For some, fast food is a daily staple. For others, it’s garbage that should be banned from the face of the earth.
But, I have never met anyone who hasn’t tried fast food. And, many of us, have asked, “Where are the best gluten free fast food options?”
I used to drive five hours per day. Yes – you read correctly.
After thousands of miles on the road, I have been able to try many of the items that are coined fast food gluten free options.
I hope you find this list of gluten free fast food options helpful and useful.
El Pollo Loco
You can find El Pollo Loco locations in six states. The gluten-free fast food options include basic gluten-free sides, chicken, and salads with specialty dressings.
The Best Gluten-Free Fast Food Option: Mexican Cobb Salad – hand sliced avocados, black beans, bacon, jack cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo, tortilla strips, fire-grilled chicken, and creamy cilantro dressing
Mendocino Farms – Mendocino Farms first opened its doors in Downtown Los Angeles in 2005 and during the last 13 years has expanded to 20 locations throughout California. You can request gluten-free bread for most sandwiches, and you can omit the tortillas for all of the gluten-free salads.
The Best Gluten Free Friendly Fast Food Option: Modern Caesar 2.0 – curly kale, butter lettuce, superfood crunchies, Grana Padano cheese, red onions, grape tomatoes, avocado, Caesar dressing (can add free-range chicken breast) *I order the Modern Caesar with no kale, extra crunchies, and without chicken.
Chick-fil-A has a certified gluten-free bun that is individually packaged that can accommodate any of the Chick-fil-A sandwiches. They are offered nationwide. Due to a large number of sandwich options and the quality of the grilled chicken, I believe that Chik-fil-A is one of the best gluten-free fast food options.
The Best Gluten-Free Item: Grilled Chicken Filet On A Gluten-Free Bun
Johnny Rockets has a lot of gluten-free options because they offer a gluten-free hamburger bun. And, you can find locations throughout the world, such as South America, Canada, Africa, Australia, and Hawaii.
The Best Gluten-Free Fast Food Option: The Original Burger (1/4 pound on a gluten-free bun)
Cold Stone Creamery
I never feel guilty eating ice cream year round. There’s always a seasonal flavor that you must try. Most of the ice cream options are gluten-free.
The best fast food gluten-free item: Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Ice Cream
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
If you’re a meat lover, Dickey’s BBQ is the place to be. Most of the sides are gluten-free. And, the brisket is just what everyone is talking about on the street.
The best-gluten-free items: Brisket, BBQ Beans, Potato Casserole, Dill Pickles
I love the seasonal salad rotations at Panera Bread. It’s like a quarterly surprise and no matter what the new one is – you know you’re going to love it. The prices are reasonable, and the servings are a perfect size.
My Favorite Gluten Free Friendly Fast Food Option: Strawberry Poppyseed Salad
Taco Bell was a standing favorite. They don’t offer many gluten-free options. But, if it’s the only option on the way to grandma’s house, the spicy tostada will do the trick.
The Best Gluten-Free Fast Food Option: Spicy Tostada
Gluten-Free pizza is offered in at least 2100 locations across the country. Pizza Hut makes the pizza on Udi’s gluten-free crust, and you can select any of the gluten-free toppings. The cheese-only and cheese-pepperoni gluten-free pizzas are prepared following the procedures by the Gluten Intolerance Group. The gluten-free crust is stored in a separate container. The cheese, marinara sauce, and pepperoni are stored in a designated container. All of the gluten-free pizzas are baked on parchment paper in the oven. The team members wear gloves while creating your pizza and they use a separate pizza cutter to cut the pizza.
The best option: Create your own pizza with Udi’s gluten-free crust
Jersey Mike’s® Sub’s
Jersey Mike’s offers a ton of gluten-free options. They provide most of the subs on an Udi’s gluten-free submarine roll and in a tub. And, you will find more than 1500 locations with gluten-free subs.
One Of The Gluten-Free Fast Food Options: The Original Italian on a Gluten-Free Roll – Italian meats and provolone cheese
Five Guys ®
Regular Fries – I’m addicted to fries at Five Guys. They are a gluten-free fast food bucket list item.
Jack In The Box
Jack in the box offers a few gluten-free options. If you want a salad on the road with a creamy dressing with a kick, this might be the one.
The Best Gluten-Free Fast Food Item:
Southwest Chicken Salad with Grilled Chicken and Creamy Southwest Dressing
I love Chipotle! The gluten-free options are endless. You can mix and match anything at Chipotle except the soft flour tortillas.
The best gluten-free option is to be as creative as possible.
Most of the smoothies and juices at Jamba Juice are gluten-free. Click the menu links below to grab the full gluten-free or vegan menu.
The best gluten-free item at Jamba Juice – Peanut Butter And Banana Protein Smoothie
The best vegan item at Jamba Juice – Apples N Greens™ Smoothie
The home of America’s favorite frosty.
The Best Gluten-Free Item: Vanilla Frosty ™
Sonic® America’s Drive-In
I was pleasantly surprised to see that Sonic offers a lot of gluten-free options. Many of the grill items without the buns, fries, tots, and many of the ice creams and drinks are gluten-free.
One Fast Food Gluten Free Option: Strawberry Lemonade
The Best Fast Food Places For Gluten Free
- El Pollo Loco
- Mendocino Farms
- Johnny Rockets
- Cold Stone Creamery
- Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
- Panera Bread
- Jersey Mike’s Subs
- Jack In The Box
- Jamba Juice
Also, you may love this gluten-free guide board on Pinterest.
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