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    Have any of you had to make special requests when eating out? I forgot my lunch the other day and decided to go to a 'south. st burger ' place. I ordered two beef patties without the bun and small fries. People were looking at me like I was crazy. Then I got even more weird looks when I asked them to just put onions on it and no other toppings. . It sucks when you are trying to avoid wheat and grains and cant eat anywhere besides home.

  • #2
    As a celiac I have to do this all the time. Normally I have to talk with the manager and let them know I am very sensitive to gluten contamination and ask if they are sure they can accommodate. Then I have to make sure the fries aren't cooked in the same oil as breaded stuff and they don't grill buns on the same grill as my meat.

    I usually just eat McDonald's since they have some of the best training in the industry and everything is frozen completely prepared so there isn't much chance for the local crew to screw it up.

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    • #3
      I am gluten intolerant, so I have to do this, too. I really need to find a restaurant that cooks to order, and the server needs to have a clear idea of what I'm talking about. Otherwise they could end up sending something out on bread or with croutons, which if I sent it back to be redone without the bread or croutons, I'd have to trust them to re-prepare it rather than just pick out the offending parts and replate the order. And once they've sent it out wrong, I don't trust them to do the right thing.

      Usually what I do is find something on the menu that appears to be acceptable, then inquire to make sure there will be no unpleasant surprises, even if I'd really rather eat something else.

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      • #4
        You'll get over feeling weird about people looking at you. And once you do it enough, they'll realize it is just another type of eating, and won't stare at others.

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        • #5
          You can order with the bun and remove it at the table. This might avoid embarrassment. Also, nothing wrong with a little catsup and all the mustard you like. It's sad how small the meal is when you remove the bun, huh?
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          • #6
            I dunno, I would just toss away the bun. When we have catered lunches at work or at courses, that's what I do, grab like 3 or 4 sandwiches, and strip the bread .
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            • #7
              I have a sensitivity/ allergy to cottonseed oil and avoid wheat. With the bread and such, I can pick it off and eat around it and be fine. Unfortunately, I'm not that lucky with cottonseed oil. Every new restaurant that doesn't explicitly advertise "100% [x] oil" gets questioned. It almost always goes the same way:
              "What oil do y'all use? I have an allergy to cottonseed oil."
              "Oh, it's a vegetable oil!"
              "I've learned the hard way that vegetable oil can contain any number of oils. Do you know what's in the vegetable oil?"
              "I think it's [soybean/ peanut], but let me go check."
              And then they come back with an answer. It's a pain in the ass (and I very rarely try a new restaurant over lunch because of it), but it's worth not getting the pain.
              After a while you get used to it and don't notice the stares.
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              • #8
                If you're gluten-intolerant, removing the bun and tossing it away at the table is not good enough. The burger is sufficiently cross-contaminated with bread crumbs to make a person sick.

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                • #9
                  I am getting more used to it. I find the higher end restaurants cope better. You would have to drag me kicking and screaming to a McD's, still I sometimes get "poisoned" I have learned to ask specific things, like do you put egg in your burger, what do you use to thicken your sauce? etc etc. I am now very allergic eggs, and dairy and intolerant to gluten, so it has become really difficult.
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                  Lowest weight 93lbs - too thin. Now stable at around 100lbs much better weight for me at my age.
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                  • #10
                    Most of the places we frequent know me by now. No beans or rice, just extra vegetables!

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                    • #11
                      I've been surprised how accommodating restaurants have been! Though at a horse show last month, I did get teased quite a bit when early in the morning I ordered a cup of black coffee and four sausage patties, with tomatoes. The couple running the little food service joked with me since it wasn't on the menu and sausage usually came on biscuits. Later that afternoon I was showing my horse and hadn't had a chance to stop for lunch, so hubs went back to the couple and ordered me a plain hamburger patty, extra cheese, lots of onions, lettuce and tomatoes, no bun. The couple asked "is this for the same lady that ordered just sausage this morning to eat with her boiled eggs?" laughing with hubby (whos also primal)

                      I also got the look as I ate it on horseback, in all my show clothes, waiting for my next class (I should post a pic, its quite funny!)

                      There's a Mexican place by my house that knows me pretty well. I told them what I could and couldn't eat, and they cooked me up this gorgeous pile of chicken, beef, veggies and tomato cream sauce I could have died for!

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                      • #12
                        I don't go out to restaurants very often, but when I do I usually order something that is pretty much primal anyway, like steak or grilled salmon. I ask to replace white potato with either veggies or sweet potato. I eat out so rarely that I don't really bother to ask what kind of oil or fat my meat has been cooked in, although I probably should.

                        My sister-in-law on the other hand is gluten sensitive, so she and my brother will only eat at restaurants that have a dedicated gluten free menu, and even then she asks a bunch of questions to make sure there will be no cross contamination. No place has ever had a problem catering to her needs, and are usually very happy to do so. So don't be afraid to make special requests, it happens all the time and restaurants are used to it for the most part.

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                        • #13
                          I don't have any particular allergies, so I usually don't bother... the few times I eat at the mall, I get poutine from New York fries or some sushi. Note that this happens very, very rarely. There's one restaurant I sometimes visit... I usually get their grilled steak salad. Nomnom.
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                          • #14
                            I figure if you're paying for food, you don't have to be reluctant or embarrassed about asking for it the way you want it. And, if you leave a good tip, the next time you come back you won't even have to ask.

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                            • #15
                              I've been making food requests since I started trying to lose weight in 2009. I'm totally used to it. Veggies instead of rice or fries, dressing on the side for salads, and can you please lettuce-wrap my burger? Thanks! We go to in n out a lot since you can get a bunless (Flying Dutchman) or lettuce wrapped (protein style) hunk of meat-like food substance for super cheap. Carl's Jr & Red Robin offer similar options. So does Wendys.
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