With the change of season comes menu changes. Many restaurants, fast food & sit down alike, have begun to remove summer menu items and add fall-themed items. Wendy’s has always been good at keeping their website up-to-date with gluten-free information. When I went to check it today, I was pleased to find that in addition to updating the menu, they have also added a page entitled “Living Without Gluten: Avoiding Gluten in the Diet”. It isn’t often that you find a fast food establishment with such an explanation on their website. They even referenced the Celiac Disease Foundation for information.
Seasonal menu items – we get all excited when a new season comes around & our favorites are available again. Now, just because the seasonal item was gluten-free & safe to eat last season doesn’t mean that it is safe to eat this season. Remember, just like the food you shop for in the grocery store – suppliers change, ingredients change, and companies make items “new & improved”, which unfortunately sometimes makes a food now unsafe for us. It is a pain to have to contact companies again, I know, but I treat it just like I do many other “chores” that I complete at the change of a season. I even put a reminder in my calendar to check the places that we frequent for changes.
Wendy’s has locations across the US and Canada. One point I want to make sure to touch on is the French fries at Wendy’s, as they are not on the gluten-free menu. The fries themselves do not contain gluten and are safe to eat if they are fried in a dedicated fryer. Not all Wendy’s locations use a dedicated fryer, so this is a question that must be asked each & every time you order the French fries, if you choose to do so. Never trust that a dedicated fryer is being used if you don’t ask. I know that Jon likes to order the French fries, but makes sure to check before ordering, or at least he tells me that he does.
The updated menu has some salads that weren’t on it previously and the old stand bys – the chili & baked potato are still there. I think of all of the fast food places that offer gluten-free choices, Wendy’s is the most versatile. Even though it may not be what I am craving, I know that a chili, baked potato & side salad will fill me up & hold me over until the next meal.
Do you eat at Wendy’s? If so, what do you order?