Gluten-free Dining at Carrabba's
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Oct 18 2010

Gluten-free Dining at Carrabba's

The other night I found myself running short on time to make dinner, so Hannah and I headed out to Carrabba’s for a quick bite. I often forget that Carrabba’s offers a nice gluten-free menu even though they are not far from my house. We always seem to hit the same places – BJ’s Brewhouse, Pei Wei, Molly Woo’s or Panera. Hannah chose Carrabba’s and I was excited to eat there again. I think it has been close to 3 or 4 years since I have last eaten there.

I was impressed with the size of their menu. This isn’t one of those restaurants that only offers a plain chicken breast or burger, baked potato and salad with oil & vinegar to dress it to those needing to eat gluten-free. There are appetizers, soup, salads, many different entrees & even dessert!

I had a very hard time deciding what I wanted to eat. I couldn’t decided between one of the salads with grilled chicken or seafood or Chicken Marsala with mashed potatoes or grilled salmon. I ended up going with the salmon. The salmon is finished with the chef’s sauce of the day, which happened to be lemon butter the day I was there. There are 16 different sauces that are gluten-free on this menu! I started with a Mediterranean salad. This salad (pictured above) was very flavorful and fresh. The dressing, a balsamic vinaigrette, was the perfect compliment to the fresh lettuce. I loved the added spiciness of the banana peppers.

My meal arrived warm and the salmon was cooked perfectly. The vegetable of the day was fresh green beans and they, too, were cooked perfectly. There is nothing that bugs me more than overcooked vegetables. The menu instructs the customer to order all grill items without “grill baste”. I made sure to order my salmon that way, even though I had already told the server that I was eating gluten-free.

I wish I had saved room for dessert, but I was too busy cleaning my plate to remember that I wanted to try the “John Cole”. John Cole is vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce & roasted cinnamon rum pecans. Doesn’t that sound amazing? I think I may have to resort to having dessert first next time I hit Carrabba’s. Nothing wrong with that, right?

Just when you thought that this place couldn’t get any better, flip the menu over or scroll down to view the list of gluten-free beverages. One word. Redbridge. While I don’t drink a lot of beer, it is really nice to have the option to order one, if I choose to do so.

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Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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  1. Several dishes at Carrabba’s that I enjoyed when I ate gluten can be made gluten-free (with subbed sides instead of pasta). Most everything I’ve tried there has been good and at one time, the location near us employed a server whose very close friend had celiac. He was great and used to take my gf bread into the back (keeping it in foil) to heat it up for me. Once that guy left, I never encountered another server that seemed to get what gluten-free meant so we finally stopped going. Now we just go there if we’re stuck out of town with no other safe options. If there are only two people at the table and both order from the gluten-free menu and the server returns with bread and bread plates and doesn’t understand why you can’t have the bread – that makes for a worrisome dinner for us. That happened multiple times with several different servers at the same location. Since we have not been in over a year, maybe I should see if things have improved there yet ;)

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