Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Wendy's is an awesome place for gluten-free. They have compiled a very helpful list of all of their gluten-free menu items. Yes, Wendy's chili is gluten-free. Yay!
Menu items without gluten

Wendy's is also great about doing special orders too. I used to just order a normal cheeseburger and take the bun off, but it was a pain because the cheese stuck to the bun (not to mention the contamination issues that would have for someone more sensitive than me). My husband was ordering for me and asked for the Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger without the bun. They didn't act like that was weird at all. They put my cheeseburger in one of the baked potato holders and gave me a fork to eat it with. It was great! Don't be afraid to ask for something special.

Sans Gluten mentions that the burgers and chicken are cooked on a dedicated section of the grill and the fries are cooked in dedicated oil (meaning you won't be eating fries that were cooked in the same oil and gluten-filled chicken nuggets). It also suggests substituting crackers and croƻtons with almonds. Cool! I didn't know this was an option. I'm excited to try it next time I go.

This site has comments from people worried about cross-contamination and how they handle it at Wendy's.

As always, refer to the information I've provided, but most importantly, use your own judgment to determine what and if you should eat at this restaurant.


Jay said...

I tried Wendy's twice, once ordering minus the bun and got very sick and once a salad. I'll pass as I am too sensative for this and it is not worth the risk of cross contamination for me.

Some other restaurants that I've eaten at and not gotten sick is Chipotle Mexican Grill in Sandy. At the counter while ordering I explain my situation, they change their gloves at my request and wash their hands. They put my items on foil and make it separate from my family's or anyone else. I have never gotten sick there.

McGrath's Seafood in Sandy also has worked well for me. They have a gluten free menu and I have eaten there over 20 times. Once time they brought bread out and they redid the entire meal when I explained I could not eat it then.

Some say Five Guys Burger and Fries but I'll pass. I watch them put my paddies on a bun and then take them off. That's enough to make me sick so I asked if they would redo and got a hassle look. They did it but I don't trust them as their workers don't understand and just follow a process. They do cook their meat separate from their buns (two separate grills).

My other favorite restaurant is Z'Tehas Southwestern Grill. I haven't gotten sick there once and great food.

Some say Pei Wei is GF and they have a GF menu but their preparation worries me. They make it in a wok that is the same as they use for Gluten meals and for those who are sensative this just doesn't work. I tried them and got sick, that was enough for me.

Pei Wei, Five Guys and Chipotle are located in Sandy by the Pets Smart off of Hwy 89/State Street across from the mall. Of them I only go to Chipotle as stated above.

Bethany said...

Jay, thanks for this info! I'm actually going to put your comment in a post, if you don't mind.

I'm not nearly as sensitive as you are and am fine eating at Wendy's and Pei Wei, but it's good to have input from those who are more sensitive, so this blog can help everyone. Please continue to comment, especially on the posts about restaurants or where different sensitivity levels need to be addressed.