Yesterday I shared my 8th tip about Eating Out as a part of 10 Days of Gluten-Free, created by Linda, the Gluten-Free Homemaker. Dining with people who will order gluten-free meals is something to aspire to, and it is actually possible. Be patient. Your loved ones will get there.
If you’ve following my tip #1, and you’ve done your homework, then this tip shouldn’t be a stretch for you. You already know the gluten-free options at the restaurant when you arrive.
If you haven’t done your homework, then you must be realistic in your expectations.
Think about where you are. Don’t expect a gluten-free meal at Burger King. If that’s where you choose to eat, expect to eat a dry iceburg lettuce salad.
Don’t be angry at the waitstaff because they can’t offer you a well-balanced meal.
Just last weekend, on a whim, the Husband and I attempted to go eat at a local sandwich, soup, and salad place called Bread and Company for brunch. In the past, I have been able to find salads and even deli items that are gluten free. It had been so long since trying this restaurant that I asked for their ingredient binder to double check my choices. It was a good thing I did, because several items I was interested in clearly had wheat flour in them. The Vegetarian Tomato White Bean Soup sounded good, but it wasn’t even listed in the binder.
When I pointed this out to the server behind the counter, she gave me that well, what do you want me to do about it look. I was tempted to be really angry with her and demand that she find someone who had a clue. And then I realized where I was. I chose to walk into a place called BREAD and Company to order something gluten-free from teenagers who clearly wanted to be anywhere else but behind a counter taking lunch orders.
My choice of restaurants was not realistic.
We walked out.
Be realistic. A nice restaurant is going to try to work with you. Lesser quality establishments that aren’t designed for customer service may not.
Thankfully, there are restaurants like P.F. Chang’s who provide excellent customer service and delicious gluten-free meals. At the end of 10 Days of Gluten Free, I’ll be giving away two $25 giftcards to P.F. Changs. You can enter the giveaway by leaving a comment below. You can leave a second entry by letting me know that you followed Gluten-Free Cat on Twitter, “liked” Gluten-Free Cat’s Facebook page, or signed up for email notifications of new Gluten-Free Cat posts.
- This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents 18 and older.
- 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.
No purchase is necessary. Odds of winning are based on the number of entries. The winner will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen.
I can’t believe that tomorrow is the last day of 10 Days of Gluten Free! Come back for tip #10 and two more chances to win. And don’t forget to visit these blogs today for even more gluten-free tips:
- Getting Started – Linda @ The Gluten-Free Homemaker
- Resources – Wendy @ Celiacs in the House
- Traveling – Karen @ Gluten-Free Travel Blog
- Frugal Tips – Janelle @ Gluten Freely Frugal
- Cooking – Carrie @ Ginger Lemon Girl
- Baking – Jules @ Jules Gluten Free
- Kids – Lynn @ Lynn’s Recipe Adventures
- Lunch Boxes – Tessa @ Tessa the Domestic Diva
- Shopping – Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry
- What lessons have you learned from your unrealistic choices?
- What restaurants will you not return to?
- Get it off your chest!
- Where have you had the best experiences? Where have you had the worst?