Diagnosed with celiac in Spring of 2012 - trying to figure out where I can eat safely ever since...
155 Temple Street, New Haven, CT 06510
I dined here for two holiday parties in December and found the waitstaff to be be quite accommodating on both occasions. We had a prix fixe menu for the two events, so I cannot speak to the depth of choices on the regular menu, however, the GF options I was presented with were varied and all excellent. Especially good were the eggplant & red peppers, the chorizo, and the spicy potatoes. The bread is kept well away from the food prep areas, and only a handful of the items were off limits - the calamari, the meatballs, and the chicken croquettes, all of which are breaded.
135 Orange Street, New Haven, CT 06510
The fastest way to describe Tikkaway Grill is, "awesome." It may be a little more helpful though to say that Tikkaway is to Indian what Chipotle is to Mexican - that is a very streamlined approach to the cuisine that blends the convenience of fast-food with the quality of a good sit-down restaurant. Ok, maybe Chipotle (which I am an unabashed fan of) isn't quite sit-down fare, but Tikkaway does not scrimp at all in the quality department. Chipotle remains a good analog though as set-up is the same - choose your 'delivery mechanism' (i.e. wrap, rice bowl, or salad), and then your choice of meats, sauces and toppings. About a minute later your food is served. More importantly, all allergens (including dairy and nuts) are clearly labeled. The only thing that's off limits for gf folks here is the roti wrap, the samosas, and the papads (lentil crisps that share a fryer with the samosas). The gluten-containing items are kept well separate though, minimizing the cross-contamination risks to a level I'm more than comfortable with.Tikkaway Grill is the best thing that's happened to downtown New Haven in quite some time.
941 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Sazon claims to offer the most extensive Venezuelan menu in the US. Now I'm not in a position to verify or dispute that, but I certainly can attest that not only is the food at Sazon exceptional, but they are quite knowledgable in all things gluten-free and celiac-safe preparation (it certainly helps that most of the menu is gluten-free to begin with). After taking a few moments to soak in the relaxing atmosphere, I went with one of the arepas, which is sort of a corn cake sandwich, served with a variety of fillings. I've only ever been to one other place that serves arepas, and Sazon's put them to shame. I got three bites in, and ordered a second one to go. Now one is certainly enough for a meal; my plan was to eat the second for lunch the following day. When I told them my intentions, they packaged the second arepa up so that the corn cake, pork (pernil) and sauce were all kept separate so the corn cake wouldn't get soggy, which definitely strikes me as going the extra mile. A couple of extra things to note about Sazon: a. They are not open for lunch during the week b. It is a byob restaurant c. They are cash only d. They offer a variety of delicious-looking chocolates (I did not try them) e. It almost made me want to move to Philadelphia. I'd like to further qualify my rating by saying that I typically give high marks to any place that truly understands gf-prep and cross contamination; with so few gf-safe options, I feel beggars can't be choosers (yet). A decent meal that doesn't make me sick is infinitely preferable to a delicious one that does, and that typically is the basis for my scores. Sazon nails both the preparation and the quality, and I intend to return any time I find myself back in Philly.
792 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10065
About six months after being diagnosed with Celiac disease I finally worked up the courage to start going to restaurants again. Lilli and Loo was my first destination as a designated GF diner, and another six months later, I've been here at least 20 times and look forward to every opportunity I can get to return. The waitstaff immediately brings me the GF menu now instead of the regular menu, and I feel completely comfortable here. The sushi rolls (all of them) are frequent choices, but the steamed pork dumplings and sauteed chicken and eggplant are delicious as well. I normally give high marks to any restaurant where I don't get sick afterwards, but L & L is in a class of its own.
600 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
I travel a lot for work and have come to regard PF Chang's as a trusted go-to restaurant when I find myself looking for a safe meal in an unfamiliar city. I've been to the Baltimore one several times now, as well as a few other locations, and have never had bad experience at any of them. Although I wouldn't call the food exceptional, the peace of mind of being able to order something without having to explain your allergy to a clueless waiter and hope for the best is reason enough to keep me coming back. The Dali Chicken and the flourless chocolate dome cake are among the standouts from the GF menu.
1489 Carl D Silver Pkwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
There was no separate GF menu available, although the waitstaff was helpful and knowledgeable in explaining what I could and couldn't have. In the end I played it safe and just had edamame and some tuna & salmon nigiri, nothing fancy. We sat at the sushi bar, and I overheard the waiter explaining to the sushi chef that everything had to be gf. GF soy sauce was provided along with the meal. At the end of the meal the sushi chef prepared a few complimentary pieces of sushi that he said were gf - they had imitation crab on them (which I've heard can be iffy) however, and I decided to pass. My meal was simple, but satisfying, and I came out with no issues.
7921 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31406
As noted by other reviewers, there is not a separate gf menu, but an allergen guide that can be cross-referenced with the regular menu. It's pretty easy to navigate though, and I ordered the half-rack of ribs and pulled pork, along with baked beans. It was hard to get a sense for how thoroughly they understood cross-contamination concerns, but the food was outstanding (especially the ribs), and I had no issues.
97 Lake Street, White Plains, NY 10604
Many of the other reviewers seem to have covered all the bases with 97 Lake, but I just want to quickly add that I had a great experience here. They serve a category of food that I had largely considered to be off-limits to me, and they do it very safely and very well. I don't make it down to White Plains often, but I would absolutely go back here - this is about as celiac-friendly as you can get.