On our last evening in Columbia, we took the family to Huhot’s. Huhot Mongolian Grill has a chain of restaurants throughout the central United States. The restaurant is set up like a buffet in that you pick up your choice of food. Then it is cooked in front of you on the grill. I was quite concerned about gluten contamination from the grill. In reality, I should probably be as concerned in most restaurants; I just can’t see it happening there. The buffet has all sorts of raw vegetables, thinly sliced meats, cooked noodles (including rice noodles), and sauces. You pile whatever appeals to you into a bowl and carry it to the grill. With everyone waiting in order, the cooks grill your food in front of you. I noticed that they did give the grill a quick cleaning between orders. So I came up to them with my bowl of gluten-free choices, their big paper on allergy information, and gluten-free “recipe cards” in hand. I said that I was glad to see that they were cleaning the grill between people because I was concerned about gluten contamination. Well, that fellow jumped into action! He got out extra scrub brushes, another cleaner, and got a good workout scrubbing down that grill! I’m sure it was as clean as I get my cast iron pan or barbecue (grill) at home. While he was cooking my food, he also place a long lifter on its edge on each side of his workspace to keep food from others from flying in. I also noticed that anything that got too far away with his chopping and stirring was discarded. Needless to say, I was quite pleased with my dining experience at Huhot’s, and I didn’t suffer from any gluten-contamination reaction afterwards.