P F Changs

You would think Asian food would be perfect for people, like me, who cannot eat wheat because the main ingredients in Asian recipes are rice and soy. Many people do not know, however, that the second ingredient in soy sauce is wheat. Luckily for me, P F Changs Chinese Bistro has an extensive gluten-free menu. It is actually the biggest gluten-free menu I have seen at any restaurant. No problem for me to eat there. My friend, the Gatherer, is a whole different story; with her rice and soy allergy, anyone would say that there is nothing at an Asian restaurant she can eat. We were in an adventurous mood, and decided that we would find a way for her to eat there too, as it is my favorite restaurant, and she wanted to be able to eat out with me. So we went to P F Changs.

The hostess sat us, and got us our drinks, and then our waitress came over to take our orders. Instead of requests for food however, she got a long list of questions about the ingredients in half the menu. The waitress did not panic, as we had half expected, but rather went to the back, and printed up a list of everything without soy. She then proceeded to cross off anything with rice in it. My friend and I were able to eat delicious worry-free food that day. I think we just found our New Favorite Restaurant!

And now, due to popular request: What We Ordered!

Me (The Hunter): Gluten Free Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Steamed rice on the side

Friend (The Gatherer): Steamed Spinach with garlic dipped in egg roll sauce. (And a bit of stolen lettuce from my pile).

And yes, we gave that waitress a HUGE tip!

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5 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    I agree. Although I don’t have any food allergies, I think PF Chang’s has one of the most extensive and versatile menus…for anyone. And coincidentally, I just had PF Chang’s for dinner last night!

    For a few suggestions, I believe Sensitive Baker in Culver City bakes gluten-free treats, and Trader Joe’s website has a listing of their gluten-free products. Enjoy!

  2. 2

    Kaelan said,

    I’d love to see a write-up of what you guys actually ate!

  3. 3

    Jessica said,

    My boss was telling me about a restaurant she likes, and they have a gluten free menu:
    http://www.mariasitaliankitchen.com/menus/view.cfm?menu=29
    they have a few locations, the closest ones being Agoura and Calabasas.
    I haven’t been there yet, but it looks like a cute little cafe-esque restaurant- I think it looks pretty good!

  4. 4

    zachpino said,

    PF Changs is great. Its cool they have gluten-free foods on their menu. One of my neighbors growing up has Celiac Disease and it was always a bummer when he couldn’t eat at most restaurants

  5. 5

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