I’ve discovered it is not only beneficial to be bold in our G-Free requests when dining out, but in so doing we are helping to raise awareness of the concern. This is all the more important as we travel.

In Wilmington, VT there is a precious little sandwich and ice cream shop (Jezebel’s Eatery)… next door to the Norton House (appropriately subtitled – A Quilter’s Paradise). This small quilt shop had been my destination… and my stay there so prolonged by all the fabulous finds that I had to eat lunch before journeying further. What a delight to find the owner not only aware of Gluten concerns, but she was also most accommodating. I asked for a “sandwich” without the bread to be served over lettuce. She was tickled to share that she has about 30 regular customers who all eat Gluten Free and she does this all the time. My meal was beautifully plated with turkey and Vermont Cheddar slices topped with her own balsamic vinaigrette dressing, with sides of chips and her own (delicious) coleslaw. Locally made gluten free chocolate ice cream in a bowl was the perfect finish to the meal.

After a day of exploring the countryside and marveling over splendid historic covered bridges, we stopped in North Conway, NH at an Applebee’s for dinner. We asked for a Gluten Free menu and the host said they really didn’t have any G-Free offerings, but that there was a restaurant in town that did (wasn’t that nice!!!)… and what a recommendation!

Rafferty's Restaurant and Pub in North Conway, NH

Rafferty's Restaurant and Pub in North Conway, NH

Rafferty’s Restaurant and Pub had earned the title of New Hampshire’s best restaurant in 2009 and they have the largest Gluten Free menu in New England (4 full pages). Apparently, the owners, Linda and John Rafferty, first became aware of Gluten issues when both their children were diagnosed with Celiac Disease about the time that they were purchasing the restaurant. John’s brother, Joe, is the kitchen manager and head chef.

Rafferty's Meat Lover's Pizza

Rafferty's Meat Lover's Pizza

The options were so extensive that it was truly hard to choose, but I couldn’t resist one of their home made pizzas. The crust was thin and crispy (just like I like it) and was hands-down the best G-Free pizza I have tasted out thus far.

Rafferty's Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce

Rafferty's Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce

Of course, I just “had” to try their flourless chocolate cake for dessert. (This one was good, but P F Chang’s version remains my favorite.)

The owners of Rafferty’s are serious about raising awareness about Gluten and Celiac Disease. They quarterly host Celiac Disease Information Sessions. For more information, check out Rafferty’s Restaurant and Pub online.