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lynne502

O'charley's?

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My boss wants to take my coworker and me out to lunch and one of the places she suggested was O'Charley's. I just started the gluten-free diet a month ago, so I'm new to eating out. Does anyone eat there? If so, what can I order? Thanks!

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It will be much less risky and easier for you if you go to a restaurant with a gluten-free menu.

Bonefish Grill

Outback Steakhouse

PF Changs

Mitchell's Fish Market

Cheeseburger in Paradise

Carrabas

I've also successfully eaten at Ruby Tuesday's salad bar, and I generally avoid any kind of buffet. Theirs has the croutons all the way at the end, which makes it easier to avoid contamination.

There might be something you can get at O'Charlies, but you're going to have to talk with them about contamination, ingredients, etc. I think it would be easier to go somewhere else. I'm sure your boss will understand.


gluten-free 12/05

diagnosed with Lyme Disease 12/06

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Unfortunately I work in a very small town - the O'Charley's is a town next to us and seems like the safest of my options. I posted on another forum and was pointed to O'Charly's allergen page (I had looked and the site and couldn't find it). Here it is if anyone is interested:

www.ocharleys.com/menu/nutrition-allergen.asp

Sorry, I don't know how to make it clickable.

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wow, thanks for the link :) I ate at O'charley's once b/c it was the only restaurant in town that was possibly safe (in a small town in KY) and I just talked to the waitress and manager both about gluten and the issues, and they assured me they could make a safe meal (burger to bun and steamed broccoli - this seems to be my standby now) and I was fine. Now with this new info, I'll definitely go back to an O'Charleys.

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I have eaten at O'Charley's locally and out and about of our smallish town with no problems.

I let them know when I am coming and make sure I tell the waitstaff once I am seated.


-Kate

gluten-free since July 2004

Other Intolerances:

Strawberries and Banannas (2007)

Nitrates (April 2006)

Yeast (which includes all vinegar so no condiments) (Oct. 2004)

Peanuts (Nov. 2004)

Soy (Oct. 2004)

Almonds (Sept. 2004)

Corn (Sept. 2004)

Lactose/Casein (1999)

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Don't know anything about That restraunt, but I find that mexican restraunts (ones run by real mexicans) are really good for me.

If you can find a place like that I'd suggest that. (Just stay away from flour tortillias)


Dx 3/23/07

Gluten free 3/27/07

Intolerant:

Gluten

MSG

Allergies:

Ragweed

Honeydew

Cantalope

Nickel (jewelry)

Dx'd Lymphocytic Colitis 6/16/08

I am a bad silly-yak!

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I live in a small town and Ocharleys is one of the only options thanks for the allergen info I understand that there is always a risk for CC but overall do you trust the allergen list of menu items is the same for each location?

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This is probably to late for your needs. I have eaten safely several times at O'Charley's. At first I would call the manager and talk with him concerning my needs. I always did this during the slow afternoon hours. I order a plain grilled burger or chicken breast with baked potato and plain steamed vegetables. When I enter the restaurant, I ask to speak with the manager and he usually handles my meal from that point on. I stick to simple as eating out with family or friends is more important that what I eat, at least most of the time.

I would question there allergy list as food preparation methods. The French fries are listed as gluten free but they are not fried in a dedicated frier. Look at their list carefully.

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Much too late for the original question but I ate at an O'Charlies in Bristol, VA over the weekend. I asked the waiter if they had any special menu's for allergies (easier than explaining auto-immune diseases). He brought me a printout that listed all of their menu items down the side with columns for major allergens including gluten. Not as good as a gluten-free menu but I was able to make selections without trouble.

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I have eaten at The O' Charley's in Champaign Il. When I've eaten there the rib tips are good.

you need to tell your srver not to put any sauce on them! They our sauted in mushrooms and onions.

Order the vegetables wiyhout flavoring spice.

Woody

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It will be much less risky and easier for you if you go to a restaurant with a gluten-free menu.

Bonefish Grill

Outback Steakhouse

PF Changs

Mitchell's Fish Market

Cheeseburger in Paradise

Carrabas

I've also successfully eaten at Ruby Tuesday's salad bar, and I generally avoid any kind of buffet. Theirs has the croutons all the way at the end, which makes it easier to avoid contamination.

There might be something you can get at O'Charlies, but you're going to have to talk with them about contamination, ingredients, etc. I think it would be easier to go somewhere else. I'm sure your boss will understand.

CarlaB

Seriously, I would be very wary of eating at Ruby Tuesday's. Even the butter has gluten. Can't even have a baked potato with butter. Some things that you would normally think would be okay, are not. I tried to put together some things for a gluten-free salad with no success. Some (most) dressings are not gluten-free. Sometimes the serving implement can be contaminated by non-gluten-free dressings. They do have a so-called Gluten-Free menu. The one they gave me was over two years old. Even so, It had more restrictions than allowances.

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FYI-CarlaB's post was from 2007. Make sure and check post and topic dates. A lot can change in 4 years! :)


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Daughter diagnosed 1/06 bloodwork and biopsy
-gluten-free since 1/06

Son tested negative-bloodwork (8/07), intestinal issues prompted biospy (3/08), results negative, but very positive dietary response, Dr. diagnosed Celiac disease (3/8)

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