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Eating Out Gluten Free: Affirm a Job Well Done

30 Comments 11 May 2012

Eating Out Gluten Free: Affirm a Job Well Done

Yesterday I shared my fourth tip about Eating Out as a part of 10 Days of Gluten-Free, created by Linda, the Gluten-Free Homemaker.  Asking the right questions can help steer the conversation in the right direction so that you know that your server and chef are ready to provide a great dining experience for you.

Eating Out Tip #5 is…Affirm a Job Well Done.

If you’ve just dined in a restaurant for the very first time, chances are that you’ve just put your waiter through the wringer by asking more questions than he or she has heard all day.

Let them know that you appreciated their patience, their diligence, and their dedication to serving you a delicious gluten-free meal. 

1.  Tip your waiter well.  Above 20%.

Your waiter just served as your first line of defense.  Thank him or her with more than a smile.

2.  Let the manager know:

  • How well the waiter answered all of your questions.
  • That you are thankful for a safe meal.
  • That the chef cautiously created a delicious entrée for you.
  • How valuable their efforts are to the gluten-free community.
  • That you will be back again to dine with them.
  • That you will spread the word that Celiacs and those with gluten intolerance can dine at that restaurant safely.

3.  Spread the word.

Today, diners can share their thoughts at every point in the dining experience with the entire world.  Use social media to let others know about your experience.  Tweet about it, and include the restaurant’s handle.  Share your experience on Facebook and tag the restaurant.  The more that restaurants see that their efforts are needed and appreciated, the more willing they will be to improve menu options, methods to prevent cross-contamination, and ingredient selections.

Affirm a job well done.

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  • You are allowed two entries per “10 Days of Gluten Free” blog post for a total of 20 entries on this blog.
  • Enter by leaving a comment on this post (and other 10 Days of GF posts).
  • The giveaway begins May 7, 2012 and ends at 11:59 pm central time on May 18, 2012.

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It’s been a great first week of 10 Days of Gluten Free.  I’ll see you again on Monday for Eating Out Gluten Free Tip #6.

Hungry for more gluten-free tips?  Visit these 10 Days of Gluten Free bloggers:

Readers, Dish!

  • How do you let your servers know that you appreciate them?
  • How have you helped to make positive changes in a restaurant?
  • How do you affirm a job well done?

Contest closed, but I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Your Comments

30 Comments so far

  1. Cara says:

    This is so true, yet I often forget about it. I recommend living a comment on FB too if the company has a page. It helps spread the word to other people.

  2. Jessica says:

    I leave a generous tip, and let my GF meetup group know about the positive experience so they will patronize the business too!

  3. T. Earp says:

    Good suggestions and food for thought. Thanks!

  4. Jessica B says:

    Still hoping to find a place that does a good job. For now, I avoid eating out.

  5. Well said!! It’s so important to spread the word and give these great restaurants (and their managers, chefs, and servers) our thanks — and future business!

  6. Kalinda says:

    Another good post about eating out. So much of this is common sense, we just never think to do it. Thanks for the reminder.

  7. Bonnie B says:

    We go out to eat rarely, but after one time the people at one place remembered my daughters needed to eat gluten free. We do appreciate them and thank them.

  8. Emma says:

    I always tip servers well that have gone above and beyond to meet my dietary requirements. It’s no easy task!

  9. Emma says:

    How have you helped to make positive changes in a restaurant?

    I try to be the educator when I know a server is inexperienced. I also recommend products/dish changes to restaurants that have or are trying to introduce a GF menu.

  10. Jana says:

    Eating at banquets has also been a real challenge. I always try to call ahead and speak to the catering manager or chef. It helps Thanks for your tips.
    Oh, I have now been getting ‘special’ treatment at Chipolte. I just feel bad about the line behind me during lunch:(

  11. Katrina says:

    I personally thank the server, while my husband tips big at a restaurant that has made us feel comfortable while dining.

  12. Jeannie Parker says:

    I had such a wonderful experience at the Chili’s near my house that I made sure to post it on facebook as well as go to the company page and leave a comment. Most of the time the only comments places get are bad so I wanted to be sure to reward such a wonderful job. Our waiter got a nice tip and I made sure to mention the manager who was on duty and made sure to help educate our waiter and look over the prep of my food.

  13. Jeanne says:

    Excellent column! I recently ate at Red Robin for the first time, and had a problem with the gf roll when it came, as it was too huge and tough. They noticed I wasn’t eating it and came at once to ask about it. I explained, and they wanted to bring me something else, or do something to make me happy. The sandwich filling was so yummy that I said I’d just eat that if they’d just take off the extra price I was charged for the gf roll. The manager said they would do that and more. They took half the price of the sandwich off my bill, plus the cost of the roll! I thanked them and left a big tip!!

  14. Linda says:

    Great points, Heather. I am good at #1, don’t do #2 and could improve on #3. Thanks for challenging me!

  15. This is so true, we defnitely leave a huge tip if they do a good job and let everyone know, too!

  16. julie says:

    I shared on facebook

  17. julie says:

    We show appreciation to the waiter by leaving a nice tip if they have done a good job!

  18. pat J says:

    We like to tip them well for their efforts and also thank them and let them know how well they werved us.

  19. Deborah says:

    Any server who makes an effort deserves a good tip.

  20. Christine says:

    Thank you for the post! Knowledgable servers definitely deserve recognition!

  21. Cindy says:

    I like to leave a nice tip, but also tell them how much I appreciate being able to eat out safely.

  22. Cindy says:

    One small restaurant nearby that I loved to frequent, before having to eat gluten free, started serving gluten free crepes. But I found that even when I requested gluten free, I wasn’t always getting gluten free. Not one to complain loudly while in the restaurant, I finally wrote to the owner after I became very ill after eating what was obviously a gluten filled crepe. She was very apologetic, sent a gift card, and rewrote their policies. Now all employees attend training each month to make sure that gluten free truly is gluten free.

  23. Barb K says:

    My family and I always tip the waiter very well. They work really hard.

  24. Natalie says:

    Thanks so much for the tips for eating in a restaurant. My greatest fear is eating in a restaurant, getting glutened, and not being able to make it out of the restaurant or home before getting sick. (We live about an hour’s drive from most of our favorite restaurants.)

    Not to mention the extra harm it does to my mind and body!!!

  25. Natalie says:

    I just liked you on facebook and commented on your advice! Your tips are great!

  26. Penny says:

    Thank you for sharing your eating-in-a-restaurant tips. :)

  27. Cindy W. says:

    I will take the time to write a letter to a restaurant if I have a great first time experience eating there.

  28. Gina says:

    I am always a generous tipper and personally thank the waitstaff. I need to get better about following up with the management and social media thumbs ups!

  29. Rules to definitely live by when you eat out! Thank you so much for posting!

  30. Angel R. says:

    We rarely eat out, and even when we do our son (the celiac in our family) prefers to eat what we bring from home. Thankfully none of the restaurants have ever had a problem with us bringing in food for him!

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