6 Tips for Dining Out With Crohn's Disease


Geoffrey Zakarian

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Geoffrey Zakarian

Dining out when you have Crohn's can be difficult, but it's not as hard as you may think as long as you look for quality. A good restaurant should be able to accommodate your needs within reason and do it well.

1. Do research online. Most restaurants, including mine, have menus posted online. Take a look and see what you'd be able to eat with modifications. Depending on what diet you're on, there should be a few to several options that sound appetizing.

2. Call ahead. I'd encourage anyone with a dietary restriction to call the restaurant ahead of time and ask to speak with someone who knows the menu well. Any establishment that believes in good customer service should be eager to answer your questions.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Feb 15, 2016

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