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Jul 6, 2013 12:10 PM

Dining in L.A. 6 people, 1 with Crohn's disease. Where to eat? KBBQ?

Hi Chowhounders!

I'm looking for a place to eat in around Los Angeles for a group of 6. We were thinking possibly Korean BBQ in K-town, or something similar, and we pay around $15-25 per person, but the lower the cost, the better. We are also open to other places too besides BBQ.

Another challenge is that one of the party has Crohn's disease.

Some of these foods may trigger his symptoms:

alcohol (mixed drinks, beer, wine)
butter, mayonnaise, margarine, oils
carbonated beverages
coffee, tea, chocolate
corn husks
dairy products (if lactose intolerant)
fatty foods (fried foods)
foods high in fiber
gas-producing foods (lentils, beans, legumes, cabbage, broccoli, onions)
nuts and seeds (peanut butter, other nut butters)
raw fruits
raw vegetables
red meat and pork
spicy foods
whole grains and bran

Any ideas?


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  1. Also looking at Guisados for tacos.

    1. Will the spices of the marinade (along w/ the red meat, since there aren't a ton of chicken options generally at KBBQ) cause problems for your friend? I'm also thinking that person probably wouldn't be able to eat a lot of the panchan. Would pasta work for him/her?

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      1. re: ilysla

        You are correct, the spicy-ness and panchan may be a problem, as well as the red meat. I envision grilled chicken as an option for him, but I'm not too sure if it will be a good idea.

        Pasta may work as well, though some places may be oily or have butter or heavy cream. I suppose we can try for a tomato based pasta.

        Thing is, he has a very advanced palate and really tastes food like a pro... it is a shame that now a lot of foods may trigger his symptoms.Other thing is, he tells me that he tries not to have the disease control his life.

        I'm trying to balance between something that may be as little trouble for his symptoms and something that may work for everyone else as well. We can't make everybody happy, but we shall see what possibilities are out there!

          1. re: Servorg

            Thanks! I will suggest it to the group and see what they say!

          2. re: terramassu

            Unfortunately, it's going to have control his life during the active phase; low-residue diets are, by definition, pretty bland.

            The menu from Evo Kitchen doesn't look bad; just make sure that the veggie are really well cooked and that the potatoes are peeled.

            Might also be helpful for other posters to know what are safe foods (in addition to the problematic ones):

            1. re: ilysla

              Thanks! It is helpful to have a safe list up as well.

            2. re: terramassu

              If he has had Crohn's for a while, he's probably pretty good at finding something on any menu that'd be OK (or at any rate, low risk). I'm sure he'd hate for you to limit your choice on his account. He might have to have an odd looking meal, but what's most important is that he's out with his friends. (Trust me on this...I've had Crohn's for 20 years.) If nothing else, there's always white rice!

              1. re: Jeri L

                Thanks for the reply, Jeri L. I agree with everything you said. Lots of experience with Crohn's.

                1. re: Jeri L

                  I believe he was diagnosed a few years ago. He said it was very difficult in the beginning, especially changing his lifestyle to find ways to be social without involving alcohol, but he seems to have a better handle of it now. I think that he may take the approach where he just eats whatever he wants and then deals with the consequences later. It's true, he can probably find something on any menu, and I think he'd probably feel better that he is taking control of the condition instead of letting it dictate his life.

            3. What about Cafe Gratitude? Once you get past the table side affirmations (eye roll), the food is really good. It is veggie, so I'm not sure everyone would be into it, but I am definitely not a vegetarian, and I love it. They have beer and wine, so there is that option for the drinkers, and last time I got really good butternut squash tacos, I don't think they had beans, and the veggies were cooked. I'm pretty sure the place is dairy free, and most of their "creamy" desserts are made with coconut milk. Also, one of my best friend has celiac, and she is able to go almost everywhere, she has just trained her eye to find the thing she can eat. Most kitchens in LA are well versed with the many diet trends (NOT saying Crohns or Celiac are any kind of trend) and are pretty willing to modify dishes.

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              1. re: schrutefarms

                I'm assuming a lot of their non-vegetable dishes will contain peanut products, which may cause a problem.

                However, if the friend is well-versed in what he can eat and feels its more important to simply spend time w/ his friends, I think the food there is quite tasty.... =)

                1. re: schrutefarms

                  1) i took three omnivores (including one "no gluten" person) to Cafe Gratitude on Saturday night and they ALL loved it and plan to return there.

                  2) you are correct about the fact that Cafe Gratitude does NOT serve dairy.