Monday, October 4, 2010

Another Fabulous Restaurant Choice – Joe’s American Bar and Grill

Massachusetts sure seems to have their act together when it comes to restaurants and food allergies.

When my husband and I were in Boston a week ago for my son’s water polo tournament, we decided to have breakfast at Joe’s American Bar and Grill on Newbury Street. Again, we were eating without my multi-food-allergic son, so the only consideration was my wheat allergy.

The first thing our waitress did was to let us know that they were happy to accommodate gluten intolerance and food allergies. I didn’t even have to ask – it was part of her “I’m your server” spiel. She went on to explain exactly how the food would be handled. She would notify the chef, the food surfaces would be scrubbed down, and everything would be made to order.

I was impressed.

They didn’t have gluten-free rolls or muffins, but they did let me know that they have gluten-free pizza crust and gluten-free pasta. But it was breakfast, so I ordered an omelet. My omelet took a little longer to prepare than I expected (others who sat down after us were getting their food earlier) but it was worth the wait. My food was delivered to my table by a special waitress, who made sure that it was what I expected.

Contrast my recent experiences here and at Legal Sea Foods, with the one that Paul Antico writes about in a recent blog post.

Could the ease of eating out in Boston be a result of the Massachusetts food allergy law that was passed earlier this year? If so, let’s keep pushing for other states to adopt similar laws.

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