When you have celiac disease, eating out can be a real pain. Sometimes the wait staff has never heard of celiac disease, which means they definitely don’t understand how to advise the chefs in the back on what you are really asking for. It can feel like a gamble – the salad with no dressing and grilled salmon should be ok, but what if it was marinated in something that wasn’t listed or someone used the same spoon to toss the salad that just handled croutons…?
Fortunately, at Outback Steak House this is not an issue. They have a full gluten free menu. And when I say full, I mean FULL. It is a complete tri-fold menu with steak, salad, burgers, sandwiches, seafood and more. Some Outback’s even have the gluten free bloomin’ onion – yum! Outback is the first place I ate out after being diagnosed with celiac, and the entire wait staff is completely trained on the disease and what it means. They told me that the Outback’s owner instilled a GF menu when his young child was diagnosed with celiac disease. Because he is aware of the needs of the condition, all the Outback’s are well trained.
They highlight any GF tickets in a special color to alert the chefs. They change their gloves before handling GF meals and have bowls, pots, utensils, etc that have never touched gluten to ensure there is no cross-contamination. The food is delicious and you don’t have to worry when you eat there. It is one of our favorite places to eat out.