Your current dietary classification, PSPAVPBGFBDHC (paleo, sometimes pescatarian, always vegan, plant-based, gluten-free but don’t have celiac), makes eating out seemingly impossible.
Fear not. Alternative menus exist at some of the city’s better restaurants. You just have to know to ask. Below are a few of our favorites.
Girl & the Goat
What: The restaurant known for its innovative bread program has a separate gluten-free menu.
Wow factor: Master baker Greg Wade crafts loaves every day using sorghum instead of flour.
Why, thank you: The kitchen helpfully marks each dish on the menu with asterisks, noting use of fish sauce, soy, and oil that may contain gluten.
Eat up: Pan-roasted arctic char, beef short ribs with dirty fried rice, cult-followed kohlrabi salad, ham frites.
Up next: Little Goat offers a similar menu upon request.
Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf
What: While friends feast on foie, you dive into the vegetarian menu, available on request.
Yum: Roasted tomato salad, mushroom stroganoff with sherry cream, potatoes every which way (mashed, loaded, baked).
Last word: A slice of sky-high lemon meringue pies makes meat-eating friends wish they’d had what you had.
What: Behind its rich comfort food exterior lies a tasty, equally hearty vegetarian alternative.
Ooh: Chef Ashlee Aubin was the former chef de partie at Alinea.
Chow down: Black kale flatbread with raclette, house-made spaghetti with tomato cream, and sweet potato ravioli make meat a distant memory.
What: The city’s finest diner (famous for its burger) has both vegan and gluten-free menus. Just ask.
For the vegetarians: Triple-decker grilled cheese, salads galore, omelet du jour (our personal fave), smashed potatoes.
For the gluten averse: Sandwiches served atop crispy hash, griddled bratwurst with smashed potatoes, chopped chicken liver with salted butter.
Awww: A round of pickle backs eases the pain of not being able to eat the mille-feuille.
Photo: Kari Shaflen / Courtesy of Au Cheval