by Angela Nazworth | May 29, 2012 4:42 pm
An increased awareness of celiac disease and other health concerns have helped popularize gluten-free diets. Today, more and more restaurants are including menu items that don’t contain rye, barley or wheat — the three sources of gluten, Nation’s Restaurant News reports.
Domino’s Pizza (NYSE:DPZ) is one of the largest chains to offer gluten-free options, however it’s new crust is under fire from The North American Society for the Study of Celiac Disease.
Here’s a snapshot of five restaurant chains that offer some version gluten-free items.
Chevys Fresh Mex: Chevys offers several gluten-free options and trains its staff on proper techniques to prepare and serve gluten-free items.
Domino’s Pizza: Domino’s makes it’s gluten-free crust from a combination of potato starch, rice starch and rice flour. However, the chain has been up front about the fact that cross-contamination is a risk. It does not recommend that people with celiac disease eat the gluten-free crust.
Chuck E. Cheese’s: CEC Entertainment‘s (NYSE:CEC) Chuck E. Cheese is testing gluten-free pizza and cupcakes in six Minnesota restaurants. These items are made in gluten-free facilities.
Fresh Brothers: Fresh Brothers, a California pizza chain, introduced a gluten-free menu in 2008. The chain takes special precautions to avoid cross-contamination, although it’s gluten-free pizzas are baked in the same ovens as those with gluten.
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro: Chinese chain P.F. Chang’s (NASDAQ:PFCB) serves a variety of gluten-free dishes and sauce choices. The gluten-free items are not prepared with appliances used to make or serve foods with gluten.
You can read additional information on each restaurant at Nation’s Restaurant News.
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