• Hannah Warren

Restaurant Review: Chick-fil-A

Updated: Jul 9, 2020

What does the cow say?

Eat more chicken of course.

There's nothing more southern than a good ole chicken sandwich, waffle fries (a chocolate chunk cookie for people with a sweet tooth like me), and a large sweet tea. Chick-fil-A is where you'll run into everyone from high school, and church, all at once.

Katie and I have been friends ever since we played volleyball together on a recreational team. We both went to Mercer, and became closer during our college years. Not only did we struggle with finding food on campus, but we struggled to find restaurants where we could both eat at.

Chick-fil-A was one place we knew we could always eat at. Mercer's Chick-fil-A did not provide many gluten-free food items other than fries and hash browns. More often than not, we found ourselves driving off campus to "real" Chick-fil-A.

Let's talk about the food (because that's what you're here for).

Before we begin, I'd like to stress something. I have severe tree-nut allergies, and a SLIGHT sensitivity to peanuts. I ate peanut butter until the day I discovered I had a sensitivity and have not had anything peanut related since.

But why can I eat Chick-fil-A?

Not everyone who is allergic or sensitive to peanuts can eat at Chick-fil-a safely! My brother is more allergic to peanuts and has never eaten there, and probably never will (the chicken that is, he LOVES the milkshakes, cookies, fries etc.). I have eaten Chick-fil-A my entire life and have never had a problem, so personally I will eat it until it starts to bother me (if it ever does).

Chick-fil-A uses refined peanut oil to cook their chicken (grilled and fried) which means some people who are sensitive or allergic to peanuts can eat there safely (while there are many others who can't). Always talk to your doctor about what's safe for you to eat! They use canola oil for their fries.

Most foods at Chick-fil-A are nut-free including their milkshakes, ice cream, breakfast options (excluding granola and options with chicken), and cookies.

Have an allergy? Ask a worker to put a "red flag" on your order and they will wash their hands, and/or put on new gloves and make sure that your food does not come in contact with your allergies! Whenever I'm going to grab breakfast and I'm picking up something for my brother (buttered biscuits usually) I ask them to "red flag" his food and he's never had a problem with cross-contamination.

In regards to gluten-free options on the menu, Katie is able to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at Chick-fil-A. She usually orders a grilled filet with cheese and hash browns for breakfast, and a grilled deluxe sandwich (or regular grilled sandwich) for lunch/dinner. The milkshakes (minus cookies and creme), the icedream (ask for no cone), and fries, are just a few of the gluten-free options at Chick-fil-A!

Regardless of what you're allergic to, there is most likely SOMETHING you can eat at Chick-fil-A!! It's a safe spot for Katie and me because we know we can always eat there. Plus, it's reasonably priced, so no more paying for overpriced gluten-free food!

Here's a link to their allergy menu!! Check it out before you make your first (or next) visit!


What are your thoughts on Chick-fila-A? Feel free to share in the comments!

- Hannah

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