The person you're talking to at the restaurant hasn't even heard of the item you're allergic to. For the most part Casey and I can eat out anywhere. However if it's a new place we want to try I call ahead to find out if they are aware of what menu items have gluten in them. This was one such experience:
"Thank you for calling 'such and such' how can we help you?" (She's yelling at me and it sounds bumping in the background.)
"Yes I was wondering if you had any items on your menu that are gluten-free?"
"Ummmmm..... do you mean gelatin?" (Patronizing tone)
"Oh, no it's glluuu-ten. Gluten. Like wheat?"
"Hmm... Yeah I think we have some stuff you can have."
"Well I'm allergic so maybe you could ask someone that would know for sure?"
"Well ::scoffs:: I know we have a lot of pasta dishes."
"Ok, is it gluten-free pasta?"
"it's just regular pasta."
Big sigh... "Ok thanks."
(For those of you who don't know pasta is made from wheat.)
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