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San Antonio, Tx Gluten Free Restaurants

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My daughter, who is also gluten sensitive lives in San Antonio. She is always raving about a particular restaurant that is "all" gluten free. I will ask her to email the names of restaurants and will post it here.

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I spent some time in San Antonio last summer on business and had a wonderful gluten-free meal at Acenar, http://www.acenar.com/

It's on the Riverwalk but it's down around the corner from the busy part of the riverwalk. I had a delicious duck tostada. The whole restaurant isn't gluten free, but they were great to work with. I went back a second time because I knew I could get a good meal.

Gretchen

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Hello

I was last in San Antonio in January of 2006 but found that there were several wonderful places to eat. There are restaurant lists and reviews on http://www.alamoceliac.org/ which is the local celiac group in San Antonio and Austin.

The restaurant I really liked was Boudros on the Riverwalk http://www.boudros.com/boudros/ I was there with a large group on a Friday night when a large convention was in town. I had called ahead and my waiter was expecting me. It was so nice to not have to explain in detail about the diet in front of a table full of business associates. They asked anyway but it was polite conversation and not a lengthly explanation with the waiter while everyone else waits to order. I am sure most reading this can relate.

At that time Boudros was in several lists of Gluten free friendly restaurants but don't know the current status.

Usually the higher end restaurants do the best.

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Here ya go...

Little Aussie Bakery and Cafe

EVERYTHING IS GLUTEN FREE

Paloma Blanca

GLUTEN FREE MENU

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It looks like this has been inactive for some time, but if anyone is in San Antonio soon, Little Aussie Bakery is completely gluten free. Pam's Patio Kicthen has plenty of options, too. You can even have soup there! She also makes a gluten-free cheesecake with pecan crust. Mexican is usually a fairly safe option and there are many Mexican restaurants here. Of course PF Changs, Pei Wei, Outback, Carrabas and the like all have gluten-free menus. Flemings is a nice upscale steakhouse (small chain) with a gluten-free menu available. Boston's just introduced their gluten-free pizza. Fralo's is a local pizza place in Boerne that usually has gluten-free pizza. Maggiano's has gluten-free pasta on their menu and will really cater to your needs.

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I just went to San Antonio a few weeks ago. We had a pretty good experience. For anyone going in the near future, I can whole-heartedly recommend both Paloma Blanca and Little Aussie Bakery. We also had success with the Chili's in the mall off the Riverwalk (I used the online gluten-free menu via blackberry, and had no issues). I would warn you that most of the restaurants on the Riverwalk scared the bejebus out of me, so you might want to plan to eat off the beaten path a little more.

We did have a bad experience with Acenar, which was recommended by someone else on this trhead, though.

Let me start with a caveat - I just wanted to post this so that someone else who goes to Acenar can be more careful than I was. Maybe this isn't a typical experience - maybe I got the wrong server / chef combination - maybe I didn't explain well enough. But for what it's worth - be very very careful if you go to Acenar.

We actually went twice. The first time, I was given 4 or 5 items to choose between, which the server verified with the chef were gluten free. I ordered one, and I felt really off the next day - but because we had trusted the server, I dismissed it as maybe being something else (when traveling, it can be difficult to know when I was served gluten, as sometimes I have immediate reactions, and sometimes they are more delayed). The food was really yummy.

Two days later my husband went back for take-out. He was given a choice between 4 or 5 items that could be made gluten free. The kicker was that these were DIFFERENT in all cases except one. Two of these dishes were actually things I had specifically asked about on the first night. He, being pretty alarmed at this point, asked about what I had had two nights before - and was told that that could not be made gluten free (the sauces, which I had been served, were the culprit).

Maybe this was a situation of different chefs in the kitchen and what they were willing to make from scratch for me, but the whole situation was really unsettling.

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