Sadly, eating out “chemical free” probably doesn’t exist, unless you go to a natural or health food store. But, let’s focus on being gluten-free casein-free (GFCF) for now, to at least allow your family to be able to eat out while on vacation or just being out in your area.
The great news is that more and more restaurants are providing GF and often GFCF and other allergen-free options on their menus.
Many restaurants pride themselves on having a printed GF menu. Some of these restaurants are: PF Chang’s, Claim Jumper, Chili’s, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, On the Border, Zpizza, Uno Chicago Grill, Pizza Fusion, Red Robin, Legal Sea foods, Old Spaghetti Factory, Outback Steakhouse and many more chains and private establishments. You might have to download the menu or ask for it, but many of these actually have the menu in the restaurant. Always ask if the items are CF and if the item contains any other allergens you must avoid.
Tips for Selecting a Restaurant
- Ideally you want to find a restaurant that advertises that they provide a GF and/or an allergen-free menu. The staff at these places are often trained and understand the importance of allergy-free foods and how VITAL it is to not cross contaminate the foods.
- Beware! Going out to these restaurants does NOT in any way guarantee 100% safe eating. There are plenty of mishaps in kitchens all the time with just getting a typical meal correct….so be careful and mention GFCF often to your server!
- Use resources, likes books such as The Autism & ADHD Diet: A Step-by-Step Guide to Hope and Healing by Living Gluten Free and Casein Free (GFCF) and Other Interventions. You will find lists of many web sites for the above and many more restaurants.
- There are also web sites online, listing places by area that you can check. These web sites are especially resourceful if you are out of town, seeking non-chain or small chain restaurants.