UPDATED 6/11/07 Your first step in planning a gluten free vacation in New Hampshire is to bookmark and/or copy the list published by NHCeliac “a community of People with Celiac Disease in and around New Hampshire”. Much of what I’ll be saying in this article comes originally from this source.
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The Bugaboo Creek Steak House, a truly intriguing name for a restaurant chain, offers a gluten free menu and serves celiac meals in Bedford (603-625-2976), Nashua (603-881-5816), and Newington (603-422-0921).
The Outback Steak House serves gluten free meals in Concord (603-226-0300), Newington (603-431-5800), and Bedford (603-622-8833). This chain is the celiac’s best friends, serving delicious celiac friendly food and providing gluten free menus in their restaurants coast-to-coast.
Carrabbas Italian Grill, a subdivision of The Outback Steak House, serves tasty gluten free meals at its restaurant in Bedford. (603-641-0004).
Uno’s Chicago Grill provides service in seven locations in New Hampshire. Click here, type in the word “New Hampshire”, and look at a map that shows locations and phone numbers in most of New England. Click on the link at the beginning of the paragraph to read their recommendations for people dining gluten free. Click on the appropriate button after you reach their nutrition page.
The Texas Roadhouse chain provides a restaurant in Nashua (603-595-7293).
Chili’s and Wendy’s are probably also available. However, you need to key in a specific zip code in order to find restaurant and I was unable to find phone numbers. Both Wendy’s and Chili’s posts lists of foods that are compatible with our diet. Keep in mind that Chili’s list is updated monthly.
That’s everything I know about chain restaurants serving gluten free food in New Hampshire. Here are some uniquely New Hampshire establishments:
Rafferty’s Pub in North Conway (603-356-6460). This wording from their website describes what treasures are available here: “We pride ourselves in offering a wide selection of gluten-free items from our menu. Always ask to speak to one of the owners or the chef, as we try to accommodate most dietary needs. “We have added a separate fryolator to cook gluten-free items, including French fries, potato skins, nachos, and chicken wings. Chicken tenders can also be cooked with our gluten-free bread crumbs, with flavors including Cajun, Italian, and plain. We also have gluten-free pasta, rolls, croutons and desserts to enjoy your meal from beginning to end. We offer gluten-free Woodchuck Beer, potato vodka, Margaritas, and our Van Gogh vodka line is all gluten-free.”
UPDATE 6/1/07 Things have gotten even better in the two weeks since I wrote this article. Rafferty’s now boasts a full gluten free menu and my e-mail from manager John Rafferty assures me that "nearly 100% of our menu" is gluten free. Thanks, John, both for the information and for a dining experience that I definitely will enjoy during my vacation this fall.
Bellini’s Ristorante Italiano, also in North Conway (603-356-7000). This restaurant offers a gluten free menu and states that all pasta dishes can be prepared with gluten free rice pasta.
Ya Mamma’s Italian restaurant in Merrimack (603-578-9201) promises on their menu that gluten free pasta is always available.
The Yankee Smokehouse in West Ossipee (603-539-7427) boasts a menu prepared by a person with five diagnosed celiacs in the family and stresses that the staff has received special training in dealing with our needs.
UPDATE 6/11/07 I imagine that your New England adventure will take you into other states. You may wish to check out my articles on gluten free dining in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. You may want to look at my articles "Gluten Free Restaurants in New England" and "Exploring Gluten Free Boston".
Since beginning this blog, I have been intrigued by the number of times restaurants and bakeries go to great effort to provide gluten free options and then fail to mention this on their website. Apparently, webmasters and chefs sometimes don’t communicate. So I must rely on spies. If you have any information that should be added to this article or to any of my other articles, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org