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So at the end of June I am off to a conference in Orlando. My husband and I will have 2 free days to ourselves and we are not doing the Disney kind of things. Any gluten free dining places or stores around that area? Thanks!!!

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Winter Park is nice. A set of in-laws live in Mt. Dora which is a neat little town about an hour north of Orlando. There is an Italian restaurant in town that will prepare gluten-free food. I think it's Vincent's. Mt. Dora is pretty small and I think there is only 1 Italian place in town. We eat there quite a bit and I've never had any issues. I only order the fish and don't know if they carry gluten-free pasta but I was going to discuss that with the owner next time we are down there.

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Hey there! Just wanted to let you know that Chamberlin's Natural Food stores carry LOTS of gluten-free food items. They have 6 locations in the Orlando area. The largest store is in Winter Park. Let me know if you need more info. :D

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I know you said you're not doing Disney BUT if you want a fabulous first-class meal go to Downtown Disney (free admission, free parking) and go to the Portabello Yacht Club. They have excellent food AND they carry gluten free pasta. It's very easy to get to. I would recommend getting reservations though. Downtown Disney isn't actually very Disney at all and it certainly isn't super kid-oriented. That's one of our favorite places to go in Orlando. Have fun in Florida!!!

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Yeah you should actually consider doing some Disney things. Most of the restaurants in the Disney parks can do gluten free food. You should call ahead and make a reservation and tell the phone reserver about your allergy

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