Sunday, November 29, 2009

Restaurants that we LOVE: Olive Garden and P.F. Chang's

Life has been getting better and better for those of us with nutritional limitations. More and more chains have been creating gluten free menus for their patrons. And as a mother of a child who cannot eat wheat but loves eating out, I am eternally grateful for options. Two restaurants that we have always enjoyed and are happy to discover that they offer several GF dishes are Olive Garden and P.F. Chang's.

Olive Garden's various menus can be found here. Amongst the offerings are grilled chicken and steamed veggies, meat kabobs, and they are even trying out a new GF pasta with marinara sauce. From what I am told, the pasta dish just made its way out of the test kitchen and the more people order it, the more likely it is that they will add more GF pasta dishes to their menu. So go, go go! And tell them how much you appreciate this expansion of their menu.

For a while now I have been hearing about how P.F. Chang's is offering their own GF menu. We happen to have an amazing local Chinese restaurant that caters to our every need so we do not often give other places a try. But we were recently running around in a different neighborhood and decided to pop in and give them a try. And boy were we impressed. The staff was so friendly and helpful. And knowledgeable about the menu. When you are dealing with food allergies, this is essential. Ella went hog wild. We ordered several things, just to give them a try. Which was not too much of a problem, as it allowed a bunch of leftovers. (Score! Mommy got a cooking break!) If you are around one of their restaurants and are hungry, please check them out. It is so nice to feel normal again and I applaud these restaurants for trying something new. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!


Ann said...

My 23 year old son is allergic to milk, egg, peanut and tree nuts. He loves the P.F. Changs in Boston, MA. You can find other food allergy friendly restaurant reviews at There's a place on the site where you can enter your favorite restaurants on the site to share with other families.

Robert Boyle said...

Great advice...... now write some more......
you are off work as of yesterday......
I may be down to see you all on Wednesday..
Love to all.......DAD