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Gluten Free French Fries at Five Guys

I’ve heard that Five Guys offers gluten-free fast food, but I wanted to confirm with a representative regarding their french fries.  I always ask if they use the same frying oil for other gluten products (chicken fingers, onion rings) to avoid cross contamination.  Turns out they keep a dedicated fryer for their fries.  Even their burgers are gluten-free!  I suggest bringing a gluten-free hamburger bun (Udi’s makes a decent one) the next time a burger and fries craving hits.

Below you will find the response from Five Guys (research on 11/14/12):

Dear Ann Regan,

Thank you for taking the time to write in to Five Guys, we appreciate you taking the time to do so. We have received your inquire in regards to the presence of gluten in our products.

Currently, Five Guys DOES NOT offer a gluten-free bun, as we have yet to find a bun we feel meets the flavor of our burger. However, I’d like to advise you that it is absolutely possible for you to order your burger without the bun. Our buns and the malt vinegar condiment are the only products we offer that DO include gluten. Our burger patties and hot dogs DO NOT contain gluten.

Five Guys french fries also DO NOT contain gluten. They are simply potatoes soaked in water and fried in refined peanut oil using fryers that are ONLY used for French fries.

I am happy to have assisted you with your inquiry.

Thanks for your interest in Five Guys. Please enjoy us often!

Safe Travels & Eat Safely with this App!

The Thanksgiving holiday is the busiest travel time of the year.  Wrapping up a busy work schedule to catch a plane or start the journey in the car can leave people feeling rushed – just like in Home Alone where they forget something.  Turn the tv off?  Close the garage door?  More importantly, did you remember to eat or at least pack a snack?   Visiting family and friends is an exciting time to catch up, but it can leave you a bit displaced when it comes to eating out in unfamiliar territory.

I’m a firm advocate for carrying food with you at all times.  However, sometimes it’s just plain old nice to eat out on a whim with the rest of the gang.  I recently discovered an app that allows people to search nearby restaurants that have gluten-free menus.  You can download it for free with your Android or iPhone:

Find me Gluten Free for Andriod

Find me Gluten Free for iPhone

So go home and visit loved ones and take some worry out of eating.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Homemade Gluten Free Pizza

When I want to make something but can’t seem to find the right moment I leave the ingredients on the counter.  It’s my way of constantly reminding myself to make time for something that I actually want.  Well, for about a month I’ve been staring at the box of Arrowhead Mills Gluten Free Pizza Crust mix.  What derailed me for so long was that I wanted to use my bread machine to mix the dough and let it rise, instead of following the box recommendation and mixing it myself.  Rushing home from work to wait roughly 2 hours to eat didn’t sound appealing nor did making the dough the night before.  I wanted to experience what every person out there does when they make a pizza at home or order take out.  Fresh dough, cooked on the spot, and eaten as soon as it’s pulled out of the oven.  So finally, on my day off, I built time in to make my homemade pizza. My way worked pretty good too as you can see….

Straight from the oven 🙂

It tasted as good as it looks.  The dough was a pain to work with, so don’t get frustrated by the extreme stickiness.  No amount of oil could prevent the dough from clinging to my fingers, and it was quite difficult to make it 1/8 of an inch thick.  I went with it, and decided I meant to make a Sicilian style gluten-free pizza.  Topped with pepperoni and fresh basil this pizza was a home run in my world.  Of course I doctored up the pizza mix too by adding a few spices and herbs mentioned below.  Next on the list?  Stromboli perhaps, but if not I think I could suffer through another 1 or 4 slices of pizza.

Look at how thick the crust is!

Pizza Crust

*Yields 2 personal size pizzas with plenty for leftovers

  • 1 box Arrowhead Mills Gluten Free Pizza Crust mix
  • 1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 yeast pack (included)
  • 3 eggs
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Garlic
  1. Mix dough according to box directions
  2. Once mixed, add in my top Italian spices:  garlic, basil, oregano, and parsley
  3. Put forth your best effort to tackle the sticky dough, and shape into two 8 in pizzas (it’s worth it!!!!!)
  4. Cook for about 15 minutes until crust is brown (I recommend brushing extra olive oil on top once cooked for about 10 minutes)
  5. Finish cooking for about another 5 minutes, then add your favorite pizza toppings
  6. Remove from oven when cheese is melted
  7. Enjoy and smile if you burn the roof of your mouth – I did 🙂

Pizza Toppings

  • Pizza Sauce
  • Mixture of mozzarella and provolone cheese
  • Fresh Basil
  • Pepperoni

Wawa for Gluten-Free Finds

Wawa has everything!  Gas, quick snacks, coffee, hot meals.  If you’re from the area you probably share my affinity for Wawa.  Best of all, for the gluten-free eater, you can go beyond the bag of chips for a quick snack.  They offer hot foods like gluten-free chili, deli meats, and tasty drinks.

Below is what the response I received from a Wawa representative regarding gluten-free food in their stores or go to the Quick Gluten Free References page:

Wawa – Gluten Free

Thank you for asking after gluten free products at Wawa. Ingredients and allergen statements for most of our foodservice products can be found on http://www.wawa.com/WawaWeb/Nutrition/Default.aspx. Please click on the Nutrition link on the left, then choose the category in which you are interested. Following is a short list of products you may find at your favorite Wawa that are gluten free…(received on 01/28/12)

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Gluten-Free at Chick-fil-A

I find myself constantly checking websites to search products that are safe.  Instead of having to search, I thought it would be easier to compile all the responses I’ve received from companies plus information I found on websites in one convenient place.

Below you will find a the response I from Chick-fil-A regarding their gluten-free products.  Also check out my new page Quick Gluten Free References.  Please note the dates each company was researched on, policies can change frequently so I still urge you to ask when in doubt.

Chick-fil-A – Gluten Free

The following information is provided for those customers who have intolerance to gluten (wheat, barley, rye, triticale, oats and spelt).
Below is a list of our menu items that may fit your gluten-free diet…(received 02/24/12)

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