Going to a restaurant that doesn’t have gluten-free options on their menu or a dedicated menu, can be scary.  You never know if you will be surprised by the manager and waitress and their knowledge and willingness to accommodate your needs, or if you will end up with a plain chicken breast with no seasoning and steamed broccoli.  While there have been many restaurants that have not been accommodating, most restaurants are great and are willing to make sure you have a great experience.

Benihana has become one of my go-to restaurants for holidays, and even just date night with my boyfriend.  It is a Japanese steak house where they cook the food right in-front of you.   They have three different options for cooking styles if you have to eat gluten-free.  They will either prepare your food in the back and bring it out when the rest of the table’s food is done, they will cook it in-front of you before they cook the other people’s orders, or they will make it in a corner of the grill at the same time as the rest of the food.  It is up to you and how comfortable you feel with the chef and their knowledge of gluten.

I have had some very good experiences here where the chef and waitress know exactly what I can and can’t eat, and other times where I have had to tell my waitress what I can order.  I usually order the filet mignon with a  side of chicken fried rice.  It also comes with shrimp, tons of vegetables and a soup and salad to start.  However, most of the menu items can be gluten-free with the exception of anything with teriyaki sauce.  The garlic butter that they cook with contains gluten, which is why they have to make the gluten-free food separate.

Benihana is a little pricey, but it is definitely worth it and you will leave with leftovers!



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