Many people follow Paleo and gluten free diets because they have health issues that are exacerbated by eating gluten which makes traveling a challenge. The reason I am careful is because I have an autoimmune thyroid condition that is flared up by eating gluten, meaning my body attacks itself which makes eating on the road a challenge. I am very careful to follow a grain free not just gluten free diet at all times to lower risk and enhance my health. It is also important to pay attention to food quality (as much as possible) to keep your tummy happy. Sometimes ordering at a restaurant with gluten intolerance can be a stressful experience. By pre-planning you can enjoy your travels and stay healthy on the road. See post with travel tips for staying Paleo here.
|Protein Style at In and Out Burger|
Paleo, Low Carb and Gluten Free Chain Restaurants
Chain Restaurants with Gluten Free Offerings:
The Counter: This place has humanely raised no antibiotic beef that can be served exactly how you like it. You can even write your own order by circling toppings on a notepad. They are very helpful about avoiding gluten when I went there in LA.
|Get Fajitas without marinade at Chevy’s|
Chipotle: Always a favorite on the road salad bowl with double meat with guacamole is my favorite. They source humane meats and with the carnitas being soybean oil free! Ask the server to use clean gloves when making your burrito(less) bowl.
|Gluten Free Fare at Flemings photo credit|
Outback Steakhouse: Gluten free menu featuring succulent seafood and steaks.
Flemings: Has a gluten free menu available. Prime rib with horseradish cream anyone?
Logan’s Roadhouse : The menu says they have options listed and to ask management at each location.
Chili’s: I wasn’t too excited about Chili’s after reading The End of Overeating by Dr. David Kessler, all about flavor engineering. But they do have a gluten free menu.
Applebee’s: I am not a fan but if you have no other choice and are really in the middle of nowhere. They do have allergen info you can download from their website.
Pei Wei: This place is a cousin of P.F. Chang. It has a really good gluten free menu. I have had the Vietnamese lettuce wraps minus the peanuts, rice noodles, and sugary sauces. You can ask for your food to be cooked in broth which is better than soybean oil. Bring your own coconut amino’s for flavor.
Legal Seafood: They have 49 gluten free options at this east coast chain!
|Mixed Grille at Olive Garden|
Magianno’s: Has a gluten free menu also, read more about how the executive chef can customize dishes for gluten free diners.
Carabba’s: This regional favorite has ingredients straight from Italy. Be sure to ask for meats without the grill baste. The Marsala sirloin looks wonderful with prosciutto mushrooms and wine sauce.
Macaroni Grill: The Pollo Caprese with arugula and Pomodoro sauce is making me hungry. They even have a make your own option where you can pick your own meat/veg/sauce for a grain free dish.
Mello Mushroom: I am not sure how a place can be gluten free when they are throwing flour into the air, but that is what the gluten free menu says. I am not a big fan of gluten free pizza save it for your birthday if you must. Try a cauliflower crust at home like this one for less gut disruption.
Olive Garden: This menu looks first class with lots of pictures. The mixed grill is calling my name (Grassfedgirl eat me!). I just don’t know if I could stand the temptation of the ridiculous unlimited circulating bread baskets. Aren’t Americans fat enough?