Updated: Feb 1, 2021
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My family is obsessed with Bonefish.
We bring our own bread to dip in pesto while we watch my dad eat the regular bread.
My favorite meal is Lily’s Chicken- a chicken breast with spinach, artichoke, and goat cheese on top. I like to splurge and get two sides of mashed potatoes, but there are several sides you can choose from!
Don’t forget to grab a dessert while you’re there! My personal favorite is the brownie.
Let’s talk about b-dubs.
There are honestly not a lot of options to eat here if you are a serious gluten-free eater (Celiac, gluten intolerant, etc.), but I’m including this option so that if you are attending a work event or outing at one of their many locations you can at least find something to munch on.
When I go here, I literally eat the carrot and celery boats with ranch. I have never even bothered with anything else, but if you’re open to exploring definitely check out their allergen menu!
It appears alternative items that are at lower risk of cross-contamination also include: white rice, loaded chili, and mandarin oranges from the kid’s menu.
I have a love-hate relationship with Carrabbas.
Sometimes they are spot on and everything is served to me as ordered, but sometimes I wind up with obvious cross-contamination (AKA a spaghetti noodle in my pasta bowl). There are obviously some options that are better than others, but I do love eating pasta at an Italian style restaurant!
At the Carrabbas near me, there is a gluten-free pasta option available, but if you find that availability is limited near you, check out the Chicken Bryan. I like to pair it with their mashed potatoes or a caesar salad.
I’ve talked about Chick-fil-a extensively in other articles including A look into the Chick-fil-A Kitchen from a Former Employee’s Perspective and Restaurant Review: Chick-fil-A.
To summarize, do not eat at Chick-fil-A if you are extremely sensitive to cross-contamination.
If you do choose to eat there, look into the grilled nugget meal or the grilled club sandwich for lunch and dinner. For breakfast check out the hashbrowns and the grilled breakfast filet. You can even customize your filet toppings!
Chipotle seems like it would be the ideal place for those eating gluten-free, but of course, everyone wants to wrap all of their ingredients up in a tortilla with all of the gluten! The tortilla is the only thing in the entire restaurant with gluten.
If it makes you more comfortable, you can ask the employees to change their gloves before they prepare your burrito or salad bowl.
I like a salad bowl with brown rice, black beans, chicken, corn salsa, sour cream, cheese, and guacamole! I pair it with their vinaigrette dressing when I'm feeling up for it!
Denny's surprised me! I had seen it listed with good reviews on the Find Me Gluten Free app, and decided to give it a try with my fiancé. I was genuinely surprised when I saw the amount of gluten-free items listed on the menu.
Menu items include several breakfast choices, nachos for lunch, and more! They even have a gluten-free English muffin. All I had to do was let my server know I was gluten-free, and she took care of the rest.
Like most restaurants, I don't recommend this for those with Celiac unless you are willing to take a chance. The kitchen contains plenty of gluten, so it's important to remain vigilant, but if you're willing to give it a shot I highly recommend it as a brunch spot.
I ordered a Supreme Sizzlin' Skillet with egg whites and a gluten-free English muffin on the side. They also had lemonade tea (Arnold Palmer) which may be my favorite drink of all time.
Five Guy's usually does a great job!
Do NOT go here if you have a peanut allergy. They have peanuts all over the place!
You can get a burger without a bun, and add lots of toppings to it. If you want, they can even make your burger into a lettuce wrap. Make sure to tell them that you are gluten-free, they will typically ask preference or allergy to be safe.
I like to get a “little cheeseburger” with various toppings and a little fry on the side. If you don’t eat much make sure you get a little!
This may be a “duh” for those living on the west coast, but as a Georgia girl, I’ve only eaten here once!
I visited a Salt Lake City location and was impressed by the small menu size because there was less of a chance of cross-contamination. I did some research before going and learned that everything there is gluten-free EXCEPT for the hamburger buns!
Order a burger “protein style” and mention to your cashier that you have a gluten allergy for extra precautions! The burger will come wrapped in lettuce and ready to eat. The fries are fried in sunflower oil with no other foods so they are safe as well!
LuLu’s is one of my favorite places to eat when I go to the beach, but unfortunately, they only have a few locations. They are so, so good at dealing with customers with food allergies. They even have a different menu for each of the top 8 food allergens!
When I eat at LuLu’s I usually get shrimp tacos for my entree but I always get the crab nachos as an appetizer!
LuLu’s in Destin, Florida is opened up to water and on a good day, you can catch a breeze while you’re eating delicious food.
Moe’s, like Chipotle, is a build-your-own style restaurant. There is a pretty high risk of cross-contamination because of the tortillas, but you can always request that they change their gloves.
I get a salad bowl or burrito bowl here as well. There are a wide variety of toppings at Moe’s, and they have delicious cheese dip!
My go-to meal at Outback is the Alice Springs Chicken and of course mashed potatoes. I’ve also been known to grab a steak or a caesar salad at Outback.
Don’t forget to try the delicious gluten-free “Chocolate Thunder from Down Under” dessert!
P. F. Changs is a good change of pace because there aren’t too many chains that serve Chinese foods. I love to get gluten-free chicken fried rice when I eat at one of their locations.
If you’re looking for an appetizer to share with the family, try the lettuce wraps!
Qdoba is another build-your-own burrito/rice bowl style restaurant.
Look out for the tortillas and, if necessary, request that the employee changes their gloves. Check out the menu to see what toppings are gluten-free.
Red Robin offers gluten-free buns so that you can enjoy a nice hamburger without having to eat it with a fork and knife.
The Red Robin menu states that fries can be cooked in a dedicated fryer upon request. Let your server know when you arrive that you have a serious gluten allergy or intolerance so that they can prepare food that is safe for you to eat.
I have a few favorite foods from Shane’s.
I love their salads! I have had the grilled chicken salad and the chopped BBQ chicken salad. If you get a salad, inform your cashier that you need your food gluten-free, but also remind them to leave croutons and onions off of your salad!
I also love to get the half chicken platter. It is more than enough chicken to fill me up and it comes with two delicious sides.
I was unable to find a gluten-free menu online (all allergens menu attached), but if you ask at the location closest to you, they should be able to provide a specialized gluten-free menu.
Uncle Maddio’s is a build-your-own pizza place. Here you can choose from tons of toppings, and have your pizza specially baked to avoid cross-contamination.
I have only eaten here one time, but it was an overall great experience!
Your Pie is my choice for build-your-own pizza. They always ask “allergy or preference?” when creating your gluten-free pizza, and they prepare the allergy pizzas in the kitchen with fresh ingredients.
They bake the pizza on a tray so that it does not come in contact with surfaces that have touched gluten.
They have several side salads or gelato flavors to choose from! Beware, the caesar salad dressing contains wheat!
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