How to Choose a Restaurant Tasty for Everyone
|Besides go get donuts...|
1. First, consider cost and location parameters. Even though the gluten free fad diet has increased the likelihood of GF options, the ones that do exist can still leave a hole in the typical wallet. (Outback with your delicious BBQ chicken and Thunder Down Under, I'm looking at you). So, I always make sure I consider who I'll be dining with. And, since the answer usually involves fellow students, that means I focus more on cheaper chains like Chipotle or Chick Fil A. And if the boy happens to have a gift card to California Pizza Kitchen? You bet I'll try some of their celiac-safe pepperoni pie!
|A few favorites...|
2. Next, ask about taste preferences. Unless you're dating a guy like mine who professes to love nearly every food group, most friends will have their own cravings to fulfill. So, when I start planning a lunch or dinner, I like to find several restaurants we can choose from. Malls are usually a great place for this strategy since they can offer a wide variety of GF friendly eats in a limited space.
|Food + friends = forever fun|
3. To make your search even easier, use apps to narrow down your options and read reviews. I'm addicted to Find Me Gluten Free for my IPhone and, when visiting new locations, I often fire it up out of pure curiosity. Yelp can also be helpful when searching for nearby gluten free friendly eats.
4. If not 100% sure of gluten free options after researching the restaurant, visit their online site and/or call ahead. When I was first diagnosed, I hated calling a restaurant before visiting. Celiac disease is hard enough to explain in person, not to mention over the phone!
5. Finally, eat and enjoy!