A couple weeks ago, a reader reached out to us in response to our <$10 lunch deals on the lack of food coverage for people with food allergies + sensitivities like Celiac disease and severe gluten intolerance. While she’s found a few places in Cola that cater to her needs, she says there’s an overall unawareness of options for people that deal with a lifetime of difficult food choices.
We hear you. (And we’re working on compiling some suggestions.) ‘Til then, we found this awesome read for food-sensitive diners on Lexington Medical Center’s Every Woman Blog.
🍴 Read the fine print. Papa John’s and Domino’s gluten-free pizza crusts are not really for the gluten intolerant – and a lot of other menu items + packaged foods aren’t, either. (Don’t be surprised when you go to a food joint all excited about their new GF menu to find that it’s not *truly* GF, just marketed that way for the trendiness.)
🍴 Some GF-marketed foods are safe. Chick-Fil-A has individually-sealed, gluten-free sandwich buns. Starbucks has a sealed GF breakfast sandwich.
🍴 Dining out is dangerous. (Not that you can never dine out – but you’ll face allergens; don’t forget that.)
🍴 But there’s hope for more options. GF restaurants may become popular enough to open up chains.
🍴 Try (trust) Posana in Asheville, N.C. on your next #RoadTrip. Every item on the fine-dining menu is gluten-free, so there’s no risk of cross contamination (their kitchen is certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America). Pro tip: Get the fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese and the lemon-blueberry cheesecake.