2011 Best of Gluten-Free Winners: Part 2, Restaurants, Beer & More

Best of Gluten-Free Awards

Welcome to part 2 of our Best of Gluten-Free Award Winners announcements. Here we tackle my favorite things: restaurant dining, beer & more!

(In case you missed it, check out Product Award Winners from last week, including winners in categories like: best GF bread, best GF pasta, best GF cookies, and other yummy stuff.)

Thank you again to the 5,800+ people who voted. Your votes counted, and here they are.

Best Gluten-Free Restaurants

Best Fast Food Restaurant

Best Gluten-Free Menu
P.F. Chang’s

Best Gluten-Free Pizza
Uno Chicago Grill

Best Gluten-Free Dishes

Best Gluten-Free Appetizer
P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Best Gluten-Free Main Course
P.F. Chang’s GF Spicy Chicken

Best Gluten-Free Dessert
Outback Chocolate Thunder From Down Under

Best Gluten-Free Beer

Best Gluten-Free Beer
Anheuser Busch Redbridge

Best Gluten-Free Resources

Best Gluten-Free Cookbook
Bette Hagman’s The Gluten-Free Gourmet: Living Well Without Wheat, Revised Edition

Most Helpful Book or Resource
Triumph Dining’s Essential Guides and Dining Cards

Most Helpful Application in Everyday Gluten-Free Life
Triumph Dining’s The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide App (iphone only)

Want to know more about GF Restaurants?

Hey, hearing what 5,800+ of your fellow gluten-free diners like is pretty awesome. But if you’re looking for a more in-depth scoop, check out the Essential Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide

The Essential Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide features over 6,500 restaurants and gluten-free lists and menus to 120 more. You can check out its reviews here.

Meanwhile, stay tuned for our next batch of award winners: baking mixes and flours!

16 thoughts on “2011 Best of Gluten-Free Winners: Part 2, Restaurants, Beer & More”

  1. I am glad to see P.F. Changs recognized for their good gluten free menu – they really make an effort to make more than “meat & potatoes” and they deserve to be appreciated for that!

  2. We use Chang’s often because of their variety of gluten free offerings. I would like to see their frozen entrees being offered in stores with gluten free labels.

  3. Wendy’s?! Really?! That is one of the LAST places I would consider gluten-free! Saying a fast food burger place is gluten-free is like saying the local candy store is good for diabetics!

  4. We figured we’d get some looks at the inclusion of Wendy’s! The first time I ate one of their gluten free baked potatoes, I fully expected to pay for it the next day. But I never did!

    For the Wendy’s gluten free menu, click here: http://www.wendys.com/food/pdf/us/gluten_free_list.pdf

    Of course, any restaurant with so much bread and other gluten-y things around is at risk for cross-contamination, so some people with severe sensitivity may opt not to risk it – although a friend of mine who can detect when a stray crumb has ended up in her peanut butter swears by their Baja Salad.

    Let us know if anyone has had any positive or negative Wendy’s experiences!

  5. P.F. Chang’s is the worst for me! They only have one vegetarian option: the Buddha feast and yes, I had the (tiny) bowl with rice, and even soup as an appetizer and it only kept me satisified for about an hour. That’s way too much money to spend when I have to eat another meal right after!

  6. Wendy’s is great for eating gluten free. I always get a baked potato and ask for them to leave it in the foil, this way it doesn’t get exposed to anything else with gluten. They are always very accommodating. It is great to have such an option when traveling the highways of the USA. By the way, in almost 3 years of eating gluten free, I have never had a problem at Wendy’s and that also includes their Chili.

  7. Chipotle’s has a great gluten free choice – their rice bowls. You can get them with a variety of meats or even vegetarian. Almost everything there is gluten-free other than the flour tortilla shells and the hot salsa. Most of their food is organic and locally grown. They are by far the best “fast food”.

  8. Wendy’s has been very accommodating for us. My son had a GF baked potato, chili and they made a burger for him on a bed of lettuce with all of the toppings and lots of his beloved pickles. They made it very appetizing looking, with lots of extra lettuce as a sort of a bun. The woman who took our order asked if it was no bun because of an allergy and I said yes, so she pushed a special button to let the cooks know to take extra steps to avoid cross contamination. I was pleasantly surprised at how many options my little guy and I had there. :)

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