Sometimes you just can’t help it. You are on a long road trip or down to your last dime and need something to eat. Whatever your reason is to eating fast food, you need options and security in what is safe. Just like most grocery stores and restaurants are altering their service to better serve the needs of gluten intolerances and people with Celiac Disease, as are fast food joints. You still need to be persistant about cross contamination, because of the fast passed enviornment accidents are more likely to happen, make sure to talk to a manager before you order anything.
Fast Food with Gluten Free options!
“Wendy’s has a gluten-free menu, including bunless burgers, salads, baked potatoes and chili. Some restaurants use a dedicated fryer for their fries, making them an option when you’re gluten-free. Ask your local Wendy’s to be sure that your fries are cross-contamination free.
Hardees offers a low-carb style burger wrapped in a lettuce leaf, a breakfast bowl or salad for gluten-intolerant customers. Hardees does not use dedicated fryers, so skip the fries.
In-and-Out Burger may be a regional chain, but it’s a favorite with lettuce-wrapped burgers and freshly cut fries. The fries are cooked in a dedicated fryer, so they’re a safe indulgence.
Chick-Fil-A has a number of gluten-free options and one of the largest gluten-free fast food menus on the market, including a gluten-free kids’ meal with grilled nuggets, blended applesauce and a drink. The grilled chicken, grilled chicken salads and, typically, the waffle fries are safe bets.
Sonic, Burger King and Arby’s all offer gluten-free meats. Have your sandwich made without a bun and skip chicken dishes and fried sides. Pair your bunless burger with a side salad, shake or hit up the kids menu for applesauce or fresh fruit.
Subway has many salads that are gluten-free or can be made gluten-free. Ask that the server change his or her gloves and use fresh bins of food to reduce cross-contamination. A few Subway restaurants are testing the gluten-free market with gluten-free buns and have provided additional employee training in gluten sensitivity. This got started last year in Dallas, Portland and a few other cities to see if customers would actually buy a gluten-free sandwich. Evidently, the test was a success because Subway has just announced that they will be offering gluten-free sandwiches at all Subway locations in the state of Oregon!”
Fast Food to AVOID
Taco-Bell has nothing on its menu that is safe and gluten free. Although it seems like you may be able to find SOMETHING there, the risk is not worth it.
Mcdonald’s is still behind the times when it comes to gluten free. They do not offer anything that is safely gluten free. These restaurants still have a high risk of cross contamination and don’t advertise being gluten free friendly!
Always be careful and weary of cross contamination, check with managers and staff heads to be safe!