Besides researching restaurants through your own trial and error, there are a variety of resources you can consult when trying to find gluten-free friendly restaurants in your city or the cities you travel to.
• Check with the local celiac and gluten intolerance community support group in your area. There may be more than one chapter to contact and each will have members familiar with a variety of good dining options in the city. These recommended restaurants may be listed on the chapter’s Web site, in a local dining guide compiled by the members, or featured in chapter newsletters, and you can always get them by word of mouth.
• You can also submit a posting to firstname.lastname@example.org, which is basically an online bulletin board that reaches a gluten intolerant community of a few thousand individuals nationwide. Write that you are looking for gluten-free friendly restaurants in the city of your choice and wait for replies from the community.
• There are also many good books available that can recommend gluten-free restaurants for wherever you may be. An excellent resource is Triumph Dining (order online at www.triumphdining.com); it contains thousands of restaurants recommended by celiacs, hundreds of restaurants with gluten-free menus, and lists of what you can eat safely at regional and national chains.
• Large cities typically have a restaurant association consisting of thousands of member restaurants. These associations may have lists that specify restaurants that can handle gluten-free diet requests or offer specific menu items.
• Type in gluten-free restaurants and the city of your choice in your favorite search engine; you should get lots of results to explore. You can also call the editorial staff at the food section of your city newspaper or lifestyle magazine and ask for any recommendations. More and more media outlets are featuring gluten-free friendly establishments in their city.