On GlutenFreeTravelSite and on this Gluten Free Travel Blog, we enjoy being able to profile restaurant chains -- both large and small -- that offer Gluten Free Menus…and that take care to keep their Celiac and gluten sensitive guests safe.
Today, I want to introduce you to Landry's Seafood, with 20 locations across the following eight states: Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, South Carolina, Texas, Missouri, Colorado, and Nevada. Just looking at these mouth-watering photos makes me want to hop on a plane right now to dine in one of their restaurants!
Landry's Seafood was founded in Lafayette, Louisiana in 1947 and continues its original mission of serving "Gulf Coast cuisine." For guests who are gluten free, this includes many different types of fresh fish that can be prepared various ways, under the "Today's Catch" section of the Gluten Free Menu. There's also oysters on the half-shell, jumbo grilled shrimp, lobster, snow crab, and scallops -- as well as several steak and chicken options for landlubbers. Chefs are also happy to try and tailor any daily specials to make them gluten free, upon request. So if you see something that appeals to you on the "regular" menu or daily specials…but it isn't listed on the Gluten Free Menu , just ask. For dessert, don't miss the creme brûlée, shown here.
I recently spoke to Bill Thompson, Executive Chef at Landry's Seafood and also the concept chef for other restaurants within the Landry's family. He said the development of their Gluten Free Menu, which they hope to continue expanding, was a group effort involving many people within Landry's. "We always look at our core menu and what items we can make safe for our gluten free guests," Chef Thompson explained. He said chefs at each of Landry's Seafood restaurants personally oversee gluten free orders, and separate color-coded cutting boards, tongs, knives, and other utensils are used in the kitchen for all gluten free orders, in order to minimize any chance of cross contamination.
When developing their Gluten Free Menu, they worked with Dr. Jeffrey Whitlow, Vice President of Research and Development at Nutritional Information Services. He validated the gluten free status of the recipes, and then the team developed documents for the in-house training of chefs and wait staff throughout the chain.
For more details about Landry's Seafood -- and to link directly to their website, Gluten Free Menu, locations, and Facebook page, take a look at their dedicated page on our site.
Landry's Seafood is part of the larger Landry's hospitality group which owns many other restaurant chains, some which also offer their own Gluten Free Menus. Check out their page to find out what restaurant concepts within the Landry's family might be near you -- or in a location you'll be traveling.