If you're been up front and said that you have celiac disease not let them think you're on the Atkins diet, your meal can progress smoothly. Family and friends learn your eating habits quickly and are your best supporters. Mine often chime in while I'm ordering to be certain about "no croutons" for instance. If in doubt about a salad dressing, stick to olive oil. Becoming a regular at a "safe" place makes eating out very easy. If your hamburger arrives on roll even when you asked for it on a dish, don't just eat it to be nice. If they bring it back in 30 seconds, the chances are certain that they dumped it onto another dish. Gotta be specific as to why. I still get glutened once in awhile eating out, but not nearly as often after I learned to be my own advocate!
There are unavoidable times when eating out is a necessity, like vacation or travel. I think it's worth the trouble to learn how to navigate a restaurant. There is a book listing gluten-free restaurants by state that is helpful too. I'd say be smart.
ps. I never eat in fast food places, soda or bottled water only.
Not a huge issue right now. NOT planning on going to any restaurants in the near future...but how do you navigate restaurants without being "high maintenance"? I don't want to be the one at the table that says "well, this is what I need, yada yada yada" and make everyone at the table feel uncomfortable. BUT I also don't want to "endanger" myself.
Suggestions, thanks....so that I'm not overwhelmed the first time we go out to eat.