Diagnosed 2010. Used to be a foodie who loved serendipity and trying some previously unknown food in some ethnic hole-in-the-wall cafe. Now -- with celiac disease -- I have trouble even eating out without huge amounts of pre-planning.
1821 Hillandale Road, Durham, NC 27705
No GF menu, but wait staff seems knowledgeable: let me order chicken dish, then waived me away when it turned out not to be GF. Can make many items GF.
141 North Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
I was directed by my gluten-free app here. It isn't gluten-free, but they are friendly and flexible about how they prepare food. Since a lot of Thai food is naturally GF, they can offer more than just the usual two or three GF options one gets if one is lucky enough to even get any GF options. The food was excellent: fresh, fragrant vegetables (cabbage, broc, green bean, tomato, onion, etc.) with Thai spices on tiny cellophane noodles. Just what a body wants for lunch. Unfortunately, they don't mark on their menus what can be made GF, so me and the waitress had to go back and forth with the chef several times before I found out that I was restricted to particular parts of the menu. Up until that point, of course, I had no way of knowing what my *actual* choices were, so it was a bit confusing. There were few people in at lunchtime on a late September Saturday, which is sad, because this was a great place with exceptionally friendly and helpful service.
914 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701
1) I had a meal here and did not suffer from it, despite the fact that my food had a risk of cross-contamination. The food was fine; neither wonderful nor awful. My wife had something non-GF, and was not particularly impressed. The place itself was dark and not particularly interesting. 2) On the plus side, they were *great* about informing me of gluten hazards. Both the waitress and the chef were really very clear, forthcoming and understanding. Props to them! This is why I list them as celiac-friendly. And that would normally earn the Federal 4 stars from me. 3) But considering the cross-contamination hazards they outlined, and the limitations of the menu, there really is very little here that anyone with celiac can feel safe eating. This is basically a diner (never good for celiac sufferers) with a few more upscale specials, and only one or two of the specials were GF. 4) So when I want food of this sort, I go to Geer Street Garden, which is *wonderfully* GF friendly and has a better atmosphere.
6801 Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC 27713
Mediocre, inauthentic chain restaurant. The kind I always avoided (and would have given just one star to) before my celiac diagnosis. Now it's the only place I can get Chinese food other than my own kitchen, so I thank them for that. Thus the three stars. It was the one place that my father and I could go to together before he died.
431 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Fantastic food, very GF aware. Some GF beers as well.
4201 University Dr, Durham, NC 27707
My go-to place for GF Thai food. They can make nearly anything GF, and they do so happily. Excellent food. I can't say enough good things about them.
2726 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, Durham, NC 27707
Very aware of GF issues. Excellent everyday mid-range eatery.
107 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701
Very expensive, classy, and a bit chic-chic. Will accomodate GF.
716 9th Street, Durham, NC 27705
This is a very good, mid-range restaurant that tries hard in its own way. Be warned: while they mention a couple of GF items on the menu -- not all of these items are truly GF, because they are fried with non-GF foods. A false GF claim like that is very dangerous -- this is why they only get three stars instead of four -- but there are actually many items they can make GF. The wait staff is knowledgeable and ready to steer you toward or away from something appropriate. The food is very good, but not amazing. Also, I see in the entry above the reviews that they have GF chips. THEY DO NOT HAVE GF CHIPS. Their chips are fried in their own fryers. The wait staff confirms this. So FIND ME GLUTEN FREE needs to revise that.
401 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701
Expensive, high-class and very good food. Very aware of GF issues, and can accomodate many menu items.
644 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701
A great informal dining space with very good food and GF-knowledgeable waitstaff. 1) I had a truly great fish taco (grilled fish, corn tortilla), but there were several more good choices I could have gone with. 2) Even better, my wife ordered the special, which included a local sausage. I asked our waiter if he could find out whether or not it was GF, in case I wanted a bite. To my surprise, he already knew that the sausage was not GF. 3) They have Omission beer!