Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Gluten-Free Gluttons: White Chocolate Grill

We? Are restaurant people. Seriously, it feels like 90% of our social time is spent eating. Or talking about eating. Or thinking about eating. Maybe it's just 90% of my time, period. So when my friend Dave invited us out to try White Chocolate Grill, it sounded fun. They have a gluten-free menu and it is well-publicized on their Web site. Plus, Dave is a server there, and he assured me that I would be able to eat something both safe and delicious (the phrase "gluten-free gluttons" was his handiwork, too).

We'd been meaning to try the place for a while, and not just to harass a friend at work. It's a classy establishment in a hoppin' location, and I've heard amazing things about the food, gluten-free or not. We decided to celebrate Fat Tuesday with dinner there with friends, and I am really glad we did.

Their gluten-free menu is pretty diverse, and they take great pains to make sure cross-contamination isn't an issue. Dave told me that the cooks and servers are well-informed about Celiac and how to avoid making a customer sick, and I really appreciated that. It was nice to have him as a bit of a safety net on my first trip out as "one of THOSE people."

The food itself was pretty good. I ended up getting some tilapia with potatoes (it was a little dark in there for a picture, and my iPhone is one sans flash). My friends offered to get GF food too, so I could sample, which I thought was super sweet, but I made them get what they actually wanted:)

So I made it through my first restaurant outing as a gluten-free diner, and without getting sick. Yay, White Chocolate Grill!

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