I have no relationship with the companies or organizations I review, nor do I receive any compensation for my reviews.
The Gluten Free Registry Restaurant Finder
web resource (including an android app option) offers a geographical
search for restaurants that claim to offer gluten-free dining options.
The most useful part, however, is the user reviews. While Urban Spoon
reviews are handy for finding good food, this registry focuses on SAFE
food for the gluten-sensitive.
In order to make it a better
resource, please add reviews of both your favorite gluten-free
restaurants and those that made you sick so that others can make good
decisions. It is generally also helpful to include your sensitivity
level in your review (i.e. whether you just need to avoid bread and
breading, or if even trace exposure to gluten makes you horribly ill).
If you are only mildly sensitive, you may be able to eat safely at a
place that would make someone with a severe sensitivity very sick.
primary limitation of the Registry is that it depends on diner reviews,
which depend on the diner's gluten sensitivity level and the
kitchen/waitstaff that happened to be working that night. We visited
one restaurant (PF Changs) in Atlanta and had a fabulous experience the
first time. I wrote a glowing review on the registry. Unfortunately
the next two visits involved bad gluten exposures and I had to add a
new, negative review. If a restaurant only has a few reviews based on
single visits, you take the chance that the diner was lucky that night.
Please use your own judgement and never hesitate to:
a) ask to talk to the manager and/or chef to make a more informed decision, and
b) walk out or stick to drinks if you see things that make you nervous (unclean plates or tables, uninformed wait staff, etc.)