Two years ago for Celiac Awareness Month, we wrote a post about The Melting Pot‘s new Gluten Intolerance Group-approved gluten-free menu. We can only imagine that you all have been eating a lot of gluten-free fondue, because A: fondue is delicious and B: The Melting Pot’s gluten-free menu is still going strong (in fact, they’re participating in the GIG’s Chef To Plate initiative this month).

However, we’ve got even more reason to think that The Melting Pot is happy to have a gluten-free menu. The company that owns them, Front Burner Brands, also owns a fast-casual concept called Burger 21.

Guess who’s gotten a GIG-approved gluten-free menu this Celiac Awareness Month?

Yup, you guessed right. If you’re in the Tampa area, you can enjoy a variety of gluten-free options at Burger 21. According to the press release, there are currently two locations in the Tampa area and five more scheduled for Tampa and Orlando.

The gluten-free menu includes:

  • Seven gluten-free Angus beef burgers served on French Meadow Bakery gluten-free buns
  • French fries and sweet potato fries
  • Fresh salads served without croutons
  • A variety of hand-dipped shakes and floats

The nice thing about this is that the Gluten Intolerance Group’s expertise came into play. We all know how difficult it is to be a person who is new to the gluten-free diet, and only responsible for feeding ourselves – thankfully there are lots of great resources out there for us to learn from. For a restaurant, it’s arguably even more daunting to develop safe gluten-free practices and items. So, kudos to Burger 21 for seeking outside help.

As for me, I’m not sure what will happen first: either I’ll find myself in Tampa for some unknown reason (unlikely), or Burger 21 will open up shop somewhere I’m more likely to visit. Either way, they had me at sweet potato fries.

If you’re in the Tampa area, have you tried out Burger 21′s new gluten-free menu? What did you think?