Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. It causes some people varying levels of intolerance, the most severe of which is celiac disease, an inherited, autoimmune disease in which the lining of the small intestine is damaged from eating gluten. There are lots of gluten-free products on the market with very specific ingredient listings, but dining out poses a little more of a challenge for those trying to steer clear of gluten. I asked some members of the Cape Fear Gluten Intolerance Group to pass along recommendations:
Outback Steakhouse: Gluten-free beer, appetizers, entrees and dessert. I hear the staff is very knowledgeable about gluten intolerance and even has someone attend the group’s meetings.
Lovey’s Natural Foods & Cafe: Gluten-free options on salad bar and menu as well as products in the store. This shop hosts the group’s meetings each month and offers samples of new products and foods.
Banyan Asian Cafe: Makes a breading out of rice flour for those who want to eat fried food. Vegetarian Thai Rolls are made with rice paper.
Tidal Creek: Gluten-free options in the store, salad bar and restaurant.
Great Harvest Bread Co.: Bakes a gluten-free bread.
Coastal Cupcakes: Gluten-free varieties a few times per month.
Osteria Cicchetti: Gluten-free pasta dishes.
Starbucks: Gluten-free pastries at some locations.
Other restaurants mentioned as being accommodating to those with gluten intolerance are Toscana, Eddie Romanelli’s, Applebee’s, Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s and Texas Roadhouse. One member of the group mentioned working with Indochine on a gluten-free menu coming out soon.
Know of others or want to share experiences with eating gluten-free in this area? Post your comments below.
Date posted: October 23, 2009
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