Ted’s Montana Grill Goes Gluten-Free

Well, almost. Ted’s Montana Grill offers a limited gluten free menu. They are not part of the Gluten Free Restaurant Awareness Program (GFRAP), but they give diners a few options and they have locations across the country. They advise those with food allergies or Celiac to request that their dishes be prepared on a clean surface with new utensils etc. On my first trip to Ted’s I had mixed success.

I started with a simple garden salad with honey mustard dressing on the side. I confirmed with the waitress that it would be mixed in a clean bowl. The bacon was crispy and I enjoyed the dressing. A solid choice for a simple green starter.

While I was tempted by the bison burger without a bun, I had been eating out with such a frequency that I needed something a little lighter. I selected the Cedar Plank Salmon with asparagus and sliced tomatoes – double checking that it would be prepared on clean surfaces.


What is that on my plate??

It’s a big roll of gluten!!!!

Well, normally I would forgo any further food from such an establishment. In this case, the manager came up to me, apologized profusely and assured me that they would prepare a whole new plate (and all gluten would be banished from its vicinity).

Lucky me, since I was photographing my adventures, I was able to compare the plates and confirm that the new dish was indeed fresh.

I felt comfortable with the reparations and truly enjoyed my lunch. The asparagus was a touch too oily and the tomatoes were pretty plain, but the salmon had a wonderful smoky flavor. Salmon is not one of my favorites (except in sashimi), but I have actually found myself craving this since.

With one location in Manhattan and many in Atlanta, I will probably give them another chance soon.

(And they offer souvenirs! Though I’m not sure I want a mini-stuffed bison to remind me of how cute they were before they arrive on my plate. )

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Lynn Barry said,

March 14, 2007 @ 11:39 pm

You should be getting paid by someone for finding these GF eateries or at least free meals…you ROCK!

Catherine said,

March 15, 2007 @ 4:15 pm

Thanks Lynn – I am waiting for that job offer 😉

Rob said,

March 21, 2007 @ 11:09 am

Hi Catherine,

Great blog, just found it way of CeliacChicks.

I can confirm mixed experiences with Ted’s. I work at AOL in NY and travel down to Dulles on a regular basis. There’s a Ted’s nearby which I’ve visited three times. First two, they provided a gluten-free menu (print out from the Internet), last they had no idea what I was talking about.

I’ve been doing the GF thing about 31 years now so I didn’t press the issue, I just ordered what should have been GF.

Definitely try the buffalo when you go back.

Rob – http://www.celiacfoodreviews.com

Catherine said,

March 21, 2007 @ 1:25 pm

Hi Rob,

Thanks for reading! I was given a notebook turned to the “gluten free” page. The manager seemed to fully understand, too bad it wasn’t expressed to the kitchen the first time around.

Tom Nash said,

August 5, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

I had the bison steak on Johnson Ferry Rd and a real big problem after. Suspect the seasonings were cause. $24 education!

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