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Gluten Free Airport Fare from To-Go to Gourmet

November 12, 2010 by  
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Are you flying any time soon? Chances are high that you will be passing through one of the following airports and may find yourself searching for something to eat. Can you actually find good gluten food? Yes! Grab something from to-go to gourmet if you know what to look for.

I ran across an article recently about an exciting food option Cibo Express Gourmet Markets being expanded into the new Delta Terminal at LaGuardia Airport.

“Among the many new food choices in Delta’s Terminal D at LaGuardia Airport is Cibo Express Gourmet Markets. Cibo Express offers “the first genuine airport gourmet market, offering over 1,000 different products and beverages, all pre-packaged and on-board ready. The Markets offers something for everyone, including organics, vegan, Kosher, all-natural, no-sugar, gluten-free, heart healthy and other distinctive products.”

A little research showed that there are quiet a few CIBO Express markets around. That little paragraph made me wonder what other gluten free fare could be found in the typical US airport that can be fairly safely eaten by the gluten free traveler. There is actually quite a bit out there in the larger airports that can be found.

You can find a small, gluten free snack in almost any airport. Be on the look out for frozen yogurt (watch the toppings), coffee and some coffee specialty drinks, nuts, some candy, dried fruit, many bagged chips, fresh fruits, cheese and salads, just to name a few easy possibilities.

If you are traveling through any of these larger airports listed below, here are just a few places to get something gluten free from snacks all the way to sit-down meals. You must stay vigilant about asking questions and using good judgment based on how you see employees handling things, but the following list contains places that carry at least a few gluten free choices. This is only meant to be a guide, not a guarantee. Please confirm with employees when ordering!

All of the following restaurants are gluten free friendly with made to order GF options, have gluten free menus, gluten free options listed online, or prepackaged gluten free options. Grab something to-go and take it on your flight, sit down for a gourmet meal, or get something in between!

Click the restaurant name for further information and click the airport name to see all restaurants at that airport.

Atlanta- see Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Boston Logan International Airport

Chicago O’Hare International Airport

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

  • Starbucks (Click for GF drink info, look for prepackaged gluten free cookies, chips, dried fruits, bars), A13, A29, A33, A37, B8, B14, B28, C6, C8, C21, C27, D25, E8, E31
  • Freshens Yogurt (and smoothies – everything GF except brownie, cookie dough pieces), B7, C6, C35, E6, E36
  • Pappasito’s Cantina (Made to order, can accommodate GF), A28
  • Smoothie King, C14
  • The Grove, (Raw snacks), A17, A39, C14, E6
  • Wendy’s (Click for many GF options), C14
  • Einstein Bros Bagels (Naked eggs, chipotle chicken salad, roasted corn salad, potato salad, sandwiches minus bagel, some locations have gluten free bagel), D18
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit (Meats, sauces and many sides don’t contain gluten. Click for ingredient list) A18, C6, E12

Denver International Airport

  • Caribou Coffee, Terminal A, B, C, Jeppesen Terminal
  • Einstein Bros Bagels (Naked eggs, chipotle chicken salad, roasted corn salad, potato salad, sandwiches minus bagel, some locations have gluten free bagel), gate C
  • Jamba Juice, B gates
  • Many coffee shops
  • TCBY Yogurt (watch toppings), Terminal B, C, Jeppesen terminal
  • Wolfgang Puck (Made to order, many GF items by request) B gates

Detroit Metropolitan Airport

  • Several Mexican Restaurants that may have GF options
  • Caribou Coffee, North Terminal & McNamara Terminal
  • Einstein Bros Bagels (Naked eggs, chipotle chicken salad, roasted corn salad, potato salad, sandwiches minus bagel, some locations have gluten free bagel), McNamara Terminal
  • Starbucks (Click for GF drink info, look for prepackaged gluten free cookies, chips, dried fruits, bars), McNamara Terminal
  • Wendy’s (Click for many GF options), McNamara Terminal

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

  • Chick-fil-A (Click for many GF options), A18
  • Freshens Smoothies,  A9, D7, D16, T3
  • On the Border (Fajitas, street tacos, grilled chicken, veggies, beans, rice, steak, carnitas,  NOT chips), T4
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill, E Centerpoint
  • Wendy’s (Click for many GF options), A4, C5
  • Wolfgang Puck (Made to order, many GF items by request) A4, B31, D33
  • Starbucks (Click for GF drink info, look for prepackaged gluten free cookies, chips, dried fruits, bars), 7 locations

Houston George Bush International Airport

  • Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen (Grilled fish and meats, baked potatoes and sides, can be GF by request), Terminal E
  • Einstein Bros Bagels (Naked eggs, chipotle chicken salad, roasted corn salad, potato salad, sandwiches minus bagel, some locations have gluten free bagel), Terminal C
  • Jamba Juice, Terminal E
  • Starbucks (Click for GF drink info, look for prepackaged gluten free cookies, chips, dried fruits, bars), Terminal A, B, C & E
  • Subway (Click for allergen chart – some salads, some omelets GF), Terminal C
  • The Grove (Raw snacks), Terminal A & C
  • Wendy’s (Click for many GF options), Terminal E & C
  • La Salsa (All GF Except following ingredients: Chilaquile, Salsa Roja, Sirloin Steak, Chicken Taquitos, Chipotle Tortilla, Flour Tortilla, Tostada Shell)
  • Harlon’s BBQ (Giant baked potatoes and possibly some meats and sides), Terminal B

Houston Hobby Airport

Las Vegas McCarran Airport

  • Freshens Yogurt (and smoothies – everything GF except brownie, cookie dough pieces), Concourse B
  • Gordon Biersch (Made to order, many GF items by request), Concourse D
  • Las Vegas Fruits & Nuts, Concourse D & Main Terminal
  • Starbucks (Click for GF drink info, look for prepackaged gluten free cookies, chips, dried fruits, bars), Concourse A, B, C, D & Main Terminal
  • Subway (Click for allergen chart – some salads, some omelets GF) Concourse C
  • TCBY (watch toppings), Terminal 2 & Main Terminal, Concourse D
  • Wolfgang Puck (Made to order, many GF items by request) Concourse D

LAX International Airport

  • Baja Fresh Express, (only things with flour tortillas, fried, breaded fish and raspberry tea have gluten), Terminal 7
  • Daily Grill, many items by request – Food Court
  • Wolfgang Puck Express (Rotisserie Chicken, salads, sides, many items by request), Terminal 2 & 7
  • Gordon Biersch (Made to order, many GF items by request), Terminal 8
  • On the Border (Fajitas, street tacos, grilled chicken, veggies, beans, rice, steak, carnitas,  NOT chips), terminal 4
  • Pinkberry, (watch toppings) Terminal 1
  • Starbucks (Click for GF drink info, look for prepackaged gluten free cookies, chips, dried fruits, bars), Terminals 1-4, 6-8

Minneapolis/St.Paul International Airport

  • Caribou Coffee, Concourse E, F, G, H & Main Terminal
  • Einstein Bros Bagels (Naked eggs, chipotle chicken salad, roasted corn salad, potato salad, sandwiches minus bagel, some locations have gluten free bagel), Concourse C
  • French Meadow Bakery Café (GF, Vegan menu items), Concourse F
  • Starbucks (Click for GF drink info, look for prepackaged gluten free cookies, chips, dried fruits, bars) Concourse C, G & Main Terminal
  • Wolfgang Puck (Made to order, many GF items by request), Concourse G

Newark Liberty Airport

  • I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt (Watch the toppings), A24
  • Starbucks (Click for GF drink info, look for prepackaged gluten free cookies, chips, dried fruits, bars), A12, A27, B Main Lobby, C
  • Gallagher’s Steakhouse (Can accommodate GF by request), C120
  • The Grove (Raw snacks), C83

New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport

New York LaGuardia Airport

  • Five Guys Burgers and Fries (everything is GF except buns). Coming soon
  • Cibo Express Gourmet Market, Terminal B8 & C6, US Airways Terminal
  • The Grove, (Raw snacks), Delta Terminal Main Lobby
  • Starbucks (Click for GF drink info, look for prepackaged gluten free cookies, chips, dried fruits, bars), Delta Terminal gate 1
  • I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt (watch toppings), Delta Terminal Main Lobby
  • Wendy’s (Click for many GF options), Central Terminal Food Court

New York Kennedy Airport

Orlando International Airport

Oakland International Airport

  • Starbucks (Click for GF drink info, look for prepackaged gluten free cookies, chips, dried fruits, bars), Terminal 1 & 2
  • Peets Coffee and Tea, Terminal 2
  • Gordon Biersch (Made to order, many GF items by request), Terminal 2

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

  • Wendy’s (Click for many GF options), Terminal 3 & 4
  • Great Steak and Potato Company (All baked potatoes and salads GF),  Terminal 4 A
  • Einstein Bros Bagels (Naked eggs, chipotle chicken salad, roasted corn salad, potato salad, sandwiches minus bagel, some locations have gluten free bagel), Main terminal Lobby West
  • Fruithead Smoothies Terminal 4A
  • TCBY yogurt (watch toppings), 5 locations in terminal 4
  • Starbucks (Click for GF drink info, look for prepackaged gluten free cookies, chips, dried fruits, bars), Terminal 3 & 4

Pittsburgh Airport

  • Nature’s Kitchen (Organic, fresh salads, skip the sandwiches), Landslide, Center Core & Concourse D

Reagan Washington National Airport

San Jose International Airport

San Francisco International Airport

  • Many places for salads, Asian rice/veggies
  • San Francisco Soup Company- Gluten free soup, Terminal 3
  • Starbucks (Click for GF drink info, look for prepackaged gluten free cookies, chips, dried fruits, bars), Terminal 3
  • Peets Coffee and Tea, 2 in Terminal 1, 4 in Terminal 3
  • Yankee Pier, (Made to order, many GF items by request), Terminal 3

Seattle/Tacoma International Airport

  • Starbucks (Click for GF drink info, look for prepackaged gluten free cookies, chips, dried fruits, bars), A3, B3, B10, C12, D6, Central Terminal, Main Lobby
  • The Grove, (Raw snacks), A-Food Court
  • Freshens Yogurt (and smoothies – everything GF except brownie, cookie dough pieces), C5
  • Wolfgang Puck Express (Rotisserie Chicken, salads, sides, many items by request), C10
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill, Central Terminal
  • Wendy’s (Click for many GF options), Central Terminal

Tucson International Airport

Washington Dulles Airport

Washington – see also Reagan Washington National Airport

Found any more Gluten Free friendly airport food in your travels? Add it in the comment box below.

Comments

15 Responses to “Gluten Free Airport Fare from To-Go to Gourmet”
  1. What a fabulous resource! I am flying through Detroit next week. I found you through a post on Jules Shepard, following a link from a link she shared. I will be in California off and on for a month while traveling. Are you near San Francisco or Santa Inez? If so, any suggestions on restaurants or food shopping? Mostly I will be staying in a friend’s home but need ideas for lunch when out and about. I’m new to this, having been diagnosed with celiac 15 months ago. I took a trip to Arizona in March and had some snags with food and a couple of melt downs as a result. I’m still learning to deal with away from home. I’ve gotten down the baking and cooking at home.

  2. Nancy says:

    Barbara- Where will you be in California? I may know of some places.

  3. John says:

    Nancy – Chipotle at Washington Dulles will accommodate you re: GF. When I mentioned I needed my hard tacos GF, the server immediately put on fresh gloves and made mine to order herself. She took the toppings out of the containers in the fridge and made sure there was no contamination. I didn’t get ill at all, and the taco were excellent.

    Thanks !
    John

  4. Nancy says:

    Thanks, John! I’ll add it in there.

  5. Sarah Koontz says:

    They are now offering a gluten free menu at the “Pour la France!” in the Denver International Airport. They are open from 10 am – 9 pm every day, and the gluten free options are quite extensive. This restaurant saved my life when I was traveling through Denver last, as I was extremely hungry and could find no gluten free options on my smart phone. I as lucky enough to end up at Pour la France, and when Operations Manager, Duane Murphy, handed me a full gluten free menu I nearly cried for joy! They offer gluten free sandwich bread, meals like Atlantic Salmon, Roasted Chicken, and Colorado Buffalo sausage. There are also many gluten free salad options, burgers, and a full gluten free breakfast. Help me spread the word about this great dining option available for people flying through Denver.

  6. Jody says:

    The Atlanta Airport (ATL) now has a French Meadow bakery in Terminal F. They can make any sandwich on gluten free bread (toasted or not) and have cookies and bagels, too. Highly recommended! Friendly staff.

  7. c daugherty says:

    Try Sprigs at Chicago’s Midway Airport. I found it 10/12 and made sure I flew back thru there to eat on my way home. I am GF, Casein-free, allergic to tomato, peppers, & carrots. I know w/in 15 minutes whether I will be sick or in the hospital from a mishandled recipe. Anaphylactic shock is no fun. This place is clean and the food is good. Service is fast. I travel frequently: rail, air, & road. I hate starving.

  8. Nancy says:

    Asian veggies and rice in San Francisco are a bad choice because they usually contain gluten-laden soy sauce. Even the Mexican restaurant (in terminal C?) used soy sauce. Baja Fresh in San Diego has corn tortillas for their soft tacos.

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  10. Mary says:

    In Denver, on B Concourse, there is now Udi’s Cafe, with good gluten free sandwiches and muffins.

  11. Kelly says:

    Chicago, Chili’s has an allergen menu, and there is now an Udi’s Cafe in Denver.

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