Gluten-free residents can add another restaurant to the growing list that will accommodate their needs - Applebee's. Applebee's joins a host of many other restaurants that are now offering a list of menu items that don't contain gluten. As noted, this list is subject to change, so make sure to check back frequently.
As with any restaurant, there is always a risk of cross-contamination. To help minimize the risk, ask to speak with the manager on duty. Be sure to ask how the menu item is prepared and if it is cooked on surfaces or in fryers where food that contains gluten is prepared.
For example, fried items such as chips, French fries and potato skins are not considered gluten-free if they share a fryer with gluten-containing foods like chicken fingers or onion rings. In order for the said items to be gluten-free, they must be gluten-free to begin with and then be fried in a dedicated fryer.
Ask how the salads are prepared. Are they tossed in a clean bowl so that there are no crouton crumbs to contaminate the lettuce? Finally, ask that separate, clean utensils are used to handle the food.
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