Restaurants willing to modify for special diets?
I have a good friend coming to town who has MS and I'm trying to find good restaurants in Austin that are willing to modify for special needs diets. In CA there seems to be no issues with this but I wonder if Austin places would be willing or have the ability to do this.
Anyone out there with MS or that might have feedback?
Thanks again folks!
There's an interesting article on this elsewhere on Chowhound:
No specific experience with such menus here, but I'll bet that as long as you provide sufficient notice, are polite and clear, and indicate that this is a medical issue, you'll have luck finding several good meals in Austin.
Now, I haven't been in years since they lost their head chef and the flavors changed drastically. However, Castle Hill used to be VERY accommodating. I had a co-worker that was embarrassing to take out to eat, she had so many weird demands, but they didn't even blink when I wanted to crawl under the table.
A few months ago we went to Mirabelle and they were very, very accomodating of my friend's dietary restrictions. We called and asked in advance if they had any menu items for a vegan who doesn't eat wheat or corn, and they actually purchased rice noodles just for her and rocked out a dish that she loved. And she is a very particular eater.
Mirabelle was extremely accommodating when I was there and had special dining restrictions. I don't want to discuss my food issues with my dining companions - and Mirabelle handled it with class.
Best of all, they didn't make a big fuss about it. My plates arrived with everyone else’s - which was a huge relief.
I did call ahead during a slow time - and the person on the phone was able to recommend items that could be easily adapted.
I cringe when the wait staff "announces' a special meal to the table, and gives a play by play of what is on there, or delivers it separately.