June 18, 2009


Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide – Book Review

The other day I received the 4th edition of Triumph Dining’s The Essential Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide. If you go out to eat at all, this book is helpful. If you travel often, it’s very helpful.  Here’s why.

The book is divided into three sections:
I. How to Get a Gluten-Free Meal Anywhere!
II. Restaurant Listings by State
III. Gluten-Free Lists & Menus

I. How to Get a Gluten-Free Meal Anywhere!

This short section contains chapters on conveying information effectively, building relationships, and words of advice.  If you are new to eating out gluten-free, this section will give you the knowledge you need to get started.

II. Restaurant Listings by State

This section comprises the bulk of the book. Each state is listed alphabetically with restaurant suggestions. Many states are broken down into a couple of major cities and all other cities.  Brief information is given for each restaurant including address, phone number, and web site. Notes about how they accommodate gluten-free diners are also included.

An example from The Corner Kitchen in the Asheville, NC, section is,
“Note: Manager Katie reports GF diners are welcome. Alert the server upon arrival.  All kitchen staff has been educated on GF. No GF menu.”

Symbols next to the entries are used to denote if a gluten-free menu is available, if gf specialty products such as bread, beer or pasta are available, if it is a 100% gf establishment, or if it is a restaurant listed in section III.

III. Gluten-Free Lists & Menus

This section contains a listing of 82 chain restaurants and gluten-free items that can be ordered there, along with notes from the restaurant.  Some of the restaurants are fast food, but most are not. Many of them I was familiar with, and others, because they are regional, I had not heard of.

Triumph Dining puts a lot of effort into this book. All information is checked and updated each year. Click the link to their web site to order the book and their dining cards. They also offer The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide.

If you already own this book or a previous edition, leave a comment and let us know what you think.

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As much as I hate to admit it, we eat out and more often than I would like, but it seems like that's just the way life goes sometimes. I think I need this book. Thanks for your review.

I have learned to relax a little regarding GF eating at a restaurant, but I am still trying to get all the help I can find!
I just had Z pizza - organic & gluten free yesterday. So good! Although, i like a marinara sauce better than the garlic sauce. Next time!

Thanks for sharing. :)
Travel is always difficult for me. I'm grateful I don't have to do it often. This sounds like a great resource for when I am on the road. Thanks for the detailed information!
Hi Linda,
I use mine all the time. It's dog-eared, stained and definitely showing it's age (6 months!).
This looks like a good book to purchase! Thanks for sharing!

www.nwafoodie.com @nwafoodie

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