Following a gluten-free diet, particularly after a health diagnosis, can be daunting. That's why one Connecticut woman who experienced this created a comprehensive resource to help people find restaurants, bakeries and products for their dietary needs. Abby Helman Kelly of West Simsbury, the founder of Wicked Gluten Free, cut gluten and dairy from her diet to address severe eczema about 10 years ago. "I was surprised by how quickly I felt better, and watched my skin heal, slowly but surely," she wrote on the website. In 2016, she created Gluten Free Connecticut, a directory for gluten-free resources, dining guides and products, and eventually expanded the site to cover New England. Its mission is to connect the community with information on safe and gluten-friendly restaurants, bakeries, artisans and businesses. Connecticut's choices for gluten-free dining are growing quickly, and Kelly has also organized and hosted expos throughout New England, showcasing gluten-free businesses and vendors. She also runs Facebook forums where people following gluten-free diets can share their experiences. Many people post in the groups looking for help when they're first diagnosed with celiac disease or another condition where they'll need to eliminate gluten, she said. "It's huge if someone says you can't eat the way you used to. That's really scary. It's a complete life change \u2014 but it doesn't have to be," she said. "Everyone helps each other, and it's so nice to be able to help connect people that way." Wicked Gluten Free notes dedicated gluten-free restaurants and "most celiac friendly" eateries where staff members follow careful food prep practices, along with details for other dietary restrictions.\u00a0 Here's a sampling of dedicated gluten-free restaurants in Connecticut, along with others that take special care to serve a variety of gluten-free items.\u00a0 \u00a0 Black Rock Social House, the Bridgeport gastropub that\u00a0opened in March in the former Walrus & Carpenter space, is entirely gluten-free. Upscale comfort foods with international influence include \u201cnoshables\u201d like fritto misto, short rib tacos, Asian tuna pizza and crispy Yukon potato with Peruvian huancaina sauce, and entrees like roasted chicken paprikash, cornmeal crusted skate wing and sausage and broccoli rabe fettuccine.\u00a0 2895 Fairfield Ave., 203-549-8333, @blackrocksocialhouse. Green & Tonic, a healthy cafe,\u00a0offers a full menu of plant-based, gluten-free offerings. Enjoy smoothies and acai bowls, collard green wraps, soups, leafy green salads, cold-pressed juices and "pastries and power snacks" made with gluten-free flours. New breakfast sandwiches are made with house-baked gluten-free focaccia, egg and cheese alternatives, avocado and optional "Beyond" plant-based sausage. Locations in Darien, Fairfield, Cos Cob, Westport, Rye Brook (and soon, New Canaan.) @greenandtonic. Shayna B's, which moved to its new location in Westbrook this summer, is a dedicated gluten-free and vegan cafe with housemade pastries, salads and bowls, veggie burgers, wraps and pizzas with plant-based cheeses. Desserts like cupcakes and cookies, vegan cheesecakes and specialty cakes are all made in house. 631 Boston Post Road, 860-339-3144, @shaynabsbysea. All three of Tony Camilleri's restaurants boast gluten-free menus, with an emphasis on items made with corn, rice and yuca. Toro Loco focuses on Mexican fare with Spanish influence, including tacos on housemade heirloom corn tortillas, and Toro Taberna offers all the tapas-bar greatest hits, with meat and cheese boards, patatas bravas with assorted toppings, pinxtos and even churros made with rice and yuca flours. The newly opened Toro Mexican Street Food offers a fast-casual menu ideal for takeout and delivery, offering tacos, quesadillas, burritos and bowls, salads, burgers and family meals.\u00a0 Toro Loco, 1274 Farmington Ave., 860-470-5944, @torolococt.Toro Taberna, 14 Oakwood Ave., 860-773-4003, @toro_taberna.Toro Mexican Street Food, 22 Raymond Road, 860-773-4004, @toro_mexican_street_food. Sweet Beet is a grab-and-go cafe, and all of its products are vegan, gluten-free, organic\/non GMO, and soy and peanut-free. Sandwiches are served on gluten-free bread with a side of tortilla chips, and takeout options include mushroom and chickpea pot pies, mac "no cheese," vegan pizza on a gluten-free crust from Bloomfield-based Still Riding Foods, and sweets like cupcakes, doughnuts and brownies. 498 Salmon Brook Road, 860-653-2338, @thesweetbeet. You can "sort by diet" on Little Beet's website, and see what's available for a variety of lifestyles or dietary needs: gluten-free, vegetarian\/vegan, keto, paleo, nut-free, dairy-free and more. For gluten-free diners, most of the "make your own" menu is available, with bases of basmati rice, quinoa or mixed greens; assorted cold and warm vegetable sides, proteins like baked beet falafel, sweet and spicy tofu, roasted chicken and braised pork; and sauces ranging from turmeric tahini to beet hummus. Full ingredient lists are also available.\u00a0 635 Post Road, 332-205-7188, @eatlittlebeet. Bartaco offers a full list of ingredients for allergy purposes, noting where dairy, soy, fish and shellfish, gluten and other potential allergens may be found on its menu. Tacos, rice bowls, soups, salads and sides are all listed as gluten-free, but desserts contain flour. Multiple locations; @bartacolife. \u00a0 The Italian restaurant's gluten-free dinner menu offers protein-based entrees like grilled salmon, lemon herb grilled chicken and veal paillard, but also GF options for cavatelli, gnocchi, tortellini and chicken parmesan. 1599 Post Road, 203-259-7417, @quattropazzi. \u00a0 Toto's menu offers many dedicated gluten-free appetizers (even fried calamari, arancini and meatballs) made with GF flour and bread crumbs, and the entree list includes a gluten-free meat lasagna and chicken Milanese. 70 Reef Road, 203-254-2070, @totorestaurant. Claire's, a vegetarian staple in New Haven for 46 years, offers gluten-free menu items and baked goods, and carefully notes on its website which items contain gluten, dairy and eggs. Gluten-free salad dressings, breads, tortillas and wraps are available. 1000 Chapel St., 203-562-3888, @clairescornercopia. 110 Grill, a modern American restaurant with locations throughout New England and New York, is known as an allergy-friendly spot. "We do this through preparing dishes to order in our scratch kitchens, utilizing allergen picks and only having management deliver allergy-safe dishes," the restaurant website states. 110 Grill's menus vary by location, but its GF options are expansive, with a wide variety of appetizers, salads and gluten-free pastas, flatbreads and buns for burgers and sandwiches. 110 Albany Turnpike #700, 860-352-8960, @110_grill. Red Heat Tavern and its sibling restaurant Burtons Grill have reputations as safe restaurant chains for diners with allergies, with extensive training and protocols for cooking, serving and cleaning. Nearly all of Red Heat's casual comfort food items can be made gluten-free, and Burtons' menu is similarly extensive, with gluten-free accommodations for most of its appetizers, sandwiches and pastas. Red Heat Tavern, 400 Evergreen Way Suite 466, 860-432-5563, @red_heat_tavern.Burtons Grill, 100 Evergreen Way, 860-432-4575, @burtons.grill.