By Gluten Dude, LLC
Living a 100% gluten-free life has its challenges. Which restaurants can I eat at and not get sick? How do I save money on gluten-free food? Where can I find safe food at airports? Where do I get answers to my questions about dealing with celiac disease? How do I connect with others who understand? Gluten Dude alleviates these challenges and more. CHALLENGE: EATING OUT SAFELY Eating out is one of the more stressful parts of having celiac disease. Everything that is fun and spontaneous about eating out can be overshadowed by the anxiety of whether you can get through your meal unscathed. SOLUTION: A directory of 100% gluten-free restaurants, guaranteeing you a safe meal. The app also includes restaurants that are not 100% GF but 1) have been recommended by someone in the celiac community; 2) have been personally vetted by the Gluten Dude team; and 3) take precautions to minimize the possibility of cross-contamination. NEW RESTAURANTS ADDED EVERY DAY. ----- CHALLENGE: SAVING MONEY ON GLUTEN-FREE FOOD Quality gluten-free food is expensive and hard to find. Did you know there are over 150 awesome GF companies that will ship right to your doorstep? SOLUTION: A directory of every one of these online companies, with a description of who they are and what they sell. Over 50 of these companies are offering online coupons just for app users!!! ----- CHALLENGE: FINDING GLUTEN-FREE FOOD AT AIRPORTS Flying can be such a pain if you have celiac disease. What if your flight is delayed? What if you forgot to pack snacks? SOLUTION: A directory of hundreds of airports with a list of every eatery at those airports and your best bet for finding gluten-free food at each. ----- CHALLENGE: GETTING THE RIGHT INFORMATION ABOUT LIVING WITH CELIAC DISEASE Getting diagnosed with celiac disease is overwhelming. The internet is littered with falsehoods and dangerous info regarding celiac disease & living gluten-free. People are looking for answers to their problems and they are not sure where to turn. SOLUTION: The Gluten Dude app has a forum with hundreds of ongoing discussions. Ask a question and get the right answers from people who have been in your shoes. ----- CHALLENGE: CONNECTING WITH PEOPLE WHO ‘GET IT’ Celiac disease is a very misunderstood disease and can be quite isolating. I've received hundreds of emails over the years from people whose own friends and family don't take their disease seriously; who don't get invited out because they're "too difficult"; who are bullied at school simply because they can't eat gluten. And most of the time, there is no one there to turn to, to listen to you, to understand you. SOLUTION: The Gluten Dude app allows you to privately connect with others who have celiac disease thru private one on one chat ----- CHALLENGE: FINDING GLUTEN-FREE BEER Beer is not gluten-free. The most popular "gluten-free" beers on the market today are actually "gluten-removed" and are not safe to drink. There are a handful of amazing 100% gluten-free beers out there, but they can be difficult to find. SOLUTION: The Gluten Dude app shows thousands of stores, bars and restaurants where people can purchase gluten-free beer. Stay thirsty my friends! ----- WHO IS GLUTEN DUDE? My real name is Scott but within the celiac and gluten-free communities, I'm known as Gluten Dude, a passionate and outspoken celiac disease advocate. I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2008 and I launched my blog in 2011, which now has over 700 articles and 34,000 comments.
This app is a great idea however there are only 2 options in my area when I know there are lots more. I’ve sent them as suggestions, but I can’t reason spending on an app that doesn’t have any suggestions in or around where I live.
While other gluten free restaurant apps are crowd sourced (which makes the information difficult to trust), the information in this app is vetted by The Dude himself. Fully support this app, and it is my go to whenever I eat out.
Love this app, it’s helped me find so many good options in Philly and abroad!
Gluten Dude initially taught me how to survive and ultimately to thrive with a Celiacs diagnosis. I had eating safely nailed at home, but had been glutened and cross contaminated just about every time I ate out. Experience has shown that FMGF and Facebook groups are not reliable enough for me. I have been praying (seriously) that Gluten Dude would come to the conclusion that if you want safe recommendations you had to vet them yourself. I am so grateful for this app. Gluten Dude ROCKS! If he says a place is safe to eat, I’ll consider it. There are some delightful places that I would not have known about if it hadn’t been for this app. And the more people who use it, the better the app becomes. I bought my Husband and my daughter their own copies of the app so they can use it to plan surprises for me or find places for us to eat when we are on vacation together. Best Gluten-free app available. 👍
There is not a ton of restaurants on this app unless you’re in a huge city. At this point there isn’t much differentiating this app from find me gluten free except for the large cost associated with it. The app need a lot more work and development before it could before extremely useful.
Finally an app I can trust to guide me to safe places to eat! Each place listed is vetted and can be trusted. Has a tab that offers several coupons. Another tab offers the ability to connect with other people and another tab where you can find support and help with your concerns and questions. I highly recommend this app if you need to avoid gluten!
I find this app so helpful when I am in a new city and or traveling. It is nice to know I have a quick source to find a safe meal.
I absolutely love the fact I know these restaurants are personally vetted by the Gluten Dude Team! I can take my daughter out and know we can eat safely because of their hard work and diligence! We have discovered many places we never would have thought of and look forward to trying more when we are traveling. Worth every penny!!
I subscribed for a year but the app always insisted I was on a trial which had subscribed rather than a paid one. Support never answered my requests for help.
It’s a very easy app to use, and it’s great to feel safe and advocated for!