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Qdoba is a lifesaver. I think I end up there at least once a week when I'm out of the house for 13 hours and am too disorganized to bring any food with me. If only I could remember to keep gluten-free soy sauce with me, I could mix it up with some sushi!
A few years ago when my digestive issues were so severe that I finally went to the gastro, one of the resident's first questions was about my heritage. (University of Pittsburgh Physicians/ teaching and reseach facilitiy) She said that they find most people with the disease are descended from Northern Europe and also Italy. Being in Pittsburgh, you find many people of Italian, German, Polish, and Slovakian descent. . .and it's not extremely rare to find someone here who restricts their gluten intake.
I myself am mostly German, (Southern) Italian, and Czech/Slovak.
Would anyone in the Pittsburgh area like to get together? I'm a female in my 20's. I work in healthcare and go to the University of Pittsburgh. I have some great friends who are Celiac supportive, but I think it would be nice to have dinner with a fellow gluten-free friend. Or get coffee and sneak in with something yummy from Gluuteny.
I had an extra part-time job in a pharmacy earlier this year, and 4 ( ! ) of my co-workers were gluten-free. . . so I know you're out there!
I made it gluuteny yesterday and got the chocolate chip cookies. I thought they were fantastic - in taste and texture, as did my boyfriend (who's not gluten-free). I talked to the woman who was baking (owner, I'm guessing) and suggested offering breadcrumbs, and maybe some pre-cubed bread for stuffing....helpful for the upcoming holidays! Everyone I spoke to was very nice, and seemed interested in suggestions.
Also, they said they sell out of the sandwhich buns the fastest. I went late in the day, around 7:00, and they said they had just sold the last loaf of bread 20 minutes earlier.
Eat N Park has some basics....nothing very exciting. A few omelets, grilled chicken, chicken and portobella salad, some fish. My friends and I liked to go there for coffe, studying, late-night snacks....and we still do occasionally. Not a great selection, but it's nice to have a few safe options instead of just watching them eat. I've been there twice since going gluten-free, and they haven't glutened me yet.
I went for a while, but unfortunately got a little bored. The atmosphere is great, but if you already workout, it probably won't be much of a challenge. If you need a low-intensity way to get back in the game, it's definitely a great start.
Did Gluuteny open yet? Every time I go past, it looks like no work has been done. Eat N Park has a gluten free list on the back of its regular menu (explain to the server though....mine brought crackers with my soup) and Qdoba has a fairly comprehensive gluten-free list in their allergen handout. (naked veggie burrito!)
Also, a restaurant has just opened near my house (Spanish/International/Tapas). I haven't been there, but a gluten intolerant co-worker has, and loved it. Costa del Sol in Shadyside. It's a little pricey, but has a large tapas selection with lots of fresh (wheatless!) ingredients. They have a menu posted outside.