restaurants with gluten-free french fries

Got a hankering for french fries and need a list of restaurants with gluten-free french fries or more specifically, celiac-safe gluten-free french fries? This is your post.

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Are french fries gluten-free?

First, let me address the elephant in the room. Aren’t french fries just fried potatoes? Doesn’t that make them gluten-free?

Yes, and no. French fries are fried potatoes and if we stop there, then yes they are gluten-free. However, things get complicated fast.

First, some restaurants and even food producers coat their french fries in flour or batter for a crispier fry. Coating french fries in flour or batter makes french fries not gluten-free. For example, some of the Target brand frozen french fries are coated in wheat flour and are not gluten-free.

Second, even if french fries aren’t made with gluten-containing flour or batter, if they are fried in the same fryer as foods that are, then they are not safe due to cross-contact.

Meaning if someone is frying breaded onion rings in the same fryer they are gluten-free french fries, those gluten-free french fries are now not gluten-free anymore due to cross-contact.

What if I have non-celiac gluten-sensitivity

Here is where things get a little trickier.

If you have celiac disease, any gluten-free food sharing a fryer with gluten-containing food is not considered gluten-free or celiac-safe. So if gluten-free food shares a fryer with not gluten-free food, it is not safe for people with celiac.

However, the story might be different if you have non-celiac gluten-sensitivity. People with non-celiac gluten-sensitivity have a wide range of varying gluten-exposure tolerance levels.

So some people with non-celiac gluten-sensitivity might be fine with french fries sharing a fryer and some may not.

It really just depends.

restaurants with gluten-free french fries​

Now that we’ve cleared the air over french fries, where can you buy gluten-free french fries? Where are there restaurants with gluten-free french fries? More specifically, where can you find restaurants with celiac-safe french fries?

Here is a list of restaurants that prepare their french fries in a dedicated gluten-free fryer and are safe for people with celiac disease.

(disclaimer – always double check before ordering that the fries are made in a dedicated fryer)

Five Guys

Five Guys has gluten-free french fries made in a dedicated fryer.

You can also order a burger wrapped in lettuce here, just be sure to let them know you have celiac disease and need them to change their gloves when the prepare your order.

BONUS: they have free peanuts to eat while you wait!

Penn Station

Penn Station is my favorite place to get gluten-free french fries made in a dedicated fryer.

I used to stop by Penn Station in high school for fresh fried french fries weekly… the memories.

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Red Robins

If you’re cool to dine in, Red Robins is a great place to get gluten-free french fries.

They have separate dedicated gluten-free fries for french fries (but you have to request them) and on top of that, they have bottomless french fries.

Pay a little extra and you can have bottomless sweet potato fries (my favorite!).

Wendy's

I have yet to find a Wendy’s with a dedicated fryer for their french fries, but apparently some locations have one.

If you curious about the Wendy’s around you, call and ask to see if they fry anything else in the fryer they fry the french fries in.

Chick-fil-a

Their political stances aside… Chick-Fil-A does usually cook their waffle fries in a dedicated fryer (but make sure to check with your location).

You can also order a gluten-free chicken sandwich here…

I shared safe places to buy gluten-free fries, now you share with me where you buy your fries!