healthy. Perhaps this is only an appearance and the salad actually had ten million calories, but if that's so it definitely fooled me. The chocolate chip peanut butter cookie was delicious. It had big chocolate chunks in it and halved peanuts so it had a very natural taste to it. The flourless treat on the left of the above photo was also great; very dense, but great. I would definitely choose the cookie over the flourless item, but that's just me.
Recommended By: @glutenfreeways / glutenfreeways.com On: 2013-08-20

Russo's New York Pizzeria
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As a native New Yorker, and previous fan of authentic Bronx pizza (before I was diagnosed with celiac disease, of course), I've come to realize that it's incredibly difficult to master the art of gluten-free pizza making. Russo's New York Pizzeria, however, helped bring a slice of gluten-free, New York-style pizza to Houston! I had heard of Russo's gluten-free options during the Celiac Expo I attended in June, and decided that a Friday evening would be the perfect time to try some of their dishes. My friend and I decided to reward ourselves for surviving the hectic workweek, and visited Russo's Galleria Area location. We sampled a pasta dish and specialty pizza! Both were gluten-free of course!

The New York Village Pizza was topped with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, olives, peppers, Canadian bacon, hamburger meat, and mozzarella cheese! I particularly enjoyed the taste and texture of the crust; it was the perfect combination of thin and crispy. The toppings were yummy as well. So far, this is probably the best gluten-free pizza I have tasted in restaurants! I thought Russo's did a fantastic job with their pasta dish! The gluten-free pasta maintained its structure, did not break, and had a flavor that matched well with the cheese and sauce. Next time I venture to Russo's I'll definitely be more adventurous and try a "less traditional" pasta dish; however, this gave me a great opportunity to evaluate the mechanics of this gluten-free dish.

Overall, Russo's did a fantastic job with their gluten-free options! Personally, I think that gluten-free appetizer options would add to the overall dining experience. Something like gluten-free mozzarella sticks, or soft breadsticks would complement the rest of the meal perfectly.
Recommended By: @CeliacInCollege / collegestudentwithceliac.wordpress.com On: 2013-08-20

Bloom's New York Delicatessen & Restaurant
Murray Hill, New York City (NYC) View On Map
This restaurant has been on my must visit list for years. The last time I actually tried to go they were closed as a movie was using it as a location. As luck would have it, a few weeks later I had to take care of some business in the area and found myself a block away from Bloom's - so guess where I decided to have lunch.

Bloom's is a typical small New York City deli/diner. The place was buzzing around lunchtime with both locals and tourists alike. It's proximity to Grand Central Terminal makes it an ideal spot to grab a bit on your way in or out of the City. We were welcomed and shown to a table. Coleslaw and a pickle tray were soon presented and we were noshing while perusing the menu. The gluten-free menu is separate and I had to ask for it. There is a huge selection of gluten-free items ranging from burgers and fries to pancakes and sandwiches. After looking through the menu, I found myself wanting a BLT (which is not on the menu) and this being a diner knew it would not be a problem. Sure enough, when I asked, the waitress didn't even bat an eyelash. So a toasted BLT with a side of potato salad would soon be on its way. Perhaps the thing that made me most giddy was when the waitress shouted the orders to the open kitchen visible behind a high counter and for the first-time ever I hear the words gluten-free BLT shouted as an order (not to mention she confirmed with the kitchen with a vocal that's on gluten-free bread). Nice!

When my plate arrived it was a true thing of beauty. Perfectly toasted bread that was jam-packed with a New York-sized amount of lettuce, tomato, and bacon. I am not sure what gluten-free bread they use but the crust looked very familiar.

Overall it was a pretty good experience. Would I go back? Absolutely. There is a short stack of gluten-free pancakes with my name on it. The nicest thing about Bloom's is being able to walk-in off the street, grab a sandwich, and be on your way without having to search for a gluten-free option, explain everything to the server and kitchen, and, in the end cross your fingers that it will all work out. I walked out thinking wow, I just had a gluten-free BLT for lunch. A truly great feeling.
Recommended By: @glutenfreemike / glutenfreemike.com On: 2013-08-20

No. 9 Park
Boston, Massachusetts (MA) View On Map
Cathy and I have eaten at a number of top restaurants. All have been pretty good to "wow, I can't wait to go back again" great. However, my favorite restaurant of all is No. 9 Park. No. 9 Park is the flagship restaurant in the growing Barbara Lynch empire. The quality of the food at No. 9 Park continues to be consistently awesome as her businesses grow, unlike another famous chef from around these parts whose restaurants I used to love but now seem to be nothing all that special. Recently, I celebrated my 23rd wedding anniversary at No. 9 Park. The evening started off with two gluten free rolls, which were delivered on a separate plate so there would be no cross contamination. Piping hot, they were crispy on the outside and light and airy on the inside. My appetizer was a tuna sashimi crudo. I wanted something light that would not fill me up and this was the perfect dish. It was beautifully plated, with very fresh tuna. Next came the duck. I LOVE the duck at No. 9 Park. Why? I find most places that serve duck don't render the fat enough. Thus, the skin never gets that crispy. I don't know how Chef Lynch instructs her chefs on how to cook duck, but I get crispy skin each and every time, while the meat of the duck remains moist. I mean, really...what more could you ask for? This is the gluten free dessert I had. A chocolate fudge "round" with some ice cream on top along with some other goodies to give different textures. I should also note, that the service is just as good as the food.
Recommended By: @glutenfreenme / glutenfreeandmeinboston.blogspot.com On: 2013-08-11

Street Food Asia
Albuquerque, New Mexico (NM) View On Map
Gluten fee items are abundant and stated on the menu.
Recommended By: Deborah Karp On: 2013-08-11

Dick's Kitchen
Portland, Oregon (OR) View On Map
And there was also a super rad burger joint that also served Omission alongside a gluten-free bun surrounding a delicious burger that was damn tasty. Maybe the best bun I've ever had? Thinking about it, thinking about it . . . Dick's Kitchen rocked my world. Rocked it.
Recommended By: @peveteaux / glutenismybitch.wordpress.com On: 2013-08-05

Pizza Rev
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One genius pointed me in the direction of Pizza Rev. Have you guys been here yet? Basically, it's kind of like the Subway of pizza joints wherein you pick your crust, your sauce, your toppings, all on an assembly line. Only Pizza Rev not only has organic, antibiotic-free, fresh ingredients, they also have gluten-free crust. But it's not just that they have gluten-free crust. Here's what happened when I asked for gluten-free crust for not only myself, but also my daughter who still wants to be gluten-free even though she totally does not have to be.

The pizza master behind the counter said, "Preference or allergy?" I almost kissed him. It was also amazing to watch as I explained my daughter's pizza was gluten-free by preference, but I had celiac. Not only did he change his gloves but my gluten-free crust stayed on a clean tray the entire time, even while being shoved into the wood burning stove. Additionally, I asked for sausage, and they knew the sausage was not gluten-free. I said, hey, how about some prosciutto? They said yes, then stopped when they realized the prosciutto had come into contact with the sausage. A fresh hunk of pig was brought out to be sliced into uncontaminated prosciutto for me. Seriously. That happened.

The really fun thing about Pizza Rev is you can pick your own toppings. You can go for a white pizza, a red sauce, and mix and match until your heart is content. They are all personal-sized, so no one has to go half-and-half, and obviously, you can get your gluten-free on without worrying about what else is happening around you. Super duper cool. Super.
Recommended By: @peveteaux / glutenismybitch.wordpress.com On: 2013-08-05