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Living a gluten-free life is not a draconian punishment, but it requires some advance planning because the protein is found in many grains, including wheat, barley, rye, triticale and other wheat products (bulgur, farina, graham flour, semolina, spelt, to name a few). Almost every local restaurant offers a steak and a baked potato — an obvious gluten-free meal. But more restaurants are making it easier for customers by highlighting menu items that are free of the offending grains of ingredients. Brookside's Michael Forbes Grille posts a tiny "GF" by the menu choices that are assuredly safe for gluten-wary diners, including a garlic filet with ... fettuccine Alfredo? "We substitute a gluten-free penne for the fettuccine," says manager Lisa Clinton. "But we have gluten-free garlic bread, buns and bread for our sandwiches."