I read this short article about gluten free restaurants in the Chicago Tribune today and then did some research.

I was glad to learn that according to a new survey from the National Restaurant Association, gluten-free and allergy conscious cuisine is expected to be one of the hottest restaurant menu trends for 2011.

The Tribune article lists some of the area restaurants that offer gluten free dining. The University of Chicago’s Carol Shilson is also interviewed in the article. She recommended a web site from the Gluten Intolerance Group where you can search celiac-friendly restaurants by zip code. Currently, the site lists 31 restaurants offering gluten free cuisine within 50 miles of downtown Chicago.

I am also going to be working with the Lettuce Entertain You restaurants to introduce patients with celiac disease to their gluten free menus. Look for more information on this blog as we go to sample their cuisine.

When possible, please try to support restaurants that offer gluten free dining. Maybe next year we can make gluten and allergy conscious cuisine the #1 top trend.

By the way, if you aren’t on Bruce Zarlengo’s newsletter mailing list about gluten free restaurants and dining events in the greater Chicagoland area, you should be. He does a great job with it. Write him at brucezarcsa@gmail.com.

Aaaaand … if you’re interested in more gluten-free news, please consider joining the national Celiac Sprue Association and the Celiac Sprue Association of Greater Chicago. By doing so, you’ll support worthy causes and you’ll get regular newsletters containing more gluten free recipes and restaurant recommendations.