I am sorry you had that experience.. However, I am very impressed with how quickly restaurants are adapting to the gluten-free customers' needs.. Almost every restaurant I go to knows exactly what is on the menu that is gluten free. I used to have to look at an app to tell what was gluten-free before entering the restaurant, because so many were not educated on it. Now though, SO many restaurants have their own gluten free menus and have WONDERFUL options. Red Robin, Olive Garden, Ruby Tuesdays, Carrabba's, and Cheddar's are some of my recent brags. Lovely service and each waiter/waitress knew exactly what gluten was and how critical it is when ingested by a celiac.
Hi Rissa, and Welcome to the Forum.
I'm afraid I don't know your history. Are you Celiac/NCGI? Do you have a medical diagnosis and how long have you been diagnosed? I'm asking these questions because on this thread and another I saw you are portraying a very cavalier attitude on eating out. I would hate to have our newer members think that they can eat anywhere and not get glutened. Getting the hang of this diet is hard enough without throwing "restaurants" into the mix. Unless a restaurant is completely gluten free (no gluten food served) would I consider it a safe bet. Otherwise the risk of contamination runs extremely high. For instance: I went to a great waterfront restaurant with my whole family for Christmas. I had looked at the menu on-line before hand and they had quite a few gluten free selections. When I arrived I asked for the Dining Room Manager and asked him some questions. My first question was: Is the gluten free food prepared in a separate space in the Kitchen with its own equipment. He did not hesitate to tell me that everything was prepared together and they do not guarantee the food to be 100% gluten fee due to contamination issues. Needless to say I had a few snacks that I always carry with me for just this type of situation. Many people will order the gluten free items and then wonder why they are a mess. When you have Celiac, there is a "Process" to go through when ordering and even then you take a chance.