We flirted with the idea of going to a place we'd never tried for our anniversary: Noodi on McDade. Jenn had seen something on-line that seemed to imply that they might be able to accomodate gluten free and vegetarian dining. When we got there, no one was immediately available for us to talk to, and there was nothing on the menu that gave us a sign of their ability to do the GF thing. I got cold feet and we left, chosing instead to go to our usual sushi place, which is nice, but disappointing because we wanted to do something new.
Jenn had a great idea at dinner. The way that some restaurants quietly declare their kosher status -- with a little sticker on the door -- would be a great way for restaurants to declare their ability to accommodate a GF diet. No one need freak out. Regular diners could proceed as usual, and people like me could tell at a glance that I would likely have a positive experience at the place. I will explore this idea further.