Top 5 resources for eating out on a gluten-free diet

Eating out is a popular social activity which can unfortunately be difficult for those on a gluten-free diet. Thankfully, we live in an age where an abundance of information is literally at our fingertips, and resources for living gluten-free are no exception. While eating out can be a challenge for anyone on a restricted diet, the information found below will go a long way toward making it a pleasant and safe experience. There are many gluten-free resources online, but as with all Internet information, some is dated and full of broken links while some sites are hard to navigate and read. We’ve sifted through the best and found these top resources that making dining out easier for those on a gluten-free diet:

  • Eating Out Gluten-free from Living Gluten-free Casein-free offers tips and resources from how to plan for restaurant visit to how to order.
  • The 2008 Guide to Gluten-free Restaurant Menus lists 70 restaurants offering gluten-free options and links directly to the gluten-free menu whenever available.
  • The Gluten-free Registry is a database of over 16,000 business locations for bakeries, restaurants, caterers and grocers that accommodate gluten-free patrons. The registry is searchable by location and has an iPhone app available.
  • Triumph Dining offers a comprehensive restaurant guide with over 5,000 restaurants and over 80 gluten-free food lists from chain restaurants. It is the only restaurant database (print or online) where every listing is verified and updated each year.
  • GlutenFree Passport contains a wealth of resources for those with dietary restrictions, including a downloadable dining out checklist and several helpful applications for iPod Touch and iPhone.

Although not something that will be regularly used at home, this bonus resource could be a life-saver when traveling in a country where you do not speak the language:

  • These gluten-free dining cards, available in 48 languages to print or as an iPhone app, contain information informing the restaurant staff of the patron’s gluten intolerance along with questions about which foods are gluten-free. They are an indispensable resource for traveling in a country where you don’t speak the language.
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