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Outback

Posted: July 15th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Restaurant Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Outback

Tonight after watching Harry Potter 6, my family and I decided to try the Outback Steakhouse for dinner. They are one of the chains that have a gluten free menu. Still, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But I needn’t have worried. The words, “I can’t eat wheat. I have celiac” were barely out of my mouth when the waiter interrupted, “You need the gluten free menu.” I said yes. Exactly. It’s always a relief when I get better than a blank stare. When I ordered, our waiter made a point of telling me he would double-check with the manager to make certain that what I had ordered was safe for me to eat and that he would make sure to let the kitchen know so nothing got accidentally contaminated.

Wow!

That’s the level of service, knowledge, and concern I had previously only associated with premium restaurants like Flemings and locally owned non-chain restaurants. I liked Outback somewhat before my diagnosis with celiac. My opinion of them just went up several notches. Needless to say, we will be going back. Definitely impressed.


Gluten Free Mother’s Day at Flemings

Posted: May 10th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Restaurant Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Gluten Free Mother’s Day at Flemings

My research showed that not only was Flemings offering a Mother’s Day Brunch, but they had a gluten free menu. So I made reservations at the new Domain location in Austin and specified in the reservation that I had celiac and needed the gluten free menu.

I dropped my family off and went to park. My wife said they had the gluten free menu ready for us when we got there. She never even had to mention. Our waiter, Dallas, was extremely helpful. I had expected my family to order from the brunch menu while I would have to order something different from the gluten free menu. However, on examination, it appeared that there was at least one option in each category that was similar to the gluten free menu. I asked Dallas and he checked with the chefs. The selections I pointed out were all gluten free with only the slightest modification, which the chefs readily agreed to make. So I got to order the same brunch the rest of my family ordered! That was so cool.

In all honesty, this truly felt like a feast. It’s not a feast we can afford too often. But it was a wonderful experience all the way around. My wife and children also loved the food. But my wife and I had been to Flemings once before, prior to my diagnosis, so I knew they would love it. My experience there as someone with celiac couldn’t have been better in any way I can imagine.


Rice Pudding at Katz

Posted: May 10th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Restaurant Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Rice Pudding at Katz

Last night, to celebrate our 19th anniversary, I took my beautiful and charming wife to see The Grapes of Wrath at Zachary Scott Theatre. The performance was truly amazing and the final scene was heart-wrenching in its raw, exposed humanity.

My wife had had a very busy day and had not eaten much, so she was hungry after the performance. We decided to stop at another nearby Austin icon, Katz. (Long time residents will immediately picture Marc Katz yelling his slogan on TV. Katz never closes!) A New York style Jewish deli is not the most likely place for someone with celiac to go. However, the waiter was extremely helpful and attentive. He went back to the kitchen and confirmed with the cooking staff that the rice pudding (a wonderful treat!) had no gluten in it. Just rice, cream, sugar, cinnamon, and strawberries. I had coffee and rice pudding while my wife enjoyed something more substantial.

While my perennial favorites like their bagels with cream cheese and lox and their massive and wonderful reuben sandwich are now off-limits to me, had I been hungry for something more than dessert, I had the impression from my experience with the one dish that they were more than willing to take the time to work with me to find something I could eat. Have I mentioned lately that I love living in Austin?