Qdoba – Chef with Celiac Disease Makes Recommendations - Celiac Disease
Jul 15 2011

Qdoba – Chef with Celiac Disease Makes Recommendations

Qdoba is yet another restaurant that offers gluten-free menu options.  Funny that they have been here in Columbus just as long as Chipotle, or so it seems, yet I have never eaten there!  I need to add them to my list of restaurants to try in the near future.  We like Chipotle and Jon would eat there daily if I would let him.   It seems as if the two have similar menu options, so it will be nice to do a comparison once we have tried them.

Just the other day I received an email summarizing the gluten-free options at Qdoba.  It seems that Ted Stoner, Qdoba’s head chef, was recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  Ted recommends the following meals that don’t sacrifice flavor:

 Go Naked

  • Naked Chicken Taco Salad™ – Order an Adobo-marinated, flame-grilled chicken taco salad without the shell. Add lettuce, black bean and corn salsa, fat-free picante ranch dressing and pico de gallo. (320 calories, 8 grams of fiber, 30 grams of protein)
  • Naked Chicken Fajita Ranchera Burrito – Order a chicken Fajita Ranchera burrito without the tortilla. Add pinto and black beans, lettuce, roja salsa and sour cream. (440 calories, only 5.5 grams saturated fat)

Mix It Up

  • From Qdoba’s Craft 2 menu, order a Naked pork burrito with rice and pinto beans, habanero and corn salsas, sour cream and order a cup of Tortilla Soup.
  • Nothing Hidden
  • And, because everything at Qdoba is  prepared while you watch, you can not only customize your order to fit within a specific diet, but you can observe every step of the preparation process to ensure your meal contains only the ingredients you specified.
  • Qdoba also offers a nutritional calculator on its website that allows you to build, customize and review the nutritional value of every menu item.
  • Finally, Qdoba also offers an allergen information on its website, that lists all ingredients used in every menu item so that you can identify potentially allergenic ingredients — please keep this in mind when deciding which Qdoba products are right for you. As with any food allergy, the level severity varies by individual so we recommend that guests consult with a doctor if they have any concerns, as migration may occur unintentionally during preparation.

When placing an order at Qdoba, request that the person making your food (and anyone else that will touch your food) changes their gloves.  Sometimes the easiest way to accomplish this is to ask to speak to the manager and have them take charge of your order.  Remember to thank the person who was in charge of helping you and anyone else involved.

Not that I like to see other people diagnosed with Celiac Disease, but it certainly helps to have someone like Ted know what is involved in safely eating gluten-free.  Qdoba has locations across the US.  Click here to find the one closest to you!

Article Written by:

Kyle Eslick is the founder of Gluten Free Media, as well as the creator of the popular Celiac Support Groups page. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and now Google+!


  1. Christine says:

    The Qdoba location in Eldersburg, MD had a completely different allergen list than the Qdoba corporate site. After looking through the entire list and determining that there were many fewer “safe” choices, we decided to go ahead and try it anyway. I placed orders for my children as my husband (the one with celiac disease) thought some more about his options. The manager began to make my daughter’s cheese quesadilla and mistakenly put chicken on it. I pointed out that we did not request chicken on it… and she simply dumped the chicken off the flour tortilla back into the chicken container, thus glutening the entire batch of chicken. Suffice it to say, we determined it was unsafe for my husband to eat there and will never return.

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