I have really liked this Carrabbas on past visits, but was disappointed this time. We went for lunch, two adults and a five year old who is on a gluten free diet. I had read that Carrabas had gluten free options, but I found out not really for kids. And their gluten free options for adults are limited to asking for meats prepared without the grill baste, and without any bread or croutons or pasta.
The only two things on the kids menu he could eat were the chicken breast and the kabob. He had an overdone chicken breast the day before from another restaurant, so he chose the kabob. It came with broccoli which he isn't eating these days, so I ordered him the mashed potatoes. The mashed potatoes came with big chunks of red onion mixed in; not appealing at all to any of us. Together with the kabobs with large red onion slices he simply rejected his meal. He tried the meat, but wasn't having any part of the red onions.
Now, aside from his aversion to green vegetables and red onions, this child has a hearty appetite. He eats every fruit in the world, even the most exotic, loves gluten free pasta and pizza, sweet potatoes, rice, baked potatoes, carrots, turkey, chicken, fresh fish, none of which was available as an alternative for him. We asked. No fruit at all available? I was disappointed when our server told us that.
Construction type workers were present at the restaurant while we ate which may account for the terribly loud noises coming from the toilets in the restroom, and the bad smell in the restroom. Anyway, came back and my barely lukewarm pasta fagioli was served along with my friends salad, bread and dipping oil. Nothing for the hungry child. A few minutes later the waiter brought out a small plate with some great looking play dough- real dough for my grandson to play with while we ate in front of him. Under normal circumstances I would have thought this a wonderfully creative diversion. But when presented to a hungry gluten free child it was not a good choice. Grandma has seen him sneak pieces and licks of lots of batter and dough while cooking which is not a problem since I cook gluten free for him. But it is a problem for a gluten free child. So he played for a few minutes with the real dough before we asked the waiter to take it away so he wouldn't eat it. And it meant another restroom trip to wash hands thoroughly.
My friend and I both had ordered the lunch margherita pizza. When it came after my grandson rejected his meal we just ordered boxes to take the pizza home with us. I wasn't eating anything else in front of a hungry child who just had apple juice. Had the pizza later at home and it was excellent; just the way I like it. My friend's salad was very good; a good sized portion.
With gluten free options being widely available and offered at many restaurants in town it was disappointing that because of no good gluten free options for kids at Carrabas our lunch was ruined.
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