Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Going out to eat is usually a relaxing activity. But for those with special dietary needs, it can be overwhelming.
That's why some local restaurants are putting in the extra effort this month to ensure all walks of life can enjoy the experience.
"I didn't know it was gluten-free, although I did know they were offering those options. It's very good, you can't even tell," said Lost Dog Cafe regular Jean Schrader.
May is Celiac Awareness Mont,h and some local restaurants, like Lost Dog Cafe, are helping the campaign.
Celiac Disease affects one in 133 Americans and results in the intolerance of gluten.
Gluten is the protein found in wheat, rye and barley.
"In terms of our menu and the month, we just are helping out the campaign by offering these items, but also by spreading the word and being informative," Lost Dog Cafe General Manager Megan Shurtleff said.
The Lost Dog menu boasts a number of gluten-free options year-round.
This month, there will be several more, with a daily lunch and dinner special that are gluten-free.
They also have information sheets to answer questions.
"So far, people have asked us a lot of questions," Shurtleff said. "We have a little print out and a brochure for people who have more questions about it. I think they are excited that the word's getting out there."
At Whole in the Wall in Vestal, brochures are available for curious diners. And their regular menu is also dotted with the "GF" symbol.
"The (purpose) of Whole in the Wall is to serve healthy food, and to cater to special diets, so we wanted to cater to that," Whole in the Wall Senior Partner Eliot Fiks said.
A few years ago, the restaurant was nationally certified to serve gluten-free foods.
This month, they hope to share what they have learned.
"We're hoping that it lets people, like your friends and your neighbors, know this is it what it is, watch out for those with it, and help them," Fiks said.
Plenty of local restaurants that are meeting a growing concern with good eats and education.