Gluten Free Fast Food Options
Most of us live fast-paced lives fueled by at least the occasional trip to a fast-food restaurant. The intricacies of a gluten-free diet might limit your choices, but the following list provides options for on-the-run and gluten-free fast food options.
When dining out, always ask for a gluten free menu. Some restaurants provide selections for special diets that are not listed in the main menu. Also, let your server know you are allergic to gluten or on a gluten-free diet. There is some risk of cross-contamination, as the kitchen is busy and not gluten-free, but politely informing your server can begin important communication to ensure your food tastes great and digests well.
When possible, look online for any gluten-free information provided by the restaurant you are headed to. The following links provide you quick access to gluten-free menus at some pretty common restaurants.
1. Wendy’s provides a gluten free menu. The also say most of their baked potatoes, chili, and chocolate frosty are gluten free
2. Arby’s provides a gluten free menu. They list the various gluten-free ingredients available. Ask about the availability of gluten-free bread or rolls at each particular location, as there is variance.
3. Olive Garden uses many gluten-free types of pasta to create gluten-free versions of regular menu items. They offer a location specific gluten free menu, but encourage patrons to make server aware of ay gluten-free needs. Follow the link to find your location and look at the specific menu offerings.
4. Outback Steakhouse provides an extensive range of choices, with suggested substitutions for those items that are not gluten free.
5. Cheeseburger in Paradise offers many gluten free options on their gluten free menu.
6. The Smiling Moose Deli offers many selections that an be made gluten free. They make sandwiches with individually wrapped, gluten-free hoagie rolls upon request, to reduce cross contact and provide more choices. Salads can also be made gluten free.
7. Dominos Pizza offers a small 10-inch gluten-free crust. While all ingredients have been certified and management trained, the company still recommends exercising good judgment as kitchen practices very by store and each pizza is hand made. The chain also recommends that people with known celiac disease not order this pizza.
8. Godfather’s Pizza offers gluten-free crust and six varieties of pizza. Gluten-free is not available at every location, but you do not need to call ahead for gluten-free pizza at participating locations.
9. Mexican restaurants tend to use gluten-free ingredients. Ask for corn tortillas in place of flour ones. Sour cream, guacamole, and salsa are also gluten-free.
10. Dairy Queen, TCBY, and Ben and Jerry’s all offer gluten-free ice cream flavors. Many ice creams have hidden gluten, so always ask first.