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Jul 31, 2008 09:50 PM

Looking for somewhere to go with food sensitivities

I need a restuarant that would be accomodating to a huge list of food sensitivities. Anyone have suggestions? They are sensitivities - not allergies, no if it is in the same kitchen, not a big deal, but the following is the list of things to be avoided:

Gluten containing products
Soy and Soy byproducts
Red Meat

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    1. So, when we are going out for dinner tonight... what do I do?

      1. re: jodisarah

        Call now, wherever you're going and ask to speak to the manager/chef- you'd at least be giving them a heads up more than 15 minutes before you expect to be seated and eating..this way you can also see if the restaurant CAN accomodate the diet (if they can't you can still find another place), as opposed to getting there and expecting them to...

    2. a friend of mine has a son with serious milk and wheat allergies. They eat at Il Fornelo alot - they have special wheat-free, gluten-free, milk free pizzas.

      1. The pizza is the best thing they have on offer.

        1. Magic Oven. You can order rice or spelt pasta for their pasta dishes. They also do spelt pizza crust or rice pizza crust and the Lactose-Free Magic pizza uses rice cheese.

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          1. re: always_eating

            Magic Oven may be good for someone with sensitivities, but to call what they serve food is a stretch. More like an experiment gone terribly wrong.

          2. Portuguese churrasco- chicken and potatoes.
            Greek restaurants- chicken souvlaki (on a stick) and maroulosalata- a Greek green salad that doesn't not have cheese, roasted potatoes, fasolakia, etc.

            Lebanese restaurants like Tabule and Jerusalem- stick with the chicken, stuffed vine leaves, fried tomatoes, fried eggplant, babaganoush, mudjaddarah and stay away from the fattoush and tabule (which would contain gluten).

            Kosher meat restaurants like Chicken Nest, Miami Grill or Bistro Grande won't have any dairy or shellfish in any of their food. Miami Grill and Bistro Grande have finfish as well as chicken on the menu.

            South Indian restaurants like Saravanaa also might be an option. Or northern Indian restaurants if you stick with the rice, tandoor, channa and veg curries, and stay away from the naan, paneer and the creamy stuff.