When my family and I first went gluten-free, there was almost nowhere we felt safe eating. I can tolerate cross-contamination of my food with gluten products, but the rest of my family can’t. This pretty much eliminated all fast food restaurants, Italian restaurants, pizza, and most of the rest from our list. Add to the fact that one of us is also soy intolerant and there went most of the Asian restaurants.
There are certainly benefits to avoiding these places – by not eating out we avoid a lot of wheat and soy fillers in our food, cheap and hormone packed meats, and all kinds of trans fats.
Our health has significantly improved by eliminating most eating out. However, occasionally it is nice to not have to do all the cooking or to be able to grab a quick meal out. I’ve been missing this for a while and then I discovered my new favorite restaurant – Willamette Burger Company.
Eating at WBC was a lesson to me that it pays to continue to try new places and ask questions. I recently got a groupon for Willamette Burger Company and figured I’d try them out. How could I go wrong? Worst case scenario I get a burger with lettuce, tomato and pickle and hold the bun at 1/2 the normal price.
Turns out this was a best case scenario. First, the meat at WBC is all locally grown, hormone free beef. For $1 more I can substitute local lamb. And, then I found out that they were significantly different from other venues because they have a dedicated fryer for their fries and tots. All their fries and tots are made on site, wheat free and fried in a dedicated gluten-free fryer. And while I can argue back and forth whether potatoes are paleo or not, it’s wonderful to know that I can get locally made fries that are guaranteed gluten-free through correct handling procedures. Awesome!
If you’re ever in the Willamette Valley, I suggest you check out the Willamette Burger Company. If you’re not, here are some things to look for in an exceptional burger business:
- Local, hormone free meats
- Options to substitute for beef
- Handmade fries
- Dedicated, gluten-free fryers