As you dine out more and more under the specific regulations of the feel to be the most important for you to follow according to your own situation. The following list of steps are suggestions that may be useful to you when beginning to navigate through the dining scene. At first you might use all the steps, then gradually eliminate some as you become more comfortable. Eventually, your routine will become second nature.
• Call restaurants ahead of time to ask if a gluten-free menu or specific gluten-free items are offered. This can often save you a trip.
• Know what foods contain gluten and how to find hidden gluten before reading a menu, or bring your “safe foods” lists with you. This will save time and often eliminate the gluten guessing game.
• In unfamiliar restaurants, particularly when traveling, scan the menu before sitting down to determine if the gluten-free ratio is acceptable to you. If not, move on to the next stop.
• Eliminate the obvious gluten and ask about ingredients that arouse suspicion. Determine what ingredients might be removed to make a meal safe, such as the croutons on a salad or the bun that goes with a hamburger. If necessary, look at items that could be made gluten-free if only one thing was adjusted, such as substituting a baked potato for French fries or asking to hold the soy sauce-based marinade for meats.
• Let your server know you are gluten intolerant so they are aware and can provide you the best service they can.
• Inquire about cross-contact to learn if it will be a concern. Provide guidance to the server or management if necessary.
• Consider dining at off-peak times if you can. The slower pace of service can accommodate more interaction with your server and allow for more attention to detail in meeting your requirements.
• Above all, never hesitate to ask for clarification if you are unsure about a dish.