There are many restaurants that now offer a gluten free menu, but there are also many that have no gfcf friendly options. I will try to keep this post as up-to-date as possible. If you have any restaurants or information you would like me to add, please leave a comment below.
One reason many restaurants are not gfcf friendly is because of cross-contamination. For example: a restaurant may fry glutenous chicken nuggets in a batch of oil, then turn around and fry their fries in the same oil, thereby contaminating the would-be gluten free fries. Usually at a fast food restaurant that is not cross-contaminated I order my son a hamburger kids meal, no bun, with french fries. It’s not the healthiest but hey, we don’t eat out that often.
*Click on the title to be taken to that restaurants allergen information.
Pretty much everything, even the fries, grilled chicken, everything…contains wheat.
They have their own fryer for french fries and their patties/grilled chicken do not contain wheat.
Chick-Fil-A has a very good gluten free selection, you just have to be careful about dairy. The french fries are fine, and as far as I can tell their plain grilled chicken patties are fine as well.
The natural cut fries are gfcf friendly but the criss cut fries contain wheat.
Their tots and fries do not contain gluten but they have a disclaimer at the bottom of their page saying, “Fried items are not always fried in designated stations. Fryer oil may come into contact with items containing milk, egg, fish, soy and wheat.” Also, we have tried to get my son a hot dog with no bun but they’ve told us they are required to serve their hot dogs on a bun. They will, however serve us a hamburger patty with no bun and ketchup.
They have a wonderful gluten free menu. Also, everything is made to order so you can request that your food is not prepared in butter. Click here for a link to their items that contain dairy.
Do not go to Taco Bell!!!
Surprisingly, Olive Garden has a small gluten-free menu! But I was not able to find out about the dairy. Maybe they’re like Outback and everything is made to order so you could request no dairy???
Their fries do not contain gluten but had the following disclaimer about them – French Fries are prepared where gluten is present, and therefore may contain traces of this substance. The above link takes you to their site listing foods with gluten. Click here to go to the page listing their foods with casein.–Their scrambled eggs contain milk.
Chilis has plenty of options that are gfcf friendly.
While they have many gfcf options they had the following disclaimer: We are unable to guarantee that any menu item can be completely free of allergens.
Taco Mayo & Taco Bueno
They don’t have their allergen information posted on-line, but a nice reader commented below that they have gluten free options! Please see Brittney’s comment below on what’s GF 🙂
They say they cannot guarantee anything is allergen free, but maybe you could eat a plain hot dog with oranges or fries on the kids meal???
I couldn’t find any allergen information on their website, but many thanks to Peyton-Leigh for leaving a comment letting us know they have gluten free pasta!
Red Robin offers a GF menu and you can request information regarding other allergens such as milk.
Rodney’s Pizza in Purcell, OK
I couldn’t find their allergen info, but they offer a GF pizza crust. We order a GF supreme pizza with no cheese.
Has a nice gluten free menu, but you may need to watch out for the dairy. Thanks Jenna!
Wendys has a few gfcf options. It looks like the fries are fried different at each location so you’ll have to ask if they are cross-contaminated. The hamburger patties and chicken and even the mayo contain no dairy or wheat.
Mazzios now offers a gluten free pizza crust! They will make your pizza without cheese (even though they will probably look at you funny!) if you ask. And make sure all the topping are gluten and casein free.