Review: Red Robin’s Gluten-Free Buns
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Jan 16 2012

Review: Red Robin’s Gluten-Free Buns

We have dined at Red Robin many times since following the gluten-free diet.  In fact, it was one of the first places that I felt comfortable eating gluten-free.  Despite the fact that the gluten-free buns were just recently added to their menu, they have always had a nice selection of menu items without gluten.

It was just announced in November that Red Robin would be adding Udi’s gluten-free buns to select locations across the US.  Our local Red Robin just recently started serving them, so I knew I had to get over there to sample them as soon as I could.  I know it may sound a little silly, as I have eaten many Udi’s gluten-free buns/products in the past.  However, just the idea of ordering a burger or chicken sandwich in a restaurant and having it come on a bun that is safe for me to eat, is too exciting for me to pass up.

We headed out last night to meet up with my dad, step mom and sister for a belated birthday dinner for me.  When they asked where I wanted to go to eat, Red Robin popped into my head immediately.  I went in with the intention of having a burger, but ended up ordering the chicken caprese sandwich.  I had ordered the same chicken sandwich protein-style (wrapped in lettuce) the last time I had been to Red Robin and fell in love.  Having the bun option certainly made the choices harder, but that was something that I was thrilled about.  If you have been following the gluten-free diet for any amount of time, especially before it became so mainstream, you know what I mean.  It used to be that there were few options, if any.  There were many times where I felt lucky to get a plain burger, baked potato and salad with oil & vinegar.

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Doesn’t that look amazing?  If you have previously dined at Red Robin, you know that their baskets that the food comes in are typically red.  The yellow baskets are for orders that are gluten-free or have some other kind of allergen red flag.  Red Robin does a wonderful job of catering to those with all kinds of sensitivities, not just gluten-free.  The allergen lists are updated frequently to ensure that any changes in procedures or manufacturers are noted to the best of their abilities.

My sandwich was outstanding!  The bun was toasted perfectly and held up to the many items that were stuffed inside –chicken breast, fresh mozzarella and tomatoes.  I ordered the pesto aioli (also gluten-free) on the side and ended up dipping my fries in it.  I was full about halfway through this meal, but couldn’t help but finish my sandwich because it was so good!

The one thing that Red Robin is missing from their gluten-free menu is dessert.  Of course I don’t usually have room for dessert, but it would add to their already great options for those who are gluten-free.  Red Robin has locations across the country, though not all of them may be serving the buns yet.  Make sure to call ahead if you are going in specifically to try the buns, as I would hate for you to be disappointed.

Have you had a chance to try the buns at Red Robin yet?  What did you think?

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!

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  • kj

    I had no idea Red Robin was so GF-Friendly! I will need to make it my next “dinner out” spot. Thanks!

    • http://glutenfreeislife.com/ Kimberly Bouldin

      KJ,

      Please let us know what you think!

      Kim

  • Barbara McGregor

    We love the salads anyway, so glad you are on the healthy track. One of our favorite stops!

  • Marie

    I absolutely love Red Robin and how accommodating they are for gluten-free and other allergies. Think we’ve been there about four times in the past two months thanks to them having the new gf rolls. It just makes such a difference than ordering a burger sandwich. My fave is the guacamole burger without bacon. They’re great with preventing cross-contamination as well. Change their gloves, separate tools, friers, and counters. It’s well worth the extra $1 for the gf roll and fries experience. :-)

  • Sasha

    I LOVE Red Robin!! This just makes it even better! Thanks for sharing. I hope the Red Robin near me gets the g-free buns soon too!!

    • http://glutenfreeislife.com/ Kimberly Bouldin

      I hope they do too!

  • Jp

    Sounds great. Are the fries cooked in a dedicated GF fryer?

    • http://glutenfreeislife.com/ Kimberly Bouldin

      JP,

      The fries at the location I visited were fried in a dedicated fryer. Please ask to verify at each location before eating the fries.

      Kim

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  • Jan

    I am curious if they grilled your bun in an area separate from where they grill their wheat buns? My daughter runs a restaurant and has warned me about breads being grilled on the same grill as even steaks, burgers, etc. which causes cross contamination. I have Celiac and am extremely sensitive to cross contamination so it’s always something I inquire about before ordering.

  • Mary

    I’ve had one of the chicken sammies at the Red Robin (Stringtown Rd-Grove City) and I had no problems. I haven’t noticed mild cc with myself. (GF buns being grilled on the same grill as others) but if they take the amount of precautions that they take I’d bet they grill on a clean surface. I also didn’t get fries with mine, so I’m unsure if that location fries them in separate oil. next time I go I’ll have to ask. of course the server did say they would serve the fries without the seasoning if I wanted that.

  • http://www.examiner.com/glutenfree-food-in-baltimore/eleanor-creasey Eleanor Creasey

    I wanted to share Red Robin’s gluten-free menu. Please read the red print.
    http://www.redrobin.com/pdf/Wheat_Gluten_Allergen_Menu.pdf

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