I am heading up to Connecticut soon for some family festivities. On one of the nights, there will be 23 of us going to dinner and the host has selected Bonefish Grill as the venue.
Not knowing anything about this restaurant, I got in touch with my best friend to do some research. He goes by the name of Google…you may have heard of him.
Low and behold, Bonefish Grill has a gluten-free menu. Here is a blurb taken directly from their website.
At Bonefish Grill, you can choose from an entire menu dedicated to gluten-free options. From gluten-free beer and appetizers, to fresh, wood-grilled specialties and even decadent desserts, you can have something new and different every time you come in. It is important to note that gluten-free does not necessarily mean a fat-free or healthier diet, and it’s crucial that Americans consume the right amounts of nutrients and minerals in fresh foods to be healthy.
They had me at gluten free beer :)
But naturally I needed to be sure I was safe to eat there so I called the restaurant yesterday and asked to speak to the manager and asked all my questions about cross-contamination, shared utensils, blah, blah, blah.
And what I got was…honesty. Refreshing honesty.
The manager said that although they have dishes that are completely gluten free, because of the size of their kitchen and how busy they are, especially on a Friday night, he could not guarantee my safety. They simply didn’t have the capacity, for example, to make sure part of their grill was reserved only for gluten-free items.
I then asked him if it was ok if I very inconspicuously brought in my own food. He said it would be absolutely no problem and to ask for him by name when I arrive.
Now granted I could question why they offer a gluten free menu if it may not be completely safe for those who truly need it, but after a week of getting beaten up online over the Disney fiasco, I will keep a completely positive light on this one.
Although we are often labeled as such, we celiacs are not a demanding bunch (and if you are…please stop…you’re giving us a bad name.) We just want to stay healthy. If you are a restaurant owner, just be honest with us and we’ll be totally cool with it.
Am I bummed that I can’t simply relax and eat my meal like a normal person? Not one single bit.
It’s not always about the food.
Give me good friends, close family and a couple of cocktails, and I’m one happy Dude.