Applebees restaurants are everywhere these days, so it has always been frustrating to see that their corporate office will not commit to anything on their menu being gluten free. With that said, that does not mean that you can’t eat a gluten free meal at an Applebee’s restaurant! Major companies are often hesitant to confirm anything is gluten-free due to cross-contamination concerns, but they still have many gluten-free options available on their menu. You’ll just have to work a little harder and make sure your server is aware of your gluten free needs.
According to my research and experiences dining at Applebee’s, there are a few fairly safe items which are gluten-free on the Applebee’s menu. Here are the items which are more than likely safe if cross-contamination is avoided:
- Garlic Herb Chicken
- Chicken Caesar Salad (make sure they know not to use croutons)
- Fiesta Lime Chicken
- Chips with Salsa
Make sure you educate your server on cross-contamination concerns so they can be sure that croutons aren’t added and then removed from the salad, for example. Typically when your server realizes the severity of your diet they can accommodate you without any problems.
Applebees also offers a “to-go” service, so knowing that there are a few okay items at Applebees can be useful when traveling. Just make sure you educate the person over the phone of your dietary needs when you place your order!
Have you eaten a gluten-free meal at Applebees? Let us know your experience (positive or negative) below in the comments!