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Frequently updated.  Resources and a network of local providers, meetups, conferences and food sources.  I will add to this post as often as I confirm new information.  It should be Featured (pinned to the top of the blog).  If it's not, please let me know. General Information on Celiac Disease and related links are found at the bottom of the article (very long page).

Safe Restaurants - If it's in this list, I've eaten there personally.  NOTE:  Although it's not something I've seen locally, it is possible to certify Gluten Free food service.
  • Primal  (fine dining, call ahead or reservations) 
  • Akashi (sushi bar)
  • Bull City Ciderworks  (bar, cider is GF, the food truck nearby is not GF though) 
  • Fresh Levant (welcoming atmosphere, in good weather, can sit outdoors, reservations recommended for dinner)


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Haven't tried these, but probably good restaurants:
  • Burger 21 - I need to find more information to verify their GF protocols, but I ate a the one in Ballantyne and it seems like a good option. It's a "fast casual" dining place, a bit of an upscale burger joint, and they have many GF options.  There's one in Cary and one in Raleigh, as well as one in Ballantyne/Charlotte.  
  • The food trucks in Durham are the true superstars of gluten free though... here's an "everything is Gluten Free" food truck you might want to check out:  https://www.medleync.com/   Keep your eyes peeled for them when in Durham!
  • Zenfish  (Pokebar - a Hawaiian tradition based restaurant) I haven't eaten there yet.  I emailed with the owner and she had this to say:  
 "Thank you for reaching out. We have tons of gluten-free options at ZenFish. We use different utensils for every item on the line. All our sauces are gluten-free and made in house besides the eel sauce. We use tamari gluten-free soy sauce in our sauces and gluten-free miso. Our aioli's are made with mayonnaise. We do not use any wheat soy in production at Zenfish and our cutting boards are all segregated for purpose. The only protein that is not gluten-free is our krab meat (what's in California rolls). All our toppings are also gluten-free besides the crunchy toppings such as our fried shallots, wonton chips etc. Hope this helps!"
  • Jersey Mike's has begun a GF bread option with a separate station to prepare sandwiches. I am unable to follow through on testing it because I'm sensitive to many things such as meat glue.  Please let me know if you have tried it and are celiac and it worked out.  I'm really excited that a ubiquitous deli sandwich joint has made GF available.  There is also a table to help people avoid food allergies of many kinds here...  overall I think they're doing a wonderful job. 
  • CleanEatz is a franchise that provides ready to microwave foods that you pick up  (once a week?) from their location.  I haven't tried it, but legend has it, gluten free is an option.  There is a similar Paleo "fast casual" option, but it isn't local.  However, if you're in Virginia Beach, ask around for Paleo to Go. 
Other Restaurant lists or apps - I may or may not have tried these locations
Local Foods markets and chef services (besides supermarkets)
 Supermarkets  and Specialty Supermarkets
  • Food Lion - has a GF section, selection and knowledgeable staff
  • Aldi - an alternative supermarket that has its own line of GF products 
  • Lowes  -  has GF section, with an online GF product list
  • Kroger - seems very focused on the subject, I hope they will post a GF products list
  • Trader Joe's  - food list available, possibly the best place to find micro brew GF cider or beer
  • Whole Foods  -  be very careful to check labels for "made in a facility that also processes wheat", surprisingly I've been fooled more often by products at WF than elsewhere
  • Ingles - not local, but there are some in central and western NC if you're traveling.  Ingles has an excellent track record of trust with gluten free North Carolinians due to excellent customer service. 
  • A Walmart GF Food Guide can be found here
 Local supermarkets that do not seem to have have any online gluten free resources, although they may have GF products:
  • Harris Teeter - since they have been associated with Kroger, you can find the Store Brand, Simple Truth, from Kroger in some HT stores as well.  Online it doesn't seem as GF friendly as it actually is. I saw several Simple Truth items on a  brief visit which were GF, but not certified.  That's par for the course in store brands which are GF, since the point is to save money, but I'd still feel better about it if a store certified their GF brand.
  • Charlie C's IGA
  • Earthfare - although they have many products, they are tricky because many have a "facility that processes wheat" disclaimer or are from countries that do not have GF laws. 
Kitchen or other Tools and Clever Gadgets
  • Toaster Bags - these are usually made of fiberglass and can be used to protect you bread from gluteny or suspicious toasters, great for traveling, and for restaurants. 
  • Food testing electronics:  https://www.ezgluten.com/     and  https://nimasensor.com/    these two are well known but there may be others. 
  • Baking flours by Odlums are often found on Amazon (from Ireland), careful, not all of their flour is gluten free, look for "suitable for coeliacs" on website before buying the flour type.
Medical practitioners (diagnosis is often harder than the diet)
Local Conferences past and present:

Miscellaneous

Links to more general Celiac, Allergy and GFD information

Some of this is technical.  I figure the non technical stuff is easy enough to find, so I'll stick to links that are detailed and specific.  


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Comments

  1. In my country, Gluten Free or dieting is not in their "vocabulary" (yet) -- but it should! Hopefully with information like this could open up consumer awareness here... ;)

    Thanks for the share.

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  2. Hi Arinaa, thanks for visiting! There is an international map here (quora forum post): https://www.quora.com/What-country-has-the-most-incidence-of-celiac-disease I'm not sure where that map came from, but it was probably based on studies like this: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3264942/ (science article about the incidence of Celiac disease in the Middle East)

    Generally, I focus on Italy,Ireland, India, Finland and Australia if I'm looking for international information, each of those countries has their own Celiac Foundations and standards. However, it looks like a worldwide problem. Even the Chinese have recently begun to publish incidence rates in scientific journals.

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