I am beyond grateful for all of the restaurants who have chosen to take allergen-free options seriously. While not every establishment can be totally gluten free or free of any other allergen, there are a few things that restaurants do that make diners like me feel safe and welcomed.
It can be a pretty rough experience to go out to eat when you have a food allergy or other illness that requires you to avoid certain ingredients. Having developed celiac disease after 19 years of "normal" life, I can get frustrated with the newfound fear and anxiety that eating out sometimes causes me. "I could be fine", you think to yourself, "or I could end up living in the bathroom for the next 2-5 business days." That risk factor is a pain in the ass, so every time I find a place that can alleviate those negative feelings, I am a customer for life.