Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Fast Food Updates

You may or may not eat at fast food places (I usually don't) but at least these places are making an effort to release a Gluten Free menu and cater to us. See below for updates on Burger King and Hardee's. I've updated my Gluten Free Raleigh Fast Food Listing with this information.

Burger King
Burger King released its BK Positive Steps Gluten Sensitive Listing in December 2009. Click here to see the information. The list is based on BK's suppliers ingredients listing before the products enter the restaurant. Of course, like any restaurant (especially a fast food place), the risk of cross-contact is high. The menu offers some entree options like the Whopper patty, or Tendergrill Chicken Breast filet as well as fries and numerous dippings/sauces, drinks and condiments. Be sure to ask if the fries and apple fries are made in a dedicated fryer. “We understand that our guests have individual dietary needs, and as part of our ‘Have It Your Way’ brand promise, Burger King Corp. offers menu items for individuals with gluten sensitivity,” said Cindy Syracuse, senior director of cultural marketing for Burger King Corp. “With our Gluten-Sensitive list, we’re making it easier for our guests to identify these choices.” BK has 10 Raleigh area locations and more than 12,000 nationwide.

Hardee's came out with a new "Indulge" menu last year which includes Gluten Free, Low Carb, Low Fat and Veggie options. "Gluten Free-ing It" involves ordering a side salad (fresh iceburg lettuce, shredded cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes, red onions and any dressing), 1/3 pound Low Carb Thickburger (a charbroiled 100% Black Angus beef patty, cheese and all the fixings packed in a fresh whole-leaf Iceburg lettuce wrap) or a Breakfast Bowl (folded eggs topped with a sausage patty and Swiss cheese, piled with a loaded omelet, and finished with shredded cheddar and bacon bits). Three regular menu options that need no modifications at all. There is also a couple coupons on the Gluten Free It menu page. There are 10 Raleigh area locations and over 3,000 nationwide.

Please see Hardee's disclaimer at the bottom... "All of our products are prepared in the same kitchen area. Persons with food sensitivity, allergies, special dietary needs, or specific dietary inquiries and/or concerns should consult a medical professional of their own selection regarding the suitability of our food products." I'd also be concerned with ordering their fries - make sure to check that nothing else is made in the same fryer.


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