When What’s Eating You Is Gluten

Scallops at Tonto Bar and Grill

Gluten-free doesn’t have to mean “tasteless” at Tonto Bar and Grill.

If you’re sensitive to the gluten found in wheat, rye and barley, eating out can be filled with guesswork and a whole lot of stress. Especially when your gluten sensitivity can mean serious health problems, like severe headaches, body pains, fatigue, and major stomach issues including celiac disease, the autoimmune disorder worsened by gluten ingestion.

So how do you figure out what’s safe to eat out on your gluten-free diet?

Some restaurants don’t provide gluten-free menus at all, while others require you to search through those annoyingly long “allergy/nutrition” charts online that literally take you hours to navigate. So basically, you have to email every restaurant that you want to eat at just to get their gluten-free menus (if any are available!).

Eating gluten free is not a problem here, though. For years, we’ve carefully listened to what celiac and gluten-sensitive diners have told us. That’s why both Tonto and Cartwright’s have offered Gluten-Free Menus for over eight years…way before I discovered that I have a gluten allergy myself.

We’ve always stayed ahead of the curve, serving delicious gluten-free options that provide the same outstanding, fine-dining experience every diner has come to expect at Tonto and Cartwright’s, including our selection of house-made gluten-free breads and desserts. In fact, our menus are not only listed in The Gluten-Free RegistryTM, they’ve received the registry’s highest “5-smile” rating.

Here’s a sneak peak at the delectable gluten-free dishes we have to offer…

Start you meal at Tonto with a Roasted Yellow Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho, followed by Root Beer-Braised Beef Short Ribs, Sweet Potato, Caramelized Onion and Leek Gratin, Green Beans, Garlic and Smoked Arizona Pecans, and end with our mouth-watering Chocolate Coconut Cake. Or at Cartwright’s, choose a starter of Skillet-Seared Quail Breast with Tempranillo Blackberry Sauce and an entrée of Pan-Seared All-Natural Chicken Breasts, Dijon Buerre Blanc, Roasted Tomato, Fennel, Sweet Corn and Fingerling Potatoes, and close your meal with our Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée.

Many times over the years, grateful patrons have told us how much they appreciate and enjoy our selection of delicious gluten-free cuisine. They thank us profusely…they’ve even cried with gratitude.

When you dine at Tonto and Cartwright’s, giving up gluten doesn’t mean you’ll ever have to sacrifice taste or quality. We make sure you’ll take pleasure in every gluten-free bite…from appetizer to entrée to dessert, including our own gluten-free breads.