I have been gluten-free for over 7 years now and I have never eaten gluten-free at Applebee’s. There have been a few times that I have considered it, but I never found any good information on their gluten-free menu offerings. Celiac-Disease.com founder and author, Kyle Eslick, wrote a post in 2009 about Applebee’s gluten-free menu which has lots of activity in the comments section with all kinds of different experiences.
It was just yesterday when I learned that Applebee’s now has a copy of gluten-free menu offerings on their website. The listing is dated to be good through 2/17/2013 and has the standard warnings about cross contamination and not being able to guarantee the gluten-free status of the food.
There are a decent number of gluten-free options on the menu in all categories except dessert, where there isn’t a single option:
- Chips, salsa and queso in the appetizers (make sure to ask about a dedicated fryer and that the chips are made from corn and not flour tortillas)
- Tuscan bean soup with chicken and sausage
- Grilled shrimp & spinach salad with a choice of gluten-free dressings
- Fiesta chicken salad with a choice of dressings
- Multiple sides – potatoes, veggies, fruit, rice, coleslaw
To ensure safety when dining out gluten-free make sure to speak with the manager on duty and the staff that will be serving you. I can usually get a good feeling on whether or not they are well-trained or are just flying by the seat of their pants hopping on the newest “trend” to offer customers. Of course this won’t guarantee that your food will be 100% safe, but good practices can help prevent mistakes.
Have you dined successfully gluten-free at Applebee’s? If not in the past, will you now?