The Pinyon Gluten Free Fried Chicken

30 Jul

I saw an article in the Daily Camera about The Pinyon’s gluten free fried chicken. The article said it was’t designed to be a gluten free dish, just that the potato flour made a crisper crust. Of course, what Celiac can resist going out to a restaurant and eat fried chicken!? I had to try it. The chicken was really good, even the next day (what is it about cold fried chicken that is so yummy?).

However, The Pinyon is not what I would call a gluten-free friendly restaurant. It’s one of those restaurants that likes to say “Oh, yes! We’re gluten-free friendly,” but when you get there, you can’t have the pancake that goes with the chicken, or you can have this other item so long as it’s without any kind of sauce, or you can only have one of the sides on the menu because the others are all wheat-based in some fashion.

I’m really tired of going to restaurants that like to act “friendly” but really have no intention of making any changes to their menu so people with dietary restrictions can eat what others are eating. You can pick these places out easily since they have no gluten free menu and they say things like “our chef is glad to convert any of our recipes to gluten free.” Translation: you can have a slab of meat on a plate with some steamed broccoli if you like while everyone else has beurre blanc or some other delectable sauce. Sigh.

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2 Responses to “The Pinyon Gluten Free Fried Chicken”

  1. Carol 5 August 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    Couldn’t agree more! Customer beware…get educated is my motto!
    Thanks for the post>
    XO Carol

  2. Rogene 19 September 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    Me too. In my experience one of the things that is typically left off (in addition to all the other things mentioned) is the seasoning. Seems that many restaurants have propietary seasoning blends that contain gluten and they can’t seem to use anything else. So often that slab of meat is unseasoned and at one establishment we tried almost raw. Seems they can’t cook gluten free meat very long. Don’t ask me why — the manager who said that didn’t even seem to know.

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