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5 Restaurants With Gluten Free Menu Items

Updated on February 3, 2017
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Christin is a naturopath and whole being wellness advocate with many years of experience in the health and supplement industry.

Restaurants that are Gluten Free Friendly

5 National Restaurant Chains with Gluten Free Friendly Menu Items.
5 National Restaurant Chains with Gluten Free Friendly Menu Items. | Source

Gluten Free Options for Dining Out

One of the most difficult things about gluten sensitivity for me was giving up going out to eat. We never did it terribly often, but a few times a year when my husband and I could sneak in a date night or whatever we would enjoy dining out together. Of course, one of the downsides to eating out is not knowing exactly how your food is prepared.

Fortunately, as time goes on more and more companies, including restaurants are becoming aware of Celiac disease and food intolerance. Several popular chains are offering tasty gluten-free options on their menus.

Advice For Eating Out When You're Gluten Free

If you are gluten free and you choose to dine out you should always phone the restaurant ahead of time. The staff are going to graciously go out of their way to ensure you have a good experience, at least give them the common courtesy of advanced notification.

When possible, know what you plan to order in advance so that they have even more time to prepare. For example, when we go out to our favorite Mexican restaurant, we call in advance and they set aside a fryer to make chips in that are gluten free and not cross-contaminated. This is very cool of them to do. They certainly don't have to. For that reason, be extremely courteous and generous with restaurants who cater to your needs. You are not only helping them, but all of us who have these issues. When we do the right thing more restaurants will be inclined to cater their services to our needs as well.

5 Restaurant Chains With Gluten Free Menu Items

Outback Steakhouse

They have one of the most extensive gluten free menus available with a variety of food choices including appetizers, entrees, and even a couple of dessert choices – hooray. The most impressive thing to me is that they have many selections on their kids menu that are gluten free. It can be really difficult when you have a child with Celiac and this is a great way to include them on a night out.

PF Changs

They also have a very extensive list of items that are available gluten free. I was very impressed with their gluten free menu and it is extensive also with starters, sides, many entrees, and even a gluten free flourless chocolate dome cake for dessert – can't resist that! They have a specialized GF soy sauce and other sauces you can request as well – a nice touch.

Old Spaghetti Factory

Miss pasta? I know I sure missed going out for Italian, but not anymore. The closest one is a pretty good distance away from us, but their menu is very impressive. They also have a lot of gluten free choices for their kids menu. In addition, you can order gluten free pastas with nearly all of their sauces. They also have sides and desserts available.

Uno Chicago Grill

Miss pizza? Yeah, us too. The gluten free menu isn't as extensive here as it is other places, but they do have 3 types of gluten free pizza you can choose from! It would sure be nice if other pizza chains would catch on to this trend and at least offer some kind of gluten free crust, but they seem to be slower to catch on.

On the Border

If you are hungry for Mexican food, they have a decent gluten free menu that they try to update on a fairly regular basis. It is included in with their other “allergen information”. They offer many salad dressings that are surprisingly gluten free. They also have a pretty wide range of items you can choose from including appetizers, grilled items, certain sides and sauces, kids menu items, and desserts.

You can also contact local restaurants in your area that are not chains and ask them if they cater to gluten free diners or not. If so, be sure to follow the tips above to ensure your experience, and that of future diners, is the best it can be. The number of people with Celiac and gluten intolerance has risen dramatically in the past several years. As more people become aware, more companies will hopefully get on the bandwagon with more gluten free offerings.


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      Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks random and jenbeach for the comments - I'm also happy restaurants are coming around a bit more and yes, it still can be really difficult.

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      jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks for the list. Eating out when you are gluten free can be really hard.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great resource! I know that you are far from the only person who has had this frustration. It's good to know that some chains are starting to offer more options.

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      Christin Sander 5 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks Danette - School has been great, but kept me very busy so I haven't had as much time to get to hubs as I would like. I finally decided though that I needed to do a couple I've really missed it :). Yes, gluten free can be difficult, but it is doable. I just take it day to day.. and try to make finding gluten free alternatives or learning to bake again etc a game or a challenge. Hope you are well also!

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      Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

      Hi Christin, I don't know anyone who has celiac but if I do, I'll look up this hub and pass along the info.

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      Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

      Hi Christin. I'm glad to see you here again and I hope school is going well for you.

      I'm seeing more and more about gluten and gluten-free products and am beginning to appreciate the difficulties people with Celiac have with food choices. Nice written and informative hub.

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      bizzymom 5 years ago from New York

      This is a well written hub with great ideas and advice. Thanks for sharing.

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      Christin Sander 5 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks! glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for passing it on. It's always nice to know we at least have the option of going out to eat sometimes!

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      Good hub. I'll share this with my gluten-free friends.

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