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Wilson's Bbq Fairfield Ct-success

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Wilson's barbecue in Fairfield CT can work for us gluten-free types!

Pre-gluten-free ate takeout from there at least 2x month or more.

Was first time there since, so did the usual interrogation.

Upshot- a success! Hooray :)

ribs, brisket and pulled pork are OK! (they use only a dry rub while barbecuing) - didn't ask about the chicken (likely okay, but check)

sausage is a no-go (they went to storage and checked the ingredients, has wheat)

most vegetable sides are OK - I had collard greens and baked beans. The cornbread does (as most do) have wheat; macaroni and cheese is also a no-go. I didn't check on the fries. Didn't ask about salads - some usually come with croutons, not sure if they're pre-packed or not.

sauces they weren't as sure on ingredients, so I stuck to Carolina (clear vinegar w/seasonings), which was yummy and gluten-free

1851 post road 06824 or www.wilsons-bbq.com

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Hooray! another place in FFLD. I usually do the BBQ thing at Ash creek Saloon. They also will do ribs with a dry rub. YUM. I was told the brisket was safe too, and ate with no problems. (I'm very sensitive to gluten) I have inquired about other things on the menu, like Sarsparilla pork roast and the server. My server at the time I asked was a young kid,and didn't know/understand what I was asking about, so I stuck with my usual. Maybe next time if I have a more knowlegeable server, I will ask again.

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thx for tip on Ash Creek, hadn't been there since going gluten-free.

Any other Ffld successes?

Hunan Pavilion, the Chinese restaurant across the street from Ash Creek, at corner of Post Road & Grasmere - my husband got takeout there successfully, after explaining gluten-free to the counter person - they did 2 nice stir-fries (one beef, one chicken) with seasonings in a clean (no soy sauce) wok and it worked fine! Success may depend on who is at the counter though.

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The only other place in FFLD we usually go is Barcelona in the HI-HO hotel. The menu is huge, full of Tappas, appys, and have a broad selection of veggie/meat/seafood. The waitstaff is very helpful. Plus they have great wine choices to go with the Tappas. The Orange Bear & Grill will accomodate you if you call ahead. The owner/manager? (Nicholas, I think) states he even keeps gluten free rice pasta around. He is involved in food allergy support groups. From what he told us, he had a customer have a reaction once, so he is very aware of food allergies. You should inquire about the FFld site. Otherwise, we eat at Outback in Shelton (ask for the Gluten free menu) and also mostly smaller, independent restaurants. They are usually more than happy to help people with food allergies. HAven't eaten in any chain rests in a long time. To much cross contamination for me to worry about. Good luck!

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quick update to this old thread - the french fries at Wilson's are safe!

They use the fryer that fries go in only for chicken wings (to 'freshen them' after they have been barbecued with spice rub that is gluten free, nothing else is on the wings, no breading) and the fries. They do not make fried chicken (eg breaded fried chicken) at all.

The fries have salt, pepper and spice rub - which is gluten free (they make their own rub from individual spices).

They are really tasty!!

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