(June 19, 2017)
Add Chick-fil-A to the growing list of restaurants offering a gluten-free menu option.
The Low Down:
- The gluten-free bun comes pre-wrapped to decrease chances of cross-contamination with other foods made in the Chick-fil-A kitchen.
- Customers will assemble their own sandwiches after ordering.
- The bun costs an extra $1.15
Chick-fil-A Introduces Gluten-Free Bun
Well, this is interesting. Chick-fil-A announced today that they’ve added a gluten-free bun to their menu. The nationwide rollout comes after Chick-fil-A tested the bun in three cities across the country in 2016. (Did you live in one of the test cities? I’d love to know what you thought of the buns!)
The bun, which costs extra, is made from quinoa and amaranth and the top is dusted with cornmeal. From the photos released by Chick-fil-A, the bun looks good. I’m interested to hear what they look like in real life. As we all know, sometimes gluten-free buns can lack a little something—usually flavor and color.
There’s no Chick-fil-A restaurants in my area. So I haven’t tried this bun. But here are my thoughts on the idea.
- It sounds like a great rollout. I love that the buns are individually wrapped. I’m fine with having to assemble a sandwich at the table if it keeps gluten-free folks safe.
- I’m not wild about the extra cost but what can you do? Even though gluten-free foods are in higher demand, they are still a smaller market. Paying a dollar extra for the convenience of eating out is fine with me.
- I LOVE that they are made with quinoa and amaranth. It wasn’t so long ago that whole grain gluten-free flours were impossible to find in pre-made foods. Good for Chick-fil-A for using good ingredients.
- I still worry about cross-contamination. Here’s the thing: I love and respect restaurants that want to safely serve gluten-free meals. It sounds like this is what Chick-fil-A is striving for with the bun offering. That’s fantastic! Since the restaurant offers gluten-containing items, be sure to use good ordering practices. Tell the staff you are gluten-free, ask them to change their gloves, and don’t eat anything that looks suspect to you.
What are your thoughts on this new menu item? Let me know in the comments below.
Here’s a link to the Gluten-Free Menu at Chick-fil-A. I’m sure it changes regularly. Always remember to check the menu before ordering.