I've been trying to eat out Gluten Free comfortably for over 3 yrs. now in Minnesota, and Twigs Bar and Grill in Rochester is by far the best. One of the owners is a diagnosed Celiac and knows all about cross-contamination issues. They have a separate Gluten Free menu AND a separate area in the kitchen for GF cooking only. The staff always seems very aware and knowledgable when taking Gluten Free orders. I almost cried when I looked at the Gluten Free menu (all especially for me) appetizers, salads & dressings, dinners, sandwiches, FRENCH FRIES, desserts and even Gluten Free beer. Please go to their website and just try not to drool. I think they get their Gluten Free breads/buns from a local bakery & they're special ( better than all those GF breads I've been trying). We've been there several times now sampling many items and my wife (not GF) and I both felt everything was properly prepared and delicious. Great ambiance also. And all thanks to my Mayo Clinic Celiac doctor, when told we were looking for a place I could safely eat, who just smiled and said "Try Twigs".
Fabulous BYO with a gluten free menu in Washington Square West area of Philadelphia. I am not from Phillie, but I visit there frequently. EVERY time I do I make a point to go to Giorgio's with my son, a Phillie resident. They have fabulous food, really tasty gluten free bread, and great desserts too! A must visit if you are GF and in Phillie!
This is a new restaurant in Astoria, NY featuring healthy Australian food with a Greek twist. Chef Kathy is very aware of Gluten Free requirements and her menu has GF designations next to many of the meal selections. Several Non-GF choices can be made GF upon request (e.g., no bun, no soy sauce). It has a relaxed atmosphere and the prices are reasonable. The food is great and it is well worth the trip when visiting NYC--very short cab or subway ride.
The menu on-line looked great for our special breakfast. Nearly everything on the menu could be Gluten Free including toast, pancakes, muffins, granola, oatmeal, and many egg dishes. Our waitress asked if I had celiac when I asked for a Gluten Free menu. To my affirmative answer she told me "My sister has celiac and when I told her how things are done in our kitchen she said she could never safely eat here." I inquired "Do you have a Gluten Free toaster." Her reply shocked me - "No Gluten Free toaster and no special cutting board or prep area." I spoke with the manager and was told that indeed their Gluten Free prep and cooking did not avoid cross contamination but that they could cut up some fruit on a plate for me. Or I could give them a couple days notice and they could bring something in for me. I emailed the general manager but he did not respond.
If you are hungry for a gluten free burger and fries, or a sandwich and a gluten free beer, head here! The gluten free pizza is great too and you can choose your toppings. The pizza crust is on it's own pan so the pizza is not cross contaminated. Any sandwich can be made with gluten free bread or bun. They have a designated frier for the french fries so you can safely order fries without worry. The gluten free chocolate lava cake was out of this world. Outside seating area in the summer. Bar area and you have your choice of booth or table for dining. They also have a large room for rent if you are having a special occasion. Most of staff are college or high school kids but each time I've been there, they are hard working, friendly and familiar with gluten free....impressive. It is a popular spot but they will give you a buzzer to let you know when your table is ready if it's busy and you want to hang out at the bar or outside. Caters to all ages...good family place where celiacs won't feel left out.