Wow. I’m only on blog #2, and already I am going to dedicate it to someone. (Who would have guessed!?) Who is this blog post dedicated to? A waitress. I have no idea what her name is or even what she looks like. So, why am I dedicating this blog to her?
Well, last night my husband and I went out with 2 other couples from work. As much as I look forward to the camaraderie of being out and about with colleagues (an experience I haven’t had much of since being diagnosed with celiac disease), I was also dreading it, because I was wondering what I would be able to eat, how hungry I would get waiting to eat until I got back home, or what outrageous price I’d have to spend for some silly cheese platter just to not starve to death. (and don’t get me started on the “salad” option – that is another post for another time!)
So, imagine my amazement and pure DELIGHT at discovering that not only does the Bryant Lake Bowl have a gluten free menu, but they actually “get it” when it comes to food prep and cross contamination. And how did this all come about? (hint, hint: remember that waitress I mentioned earlier?)
In the midst of expressing my excitement over this discovery, our waiter gave me the scoop: one of their waitresses has celiac disease, too. She developed the gluten free menu, and apparently made sure that everyone knows how not to cross-contaminate the food they serve. When a non-celiac waiter explains the importance of cutting a sandwich bun on a clean plate instead of on the sandwich board, you KNOW they get it!
Which brings me to the next stanza in my proclamation of love for this place: not only was the menu full, it had a great variety of options: appetizers, entrees, salads, and sandwiches. AND (AND AND AND…drum roll, please) get this: the “burgers and sandwiches”…they actually had buns. That is correct: the yummy burger that I got (dripping with cheese and mayo) actually came between two delicious pieces of bread.
(For those of you who don’t have to eat gluten free, you might not realize this, but in most GF menus, if you order a sandwich or burger, what you get is the filling part…not the stuff that holds it all together. It is NOT quite the same experience, at all.) Yes, this was a big deal.
So, my sincere thanks and appreciate to the nameless, faceless waitress who took the time to make this happen, and to the powers-that-be at the Bryant Lake Bowl who took her seriously. Whomever you are, you are beyond awesome. This one’s for you!
Oh! And one more thing: the flip side of the menu? Gluten free breakfast and brunch.
I think my weekends just got a little busier. 😉