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September 2009

Ruby Tuesday Has List of Their Menu's Allergens, Including Menu Items that are Gluten Free

Our family has dined at the Ruby Tuesday in our neighborhood several times. It's been on our gluten-free "radar" for a while, based on things I'd discovered in my research. They don't yet have a gluten-free menu, per se, but Corporate Headquarters had emailed me a list of items on the menu that don't contain gluten. The list was pretty limited, and many of the entrees had to be tailored so much (leaving off sauces, substituting sides) that the choices haven't been the greatest. That said, they've always been eager to please and our son is always happy with a steak, hamburger or chicken with baked potato and veggies. On a recent trip there, however, we were thrilled to hear they have a new manual, updated monthly, that lists all allergens (including gluten) in their menu items. The manager was also much more knowledgeable about issues surrounding safe preparation of gluten-free meals, something that was somewhat hit-or-miss in the past. Needless to say, this made us a lot more comfortable. Our son ordered the Chicken Fresco, without the lemon-butter sauce (still good with the splash of balsamic vinaigrette and some sliced tomatoes on top) and substituted the mashed potatoes (NOT... Read more →

Gluten Free Dining and Traveling In Ireland

You've probably heard that Ireland has one of the highest rates of Celiac Disease in the world. So it should come as no surprise that it can be a very safe place for Celiacs to travel, as long as you do the same advance preparation you'd do before any other trip (contacting restaurants and hotels to articulate your special dietary needs, if possible). This month, we received a glowing review of two Irish hotels on, and we chose to showcase it as September's Featured Review. (If you're not aware, our sister website, GlutenFreeTravelSite, holds a monthly contest and chooses the most helpful review from the prior month's review submissions to present as our Featured Review of the Month. It can be a review of a restaurant, hotel, resort, cruise, or grocery store anywhere around the world that accommodates people on gluten-free diets. The winning reviewer receives a FREE set of four Triumph Dining Cards -- one each for American, Italian, Chinese, and Mexican cuisines -- so submit your own review today! If you're considering a trip to Ireland, be sure to read the Featured Review for detailed comments about gluten-free dining at the Killarney Avenue Hotel in Kerry and... Read more →

Boston area has wide range of restaurants with gluten-free menus

On a recent trip to Boston, we were pleased to find so many great restaurants offering gluten-free menus. Although we weren't able to try them all on this trip (we would have liked to have eaten our way through the city!), some noteworthy ones include Burton's Grill (which coincidentally has been reviewed THREE times on our sister website, (choose Massachusetts when you Search Reviews by location). They have both a gluten-free lunch AND dinner menu and even serve brunch on Sundays. No matter what type of cuisine you're in the mood for, it seems Boston can satisfy your gluten-free tastebuds with a wide range of restaurants offering gluten-free menus. There's a local pizza place called Stone Hearth Pizza (with three Boston-area locations) which now offers gluten-free crust. Elephant Walk, also with three Boston locations, is a rare find...a Cambodian/French restaurant offering gluten-free brunch, lunch, and dinner menus. Not Your Average Joe's, with locations all over Massachusetts, offers "creative casual cuisine" and some nice gluten-free menus. If it's Mexican (true Mexican, not Tex-Mex) you're in the mood for, try Zocalo Cocina Mexicana, also with three locations in the suburbs of Boston. And of course there are the well-known national chains... Read more →