I’ve spent a lot of time doing road trips across the country for work and quicker trips for business, etc. Sometimes no matter how much I want to, I can’t research enough ahead of time to eat local. When that happens, I rely on one of these chains to get me through. This is by all means not an exhaustive list, just my favorite quick stops that I know will almost always be safe.
Everything that doesn’t involve a flour tortilla is safe. They have a good protocol if you tell them about your allergies when you start the order.
Similar situation to Chipotle, though the safety of their chips is up for debate, but I’ve never had an effect from them Plus they have queso!
Noodles and Company
2 gluten free noodle options for substituting and most of their sauces are safe. They always have a list and often know off the top of their heads.
I’ve only had to resort to this once but it went fine for me (much better than Domino’s). They use Udi’s crusts and have a lot of information on their website about their process.
They do all their sandwiches as lettuce wraps and all their potato chips are safe. They also deliver into the wee hours of the morning at most locations!
Pei Wei and PF Changs
PF Changs is one of my favorite restaurants, and Pei Wei is its less expensive little to-go version. Both are very safe with gluten free and have a bunch of great options. Bar far the best gluten free Chinese food I’ve ever found.
They may not have buns but their safe and the cheese fries more than make up for it in my opinion. Great shakes, as the name indicates.
More expensive chain along the east coast, but great for seafood! They even do things like fried shrimp and fish & chips gluten free. Well worth a stop, though it's not as fast as others.
Culver's is a great custard place that recently expanded to include gluten free buns for their burgers, and their fries are safe!
Buffalo Wild Wings
They have an allergy binder but most of the traditional wings are safe. You’ll have to avoid boneless, unfortunately.
California Pizza Kitchen
For a staple in shopping centers, their gluten free crust is actually fairly good! And you can get most of their famous mixings including BBQ Chicken safely.
Moe’s Southwest Grill
Moe’s is similar to Chipotle and Qdoba, just not as wide spread. They have great queso and have an allergin menu available online and usually in store.
The fact that they don’t do buns is honestly a mute point in my opinion. These burgers are SO good. Their fries are also completely safe, and it makes you feel really good when they yell “allergen!” when putting your order in.
Different locations have different options, but most are either a thin flat bread or a wrap option.
I used to LOVE Schlotzsky’s as a kid, and really missed it when I was diagnosed. They now have gluten free bread for their sandwiches and it’s pretty great! I’ve loved every single one I’ve gotten.
They have gluten free buns and most locations have a separate fryer for both regular and sweet potato fries, just be sure to ask!