Before I found out I was gluten free I ate everywhere. My two favorites were McDonald's (yes I was one of those kids) and Port of Subs. O how I miss POS. Nevertheless, when I found out about my gluten intolerance I began looking up restaurants and fast-food restaurants which offered gluten free food. To my surprise, there are a lot of things cooked in gluten in the fast-food/restaurant industry, however, there are some restaurants that pay attention to the growing need for a gluten free alternative. I will have to make a list of them shortly. My friend Lauren's mom is gluten free and they have a great book that lists restaurants all over the country that
If you are one of those people who spends a lot of time eating out of house meals there are a great number of aps and books which provide not only lists of places, but lists of food. One of the most important things I learned is to never be afraid to ask. It amazes me how many restaurants actually do have allergy alert menus. At first I just decided to go the salad route, I figured that was safe, but there are actually a lot of ingredients and dressings that have wheat in them.
Some of my favorite fast-food places are:
- I had this today. It is fast and easy and since they make their own fries they are gluten and corn oil free and order a protein style anything and you're good to go. The burger sauce has corn syrup in it though, for anyone who is corn conscious.
- Carl's JR. (Hardees)
- They too offer a protein style hamburger called the low-carb burger, and their original fries (not the crisscut :/ are gluten free)
Some of my favorite restaurants/fast-food sit downs:
- BJ's Brewery
- BJ's Brewery has made a gluten free pizza that is pretty amazing. I am secretly convince they make it with corn flour but I'd rather not ask lol. They also have an allergy menu if you request it.
- Buffalo Wild Wings
- Jimmy Johns
- Jimmy Johns' "unwich" is a great alternative for those who are gluten free and it still tastes great!
- Red Robin
- Being somewhat of a traditional American restaurant it is hard to have an extensive variety of gluten free meals but red robin does a great job at accommodating those who need it. They have an entire book of allergies and what you can and cannot eat and they even recreated their special fry seasoning a year or so ago to make it gluten free!