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Restaurants -- SLC Area


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#1 Rowena

 
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Posted 14 October 2010 - 11:37 AM

So my husband's birthday was last weekend, and our families gave him a bunch of money for his birthday for a date night, and we thought maybe we'd try going out to eat. But truth be told, I'm scared to go out to eat since goin' gluten free. So I have been doing research on places in Salt Lake City area where I live. What are your opinions on these restaurants?

Fast Food (I question the risk of CC)
Taco Del Mar
Chick-Fil-A
Wendy's
McDonald's
Coldstone Creamery
Dairy Queen
TCBY
Jamba Juice

Dine-In Restaurants
PF Changs
Pei Wei
Flemings Steakhouse
Outback Steakhouse
Carabbas Italian Grill
Chili's
Red Robin

Local Restaurants
Sage's Cafe
Olio Restaurante
Buca Di Peppo
Royal India
Spaghetti Mama's
Las Tarascas
Mandarin
Maddox
Famous Dave's
Biaggi's RIstorante Italiano
Mimi's
Z-Tejas
Mazza
Sunfresh Market and Cafe
Old Spaghetti Factory
Bombay House
Thaifoon
East West Connection
Texas Roadhouse


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Esophagitis dx'd 8/5/2013 thus doing a diet devoid of acidic foods and stuff


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#2 Darissa

 
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Posted 14 October 2010 - 01:47 PM

We have eaten several times at the PFChangs in Downtown SLC with no problems. My daugther and I are both very sensitive to the CC, and we have never gotten sick. This is our favorite place to eat out when in SLC.

We have eaten at the ChickFilA in Sandy (off the freeway behind the Hilton Garden Hotel, can't remember the street) a few times, we always ask to talk to the manager there when we do eat there, and have never had a problem. We just ask them to be very diligent in the preperation due to CC, and cook new fries, and change their gloves, and it has gone okay.

We have eaten at the Outback in Sandy with Mixed reviews. We have gotten sick about half of the time we have eaten there due to CC. We find if we go at 4 PM when the resturant opens (they are not open for lunch) we do better. It is less crowded, and we are the first customers of the day, and they seem to take better care.

Good luck!
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Posted 14 October 2010 - 02:46 PM

I was lookin at some of your past posts, and I noticed that you don't have a high opinion of Famous Dave's, so I am assuming you wouldn't recommend that.

And of the three you mentioned, would you say that PF Changs would be the safest bet for my first night out on the town since goin gluten-free?

(PS thanks, you must live fairly close to me because I know exactly what restaurants you are talking about as those are the ones my family and I have frequented in the past.)

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Officially Dairy free 8/5/2013 (mostly dairy free before that, but I like my cheese and things) (dx'd officially with lactose intolerance, suspect casein too though)
Esophagitis dx'd 8/5/2013 thus doing a diet devoid of acidic foods and stuff


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Posted 14 October 2010 - 02:50 PM

Changs and Carrabas are my favorite and the staff is educated. Make sure you request Gluten Free Soy Sauce. What they put on the table at PF's is not gluten free, but they will bring you the safe stuff.
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Posted 14 October 2010 - 04:17 PM

I was lookin at some of your past posts, and I noticed that you don't have a high opinion of Famous Dave's, so I am assuming you wouldn't recommend that.

And of the three you mentioned, would you say that PF Changs would be the safest bet for my first night out on the town since goin gluten-free?

(PS thanks, you must live fairly close to me because I know exactly what restaurants you are talking about as those are the ones my family and I have frequented in the past.)


I also forgot to mention ZTejas. We haven't eaten at the one in SLC, but we have here in Phoenix, and it is good. They have a limited menu, but seem to do well with it in regards to gluten-free. Here is the link for the one in SLC.
http://www.ztejas.co...tions.html#utah

I would diffently try PFChangs downtown. Like all PFChangs, they have a very large gluten-free menu, and all the servers are very well trained in gluten-free. And they have a wonderful flourless chocolate desert! Yum! We have eaten at many PFChangs in many different states, and they always do a good job of keeping the food gluten-free with no CC!! :)

Last time we were in SL, we ate at Outback right at open (4 during the week, 3 on Saturdays) and we did do good that time. We just don't go during the busy evening hours. The Outback here in Phoenix were we eat does good most of the time. But I would recommend talking to the manager at that location prior to ordering and be there early!!

I actually live in the Phoenix area now, but we visit SLC often. I used to live in Orem and my husband is from Utah. If you are ever down south, there is a good smoke house either in Lindon (on state street) called Wallaby's. There is also one in Provo. We really like to eat there when we do visit.

As for Famous Daves, we have only tried ours here by our house twice, both times they were not good experiences. SO, only trying them twice is not a lot, and maybe another location would be better, but ours was not. And our Texas Roadhouse here in Phoneix pulled their gluten free menu, and no longer offer anything listed as gluten free. Not sure about the one in SLC. We have eaten at Logan's Roadhouse here (not sure if there is one in SLC, but I think there is) and most of the time they do a good job. Same thing applies as outback...always best to go when it's not so busy.

Good luck with your weekend with your hubby and hope you stay well eating out!!
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Posted 14 October 2010 - 06:01 PM

There is a Wingers in West Valley (& several here in Idaho), i've heard they have a gluten-free menu, but haven't gone there since going gluten-free. (I haven't really eaten out since going gluten-free...it's not something my DH & I are able to do often).

Rowena, I've also heard there's a gluten-free store in the Salt Lake area called 'against the grain'. I think I remember hearing that it's in the T- ville/ Sandy area.

i grew up in West Valley, now live in Idaho, but have friends & family still there, so am able to go visit once in a great while...
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Posted 14 October 2010 - 06:49 PM

There is a Wingers in West Valley (& several here in Idaho), i've heard they have a gluten-free menu, but haven't gone there since going gluten-free. (I haven't really eaten out since going gluten-free...it's not something my DH & I are able to do often).

Rowena, I've also heard there's a gluten-free store in the Salt Lake area called 'against the grain'. I think I remember hearing that it's in the T- ville/ Sandy area.

i grew up in West Valley, now live in Idaho, but have friends & family still there, so am able to go visit once in a great while...


The store is Against The Grain in Taylorsville. We always shop there when in town. I often pack a suitcase full of food from that store to take back to Arizona with us because I really like some of their brands of flour mixtures they have! Its a great store. Everything is gluten free in the store. Easy to get to off the I 215 and 5400 south. THey are not open like regular grocery store hours, so check their website before you visit for their hours. THey are very helpful in the store. I got some good recipes there from the owners one time.

I also forgot about Five Guys Burgers and Fries! Everything the serve except the buns are gluten free! Just ask them to prepare yours seperatley and cook fresh fries to avoid CC. We have them in Arizona, and they are great for gluten free eating!
Here is the website
http://www.fiveguys.com/index.aspx

THey have them in the west valley area and midvale area. Check out the location from the website.
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Posted 14 October 2010 - 07:32 PM

This is very helpful as we will be in the area to ski in March. We usually get a condo so we can cook most meals, even before I went gluten-free. The kids eat enough junk at the ski resorts for lunch. We usually stay in the Sandy area.
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Posted 16 October 2010 - 08:49 AM

So we went to PF Changs last night...Oh my yum.
Strange thing was, before goin gluten free I never liked the place much. It didnt compare to the chinese restaurants in DC at all. But anyway, I was highly impressed with the service, even if I did have to wait an hour to be seated... (Worth the wait, though next time I am definitely makin reservations.)
Our server was well informed about gluten free things. And I was quite impressed that the gluten free menu was right there on the main menu and easily accessible. The people were very friendly, and I was thrilled that the food tasted really good. I personally think it tasted better than regular menu items. And the lettuce wraps... OH YUM!
And I also tried that chocolate mound dessert.... HEAVEN!!!!!!!!!! Though I am certainly payin for it now... (Why does everythin have to be chocolate?)
Anyway, definitely a triumphant dining experience! Thanks guys!

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Esophagitis dx'd 8/5/2013 thus doing a diet devoid of acidic foods and stuff


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Posted 16 October 2010 - 09:02 AM

So we went to PF Changs last night...Oh my yum.
Strange thing was, before goin gluten free I never liked the place much. It didnt compare to the chinese restaurants in DC at all. But anyway, I was highly impressed with the service, even if I did have to wait an hour to be seated... (Worth the wait, though next time I am definitely makin reservations.)
Our server was well informed about gluten free things. And I was quite impressed that the gluten free menu was right there on the main menu and easily accessible. The people were very friendly, and I was thrilled that the food tasted really good. I personally think it tasted better than regular menu items. And the lettuce wraps... OH YUM!
And I also tried that chocolate mound dessert.... HEAVEN!!!!!!!!!! Though I am certainly payin for it now... (Why does everythin have to be chocolate?)
Anyway, definitely a triumphant dining experience! Thanks guys!

So glad you enjoyed it! Sorry I forgot to mention to make reservations!! It helps so much! We love the lemon chicken and the ginger chicken and egg drop soup also! Great menu. We went last night too, but here in Phoenix! Since that is one resturant we normally eat at, we signed up online at their site and have a card so we get 10% off when we eat there. The card is free, and you just show it everytime you order. Sometimes we order it for takeout too, so it's cheaper..no drinks, high tip etc...
Glad you enjoyed!
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Posted 17 March 2011 - 12:22 PM

Gluten Free Mama posted this on her Facebllok page today, so thought I'd post it here (if that's all right)

Eleanor's Bake Shop in Sandy, UT is now serving gluten free baked goods. Stop by and have a treat. Tell them Gluten Free Mama sent you. 801.563.7466 www.eleanorsbakeshop.com


If I ever get down there to visit family, I'll have to stop by this place, if I can!
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My DH-38 yo; born w/ Spastic cerebral palsy. legally blind, uses wheelchair. back surgery Aug 2007, has continued back troubles.




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