Our society has come a long way in recent years concerning food preparation for people with allergies or sensitivities, but sometimes it can be difficult to find a good restaurant that understands what “gluten-free” means. My husband and I love to eat out, but sometimes the servers give you a blank look when you ask about wheat-free/gluten-free meals. They have to run to the kitchen each time you ask about a particular item on the menu and it’s a little scary when the cook doesn’t understand it either. My husband ends up eating salad a lot!
So, with all that being said, we’ve finally found a great restaurant that is very responsive and accomodating for gluten-free diners – Burtons Grill! (http://www.burtonsgrill.com/index.html )
Over the holidays, we visited family in southern New Hampshire and went out to eat at Burtons Grill in Nashua. My husband asked if they had a gluten-free menu. At this point, some restaurants will show you a very small list of a few items from their menu that are gluten-free. Not Burtons, their menu has a good selection of every category. (http://www.burtonsgrill.com/downloads/GF-Nash.pdf) Plus, their menu states they are “In Partnership with the Gluten-Free Restaurant Awareness Program®”.
They alter some of their regular meals and use corn flour to coat the fish sandwich or calamari. Plus, they offer gluten-free rolls and buns for burgers or sandwiches. My husband ordered one of his favorites, a fried haddock sandwich. He hasn’t had one of these since he became gluten-sensitive. It was very good.
When they served his meal – it arrived on a square plate. The server explained that all gluten-free food is served on square plates, while all other food is served on round plates – that way the kitchen knows which food is which. We even had a manager come over after our meal was done to ask how we liked everything. When I looked at their website more, I found their “Food Allergy Commitment” page. (http://www.burtonsgrill.com/menu/FoodAllergyCommitment.pdf) They take this commitment seriously and we were very impressed!
We will definitely go there again whenever we can!! They have other restaurants in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Virginia. Maybe we’ll see you there! (Or maybe, they’ll open one in Maine??!)
- Resources for Finding Gluten-Free-Friendly Restaurants (gracefullyglutenfree.net)
- Eating Out: Bonefish Grill… FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE! (easypaleo.com)