Dining out with Celiac Disease can be risky. It is rare to find an establishment that is 100% gluten-free, so the next best thing is education and preparation. Knowledge is power, right? Take some time to check out restaurants that you like or are close to your home, place of employment or are located along your route.
Today I am going to focus on Wendy’s. There are Wendy’s restaurants located across the US, making it a good option for a gluten-free meal. Wendy’s maintains a frequently updated gluten-free menu on their website. Additionally, they have a redesigned site that includes a page dedicated to “Living Without Gluten” that includes a short video from Mike, an RD with Wendy’s.
There are plenty of choices on the gluten-free menu to make a meal or enjoy a quick snack. Some of our favorites include:
- Baked Potato
- Baja Chili Salad
- Chicken BLT Cobb Salad
- Frosty (many varieties)
The French fries are not on the gluten-free menu because they may be fried with gluten containing items like breaded chicken or fish. There may be individual locations that have dedicated fryers for the French fries and in that case, the fries may be safe to eat. It is my recommendation to only consume the fries after checking with staff at each location, every time. Procedures may change from time to time due to equipment failure that may include combining the fries with breaded chicken or fish.
Do you eat at Wendy’s? What is your favorite gluten-free menu item? I am going with the Chocolate Frosty. In fact, with the recent heat and humidity we have been having, this sounds like the perfect way to cool off.