I had a very different post planned for today.
GFBF and I checked out a new(ish) restaurant in our neighborhood for this year’s Seattle Restaurant Week. I’d already written nice things about the food and edited my photos, but seeing as how it’s 3 am and my stomach is informing me that it will not be resting tonight, I won’t be posting a nice review of a restaurant that glutened me. Especially because they seemed to know what they were doing and I can’t think of what the culprit could have been – I think I was just a victim of a busy restaurant getting a little sloppy.
It’s disappointing because the food was really tasty, and I specifically picked the restaurant because the menu choices looked safe. When the list for restaurant week was posted this year, I excitedly started clicking through the menus and and there just wasn’t much in the way of gluten-free – tons of pasta, blue cheese on everything, “crusted fish filets” (dear restaurants, dress it up however you want, it’s a breaded fish patty). There were a few that had literally nothing on their menus that I could eat.
I had this very health blogger friendly halibut filet with kale chips and carrot fries.
GFBF had his share of gluten – steak sliders as an appeteaser, and for dessert, an apple cinnamon cheesecake that smelled amazing. The thought actually crossed my mind that if it didn’t mean spending the night sick, I would go for the cheesecake. It’s ironic, now.
See his hands in the background? He pounced on those sliders
I don’t really have a direction I’m going with this post, and I’m certainly not begging for sympathy – I’ll be fine once I can actually get some sleep. I guess it’s just a reminder that there’s gluten everywhere, and even when we’re cautious it can find us.
Update 10/18: I hope I didn’t discourage any gluten free restaurant diners in this post! It can be a little risky, but I’ve had way more great experiences than bad. If you’re in the Seattle area and are looking for a Seattle Restaurant Week participant that can accommodate the gluten intolerant, I highly recommend Salty’s on Alki, Seastar, and Carmelita if you’re looking for vegetarian dining.