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  1. You're asking minimum wage employees of a fast food chain about esoteric food knowledge? Sorry, but this just makes me angry. We need people to be more proactive about this kind of thing, not insult the intelligence of restaurant workers.
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    Gluten Free In Boston

    I live near Northeastern University, so I know Woody's. I will say this- I am of the very sensitive celiac variety and wouldn't eat there. The fact that you can means you should be good eating at a decent spread of places. In that neighborhood is a place called The Otherside Cafe, if you're of age you can get some gluten-free beer / cask cider and they do gluten free salads and appetizers and other stuff. It is a hipster joint so expect tattoos and fixed gear bikes. On Newbury is Stephanie's, Joe's, and Sonsie, all of which will do gluten-free stuff. If you head towards the common you will find Vlora which is Mediterranean and does gluten-free. Wagamama in the Prudential should be good too, as will Five Napkin Burger (I haven't been impressed by them but your mileage may vary). The Cactus Club on Boylston, not too far from that area also has gluten-free beer and has some decent mexican food which they'll make gluten-free. On that block is Atlantic Fish Company and I've had good luck eating there as long as I checked with the wait staff first. Connor Larkin's, a Huntington ave Northeastern kid spot, carries gluten-free beer. No food though. Same with Penguin Pizza in Brigham Circle. A friend of mine has had good luck eating at Pho & I on huntington ave, its a vietnamese joint. They gluten'd me, so I guess if you want to roll the dice... Both of the Bolocos in that neighborhood know about gluten and are very accomodating. One thing- I usually don't get cheese on anything because I notice the people doing food prep are NOT careful about putting their hands in it (hello cross contamination).
  3. Higher end fusion cuisine with awesome decor and polite staff. Food is excellent, and if you look around on the internet you can find "coupons" for this place where you get $50 worth of food for $25. Most of the menu is gluten free. Check it out: http://www.omrestaurant.com/menus I had the "Asian Market" and my friend had the duck breast (not gluten-free) and remarked it was the best one she'd ever had. search tags: cambridge massachusetts MA boston northeast
  4. Getingt an occasional reaction from a chain restaurant is fairly unavoidable. I'm of the very sensitive celiac variety, but I try my best to go out with my (non-gluten-free) girlfriend and do the restaurant rounds every once in a while. I'd say I've eat off the gluten-free menu from Uno's about 10 times, and have probably had 2 or 3 small reactions. All in all, I'd say that is really quite good, considering how easy CC is in a kitchen. At this point it is definitely not keeping me from eating there. If the above poster actually represents Uno's and is being honest, then I am really heartened to see this kind of outreach. Amazing! Keep it up guys!
  5. I've had hillside's gluten-free pizza a few times. It is good, not great. MUCH better is the pizzas at Pizza Pi in Keene, NH.
  6. I recently discovered two additional gluten-free restaurants in Worcester, MA in addition to the ones I knew about- The Boynton, On The Rise Bakery, and Nancy Changs (chinese). The first is Wild Willies, right off I-190/ I-290. Its a VERY reasonably priced burger joint, featuring mostly burgers and some other assorted stuff. First off, the staff is VERY knowledgeable about gluten- They have a dedicated fryer for french fries (which are delicious and perfectly cooked), and are all trained on what is and isn't OK for us. They have their own home-made gluten-free buns for the bugers, which include beef, bison, and other meats. I usually get the "Bubba" which is barbecue sauce, bacon, onions, and cheese. They also have some desserts, and a "grab you own" pickle barrel @ a quarter a pickle. Service is pleasant, prices are pretty low ($6-8 per burger and $2-4 for fries), and the food has consistently been good. The owner told me they're working on a formulation for gluten-free onion ring batter, it will be on the menu soon. Second is Evo's, which is on Chandler and Park St. Its a new style american type place, with "healthier" offerings but very reasonable prices. I should mention I HAVE NOT EATING THERE YET, so I can't attest to service or quality... I plan to go there soon and I'll reply to this thread with a review. Some menu offerings: Appetizers: Vveggie quesadillas, Spinach Dip, Middle Eastern Platter Salads: House, Caprese, Asian, Avocado Tuscan Dressings: Sano, Ranch, Italian, Ginger Wasabi, Oil & Vinegar Burgers: Bison, Kobe, Grilled Chicken Various wraps Entrees: NY Strip Steak, Seared Yellow Fin Tuna, Asian Stirfry, Tuscan Mahi-Mahi Sides: Mashed Potatos, Red Potatos, PIZZA: Gluten Free 12" sauce and Cheese, various toppings (Starts at $8, NO gluten-free SURCHARGE!!!) Desserts: Creme Brulee, Sorbet, Choc Mousse Anyway, I'll report back on Evo's.
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    Byob O.k. At Dive Bars?

    Try calling them and asking them first? I've been to bars where doing that would get your ass kicked, since we're talking "dives." You're probably better off learning to enjoy cheap wine, it will be better for you in the long run anyway. It is impractical to carry beer around when you go out. Cheap savignon blanc could become your best friend. Just my .02.
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    Cross Contamination In Bars

    If its a regular bar, ask (demand?) to have your drink made in a disposable plastic cup, that way you no it has not been used before. Obviously this may be more difficult in an upscale bar. The big problem is the bar sinks- a lot of places just rinse used glasses in one sink, which is very likely full of beer or at the very least contaminated. Avoid garnishes. Develop some easy bar staples and cross you finger; you will get sick, its just a matter of how many times. Plain smirnoff and Stolichnaya vodkas are OK; as is regular Bacardi Rum. Wine is usually a good choice too. Give up on getting gluten-free beer, it is very rare to see it in bars. Lastly, tip extra for bartenders willing to help you out.
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    Nebo Enoteca - Boston Ma (pizza)

    Liz, Stone heart in cambridge is the best pizza in the boston area. The ONLY pie I've had that was better came from Pizza Pi in Keene, NH which I started a thread about a few weeks ago. I LOVE their sausage and carmelized onion pizza, and the fact that they stock Bard's beer. I came close to tears the first time I went.
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    Nebo Enoteca - Boston Ma (pizza)

    while I understand your frustration, I don't think they're price-gouging. They are an expensive restaurant in the first place, but the burdens of dealing with gluten free pizza while you run a regular pizza restaurants cannot be easy. Add the fact that if I recall, they make their own wheat dough, and yet they must BUY their gluten-free pizza crusts and those things are quite expensive relatively speaking. Where I live, a local pizza place tacks on exactly 4 dollars for a gluten-free pizza on top of the regular price. I'm not thrilled to pay 15 dollars for a pizza, but I'm rather be able to than to have none. Just MO. There is always Uno's at 13.00 a pie.
  11. for the record, the pei wei in the original post is closed.
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    Nebo Enoteca - Boston Ma (pizza)

  13. Quite pricey, and a complete pain in the ass to park near... but quite good pizza. Their pizza has a wide variety of toppings and some are non-traditional and fantastic. Yum!