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zachsmom

Hey Who Knew Olive Garden Had A Gluten Free Menu

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Hey to my shock and wonder .. I went in to the olive garden with my ( tupperware bowl consisting of glutinno pizza and some green beans. ) for the baby and I said the magic words.. DO YOU HAVE A GLUTEN FREE MENU? They do .. But its the same boring stuff we ate at home. So limited in fact the menu is kept hidden away... I guess that they are just trying this out.... But the funny thing was the manager was somehow locked out of his office and he had the menus? ??? why the mention of this is not in the regular menu and closely guarded like a secret... is my guess... Any how the items are fish... ( with no coating ah duh ... sorry ... my own issues are leaking out) And chicken and vegtables. But hey some thing is so much better than nothing....... But its nice to know in case of a jam that this place was nice enough to have a menu .. and the manager even said that they can cook your ingredients ...( YOU BRING IN ) you know so you dont feel out of place...If your there with a big family gathering... BUt If your gonna run to the grocery and buy the food and carry raw meat to the dining out expirence... that seems to say to me stay home and cook it your self... but just to fit in ... BUt I feel that things are a changing. and its a matter of time before the gluten free menu has a ton of stuff on it.... But I have listend to what every one has said and You have to explain to the waiter or manager .. the exact way to cook your food.. and if telling them that it makes you puke horrificly for hours .... so be it ..... that is what it take sot get the job done and the idea across. But I felt even though the menu was small that they made the effort and tried to help in amy way they could it was nice. ( But the funny thing is this .. olive garden .. what is the first thing I think of is ( breadsticks .. .pasta ... salad withthe big crutons .. pasta figoullie soup... a lot of gluten if you think about it... But hey .. .they tried. thanks chris

oh yeah the baby never ordered ... he didnt even want to eat his food i brought....

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I asked for the gluten free menu. Olive Garden had to print it from the Internet and essentially it was either the pork filet, salmon, or the t-bone, with a side of broccoli. That was it.

On the other hand, Burnsville MN has a different Italian restaurant called Chianti Grill who has gluten-free pasta cooked in separate water and a separate pot. It takes a bit longer, but this is where we will be going after this. The gluten-free pasta was very tasty.

A different Italian restaurant in Edina, MN called Ciao Bella, has a menu hanging on the wall by the servers station that tells the servers what is gluten free. It had a reasonably good selection to choose from.

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We routinely go the Old Spaghetti Factory, they have gluten-free pasta which isn't too bad. My daughter loves the applesauce and vanilla ice cream she gets with her meal too!! Just don't have the bread on the table for the non-celiacs. It's really crusty and when you cut into it, crumbs fly EVERYWHERE--(I guess you could ask them to cut it for you in the kitchen...)

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