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#1 Jenbirds

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 08:39 AM

Other than Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's, Swiss Chalet (soon to close in my area) and UNO Pizzeria, I am unable to locate any national restaurant chains that "comfortably" provide gluten-free offerings. I've learned that Chili's, Applebee's and TGIFriday's are not comfortable attaching nutritional information to their menus, because in most cases, they cannot verify the origin/background of their vendors' product.

Does anyone know of other national chain restaurants that offers gluten-free menu items?

PS - PF Chang's is coming to our area soon, which I hear is gluten-free friendly!

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#2 Rondar2001

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 09:16 AM

We have had good experiences at both Chili's and Montana's here in Canada. Swiss Chalet is our usual place to eat out though and haven't had any problems there.

Is Olive Garden gluten free?
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#3 Jenbirds

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 10:51 AM

According to their website, Olive Garden does offer gluten-free selections from their menu. Here's a link to learn more - you have to click on the "gluten-free" tab halffway down the page. I haven't been there yet to try them out as Gluten-free.

http://www.olivegard...lternatives.asp
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Posted 24 April 2009 - 01:03 PM

Just a warning about Olive Garden. I ate there and got glutened. They are clueless about cross contamination. My server gave me the gluten free menu and still after telling them not use shared grill space or tongs/spoons etc..I still saw him use the same serving fork with my co-worker whom I was having lunch with, then proceeded to dig into my dish with it. I was dumbstruck and very mad. :angry:

Just be carefull.
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Posted 24 April 2009 - 06:22 PM

Just a warning about Olive Garden. I ate there and got glutened. They are clueless about cross contamination. My server gave me the gluten free menu and still after telling them not use shared grill space or tongs/spoons etc..I still saw him use the same serving fork with my co-worker whom I was having lunch with, then proceeded to dig into my dish with it. I was dumbstruck and very mad. :angry:

Just be carefull.



Get the manager if the server doesn't get it and, also, a small information card usually helps. You also may want to tell them it's sort of like a peanut allergy-- it's not, really, I know, but it certainly gets people's attention since most restaurant managers hear "lawsuit waiting to happen" if you say "peanut allergy."
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Posted 24 April 2009 - 06:34 PM

Other than Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's, Swiss Chalet (soon to close in my area) and UNO Pizzeria, I am unable to locate any national restaurant chains that "comfortably" provide gluten-free offerings. I've learned that Chili's, Applebee's and TGIFriday's are not comfortable attaching nutritional information to their menus, because in most cases, they cannot verify the origin/background of their vendors' product.

Does anyone know of other national chain restaurants that offers gluten-free menu items?

PS - PF Chang's is coming to our area soon, which I hear is gluten-free friendly!

Gluten-free since March 2008; positive endoscopy and bloodwork March 2008 due to low calcium and Vitamin D levels; osteopenia


I actually had a very nice experience at Buffalo Wild Wings tonight. They suggested the naked chicken tenders with a side salad, no croutons, and sauce on the side-- if they spin them they get glutenated from the container-- and they used a clean grill, though this was not hard since we ate early. The naked tenders garden salad is also okay. I was pleasantly surprised they pulled it off without a hitch.
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Dx by elimination diet [South Beach--Phase 1, actually] started 16 Feb. 2009, and medical chart review by GP, 10 April 2009.

Also sensitive to broccoli [wt*?], April 1995.

Major presentations: DH; Joint pain in toes, feet, wrists, and hands, Aug. 2004 [negative for gout and RA]. IBS-type symptoms and lactose "intolerance," especially after gall bladder removal, Sept. 2007.

Slowly going bonkers from the dog whacking the back door with his claws, July 2008 to present.

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 10:46 AM

I've had good luck at Logan's Roadhouse. They recently added a gluten-free menu (not on website...have to ask for it) and seem up to speed on CC problems.
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Posted 30 April 2009 - 04:08 PM

I've had good luck at Mimi's Cafe (they have a gluten-free menu), but I'm not sure how wide-spread they are. PF Changs is amazing. Carino's has a gluten-free menu online, and I've had pretty good luck. I just tell people "wheat allergy." They tend to be more careful when they think I"m going to drop dead of suffocation in front of them. :blink:
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Posted 11 May 2009 - 02:55 PM

Chilis, Longhorn Steakhouse, Pasta House, all have gluten free menus and I have had good experiences at all of them. In Southern IL and St Louis area of MO.
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Posted 12 May 2009 - 02:08 AM

Had good experience at Legal Seafoods. gluten-free menu and manager intervenes with kitchen on your behalf. They serve gluten-free rolls (but rolls contain soy flour, onion and garlic - if that's important for you to know).
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Posted 12 May 2009 - 12:36 PM

P.F. Chang's has been my best experience. Do you have a Macaroni Grill near you? I've had good experiences with them, as well.
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 04:13 PM

I meet my hubby at z pizza regularly, as long as I call ahead they always make me a gluten-free pizza! I will tell you it's definitely not comparable to the pizza I used to make at my own shop I ran, but I figure I can't complain - I get to eat at a restaurant that has never contaminated me and enjoy a lunch with my hubby and kids! They do have a number of toppings, and the staff seem to really get it about cc and gluten. I am uber sensitive and have yet to have any issues eating there! I have had numerous issues at Chili's btw, you really need to be careful everywhere! Good luck!
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 08:21 PM

I've had good luck with Wendy's (for fast food), I get the Chili and a Baked Potato and it fills me pretty good.

Love going to PF Chang's, I don't get the lost in the headlight look from them when I ask for the menu.

Red Lobster was a really good experience, make sure you get a manager. I ended up talking to the head chef and the grill master as to what they can do for me.

I don't know if you have one in your area, but we have a place called Pizza Fusion here (I know it is a chain just not sure how many there are). They deal in organic and gluten free foods. Their gluten free crusts are awesome, they have gluten free beers and a gluten free desert.

I have a three ring binder that I keep in my car on trips with printed out gluten free menus (it works great for road trips).
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Posted 20 May 2009 - 02:58 PM

Other than Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's, Swiss Chalet (soon to close in my area) and UNO Pizzeria, I am unable to locate any national restaurant chains that "comfortably" provide gluten-free offerings. I've learned that Chili's, Applebee's and TGIFriday's are not comfortable attaching nutritional information to their menus, because in most cases, they cannot verify the origin/background of their vendors' product.

Does anyone know of other national chain restaurants that offers gluten-free menu items?

PS - PF Chang's is coming to our area soon, which I hear is gluten-free friendly!

Gluten-free since March 2008; positive endoscopy and bloodwork March 2008 due to low calcium and Vitamin D levels; osteopenia



I have eaten at Olive Garden with no isssues and i didnt ask for the grill to be cleaned. just stayed away from the breadsrticks. I have eaten at wendys and Eatn Park has a gluten free menu, going there tomorrow.
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Posted 20 May 2009 - 04:08 PM

red robin, longhorn steakhouse, boston market, chili's, first watch, original pancake house
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