Sometimes it is hard to go out to eat with a restricted diet, but many popular restaurants now make it easier to go out to eat with gluten-free menus or modifications to your meals. The following restaurants, in our opinion, are the best gluten-free chain restaurants based on the amount of options they have, as well as how they accommodate to both allergies and preferences. These restaurants are located all around the globe, so it makes it easier to try all of the options off of the menu whenever you go out to eat.
- Noodles and Company
One would think Noodles and Company would not be gluten-free because of having “noodles” in the title, but there are multiple tasty options at this restaurant! You can substitute either gluten-free fusilli, Zucchini, or rice noodles many of the popular dishes such as the Penne Rosa, Pesto Cavatappi, Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, and more. In addition to that, many of their salads are gluten-free with select dressings, as well as the Pad Thai noodle dish and Thai Chicken and Tomato Basil Bisque soup. One very good aspect about Noodles and Company as well is that when you order anything that is gluten-free, they ask whether it’s is a preference or an allergy so they can make your dish in the appropriate environment.
- Chipotle Mexican Grill
An interesting fact about Chipotle is that everything on the menu, besides the flour tortilla, is
completely gluten free! Chipotle is a restaurant where they assemble the food in front of you, so you can pick and choose what you like in your burritos, bowls, tacos, and more! They avoid cross-contamination by having everything in select containers, and label everything on their website that could have traces of gluten in it through the processing of the food.
- Jimmy John’s
Jimmy John’s has a newly added gluten-free item to their menu, the “Unwich” wrap. You can take any sandwich, minus the bread, and wrap it in lettuce. Many of the ingredients for their sandwiches are gluten-free, but make sure to check the allergen list just in case. With an allergy at Jimmy John’s you can specially order to make sure they make the wrap on the paper instead of the work table to avoid cross contamination and have them change their gloves before they make your sandwich.
- MOD Pizza
One food that I thought I would not be able to have again after becoming gluten-free was pizza, but not with MOD Pizza! This restaurant has a build-it-yourself feel with making pizzas, and they offer crust without gluten to make it on. They make the pizzas on separate papers to avoid cross-contamination of wheat from other items, and majority of their toppings are healthy and do not contain gluten.
- Boston Market
This restaurant is one of those places that has a lot of different options because you can choose an entrée, side, and drink. The meals that are offered are different chicken meals or bowls, with sides such as fresh steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes, southwest rice, and more. In addition to this, they guarantee that all of their food is made in separate environments from common allergens.
- Five Guys
You wouldn’t think that a burger place is almost all gluten-free, but Five Guys is! The only products on their menu that contain gluten in them are their buns, HP sauce, malt vinegar condiments, malted milkshake, and their Oreo cookie milkshake. Everything else is completely gluten-free. They have not made a bun without gluten as a part of their menu yet, but they do offer all of their sandwiches and burgers with lettuce and minus the bun.
- Olive Garden
Olive Garden is a fantastic Italian restaurant chain! There are so many gluten-free options here such as their famous house salad with vinaigrette dressing, Zuppa Toscana soup, many of their chicken and steak dishes, and you can substitute gluten-free rotini noodles with any of the dishes. Olive Garden is also one of the great restaurants that ask if you are avoiding gluten as an allergy or a preference, which makes it easier to know that there would be no cross-contamination along
with your food.
- Jason’s Deli
Jason’s Deli has so many options and modifications for people who are avoiding gluten. You can ask for most of their sandwiches to use Udi’s brand of bread on them! In addition to that, a lot of their salad, spuds, and more are gluten-free. There is no way you would not be able to find something irresistible on their menu, even with a diet restriction!
- California Pizza Kitchen
California Pizza Kitchen not only offers pizza with gluten-free crust, but many other options off of its menu are also gluten-free. They offer multiple salads, appetizers, soups, and desserts. All you have to do when you go to the restaurant is ask for their side gluten-free menu and all of the food is on there. This is one of those sit down restaurants that you cannot miss if you are looking for gluten-free options!
- PF Chang’s
PF Chang’s has a whole gluten-free menu modified for both people with allergies and those who just have a preference for a gluten-free diet. Surprising enough, they also have gluten-free soy sauce. Usually, Asian soy sauce contains gluten, but here you can just ask for the gluten-free soy sauce and you are good to go! They also have gluten-free options in terms of their egg drop soup, spicy chicken, shrimp with lobster sauce, Mongolian beef, and so much more.
The fear of never being able to eat out again is over, with so many major restaurant chains making modifications. As always, make sure to check the allergen information at the restaurant before eating and talk with the employees to make sure that they are accommodating to your dietary needs. Then enjoy!