As I've mentioned before, I have Celiac disease, which means I can't have any gluten (wheat, oats, rye, or barley). According to the latest research 1 in every
100 people has Celiac, not to mention the people that are allergic to or intolerant of wheat. This problem affects a lot of us. Fortunately gluten-free dining options are not that difficult to find.
When I go on a business trip or vacation the first thing I do is Google "gluten-free in timbucktoo" (or wherever it is I'm going) to see what my eating choices are. So I thought I'd help the GF (short for gluten-free) people on the Cape or our visitors with some gluten-free choices.
A lot of chain restaurants now have GF menus. Cape Cod has some of the big national chain places: Outback Steakhouse , 99 Restaurant , Not Your Average Joe's, Panera Bread, Olive Garden, and Uno Chigao Grill all of which have printed GF menus (go to their web sites for Cape locations).
We also have some local places that either have a GF menu or understand GF and do it very well. Be sure to emphasize to them that you need a gluten-free meal:
Bangkok Thai Kitchen (Hyannis) - I love the Basil Chicken and Fresh Spring Rolls (not the dipping sauce but you can have the clear hot sauce with pepper flakes in it).
Island Merchant and The Islander (Hyannis, Osterville) - A lot of their dishes are GF and they will happily make substitutions when part of a dish is not GF. These people are very good and know their stuff.
Roadhouse and Columbo's (Hyannis) - You have to really emphasize that you need to be GF but I've never had a problem when I've done that.
5 Bays Bistro (Osterville) - I've had a few dishes there; never any problems.
Siena (Mashpee) - I've eaten there a number of times without any issues.
Trevi Cafe (Mashpee) - They have a number of tapas that they make in separate
saute pans to ensure that there is no cross-contamination.
Wicked Fire Kissed Pizza (Mashpee) - I've only had the salads here but they were excellent and there are a few other dishes I'm sure are just as good.
BZ's Pizza and Mexican (Dennisport) - They have GF pizza all of the time and it's great.
Because so many places offer seafood here, it's pretty easy for me to go into any of them and get GF things: oysters on the half shell, steamers, mussels, boiled lobster, etc. Those dishes haven't failed me yet. In most of those seafood places I've had no trouble getting a piece of broiled fish, salad, (I always carry a travel pack of GF salad dressing in my purse) and baked potato.
This is only a small sample of the gluten-free choices we have on Cape Cod. So if you need to be gluten free on the Cape and would like a full list of GF restaurants and food establishments that span the entire Cape, email me and ask for it, I'll gladly send it to you. If you are a restaurant or food establishment and have some GF offerings let me know and I'll add you to the list.
We also have a GF group here on Cape Cod and you can email them for information about the group and their meetings.
Eat drink and be merry - it's easy to do on the Cape even if you are gluten-free!