Gluten-Free Dining Out Guide

Featured Article, Healthy Meal Ideas, Healthy Recipes and Nutrition, Nutrition
on May 17, 2013

We all have that one friend whose restaurant order we envy—she always seems to know exactly what to get. But healthy dining can be even more of a challenge when you’re following a gluten-free diet. So in partnership with Healthy Aperture we asked a group of GF bloggers what they typically order at common restaurants. Why not steal their ideas the next time you’re perusing a menu?


“Taco salad with beans and guacamole (without the shell; no sour cream).” — Aggie Goodman, Aggie’s Kitchen

“Black beans, avocado and rice.” — Abby Himes, Seaweed and Sassafras

“Chicken fajitas, no tortillas, with a side of guacamole on lettuce.” — Andrea Syswerda, Delicious by Dre

“Burrito bowl (minus the tortilla) with black or pinto beans, extra veggies, spicy salsa, and lots of guacamole.” — Amanda Maguire, Pickles & Honey

“Something grilled with whole black beans. Refried beans are often processed, and may contain traces of gluten.” — Ann Plough, Eat Simply Eat Well

“Carne asada over shredded lettuce with guacamole.” — Brent Schrader, Virginia Is for Hunter-Gatherers

“Grilled fish or chicken tacos on corn tortilla with guacamole and lots of salsa.” — E.A. Stewart, The Spicy RD

“Shrimp salad with avocado.” — Danielle Omar, Food Confidence

“Burrito bowl with beef, black beans and pico di gallo.” — Tim Horel, Gluten Free Canteen


“The smallest steak available, which I usually cut in half; baked or other potato dish; sautéed mushrooms.” E.A. Stewart, The Spicy RD

“Minestrone soup and salmon entrée.” — Kelly Egan, Running Blonde

“Prime rib, steamed asparagus and side house salad.” — Brent Schrader, Virginia is for Hunters-Gatherers

“Spinach salad with grilled chicken, walnuts, cranberries, goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette.” — Alyssa Rimmer, Queen of Quinoa

“A house salad (minus the croutons) with lemon/olive oil dressing and a baked sweet potato.” — Amanda Maguire, Pickles & Honey

“Grilled top sirloin with grilled veggies and a sweet potato.” — Brittany Lesser, GotheXtraMile

“Petite filet and a salad, skip the roll.” — Abby Himes, Seaweed and Sassafras

“Lobster with a couple of side dishes, usually a baked potato and either sautéed mushrooms or broiled/roasted tomato.” — Rachel Begun, The Gluten Free RD

“Just about any of the grilled meats are usually gluten-free. And most will have seafood options as well.” Lisa Wells, Cook Eat Paleo

“A steakhouse is a steakhouse. We order the steak. A family-sized Porterhouse, with creamed spinach, roasted Brussels sprouts, and hen of the woods mushrooms.” — Laura Clark, Pass the Knife


“Szechuan eggplant and green beans.” Alex Witte, Chowvida

“Sweet and sour tofu and vegetables with steamed rice.” — Bella McKenzie, Sweet n’ Savory Life

“Spicy Singapore rice noodles.” — Alyssa Brantley, Everyday Maven

“Miso soup with a green papaya salad.” — Alyssa Rimmer, Queen of Quinoa

“Stir-fry veggie and prawns dish.” — Christal Sczebel, Nutritionist in the Kitch

“Colorful steamed vegetable plate, small side brown rice.”  Sadie Crouch, Sweet.Smart.Vegan

“Mongolian Beef.” — Wendy O’Neal, Around my Family Table

“Coconut curry vegetables with brown rice.” — Maryea Flaherty, Happy Healthy Mama

“Shrimp stir-fry with extra veggies and brown rice.” — Aggie Goodman, Aggie’s Kitchen

“Tofu in sautéed rice wrappers, salt and pepper green beans.” — Karen Tedesco, Family Style Food


“Gluten-free pasta with fresh pomodoro and basil sauce.” — Bella McKenzie, Sweet n’ Savory Life

“Lentil or minestrone soup.” — Brittany Mullins; Eating Bird Food

“Gnocchi with portabella.” Alison McCarthy, Pure Provender

“Pan-roasted fish with side salad.” — Brent Schrader, Virginia is for Hunter-Gatherers

“Gluten-free pesto and veggie pasta or pizza with a side salad.” — Jesse, Out to Lunch Creations

“Grilled chicken or fish and polenta with veggies.” — E.A. Stewart, The Spicy RD

“Lemon chicken: I love the clean, citrus flavor of roasted chicken with lemon topped with capers and served with a side of spinach.” — Paige Adams; Last Ingredient 

“There is usually a great meat or fish dish sautéed in tomato sauce. I check to make sure they don’t dredge the meat in flour and can make it gluten free and substitute vegetables for the side of pasta.” —
Lisa Wells, Cook Eat Paleo

Burger Joint

“Veggie burger minus the bun and a salad topped with avocado.” — Allison Brewer, Get Natured

“A cheeseburger ‘wrap’ with lettuce instead of bread/wrap.” — Alyssa Brantley, Everyday Maven

“Turkey burger with salsa and avocado on top.” — Andrea Syswerda, Delicious by Dre

“Grass-fed burger on a gluten-free bun.” — Winnie Abramson, Healthy Green Kitchen

“I usually opt for the grilled chicken and load it up with all the gluten and dairy-free vegetable toppings.” — Lisa Wells, Cook Eat Paleo