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May 25 2011

I Like Mine with Lettuce & Tomato

Cheeseburger in Paradise will be adding gluten-free buns to their menus across the nation beginning in June.  While Cheeseburger in Paradise has offered a nice variety of foods on their gluten-free menu for a few years now, only a few select locations have offered the gluten-free buns in the past. 

Here is the press release that I received yesterday:

For Immediate Release

May 24, 2011

Cheeseburger in Paradise Adds Gluten-Free Bun to Menu and Continues to Raise Awareness for Gluten Intolerant Efforts

Restaurant expands commitment to providing delicious, quality menu items for the growing gluten-intolerant community

Tampa, Fla. – This week, Cheeseburger in Paradise becomes one of the first casual dining restaurants to offer a gluten-free hamburger bun to its menu.

The gluten-free bun is the latest addition to Cheeseburger in Paradise’s gluten-free menu offerings that includes an array of appetizers, sandwiches, specialty drinks and desserts, as well as gluten-free Red Bridge beer.  By late May, guests will be able to enjoy the latest gluten-free bun at all 30 Cheeseburger in Paradise locations.

“We’re very excited to share our gluten-free bun with guests looking for flavorful gluten-free dining options,” said Steve Overholt, President of Paradise Restaurant Group.  “To be one of the first in casual dining restaurants with a gluten-free bun reinforces Cheeseburger in Paradise’s commitment to offering innovative menu items that appeal to everyone, including the gluten-free community.”

“We worked diligently for more than 18 months to bring our gluten-free bun to the menu, making sure that we did not compromise taste or quality,” said Cheeseburger in Paradise Executive Chef Tom Kempsey.  “And we continue to make sure that from prep to plate, our gluten-free items are properly handled for the well-being of our gluten intolerant guests.”

Also, to help celebrate “Celiac Disease Awareness Month” this May, Cheeseburger in Paradise has partnered with the nonprofit Gluten Intolerance Group® for its annual Chef to Plate Campaign fundraiser.   The annual event celebrates restaurants that bring awareness to gluten intolerance and also serve up gluten-free menu items.   Any donations made to Gluten Intolerance Group will go toward helping support individuals with gluten intolerance.

This May, Cheeseburger in Paradise has also partnered with Gluten Free Works for its Gluten Free Extravaganza.  The popular gluten-free website recently launched its own social network – Gluten Free NetWorks – dedicated to gluten-free living.  Throughout May, members will be able to win prizes from gluten-free partners such as Cheeseburger in Paradise.  

For additional information about gluten intolerance, visit the Gluten Intolerance Group website.

To learn more about Cheeseburger in Paradise’s various gluten-free menu items, click here.

For more information about Cheeseburger in Paradise, visit the Cheeseburger in Paradise website, and Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.

About Cheeseburger in Paradise

Cheeseburger in Paradise (CIP) offers a one-of-a-kind, beach-party atmosphere, with 30 locations throughout 14 states.  With quality food that is bold and flavorful, Cheeseburger in Paradise has something for everyone, including traditional American favorites complete with signature burgers and sandwiches, crowd-pleasing appetizers, garden-fresh salads, and an extensive bar selection – not to mention its famous specialty drinks.

This new development opens a lot of doors for those on the gluten-free diet.  Yes, it was possible in the past to enjoy burgers and/or sandwiches without the bun, but we all know that buns with burgers help to complete the experience.  Additionally, if you haven’t had a chance to try the French fries at Cheeseburger in Paradise, do so as soon as you can.  They are fried in dedicated fryers and are some of the best fries we have ever tasted!  Jon also loves the Jamaican Root Beer they have on the menu.  He is in his own little heaven each time we go! 

Not only does this change make having a burger more pleasurable, it may help to set a precedent for other restaurants (chains or locally owned) to being to offer gluten-free buns and bread items. 

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!


  1. Tiffany Janes says:

    Kim – I was so excited to get this press release yesterday! I called our location here to ask which brand of buns they are using (no offense, but if I find it inedible, no rush to get there to eat…lol!) and the manager said they hope to have the gluten-free buns in a couple of weeks. I mistakenly assumed all the locations had them now, which is obviously not the case 😉

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