Varying Shades of Gluten-Free in 4 Major Restaurants

By Zach

Gluten-free eaters come in all shapes, sizes and carrying themselves with their own behaviors, which is an umbrella statement that can also be applied to stores and restaurants that service gluten-free foods. Here’s why: it’s hard to deny and not notice the emergence of new gluten-free options popping up each day, whether it’s in big grocery stores, small fast food joints or dine-in restaurants, but not all servicers of gluten-free menu options abide by the same protocol.

Some reports estimate that the gluten-free industry is worth $6.3 billion per year and is continuing on an upswing. This demand was propelled by gluten-free enthusiasts toward large businesses like Dominos and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro to small business like Fresh Brothers in an effort to join progressive forces throughout the gluten-free industry.

Though as some of you might know, Dominos and other newcomers that offer gluten-free alternatives conduct their gluten-free processes in a liberal manner that is not safe for people with Celiac disease due to high chances of cross-contamination. But there are places that are doing it in a more kosher manner.

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2012 Best of Gluten-Free Winners: Part 3, GF Snacks, Condiments, Beverages, and Restaurants

 

We hope you’ve been following us on Twitter and Facebook to get real-time product and prize winner announcements! Here is part 3 of the 2012 Best of Gluten-Free Winners: 

 

Snacks

Best Gluten-Free Crackers:

Blue Diamond Nut Thins

Best Gluten-Free Pretzels:

Glutino Pretzel Twists

Best Gluten-Free Snack Bar:

Larabar

 

Condiments

Best Gluten-Free Teriyaki Sauce:

San-J Gluten-Free Teriyaki Stir-Fry & Marinade

Best Gluten-Free Soy Sauce:

San-J Tamari Gluten-Free Soy Sauce

Best Gluten-Free Breadcrumbs:

Glutino

 

Beverages

Best Gluten-Free Beer:

Anheuser Busch Redbridge

Best Gluten-Free Cider:

Woodchuck Amber Cider

Restaurants

Best Gluten-Free Menu:

P.F. Chang’s


 

P.F. Chang’s Brings Brand-Name, Gluten-Free Food to Chinese Cuisine

Every town, big or small, seems to have a Chinese restaurant these days. Usually locally or family owned, these restaurants serve up familiar dishes in those nostalgic, white rectangular take-out boxes. The food itself, however, varies widely; some places serve deliciously prepared entrees. Others  gain a notoriety for food poisoning and low standards of quality.

For such a ubiquitous type of cuisine, I expected there to be many name-brand chains where people could come to expect the same, consistent dishes and flavors served at a steady, high quality. But alas, P.F. Chang’s, listed in our restaurant guide, is among the very few major names in Chinese cuisine to open multiple, national restaurants.

And the restaurant shines as its gluten-free menu provides customers with many great options to choose from.

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