BellizziIt seems like every where you turn these days, you find out about another restaurant offering gluten-free menu options. As someone who dines out often, I find this to be an exciting trend in the restaurant world. Just a couple of years ago, it was not that easy to find places to accommodate our gluten-free dinner club, but these days we can’t take advantage of all the offers we get to host the group!

GoodeCoThe Gluten Free Restaurant Awareness Program (GFRAP for short) just announced four new additions to their gluten-free dining program. Each place that  participates in this GIG program has gone through a vetting process. The goal is that staff at said places understands gluten-free ingredients, safe food prep and how to get keep the meals gluten-free all the way to the table. While the participating restaurants can’t be guaranteed, most of the time you’ll find locations that are part of the GFRAP line up do better than places that have not gone through any gluten (or other allergen) service training.

Three of the four new GFRAP restaurants are actually part of a regional chain in Houston. The Italian place in in NY state.

  • Bellizzi
    1272 Boston Post Road
    Larchmont, NY 10538
  • Goode Company Texas BBQ
    5109 Kirby Drive
    Houston, TX 77098
  • Goode Company Texas BBQ
    8911 Katy Freeway
    Houston, TX 77024
  • Goode Company Texas BBQ
    20102 Northwest Freeway
    Houston, TX 77065

There doesn’t seem to be a gluten-free menu posted on the Goode Company Texas BBQ site, but the Bellizzi gluten-free menu looks simply amazing! It includes appetizers, soups, salads, house specialties, pasta and two sizes of gluten-free pizza. That is what I call an impressive gluten-free menu! Based on the website details, it appears the Larchmont location didn’t post the gluten-free menu yet. Please contact them directly before deciding to dine there. The Mt. Kisco has the gluten-free menu on their site.

If you  live near any of these new GFRAP restuarants, I hope you’ll give them a try. We all need to support places that are striving to accomodate our community. It is only through serving gluten-free patrons on a regular basis that service improves. Usually, places that do a good job of getting and keeping gluten-free patrons find out how loyal we are and they start to offer more gluten-free options as time goes by.

Most of us are never going to live near a 100% gluten-free restaurant so we need to give places trying to feed us safely a chance. Too many people write off eating out once they start following the gluten-free diet. It is not impossible to dine out gluten-free but some people seem to want you to believe that it is. Learn to eat out safely (our gluten free restaurant guide will help with that part) and enjoy eating out again!