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Anyone from this area? I live in the Middletown, Ct area and haven't really been able to find the most accomodating restaurants, if you know what I mean. Anyone have any good experiences?

I too was worried about eating out, but DONT BE ANYMORE !

Legal Seafoods is great...the chef comes out and talks to you..and the waitstaff knows exactly what they are talking about.

PF Changs is great

Pizzeria Uno is great

Mcdonalds french fries are gluten free

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I too was worried about eating out, but DONT BE ANYMORE !

Legal Seafoods is great...the chef comes out and talks to you..and the waitstaff knows exactly what they are talking about.

PF Changs is great

Pizzeria Uno is great

Mcdonalds french fries are gluten free

I suppose I could drive all the way to RI or most of the way to NY for food, but i think I'll pass. I was looking for something a little more close to home, but thanks. I'm a little paranoid about Pizzeria Uno, Ive had plain salad there and been glutened because they have so much flour flying around their kitchen.


If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill

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Hello from Manchester. :) Long list coming ahead!

I've had no problems with the Outback Steakhouse in Manchester, but be warned that there are few options for vegetarians. Their staff seems to really know what to do and they're patient about listening. You just need to make sure you go a little before the dinner rush in order to get the proper attention.

Also in Manchester is the Bugaboo Creek House, which does have a separate gluten-free menu, but I haven't been as impressed there -- not with cross-contamination or anything, but the general selection (I'm so picky!). You might have a better experience.

You can find Texas Roadhouse in Manchester, West Haven, and Hartford, but do not even consider setting foot in that place if you have a peanut allergy. Part of their shtick is serving everyone big bowls of peanuts for appetizers and letting them throw the shells on the floor. My parents go there periodically and know better than to come home without having seriously scrubbed their hands first...

There's a Carrabba's in West Hartford that I've heard good things about, but there's nothing on their menu that appeals to me, so I haven't personally tried it.

Right in Middletown, you have It's Only Natural. They are very good about listening and trying to make something accommodating. Between the celiac and my various allergies, I had trouble picking out anything suitable, but you might have an easier time. They're used to cooking for special diets, so it's one of the places you need to worry about the least. I would suggest their vegetable fried rice as an easy place to start.

I've heard there's a place in Rocky Hill called Elizabeth's that's supposed to be okay -- they're listed in some gluten-free guides -- but I have no experience.

I've had baked goods -- yes, baked goods! -- from Aleia's in Old Saybrook and been totally fine. They actually do gluten-free pizza, which I'm planning on heading down there to try in the near future.


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The Eggs Up Grill is in Portland, CT on Rt. 66. The owner has celiac disease. She has a separate gluten free menu that is not kept at the tables, so make sure to ask for it. Last time I had breakfast there she said she was trying to do a different gluten free special each weekend, the previous one had been gluten-free apple cinnamon pancakes.

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Foster's in New Haven is great! I went there for my birthday and they were very accomodating. The chef came out and talked to us about what he could make gluten free. The food was delicious and the place was really nice.

Anyone from this area? I live in the Middletown, Ct area and haven't really been able to find the most accomodating restaurants, if you know what I mean. Anyone have any good experiences?

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I have a new strategy - last night my DH said, "how 'bout take-out Chinese" and I said "great "(dripping irony) "if you can find some that's gluten-free!"

Get this - without me, he went to local decent semi-healthy (no msg, etc) and somehow got nice, clean non-soy, non-flour stir fry (lamb & green onion, chicken/carrot/celery/pine nuts). And I wasn't glutened! (well, not yet, but after just 2 weeks of this I can vouch for pretty immediate reactions).

He said the counter person had apparently never heard of gluten, but they were accommodating.

**So, send the spouse & let them educate the world ;)

One restaurant at a time, right? This was Hunan Pavilion, at corner of Grasmere and Fairfield Ave in Fairfield (so a bit far afield for central CT).


gluten-free (except unintentionally) from 7 Dec 2007

3 gluten-free cousins and counting (1 gold standard, 1 pos blood/no endo, 1 self/dietary diagnosed)

suspect mother was celiac (also, cousin suspects my mother's twin is celiac)

Feb 08 testing 'normal range' for gluten antibodies, IBD and food allergies

Staying off gluten - dietary reaction is compelling for me!

"Hi, I'm the gluten-free diner at your table."

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Ok, this is so off topic but WOW I love hearing those names of towns again and I can just hear the accent too!!!

I spent many many summers in the Uncassville area with relatives and have many in harford as well...

one of my cousins I think makes a special point to go to rocky hill to church still I believe!

Anyways glad to know I will have many choices next time I visit them!


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If I knew what I was doing years ago I would have half a clue today!

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If you want something with flavor, most thai food places make pad thai. It's not as exotic as is sounds. It can be made vegetarian style or with chicken or shrimp.

Just make sure they don't put any type of egg roll or fortune cookie on the plate or any garnishes. They put peanuts in it, but you can request no peanuts. It is a stir fry dish with thin veggies and green onions and YUMMY rice NOODLES with egg and red sauce and tanginess. SO YUMMY and filling! A favorite of many celiacs. You can also have egg drop soup--may want to make sure they don't use broth- just water as a base.


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