Airport food isn’t always known for its healthy options and it’s even harder for those with special dietary needs.
It’s estimated that one in three Americans has opted for a gluten-free diet, according to a study done by the NPD Group. In fact, gluten-free sales reached $4.2 billion in 2012 and are expected to rise to $6.6 billion in 2017.
It’s looking like the gluten-free movement is only getting bigger. The good news is that airport restaurants are working to make more gluten-free options available for travelers.
California Pizza Kitchen: At CPK you can choose from several gluten-free pizzas such as chicken barbecue, margherita and pepperoni . You can also select gluten-free appetizers such as asparagus and arugula Salad or white corn guacamole with chips. For a full list of CPK’s gluten-free menu click here.
Chili’s: You can get a gluten-free burger with mushrooms and Swiss cheese, and a chicken Caesar or Cobb salad. Soup options include chicken and green chile, or the loaded baked potato soup. Click here for a full list of Chili’s gluten-free menu.
Wolfgang Puck Express: This chain offers a lot of variety on their gluten-free menu. You can get anything from apple and endive salad to sweet fennel sausage pizza. You can also choose from their gluten-free appetizers, including a seasonal soup or pan-toasted mussels. All of their gluten-free options are under $20. Click here for a list of their menu items.
- The Counter: Located at Miami International and San Diego International Airport, has an entire gluten-free menu. You can design your own burger or choose from a variety of their signatures burgers with a gluten-free bun. Signature burger options include the Old School burger, taco turkey, and a veggie burger. Check out the menu here.
- Flying Elephants: At Portland International Airport in Oregon, this restaurant gives you the option to make any menu item gluten free. Options include house salads as well as a healthy Sak Lunch menu options that contain vegan, wheat free, gluten free, and dairy-free options. Click here for their menu.
- Cantina Loredo: Inside Dallas International Airport, you can enjoy Mexican food without wheat tortillas. You can have their gluten-free tacos al carbon or their guac and gluten-free chips. Check out the complete Cantina Loredo’s menu.
- French Meadow Bakery Cafe: In Salt Lake City International Airport, this cafe offers gluten-free options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their food is organic and their breads are yeast-free. Click here for their menu.
- Cafe Patachou: At Indianapolis International Airport in Indiana, you can get anything on their menu gluten-free with an extra charge of a $1.50. Sandwiches can be made gluten-free, with options like the roasted turkey breast or their patachou bagel with smoked salmon. Click here for their menu.
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By Camilla Rambali for PeterGreenberg.com