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Gluten-Free Menus: More = Good or Bad?

I don’t know about you, but after the debacle with California Pizza Kitchen, I am on the fence about the prevalence of gluten-free menus.  Yes, it gives me warm fuzzies when I walk into a restaurant and find out that they do indeed have a gluten-free menu.  However, 30 seconds later I begin to wonder if the staff really know what that entails.


My mind jumps to cross-contamination as my first concern and then ingredients.  Does the restaurant know that most soy sauces contain wheat?  Who developed the menu?  Was it someone well versed in Celiac Disease and the gluten-free diet?  These are all valid concerns.

Here are some pros &  cons that I have come up with:


  • Freedom of choice
  • Being able to join friends & family in meals
  • Not feeling left out


  • Cross contamination
  • Staff not properly trained on what the diet entails
  • Establishments marketing as a “fad” and making those with Celiac or gluten-sensitivity sick due to carelessness

Share your opinion in the poll below and feel free to comment below in the comments section.

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