Here are Seven Tips for Eating Out Gluten-Free
Create a safer and more enjoyable travel experience when you are gluten-free. To find out more tips, download my free e-book on my website at Travel Gluten Free Podcast!
Use Apps to find GF Restaurants
There are now two apps available for finding gluten-free and celiac-friendly restaurants. One is the Find Me Gluten Free App, which gives a list of restaurants in the area which serve gluten-free options. Another app to use to find great dedicated gluten-free restaurants is 100% Gluten Free from For Gluten Sake! This app features ONLY dedicated gluten-free restaurants that do not have any gluten on their premises. This is the safest restaurant to eat at if you have an allergy to wheat, an allergy to gluten, or have celiacs disease. If you’re traveling to Philadelphia, Gluten-Free Philly now has an app that lists restaurants in Philadelphia and the surrounding area.
Ask for a Gluten Free Menu
Many places now have a menu in which their food is either labeled showing their GF options or they have a separate menu, which lists all their gluten-free offerings so you can easily see what options you have to eat.
Tell your server gluten makes you sick.
More and more people are trying a gluten-free diet, and they may not get sick when eating gluten. I explain to my server every time that I get very ill from eating gluten, and that eating gluten is not a choice for me. If I think they don’t understand, I tell them I have a gluten allergy.
Find out from your server which dishes can be made gluten-free
If your server can quickly name gluten-free recipes, then they were most likely very well trained and informed. This is a considerable safety measure for a restaurant. When your server hesitates or says, “I’m pretty sure that is gluten-free,” ask them to check with the chef and restate the importance of your sickness (see #3 above).
BYOS: Bring Your Own Snacks
When I’m not sure if the place or city I’m going is gluten-free friendly or I’ve heard it’s not GF friendly, I’ll pack food in my backpack to eat at the restaurant or while I’m out and about enjoying a park or other quiet spot.
Find a Place to Stay with a Kitchen and Shop at Supermarkets
If you’re going to stay at a hotel, Air b’n’b or motel, stop at a supermarket and get gluten-free food. Research ahead of time to find out what types of supermarkets are in the area to get a feel for the variety of food you can eat.
Find a Produce Stand
Produce stands are always an excellent option to grab a natural and healthy gluten-free snack if you’re out and hungry. You’ll also most likely support a local family, so it’s a double win!
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