Because I don’t react to being glutened, I rely on outside information to find restaurants I want to try. Frustrated with searching for terms like “GF” or “gluten free,” I began using the term “celiac” to filter reviews on Yelp. Although it can be exciting to find several “celiac” reviews, I have to read each one carefully.
Not all reviews are positive.
Sometimes the reviewer says something like, “If you have celiac, don’t eat here!” Good information and I stay away from that restaurant!
Not all reviews are relevant.
The reviewer may only know someone who has celiac and mentions it in passing: “I should tell my sister, who has celiac.” Not enough information on its own for me to put the restaurant on my might-be-worth-a-try list. Other reviews are second-hand accounts, and often don’t say if the friend ate safely.
The ideal review is personal.
I’m always looking for a review from someone who has celiac disease (or other gluten intolerance) and says they have eaten without getting glutened.
Also great are reviews that specifically indicate measures taken to prevent cross-contamination, such as separate kitchen areas or separate fryers. Restaurants with owners or staff that have (or know someone with) celiac are more likely to understand cross-contamination, so that is useful information, as well.
It’s not a perfect system, but it’s all I can do on my own. Help me by adding restaurants and cities to Celiac Safe Eats, so we can all have a better, crowdsourced way to locate safe places to eat!
 I’m sure you know: There are way too many fad-GF entries drowning out the establishments that understand how to prevent cross-contamination.
 Of course, there are no guarantees. Even if someone eats safely one time, it doesn’t mean they will eat safely on a different day. We always have to be vigilant, ask questions, and trust our instincts.