Li Loves David went road tripping last weekend. It was very spur of the moment, a rarity for us. We were away from home one night, and didn’t have a lot of time to search out gluten-free dining options in an unfamiliar city. We also didn’t want to spend a lot of time calling managers and asking to speak with chefs. We were hungry, damn it! So we let the trusty Inter-Web guide us to a restaurant with a gluten-free menu posted online, and ended up at a Longhorn Steakhouse.
The seating hostess had no clue about the gluten-free menu, but that didn’t worry me too much. My experience has been that the people in the front often don’t know anything about the “special” menus. Our server, on the other hand, was very knowledgeable about gluten free. She even knew what celiac disease was. (Bonus points for her!) She made sure everything was safe, and brought me plain horseradish for my prime rib (because their prepared sauce isn’t safe). The menu had lots of options available, and Longhorn basically had two happy and stuffed customers that night.
So that was my experience of gluten-free, spur of the moment dining at a big chain steakhouse. Your mileage may vary, but I must say I was impressed. We will definitely be more open to trying restaurants that have gluten-free menus posted on their websites. And for now, my inner carnivore has been sated.