FAMILY OWNED RESTAURANTS
Tasty Gluten-free Dining at
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!
A HAPPY AND HEALTHY GLUTEN-FREE BAKERY