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Yep, Yep, We got to go out and eat safely, which is somewhat challenging for us, I react to a minuscule amount of gluten, a newly dx's with DH daughter, 22, and another daughter that has celiac, 14, but she just doesn't have reactions....yet!

Six of us, 3 celiac women, 3 NON celiac men....

There are some chains of this restaurant, Charlie Browns Steakhouse, we were in Harrisburg, PA this past Saturday night, for an - PRE Father's Day outing that "I" didn't have to cook/bake! We felt it would be safer going the night before the big day. ( I did cook on father's day!!)

We called ahead for early seating, 5:30pm, not really a reservation, but didn't have to wait at all.... (upon leaving there was quite a line-up)

There are many sections, 12 entrees and they told me after we ordered that they CAN make gluten-free buffulo wings... was so tempted, but only wanted to stick to one item for the first visit.

Celiac salad eaters got - caesar salad, NO croutons, and 2 of us did NOT put the dressing on ( I eat all salads without dressing) My non reactor celiac daughter used 2 dressing and LOVED it! I ordered steam broccoli and it was good fresh tasting, other daughter ordered garlic green beans, and the last ordered the garlic mashed potatoes... and an extra side of garlic mash potatoes for us women... YUM! A noticable difference with the green beans was on the non gluten free was there was an oil perhaps, but also cooked red-peppers also included in his garlic green beans. Everyone, all 6 of us, ordered prime rib, with out-bone. The gluten-free prime rib came without au-jus, that was the most visual difference that I saw. Everyone's prime rib had a very salty crust on the top, which I didn't prefer, but ......

While we were very patient, my father was not, as it did take over one hour to get our meals, and others around us were being served within 1/2 hour.... I know it is because of making sure everything was gluten-free and not to have any cross contamination.... but he wasn't too pleased... I didn't mind, I was OUT!

We had a separate server bring out ALL of our gluten-free meals, that was her job, a dietary special needs server - what a great idea!

I was so very pleased because I don't get to go out very often, and I was kicking up my heals!! My father said it was a bit plain, but my husband enjoyed a lot...he had a sangria :o) But again I will say yippeee, I will go back again.

They did have dessert options, ice cream, and ALL flavors were gluten-free, and also sugar free cheesecake.... We opted for no desserts, as I had made a wonderful cake and it was waiting for us back at the house. (you can NOT tell it is gluten-free - EVEN several days later)

We didn't have any big reactions, my one daughter, newly dx's with DH, , and I did have some hot fushings later in the evening, I am thinking it could have been the salty STUFF on the top of the prime rib... I also get flushings from shredded cheese, I think it is the stop caking stuff they add to it.... but would eat there again!! Thinking tomato basil tilapia sounds wonderful - Just one of the other entrees!

No itching, NO fuzzy head, no drunk feelings, No diarrhea, (I get that way after eating at "outback steakhouse") and best of all, we got to feel a part of society with going OUT for dinner!!!

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