Nowadays, it has been easier for those who are on a gluten-free diet to eat out, since they have more dining options. Many Towson MD restaurants now offer gluten-free menus, really taking the time to understand and cater to the needs of people who may have celiac disease or gluten sensitivities. You would be pleasantly surprised to know that even fast food places now have gluten-free offerings!
However, this doesn’t mean that it’s now impossible for gluten-free eaters to encounter issues with restaurants when it comes to their food offerings. Here are a few things you should remember to do if you’re gluten-free and have to eat out:
Choose the place you’re eating at wisely
While there are a lot of restaurants with gluten-free menus nowadays, it’s still not an assurance that their staff and crew have received proper training on how to handle gluten-free meals and keep them from gluten cross-contamination. To be safe, go for upscale establishments where most of the food they are offering are made from scratch.
Take a look at their menu beforehand
When you’re making lunch or dinner plans with friends, look up the menu of the restaurant you are planning to visit first. Most restaurants have their menus uploaded as a PDF file or posted on their websites, so it would be easy to take a look at their meal offerings before deciding on one. This way, you won’t have to go to a restaurant only to walk out a few minutes later after learning they don’t have enough gluten-free options for you.
Speak with the chef or manager directly
Engaging in a back-and-forth with the restaurant’s chef or manager through a waiter is probably not going to work well for you or anyone in the situation. Servers may claim they know everything there is to know about the preparation of a gluten-free meal, but you won’t know and you won’t be sure unless you get to have the conversation, personally, with the chef.
Avoid restaurants during rush hour
When the restaurant’s kitchen is busy, the chef and staff may take a lot more time making sure your meal is prepared correctly. Worse, they may overlook certain things that are important for the safety of your meal. Try to avoid mornings, brunch time, happy hour, and weekends at popular Towson MD restaurants and bars.
Never assume or settle
Most gluten-free folks attempt to settle with food that only sounds like they’re gluten-free and don’t mention their intolerance or preference just because they don’t want to be “too demanding.” However, you have to remember that cross-contamination is something that happens and can be dangerous if you are gluten intolerant or have celiac disease. Don’t be afraid to demand for a safe, proper meal, since you are a paying customer.
Many restaurant workers do not have enough understanding of the plight of gluten-free eaters. As much as it is frustrating when you have to explain to them the importance of avoiding gluten in your meals, it will help if you are as patient with them as you want them to be patient and understanding with you.
7 West Bistro is on top of the list of the best Towson MD restaurants. Whether it’s lunch, dinner, or happy hour, we’re ready to let you have a good time!