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My sister was diagnosed with the gluten allergy a few months ago. Since then we've only gone out to eat a handful of times - to mixed results. One didn't get it at all, and she got sick. One totally got it and she was fine. We called ahead to another and they said they had tons of options, but really there was only salad. Any suggestions for places where she can get a good gluten free meal?? Anywhere between Nashua and the Seacoast would be great.

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  1. If you don't mind a little bit south in Lowell, Ma. you might be able to get this at Life Alive. Food is fantastic and they could most likely point you in good directions too. Their website does mention gluten-free.
    http://lifealive.com/

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    1. re: lexpatti

      oh, that reminds me. in lowell, there's a south indian restaurant called udupi bhavan that's actually pretty good. a great deal of south indian food is naturally gluten free. the OP should call ahead and ask just to make sure, of course, but safe items include regular dosa (avoid rava dosa), utthapam, iddly, vada, and avial. everything except the avial is bready / pancakey, which could be esp. good if your sister is missing those textures.

    2. hey pastry, this is a sometimes-helpful registry that lists gluten free and gluten conscious restaurants by state. i notice there are a few places in nashua.

      http://www.glutenfreeregistry.com/glu...

      for a few add'l non-chain restaurants:

      http://www.glutenfreeceliacweb.com/20...

      you'll want to be careful even at steakhouses, i've heard, because some places actually use a little bit of flour to brown the meat more attractively.

      more generally, one of my celiac friends carries around a card listing ingredients that have "hidden" gluten in them to give to the staff at restaurants we visit. sometimes people don't even realize that bread has wheat in it, believe it or not.

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      1. re: cimui

        Thanks cimui, that is actually what has been the problem - hidden ingredients. Some things that you would think are naturally gluten free, can have gluten in them depending on the preparation. Pre-shredded cheese is one problem. Cheese is fine, but the agent they use to keep the cheese from clumping in the bag has gluten in it. So a restaurant could think they were serving you something gluten free, when actually they aren't. It's almost impossible to find a place that will go to that level of detail.

        1. re: pastryprncess

          yes, it's really tough to find a place that really knows how to address the needs of celiac diners, i agree! a lot of nicer establishments in nyc are pretty conscious since celiac disease is actually a pretty common condition these days. but a few weeks ago, a well known restaurant served him a gluten free dish... only for it to be contaminated when the person who came around with the bread basket reached over his plate with a roll dusted with flour, and some fell into his dish.

          a few places in nashua look pretty interesting and according to their websites, the staff at both places are evidently trained to prepare celiac-safe dishes:

          http://www.unums.com/about.htm
          http://www.yankeesmokehouse.com/menu....

      2. How close are you to Alton Bay??

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        1. re: jspear

          Weare is just west and a bit north of Manchester, not near Alton Bay but could be sort of on your way if you live south of Manchester

        2. Buzzs Bakery Takeout Cafe on 77 Lafayette Rd
          North Hampton, NH sells very tasty gluten free baked goods. My mother has Celiac and eats the worst foods ever. However, Steve at Buzz's somehow found the secret to making these foods taste wonderful. It's worth the trip there!!

          1. It's not a restaurant, but people looking for Gluten Free may be interested that there is a new all Gluten Free Market in Hillsborough called White Birch Gluten Free Market. Hillsborough is between Keene and Concord just off of Route 9 in southwestern NH. It has a huge selection.

            1. Meena's Kitchen is a south Indian restaurant on Pearl Street in Nashua. A lot of the food is prepared with fermented rice flour rather than wheat, and it is delicious.

              1. Hi there, Julianos Pizza in Derry NH at Exit 4 is a great place for GF pizza and has other dishes as well. They are very careful and knowledgeable about celiac. They have the best canole's in the world - GF! You wouldn't expect it from a chain restaurant but the 99 Restaurant here in Londonderry also can do a nice GF meal for you. I can also recommend Anello's Bakery and Cafe in Portsmouth. A bit of a ride but I go monthly and stock up on all sorts of things and the entire place is GF.

                Please join the Greater-Londonderry GF page on facebook.com! It's new and we're trying to share recipes, information and restaurants where we can eat in this area.

                PS I refuse to eat a salad for a meal when I go out.

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                1. re: nhboyzmom

                  Sadly, Anello's GF Cafe closed two weeks ago. Landlord raised the rent.

                2. There's a Facebook page "Seacoast Gluten Free" which reveals some options in that area:

                  http://pt-br.facebook.com/pages/Seaco...

                  1. You MUST go to Daly Dogs in Haverhill, MA right on the NH border. They have such a delicious gluten free Beach Pizza and the gluten free Fried Dough is fantastic!

                    They actually have a complete gluten free menu too. I gladly drive 55 minutes to get there with my two kids about every two weeks, lol.

                    You will not be disapointed with pizza and fried dough...

                    1. Lucia's Tavola has gluten free pasta and his food is awesome! My favorite is the stoneworker chicken with polenta.

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                      Lucia's Tavola
                      181 Route 13, Brookline, NH 03033

                      1. Concord may be too far north & OP is old but this is popular topic.
                        Rasa's Vegan cafe is gluten free, all natural too.
                        Cafe Indigo has a whole gluten free menu as well.
                        You can find their websites easily

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                        Cafe Indigo
                        128 Hall St Ste H, Concord, NH 03301

                        1. Try the Blue Moon Evolution in Exeter. One of my favorites, and a friend of mine who has to eat gluten-free loves it as well.
                          bluemoonevolution.com

                          1. If you have a hankering for fried fish and can't find an option up there, come down to Woodman's on Cape Ann in Essex, MA. See this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/802497