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SO i was just invited to a greek restaurant (not a nice one) on thursday with around 10 others and im not sure whether to go. To me, Greek food sounds pretty risky- b/c all i can think of is the pita bread floating around. And communication is also a factor in my decision, as is the # of people i would be dining with. Seems like it would be difficult to ensure that anything i order is free from cross-contamination...Does anyone have +/- experience with greek restaurants to help me decide whether to go? I am also avoiding dairy right now and have been feeling quite good, even with eating out 2x this weekend! (ok one was Risotteria, i guess that doesnt count :D ) I guess i am leaning towards not going b/c i dont want to risk it, and im going to the Yankee game that night so i dont want to be sick there :ph34r:

Thoughts?

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I would go, but eat something before hand, and have something simple while there, like a tomato/cucumber salad. (That's greek, if I remember correctly.) I'd also suggest calling the place ahead of time and talking to them about what you could have a few days before you go.

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I've had really good luck with greek restaurants.

Depending on what you like, getting some sort of lamb (make sure there's nothing on it) then a greek salad (usually the dressing is just oil with some herbs) and then their potatoes (lemon and olive oil) are generally safe because they are baked. All the places I've been to have cooked the potatoes seperate for me wrapped in tin foil, have made me fresh salad and dressing and have done the lamb in its own fry pan.

Good luck

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I went to a Greek restaurant once and had a good experience. I just did the usual 20 questions about marinating, what ingredients are used in any of the sides, etc. But I can def' understand why you would be hesitant to go there, especially with that large a group. Personally this may be one I'd bow out on. I'd feel safer if it wasn't with so many people.

Ummm. and you're going to a Yankee game?!! LOL!

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Thanks guys for your advice. It has helped me in two ways...i have decided that in this particular situation, i shouldnt go, b/c it will be a little too difficult to get answers to my questions about marinades, etc. with so many people and i dont feel it is worth the risk. But you guys have made me feel less concerned about greek food in general, which i was pretty much avoiding since going gluten-free. Thanks everyone!

Jillian- yup- yanks v. d-rays tomorrow!! :D I love the yanks, i just happened to be a crazy mets fan!!

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I got out to eat greek food all the time. I love it. Maybe next time it will be better for you. But when I go I usually get this stuffed chicken breast that has spinach and feta cheese in it with mozzerlla over it in red sauce. Then I do the steamed veggies on the side. :)

Amanda NY :)

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Is open chicken souvlaki generally safe? I'm not positive, but isn't the marinade oil and vinegar and spices???

usally, as long as they cook everything fresh.

I know when i make souvlaki (which is ALL the time!!)

its just olive oil lemon juice garlic and parsley plus salt and pepper

Greek is acctually the one place ive been thinking about trying to eat out at lately.

I was diagnosed 3 months ago and slightly freaked out about eating out.

LaURi*

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Thanks guys for your advice. It has helped me in two ways...i have decided that in this particular situation, i shouldnt go, b/c it will be a little too difficult to get answers to my questions about marinades, etc. with so many people and i dont feel it is worth the risk. But you guys have made me feel less concerned about greek food in general, which i was pretty much avoiding since going gluten-free. Thanks everyone!

Jillian- yup- yanks v. d-rays tomorrow!! :D I love the yanks, i just happened to be a crazy mets fan!!

Greek is one of the best types of cuisine for celiacs because they use simple recipes and don't have hidden glutens as a result. Most places will give you the pita filling without the pita. In our local greek restaurant I am known as the 'pita-less pita lady' I find it helps to stick to the same restaurants; they get to know you and your needs. :)

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I used to be a chef in a Middle Eastern restaurant and agree with others that you should have a bit of a selection to choose from. Avoid the mousakka, eggplant and tomato done like lasanga in layers because they may dredge the eggplant in flour and usually the bechamel sauce is done with a roux. Also avoid the taboulleh, a cucumber and tomato salad made with bulgar(wheat). I am sure you will not feel deprived but try not to drool on your neighbors baklava :) Boy I miss baklava. Well now I want greek food, I'll have to make stuffed grape leaves this weekend, after I make sure the brine they come in is safe. Have fun and I hope everything goes well and you hve fun.

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I've had success at greek places. i love stuffed grape leaves, so i always get those and put hummus on them instead of pita. yummie.

-michelle

ps - i don't eat meat, just fish, so i can't help with that - but the fish i have had was ok.

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