Tasty Gluten-free Din­ing at

Delight Gluten Free - - Travel & Leisure - BY TIF­FANY JANES,

BE­ING ABLE to eat out at restau­rants like we did be­fore found out we had to avoid gluten is a won­der­ful treat. The De­light team re­ally ap­pre­ci­ates the op­por­tu­nity to live “nor­mal” lives, which to us in­cludes travel and din­ing out just like ev­ery­one else. While we very much value the fact that many large chain restau­rants have in­cor­po­rated gluten-free menus over the last few years, there is some­thing about a fam­ily owned busi­ness that pulls at our heart­strings. Own­ers of such es­tab­lish­ments tend to work there for years, un­like the man­agers found at cor­po­rate-owned restau­rants. So, when a fam­ily owned restau­rant chooses to go the ex­tra mile for gluten­free din­ers, well….that just takes the gluten-free cake!

We’ve dis­cov­ered some fam­ily owned restau­rants that re­ally take pride in the level of ser­vice and food they pro­vide for gluten-free guests. This is to say, the own­ers and man­agers of th­ese places don’t act like they’re do­ing a huge fa­vor to gluten-free cus­tomers by of­fer­ing gluten-free selections. In­stead, they ap­pre­ci­ate how dif­fi­cult it can be for peo­ple who must avoid gluten for health rea­sons to dine out safely – with­out wor­ry­ing through­out the en­tire meal if they’ll be sick later. The places we’ve cho­sen to high­light here want to cre­ate won­der­ful food that most any­one can en­joy - whether they can eat gluten or not.


Since 1983, Gre­gory’s Fam­ily Restau­rant has been serv­ing Amer­i­can cui­sine fam­ily-style meals in Can­ton, OH. They have had a ded­i­cated gluten­free menu for more than 10 years, and how this menu came to be is a re­ally won­der­ful story. The man­ager of Raisin Rack (a re­gional health food store), Denise, ap­proached the own­ers of Gre­gory’s and sug­gested that since they used so much fresh food in their dishes (aka they knew what was in their food!), maybe they would con­sider work­ing with her to cre­ate a safe gluten-free menu. The own­ers, Greg and Jean­nie Brown, were in­trigued and went to work with Denise to set up their first gluten­free menu. Since gluten-free in­gre­di­ents are only half the bat­tle when pre­par­ing gluten-free meals in a mixed-use kitchen, Denise also trained the own­ers and their staff on safe food prepa­ra­tion and ser­vice. And, un­like many chain es­tab­lish­ments, most of the staff at Gre­gory’s has been there for years, mak­ing them part of the fam­ily as well.

Over the years, the gluten-free menu at Gre­gory’s has con­tin­ued to evolve and now of­fers a plethora of dishes that one won’t typ­i­cally find gluten-free ver­sions of when din­ing out. Not only will gluten­free pa­trons find gluten-free bread, buns and wraps avail­able – there are re­ally spe­cial op­tions like gravy, chicken fingers, eggs bene­dict with hol­landaise sauce, and even pan­cakes and waf­fles. There is a house spe­cialty called ‘fried mush,’ three fried corn­meal cakes that the cus­tomers love whether they eat gluten or not. At Gre­gory’s they also bake gluten-free cook­ies in house and of­fer gluten-free lunch spe­cials on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. Back in the kitchen, you’ll find a ded­i­cated waf­fle iron, toaster and gluten­free fryer. No won­der more than 20% of Gre­gory’s cus­tomers are gluten-free!



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