Whether you’re willingly gluten-free or it’s due to dietary reasons, for example, sensitivities or allergies, going out for dinner can be a bit of a struggle. You do a quick scan of the menu, struggling to recognize something, anything, you can consume without triggering an onslaught of diarrhea and pain, but your options are limited.
This experience is all too familiar for me, personally, and I’m sure many others have found themselves in this situation as well. So, my frustrations with this experience have prompted me to offer my suggestions for avoiding this dilemma, and perhaps they can be as useful to you as they are for me.
First, keep an eye out for any symbols or markings on the menu that indicate a dish is gluten-free. More and more restaurants are beginning to compose dishes that are free of major allergens, and you may hit it lucky and go somewhere where there are several options.
Second, ask the waitress or waiter if they know of any dishes on the menu that are free of gluten. If they’re unsure, or if the restaurant doesn’t offer any gluten-free dishes, inform your server of your allergies and request for a certain dish to be made without whatever you’re allergic to, avoiding, or are sensitive to. Chances are the chef will be able to accommodate your request, and if they’re unable to, then try somewhere else next time. It’s not the end of the world.
I usually go for a burger. I ask if they patty is 100 per cent meat to make sure there isn’t gluten in it as an additive, and just eat it without a bun. It’s delicious, filling, and almost as good as a regular burger.
Eating out isn’t impossible if you have allergies or sensitivities. Know your options, ask questions, and enjoy your meal!
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