How to Dine Out Gluten Free

How to Dine Out Gluten Free

Dining out may seem daunting if you have a child that has a gluten sensitivity or Celiac Disease, but it boils down to these three simple steps:

  1. Choose a restaurant that has a gluten-free menu or gluten-free options.
  2. Call or visit the restaurant during non-busy hours and ask them:
    • Do you know what gluten is?
    • Has your staff participated in a gluten-free training program?
    • Do you use clean or separate pots, pans, and utensils for gluten-free food?
    • Do you clean the grill before cooking gluten-free food?
    • Is there a separate fryer for gluten-free food or do you change the oil?
  3. At the restaurant, always inform your waiter that your food must be free of gluten.
    • Be polite but ask the waiter if he/she understands what gluten-free means and, if they do not, then ask to speak to the chef

Keep in Mind the Dirty Dozen

  1. Are there croutons on the salad?
  2. Does the salad dressing contain any flour?
  3. Does the soup contain any flour?
  4. Has the food been marinated in any sauce that has flour or soy?
  5. Has the food been dusted with flour before being fried or sautéed?
  6. Is the oil used for cooking also used to make other breaded products?
  7. Are artificial bacon bits or other meat substitutes used on potato skins and salads?
  8. Are the mashed potatoes from a mix?
  9. Is there any imitation crabmeat or seafood?
  10. Does bread come with the dish?
  11. Is the garnish gluten free?
  12. Are there breadcrumbs on the food?

Eating Out in DFW

The Dallas Fort Worth Area has several restaurants that offer gluten-free choices:


Asian Mint

Banana Leaf Thai Cuisine

Bavarian Grill

BJ’s Brewhouse

Blue Mesa Grill

Boston Market

Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar


Buca di Beppo

Burger King

Cantina Loredo






Classic Café

Company Café

Cracker Barrel

Cuquita’s Restaurant

El Chico

Fireside Pies

The Fish City Grill

The Four Corners Café

Fogo De Chao




 Jason’s Deli

Kenny’s Italian Kitchen


Kona Grill

La Hacienda Ranch


Le Peep

Local Oven


Macaroni Grill


Mellow Mushroom

Mi Cocina

Mutts Cantina

Olive Garden

On The Border

Outback Steakhouse

Palio’s Pizza Café

Panera Bread

Pei Wei

Pie Five

P.F. Chang’s

Pot Belly

Red Robin

Rio Mambo

Rockfish Seafood Grill

Roly Poly

Rosa’s Café


Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q

Ruth’s Chris Steak House


Saxbys Coffee

Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse

Souper Salad

Spiral Diner

Spring Creek BBQ

Steak ‘n Shake

Sundown at Granada

Taco Cabana

Texas de Brazil

Texas Land and Cattle Steakhouse

Thai Basil Leaf

The Chocolate Angel

The Grill on the Alley

The Melting Pot


True Food Kitchen

Uno Chicago Grill


If you would like more information about Celiac Disease or gastrointestinal (GI) digestive disorders and nutrition in children, please contact Dr. Mona Dave’s Frisco Office or Request Appointment Here.