Dining out may seem daunting if you have a child that has a gluten sensitivity or Celiac Disease, but it boils down to these three simple steps:
- Choose a restaurant that has a gluten-free menu or gluten-free options.
- Use the free app FIND ME GLUTEN FREE
- Call or visit the restaurant during non-busy hours and ask them:
- At the restaurant, always inform your waiter that your food must be free of gluten.
- Be polite but ask the waiter if he/she understands what gluten-free means and, if they do not, then ask to speak to the chef
Keep in Mind the Dirty Dozen
- Are there croutons on the salad?
- Does the salad dressing contain any flour?
- Does the soup contain any flour?
- Has the food been marinated in any sauce that has flour or soy?
- Has the food been dusted with flour before being fried or sautéed?
- Is the oil used for cooking also used to make other breaded products?
- Are artificial bacon bits or other meat substitutes used on potato skins and salads?
- Are the mashed potatoes from a mix?
- Is there any imitation crabmeat or seafood?
- Does bread come with the dish?
- Is the garnish gluten free?
- Are there breadcrumbs on the food?
Eating Out in DFW
The Dallas Fort Worth Area has several restaurants that offer gluten-free choices:
If you would like more information about Celiac Disease or gastrointestinal (GI) digestive disorders and nutrition in children, please contact Dr. Mona Dave’s Plano Office or Southlake Office.