Sometimes you will be caught in a spontaneous situation where you will not have had an opportunity to research a restaurant before you end up there. These circumstances inevitably result in at least one situation where you will have to leave a restaurant and find another. One or more of these red flags can be good occasion to leave an establishment:
• There is virtually nothing you can eat on the menu except a side of lettuce and water.
• The staff is not knowledgeable about gluten and where it can be found on their menu, or they are not helpful in allowing you to read ingredient lists for certain products in question.
• If you find you are spending more time educating the staff on gluten than you feel you should.
• If the staff is so busy you feel that you are not receiving the proper attention and critical points of service may be missed.
• If you are not confident in the server’s ability to communicate your needs to the cook and how to avoid cross-contact.
• When cross-contact issues can’t be avoided because of the nature of the equipment they use to prepare the majority of items on the menu, such as deep fryers in fast-food restaurants.
• When you feel that the staff is not taking your situation seriously.
• If the restaurant is also a bakery and your sensitivity to gluten is so high that bakery dust will produce an uncomfortable reaction.