How can you avoid restaurants using MSG? I ate a vegetable curry at a Thai place five hours ago and it feels I ate an elephant.
I didn't know elephants had a lot of msg in them.
Also, it's likely it was something else and not msg that caused your reaction.
EC-- you've been on CH for quite a while, so certainly you know that many people have different opinions about what happens to their systems when they consume MSG
Thankfully, I have never experienced any of the effects reported by others.
Most Chinese and Japanese restaurants that are more casual in my area have a MSG disclaimer on the front door and on the menu and some even have a "NO MSG" sticker on their websites.
I'm not sure about other kinds of cuisine.
In the end, I would ask.
In China, we learned that the best way to get the clearest answer was to ask your question in reverse.
So, you should ask:
"Oh, you guys DO use MSG, right?!"
A sorry no would be a reassuring answer.
Kris now in the DC/NoVA area