Need gluten free choices in French Quarter
My wife and I ( from Columbia, SC ) will be spending 3 nights at the Maison Dupuy Hotel in September. My wife is gluten intolerant ( allergic to wheat/flour products ). I would assume any dishes made with a roux would be off limits for her. Does gumbo contain flour as a thickening agent? Are there restaurants in the Quarter that offer glutten free menus? Any restaurant suggestions and local dish recommendations within walking distance of the Quarter would be greatly appreciated.
Gumbos have a roux, thus flour. I don't mean to be discouraging, but you're going to have a hard time with most restaurants in our town. I can't think of ANYONE offering a gluten-free menu (we don't even really have vegetarian menus these days), but with some creative efforts, you can probably do okay. Raw oysters are definitely gluten-free, and places like Rio Mar and GW Fins offer seafood preparations that go beyond the usual fried/flour coated/roux-based sauced creole style treatments. Brigtsen's does a non-fried seafood platter that might be close to gluten-free (can't remember if anything on it had a light flour coating or not). Cochon has some gluten-free items, too (wood-grilled fish, ham hocks & greens, a charcuterie plate, etc).
Many restaurants are serving up great summer salads these days, so that could be a good option. There is so much good seafood out there, so that is another way to go. I would go for something grilled, but I don't believe anything blackened will have gluten in it (check on this to be sure--don't take my word for it).
You should also be careful to ask your waiters about gluten in the dishes on the menus; I'm sure they will be happy to offer suggestions or check with the chef to see if there is anything on the menu to suit your wife's taste. Hope you have a great trip!
As others have stated, it will be a bit difficult, BUT, I'd pick my restaurants and, when making the reservations, express my concern, stating the problem. Most chefs are very accommodating, especially with a bit of advanced notice.
My wife is intolerant of bi-valves (oysters, mussels, clams, etc.), which is odd of a young lady growing up in NOLA and eating oysters in nearly every dish in her youth. When dining in places where these are likely to be abundant on the menus, I call ahead and even with the "grand tasting menus" she has something else and it's usually wonderful. As I eat my scallops, she gets foie gras...
If they know, in enough time, they'll likely find great dishes for her. Finding them, once seated is another matter entirely, especially in NO.
If they blow you off, then cancel the reservation and look elsewhere. It's more easily done, than found.
I k now this is after the fact, but since this comes up right away when I google, I wanted those still looking to know I had the best luck in general with small, locally owned places, not fast food. Everyone was helpful and friendly, and they have a nice farmer's market on Saturday mornings.