These are responses to someone's query for travelling to Danbury area from the celiac listserv:
My favorite restaurant is the Sesame Seed, as everything is freshly made, and they are happy to try to accommodate any dietary needs.
Chili's and Outback both have GF menus, I've had better luck with consistency at the Chili's. The Chamomille is a healthfood store with many GF items. Most of the grocery stores tend to have at least a little bit of GF products, but your best bet is the Chamomille. In Bethel there is O'Neil's which is a coffee shop (breakfast and lunch) that has GF baked goods at times, they usually have things on Monday, but may have nothing by the end of the week; they are also happy to do their best to accommodate for someone with GF needs.
I recommend Chris's American Restaurant, 189 Federal Road, Brookfield (203)775-7072. The chef/owner, Chris, has educated his waitstaff on gluten, and the staff will check any menu item with him. The restaurant is located about a mile from the Danbury/Brookfield line, and is open for lunch and dinner. This is the restaurant my family frequently goes to for lunch or dinner, and it is popular with businesspeople for lunch.
Our health food store in Danbury has lots of GF items - Chamomille Natural Foods, 58-60 Newtown Road, Danbury (203) 792-8952.
I live in NY State and just returned from Trader Joe's in Danbury (Rte.84) which has lots of gf products and 4-5 pages of gf items they carry in their store. You will have plenty from which to choose, tho they are not in one section, but are in various depts..
For eating out, there is an Outback, which is a no brainer. It's off exit 8. Other restaurants that will accommodate: Chuck's Steakhouse (Exit 4 near mall); Chris' (Federal Road); If you are downtown, go to Two Steps - my brother in law owns it, and I eat there often. His name is Keith. Tell him I sent you!! They will cook in a separate pan for you, so I usually get salmon, baked potato, veggies. Sesame Seed is another. Not far from downtown. Bring some crackers and you can have awesome hummus, and I've never had a problem w/the rice and chicken or fish entrees. They know their stuff, too.
For shopping: Chamomille (health fd store) - down the street from Outback. The Stop and Shop on that same street has a health food section w/some gf food, as well. They may even have a gf section within the regular food now, too.
If you are near Ridgefield (one town South), hit Nature's Temptations (health fd store) - it's smaller than Chamomille, but they have so much more and are much more helpful.
There is a Trader Joe's right off Exit 2 of 84.
Chamomile off of Exit 8 on I-84
A few years ago we went to CT for a doctor, and we discovered this dairy store turned supermarket. They had a very big hot food take out area and salad bar. For the two weeks we were there we ate mostly out of this store's take out because you got more nice food for the money than in the limited restaurants. That was before we knew about gluten problems, but they still had wonderful produce, cut up fruit, a great salad bar and I think alot of their hot food was made there rather than shipped in, which would let you ask about ingredients.
There is also a Weis supermarket but it is more run of the mill. Other than that I don't know much about the area. www.stewleonards.com
Be curious! Health is wealth, I wanna be stinking rich!
Please share your experiences and/or relevant links for the Constitution State here (aka the Land of Steady Habits, Nutmeg State and Provisions State).
The following is a recent post on the celiac listserv:
Grocery Stores: -Whole Foods in West Hartford and Fairfield county -In Avon, you can shop for GF items in the Garden of Light Natural Foods store -the southern part of the state, Hamden has a wonderful health food store called Thyme and Season. --The big supermarkets, like Stop and Shop, Shaw's and Big Y, also carry a fair amount of GF items in their health food departments. -a Wild Oats AND a Trader Joes - Geisslers ...which carries Walk on Water Breads from VT deliver every Friday FRESH and DELICIOUS and gluten free pantry items -There is a gluten free pizza made by a member of the Greater New Haven Celiac Groupand sold in the local health food stores. The pizza is called Patricia's Pizza and more. The same person makes frozen cookie logs to be baked whenever you need cookies and a delicious italian bread
Restaurants: Stamford (Frascati) , Rocky Hill (Elizabeth's) and Old Saybrook (Aleia's) have restaurants with GF menus. Also most places are very accomodating and can often get a grilled chicken, steamed veggies and baked potato at most diners. Simsbury - possibly a GF pizza place
Support Groups: Connecticut has three support group chapters that I am aware of - one in Fairfield county, one in Hartford and the Greater New Haven Chapter.
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