When we go to Winnipeg, we will very often eat at Montana’s. The kids like it there, you can colour on the tables, the atmosphere is busy enough to keep the kids busy, and the food is great. We enjoyed going there before we had to worry about finding gluten-free items on their menu. But since having to order items gluten-free, I have relied on their (simple, photocopied) gluten-free menu. It may not have been much, but at least I knew what to expect. I knew which items I could order.
Well, in our little city adventure yesterday, Abby said she’d like to go to Montana’s for lunch. That was fine with me, I was thinking I’d be stuck eating french fries at McD’s or something. This was awesome! Once we got there and were seated, they told me that they had just gotten new menus (GASP!), and that they no longer had a gluten-free menu (DOUBLE GASP!).
My heart fell at hearing that. Our server told us that there had been an incident in Ontario where someone had ordered a gluten-free meal, and it had come into contact with gluten somewhere along the process, and the person had a reaction. I’m saddened that they would remove all of the gluten-free menus instead of just adding a disclaimer. When eating out (even at a friends house), you MAY come into contact with gluten. Anytime you eat something that you yourself did not prepare, you run that risk.
Yesterday when we were there, they did not have an allergy chart available yet (menus were still too new), however, they do have their allergy list online. If you’re relying on them to have the information for you…don’t! Make sure to look it up before heading over there, and know what does or does not contain gluten.
I had the (yummy) Feta Greek salad with grilled chicken, and suffered no ill-effects. That was a hit & miss, but I see on their nutrition list that it does not contain wheat or gluten sources.
So, heads up to all the celiacs out there…I just thought I’d share my experience with you.