The 5 Best Things to Say When Ordering Gluten Free

When it comes to being gluten-free, dining out is still the hardest thing to do. Ask anyone who has been gluten-free for years and I guarantee they will say the same thing. That overwhelming anxiety of trying a new restaurant. The uneasy feeling of dining out no matter how safe the restaurant seems. It’s stressful to dine out but we can’t stay indoors forever. We have friends we want to hang out with, family we want to accompany. It’s important to get out and remain social but being gluten-free can make it hard to enjoy it at all. It may take years for the restaurants to get better at it but here are a few key phrases that you can say during your order to make your experience safer with a little help from Nima Sensor!

Start off your order by saying “I have celiac disease.”

Even if you're gluten-free for another medical reason, those who know about celiac disease know how serious it is. If the waiter has any idea about it, they will automatically take your order seriously and make a note to the chef.

In addition to that, say “I am extremely allergic to gluten.”

For the waiters who don’t understand what celiac disease is, the word “allergic” will automatically make them take your order seriously. The combination of “Celiac Disease” and “allergic to gluten” will get your message across. Your goal is to separate yourself from the fad dieters who come in even if being allergic to gluten isn't technically true.

Ask questions if you are ordering something with a higher risk of cross contamination.

If you want to order fries, ask if it is in a shared fryer. If you want to order a salad, ask if it comes with croutons or bread on top. If you want to order meat, ask if any bread is used on the same surface it is prepared on. If they know you are asking for an allergy, you won’t be looked at as annoying. You are a customer so you have the right to ask questions and dine safely.

Make it clear that you “need gloves changed to avoid cross contamination.”

This is the final thing that you want to mention. Even if you order something that is gluten-free, the chef may not know to change their gloves. Ask if the chef can change his/her gloves for your order to avoid cross contamination. This will avoid one of the most common sources of it in the kitchen.

Be sympathetic to them taking these extra precautions and thank them.

If the waiter is accommodating to your order, thank them! This is a lot of extra work for them to ensure that your order is gluten-free. It’s hard to dine out safely so express that to them and let them know that you greatly appreciate them taking the effort to make your order gluten-free. They will appreciate it as well.