It might seem weird to do a post about a single airport, but after going home to Colorado for a long weekend, I realized how lucky I am to have my hub happen to have some amazing options for a quick gluten free meal or snack. With travel being so hard as it is gluten free, it can be a huge relief to know you can grab something safe at the airport. So I’m excited to start a new series on gluten free options in some of the most heavily traveled airports in the United States!
The Denver International Airport is really an ode to the state of Colorado, featuring miniature shops of everything from Tattered Cover, the much-loved local bookstore, to some of the best food the city has to offer. Even if the food you want to grab isn’t on your concourse, depending on how long you have or how long your layover is, you can take the train to any of the other 2 to grab something. I’ve done it several times and it’s always relatively painless.
Schlotzsky's (Concourse A)
This is a big chain but it's really the best option on Concourse A. They've had special Udi's buns every time I've been there, but will do lettuce wraps too.
Pour la France (Concourse B)
There is a mini location of this in the main Terminal that doesn’t have Gluten Free options, however their full-sized location on the Concourse B is able to do a great sit down breakfast if you have the time. Last I checked they don’t have a specific gluten free menu but are able to accommodate well.
Wolfgang Puck (Concourse B)
Wolfgang Pucks is really just a great option for safe food at pretty much every major airport. You can mostly just get salads and they’re certainly nothing to write home about, but they’re safe, and that’s what really counts.
Modernmarket (Concourse B & C)
This is a personal favorite of mine at DIA but also at their several locations around Denver. They even have little table tents boasting about their ability to serve dietary restrictions. Gluten free flat bread, sandwiches, soups, and of course salads are all options during lunch and dinner hours, and their breakfast menu also has several options available too! A word on the salads: I know you always have to have them, but I swear the Thai Coconut Salad is actually one of the best meals I’ve ever had.
Jamba Juice (Concourse B & C)
Yeah, this is a chain. I know. But sometimes you only have time on your connection for a quick snack and what’s better than a smoothie to fill you up? As long as you avoid the boosters you’re safe to go here, and they are very careful with keeping things clean between each use.
Root Down (Concourse C)
This is a sit down place but they also have a quick to go stand where you can grab things. Lots of gluten free options on the menu both to go and for sit down. They also sell those collapsible water bottles that are actually reusable, so if you need one after security I highly suggest grabbing one at Root Down.
Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (Concourse C)
They have a couple of “wheat free” pastries that I’ve never had a problem with. Really they’re just a great option for coffee. Which is, in my mind, a travel necessity.
Tattered Cover (All 3)
Ok, you caught me, no food here. I just really like supporting indie bookstores and this one is a personal favorite. Plus they do sell water if you need it.
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