It’s easier than ever to eat out for those on a gluten-free diet. Many restaurants, including some fast-food chains, offer gluten-free menus and have taken the time to serve the needs of people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance.
However, it’s possible to run into trouble for those who are sensitive to gluten. In most cases, the problem isn’t gluten-free ingredients in the food itself — it’s cross contamination. Which means for a truly gluten-free restaurant, the kitchen must be what is called a dedicated kitchen, one that cooks only gluten-free. Preparing gluten-free food in the main kitchen makes it difficult to prevent cross contamination. Utensils, pots and pans and dishes all have particles of gluten, even after being washed, and can cause serious illness for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities. Even wheat dust in the air can be problematic.
There are several eateries on the North Olympic Peninsula, some with dedicated kitchens and certifiably gluten-free and others that serve gluten-free fare, but not prepared in dedicated kitchens. When eating at a restaurant, don’t be afraid to ask management or your server where and how the gluten-free food was prepared.
Following are a few best bet restaurants — and a couple of good places to shop — on the North Olympic Peninsula that serve gluten-free food:
• Nourish, Sequim: One of Sequim’s newest restaurants, Nourish offers healthy menus created around locally produced food, including edibles grown on the property and vegetables from Nash’s Farm Store in Sequim. The restaurant, owned by Tanya and Dave Rose, Larry Baugh, Laura Reaves and Mandy Gaskill, is 100-percent gluten-free with a dedicated kitchen. 101 Provénce View Lane, 360-797-1480.
“This has been a long-awaited announcement that will make life so much easier for those on gluten-free diets,” Eliot said.
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