Gluten Free at JFK | Triumph Dining

800px-Via_JFK_AirportNext up for our gluten-free airport series is one of the busiest airports in the US: JFK in the New York City Metro area.

French Meadow Bakery Café (Terminal 2) – French Meadow Bakery is a Minneapolis-based bakery and restaurant, known best for their vegan and gluten-free foods. In Terminal 2 they have a coffee-shop-style quick service station that serves up organic, healthy, quick meals for great prices, even if they don’t have a large selection. The bakery has gluten-free Italian Rolls, Tortillas, Sandwich Bread, Cinnamon Raisin Bread, Pizza Crust and Multi-grain Bread that they use to make to-go sandwiches and wraps. They often have gluten-free brownies, cupcakes or cookies available as well. There’s a substantial breakfast menu for early morning flyers. According to their website, “all of our gluten-free products are certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), a program of the Gluten Intolerance Group.”

Wendy’s (Terminal 2) – If you need something to fill you up for less money (recognizing, of course, that everything is overpriced at an airport), check out Wendy’s gluten-free menu! Like most fast food restaurants, their gluten-free menu is mostly salads without croutons or pecans and sides like the baked potato, chili or apple slices. You can also order a bunless burger or chicken fillet if you’re craving meat. Though the best part about your gluten-free options here, in my opinion, is the Frosty dessert shake! Be sure to avoid the fries as according to their website; Natural-Cut Fries may be cooked in the same oil as Crispy Chicken Patty, Crispy Chicken Nuggets, Spicy Chicken Nuggets (where available) and Fish Fillets (where available), which contain wheat. 

TCBY (Terminal 3) – Looking for something sweet? TCBY is a great spot to stop. While the waffle cones are not GF, they do have many flavors of soft serve, hand scooped yogurt that are! Just be sure to get it in a cup! And while cookie crumbs are a no-go for toppings, you have your pick of all fruit toppings, caramel, hot fudge, chocolate, marshmallow or peanut butter. 

Cibo Express Gourmet Market  (Terminal 5, 8) – Cibo Express is a gourmet market that is “proud to provide a delicious and varied selection of gluten-free options.” A few brands they carry for a grab-and-go snack include: Kind Bars, Pure Bars, My Dad’s Cookies, Wow Baking Company, Vermints, Simple Squares, Food Should Taste Good, Terra Chips, Nutorious Snacks, Pirate’s Booty, Skinny Pop Popcorn, Vigilant Eats, 479 Popcorn, Nugo Bars, Deep River Snacls, Vermont Smoked and Cure, and Oloves. For those who also are Vegan, they have plenty of Vegan options as well. They also have pre-packaged deli items including GF Salads, Hummus with Veggies, Turkey Wraps and Potato Salad. 

Jamba Juice (Terminal 5) – Ah Jamba Juice, the mecca for a nutritious and quick fill-me-up when I don’t feel like eating. JJ has 36 gluten-free drink options (15 of which are also dairy free). All of their smoothies are GF, with the exception of Pomegranate Heart Happy. But beware of the boosts! Many of their boosts have gluten from wheat or oats in them including: Fiber Boost, Power Boost, Immunity Boost, Vita Boost, Daily Vitamin and Energy Boostand Heart Healthy. 

Euro Cafe (Terminal 8) – If you need an energy boost and don’t want to wait at Starbucks, check out the Euro Cafe which offers varies different caffeinated drinks which are also gluten-free. While there aren’t too many options for food here, you can always grab some ice cream, fresh fruit or juice for a quick snack.

The Grove (Terminal 5, 7) – The Grove is a small snack shop that offers Smoothies and Juices, Nuts, Candy and Dried Fruit in bulk, Gelato and Drinks. If you’re looking for a handful of nuts and dried fruits to keep you going, try checking these guys out. 

Wolfgang Puck Express(Terminal 7) – A great alternative if you want a quick, non-prepackaged meal. If you make them aware of your gluten allergy, the staff will let you know what’s available. As the salads are all made to order, they can be customized to be GF, just avoid the dressings and stick to oil and vinegar. Don’t forget to request that the salad maker switches to a fresh pair of gloves before starting on your salad. A bigger meal option would be the rosemary chicken with garlic mashed potatoes, or even a large cup of soup. If you’re here for breakfast, be sure to try the omelet and the ever-reliable fruit cup. 

Chilis Too (Terminal 3) – At Chili’s a lot of the regular menu items are altered to make up the “Gluten-Free” menu. Be sure to make them aware of your allergy and ask lots of questions. Avoid anything fried (fries, onion rings) as they do not have separate fryers. What can you eat? The best picks are: Loaded Baked Potato Soup, Southwest Chicken Soup (with no Tortilla Strips), Grilled Chicken, Grilled Salmon, Classic Sirloin, Baby Back Ribs (Original or Memphis Dry) or a Salad (Caribbean, Chicken Caesar, House or Sante Fe Chicken) with no croutons or Tortilla Strips. Acceptable sides? Black Beans, Corn Kernels, Loaded Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli, Sweet Corn on the Cob, Mandarin Oranges, Rice, and Mashed Potatoes without the Gravy. 

Z Pizza (Terminal 4) – Snaps to Z Pizza for having a GF crust option and a big huge hug for having one that doesn’t taste like cardboard. The gluten-free crust only comes in a 10” size but that’s more than enough. If you’re wondering about safety, the crusts are frozen and delivered to the location, and they keep the toppings separate from the regular toppings. If you’re a fan of the thin crust, this is the place to go. BONUS: they have dairy free and soy free cheese as well. 

Starbucks (Terminal 1, 2, 3, 7, 8) – See SFO Airport Article.

2 thoughts on “Gluten Free at JFK | Triumph Dining”

  1. Another fantastic option is the 5ive Steak House in Terminal 5 – we’ve eaten there every time we go through JFK and they easily accommodate GF needs. Plus their food is fantastic, and you get the atmosphere of a nice restaurant despite being in an airport.

  2. Thanks for the airport list of gluten-free options. I’ll be using this one next month and have already made a note of the restaurants and terminals.

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