Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Restaurant Review - Chic-fil-a - Downtown Raleigh

For today's lunch, I ventured into Chic-fil-a in Downtown Raleigh.

I have had experiences with them in the past (which were all good) but I had yet to post a review about them. Chic-fil-a does a nice job of communicating about Gluten on their website. Click here for their Gluten page. They have listed entrees, sides, beverages, desserts, dipping sauces, condiments, and breakfast items that are all Gluten Free. Unfortunately, their "entrees" are all salads, unless you count tortilla strips as an entree (I don't). I also don't count getting a chargrilled chicken sandwich without the bun as a GF choice either. It's a pet peeve of mine when people suggest that and you'll just get weird looks if you are sitting there eating a chicken breast with no bun. Plus, you would need to verify that the chicken actually never touched a bun (too risky).

Let's move onto the important things, like FRIES! Most places will put their fries in the same frying oil as other non-GF things like chicken fingers or nuggets so that means it's a no-go due to cross-contamination issues. Not Chic-fil-a, they have a dedicated fryer just for fries (FYI - I always ask about the dedicated fryer because I don't trust anyone).

Here is what I ordered this afternoon (and usually order). Total cost was around $8.
  • Chargrilled Chicken Garden Salad with Italian dressing (make sure you read the dressing labels also)
  • Waffle Potato Fries (yummy) with Barbecue dipping sauce
  • Dr. Pepper
Bottom line, if you're in a pinch and need some fast food, Chic-fil-a is your place. It's especially nice when traveling or running errands to know you can just stop in and get something fast and easy. The only downside to Chic-fil-a is that they are NOT open on Sundays.

Information
Chic-fil-a
Downtown Raleigh
400 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 834-3875
Website: http://www.chick-fil-a.com

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2 comments:

Eden Sharpe said...

Hi,
Just found your blog and wanted to stop in.

We've always had good luck with Chik-Fil-A. Haven't had a reaction (ie contamination) once. And the Ice Dream cups and toppings are Gluten Free. They had a new allergen ingredient brochure available last time we were there.

Eden (see http://www.vixenrx.blogspot.com/ for info on my new blog, Gluten Free Eden, coming soon :) )

Pam said...

I get tired of the same old salad routine, so sometimes I order the grilled chicken breast without the bread explaining I have an allergy. Chik fil a then charges me a reduced price for just having the meat and not the bread.

DQ dilly bars (the chocolate ones) are GF too. As is their soft-serve.

Chipotle has a gluten free menu, as does Moe's, and I have not gotten sick at either place.

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