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There's an Outback Steak House in Elmhurst at 88-01 Queens Blvd, although their website says that they'll be closed on Thanksgiving Day. I supposed you could pick up something the day before and reheat it.
If you're willing to ride on the subway for 30 minutes or so, there's a ton of great restaurants in Manhattan that accomodate the gluten free diet. You can find some recommendations by searching this group or checking out http://www.celiacchicks.com
I seem to recall someone on the group testing various products to confirm gluten levels. It might pay for someone to try that if they can tolerate the trouble and expense. I sometimes have a reaction to Chex myself, but my theory is that it's the BHT as opposed to gluten as I react negatively to many preservatives.
Did anyone confirm if they actually dropped the Gluten Free claim on the packaging? I seriously doubt they would do that. My understanding is that sales were up tremendously, which is why General Mills decided to expand the Gluten Free certification across most of the Chex line as well as introducing the gluten-free Betty Crocker products.
Sadly, Little Italy is mostly gone. There's only about one block left and as Andrew posted, the remaining places are basically tourist traps. You're much better off going to Bistango at 29th and 3rd where they're happy to accomodate gluten free.
If you really want to check out Little Italy, then you should probably just go for drinks and maybe appetizers. I've been to Grotto Azurra a few times at 177 Mulberry for wine tastings, but I've never attempted to eat an actual meal there. I've found that many "old school" type places often have trouble understanding about the gluten free diet.
Ted (works and used in live in Manhattan)
I had this debate with my sister for a few years until she started cooking the stuffing separately. Frankly the turkey cooks faster and it's actually recommended from a food safety perspective anyway. It sounds like it's too late for this discussion for this year, but you should have that in advance next year. It's not really a big sacrifice to ask someone to cook stuffing separately.
I just wanted to add my two cents to this discussion. I frequently eat Rice Chex and sometimes don't feel all that well afterwards. My theory is that I'm actually reacting to the preservative BHT. I'm definitely sensitive to other preservitives (such as sulfies) and the concentration of BHT is very variable as it's added to the packaging, so it probably wouldn't be a consistent issue.
Another interesting thing to note is that I tried the individual serving size cups a few times and had a much more severe reaction each time. It's very possible that there's a much higher concentration of BHT in the single size cups due to the packaging differences. Of course it's also possible that there's some cross contamination issue with the machinery that packages the cups, but I get the impression that General Mills takes the gluten free thing pretty seriously.
Just as a general comment, I find the expansion of gluten free products from the big food companies to be a bit of a mixed blessing. Some items are great, but more and more gluten free products contain the same crap as "regular" food such as MSG, colors, preservatives, massive amounts of sugar, etc.
I went to Lake George in late June for 2 nights and figured I'd post a follow-up regarding my meals. The rest of my family eats gluten, so I'm only mentioning what I had for the most part:
We ate dinner at the Log Jam (http://www.logjamrestaurant.com/) on the first night and I had the "Natural" rib-eye steak with a big baked potato. The steak only has olive oil, salt and pepper on it and was quite delicious. Dinner comes with a trip to the salad bar, but of course you need to be careful when choosing items. Overall it was very good and I had no reaction at all.
Breakfast the next day was at The Silo (http://www.thesiloqueensbury.com/). I got scrambled eggs, corned beef hash and homefries. The waitress was familiar with food allergies and she seemed to know what was safe. I didn't have any reaction, other than the usual slightly queasy feeling from greasy but delicious fried breakfast food.
Dinner was at Outback and I had the Chicken on the Barbie with another baked potato (plus a salad with the Tomato dressing). It's always good, but I never feel that well after eating it. I don't think I was glutened, but the sauce and salad dressing probably don't agree with me all that well in general.
Breakfast the next day was at the hotel (Country Inn and Suites) and I had fruit and hard boiled eggs at their buffet. The breakfast buffet was pretty impressive for a complimentary breakfast.
We then stopped at KD's Fish Fry for lunch on the way back. First of all, if you're in a rush, do not drive through Saratoga as it's very slow going. The better way to go is to get off the Northway at exit 13N by the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. It's a bit out of the way, but only about 10 minutes from the highway if you don't get lost (thankfully I had a GPS). We were there right around lunchtime on a Saturday and it was completely empty, so I'm hoping they get most of their business during the week or maybe at dinner time.
The food was amazing -- I had some delicious fried fish, french fries and incredibly good onion rings. My wife tried them and would never have known that they were gluten free. It was one of those times when the food tasted so good that I was afraid I was eating regular versions by mistake, but I felt fine, which is pretty impressive considering all of the fried food I was eating. My wife had regular fried shrimp and my kids had the macaroni and cheese triangles which looked really yummy. For dessert, I bought some gluten-free chocolate chocolate chip cookies to go, which were delicious. Really the only negative thing I have to say is that the ambiance could use a bit of upgrading to bring it up to the level of the food. I'd love to see KD work on frozen versions of the fried food to sell in supermarkets, but I don't know how likely that really is.
I'm going there too in late June. Here are a few tips for you:
S.J. Garcia's on Canada Street has several gluten free items. Sadly, I'm not a big fan of Mexican food. Heres's the link:
Several of the national chains with gluten free menus are also around:
Pizzeria Uno in Queensbury (only a 10 minute drive away):
Outback in Queensbury
There's also a Carrabba's about 45 miles away in Latham, but that's a little far to go for dinner unless it's on the way for you.
In my pre-gluten-free days, I had a good experience at the Log Jam Restaurant, which is a familiy steakhouse. They claim to accomodate special dietary needs, so it might be worth a try:
I also had some great breakfasts at The Silo and Sutton Marketplace. Not sure how Celiac friendly they are, but they do have quaint country stores that are worth checking out regardless:
I use Glutenease on those rare occasions when I eat out at a non-GFRAP restaurant. Does it work? I don't really know honestly. I've been fortunate and haven't had a major reaction in a while, but it might just be luck. The only reason that I bothered to try it is that I use other Enzymedia digestive enzymes and they seem to help in general.
* Might potentially help lessen gluten reactions
* Not very expensive for occasional use
* Probably harmless -- I've had no negative reactions
* Might just be a waste of money
* I'm not a fan of their advertising -- it could easily fool someone into thinking that this will allow them to eat Gluten with Celiac disease.
I personally like the Bob's Red Mill gluten-free pancake mix, although it's a little bit of a pain to prepare as you have to use a blender.
I used to eat the gluten-free mix made by Polly's Pancake Parlor in New Hampshire. That's really good, but I no longer trust that they're careful enough regarding cross contamination. (I don't think I had a bad reaction, but the warning on their label doesn't inspire confidence.)
I'm no expert on the area, but I do have friends who live in Richmond. Two options that are nearby are Outback and Carabbas's Italian Grill, both of which have gluten free menus and locations in Williamsburgh. You can get the exact details on location via their websites:
I also had a real problem with canker sores which has mostly gone away since going gluten free. I pretty much tried every product on the market to help with them. Here are some recommendations if you're still suffering:
Canker Cover -- this is a patch that goes in your mouth and slowly dissolves in about 8 hours. I recommend using this only at night as it makes it a little difficult to speak and eat.
Canker Rid (from Durham's Bee Farm) -- This is a bit messy and hard to apply, but it definitely works. Just a warning that it's painful when first applied, but the pain goes away quickly.
Orabase Soothe N Seal -- This is basically glue that dries over the sore and protects it. This is fairly easy to apply and it works, but it doesn't seem to last for too long.
I don't recommend any of the pain-numbing gels as they only work for a few minutes and irritate the sore when they're being applied.
Amy's makes several gluten free soups which you can buy at Whole Foods and a lot of regular groceries. You can see the details on their website: http://www.amyskitchen.com/special_diets/gf_diet_plan.php
Kettle Cuisine has a great frozen gluten free line as well. I love the Chicken noodle, which is really delicious! I've seen this at Whole Foods and at several health food stores: http://www.kettlecuisine.com/glutenfree.htm
I personally wouldn't trust Campbells or Progresso and their soups contain tons of MSG which really isn't good for anyone.