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T.G.I. Friday's Introduces Gluten-Free Menu, Other Allergen Information

By November 13, 2010

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T.G.I. Friday's has unveiled a gluten-free menu, making it the latest casual restaurant chain to begin catering to people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance. The restaurant also has begun providing information on which menu items contain nine other allergens, including egg, milk, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish and MSG.

The unfortunately-named "Gluten Menu" (as opposed to "Gluten-Free Menu") doesn't include many choices - you can have steak, shrimp scampi, baby back rips, grilled chicken wings or a salad, with mashed potatoes, loaded mashed potatoes, coleslaw or steamed broccoli on the side. There are no desserts listed.

The menu also includes a disclaimer: "Our restaurants prepare and serve products that contain peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, eggs, milk, soy and gluten. Regular kitchen operations involve shared cooking and preparation areas, and food variations may occur due to differences in suppliers, ingredient substitutions, recipe revisions, and/or preparation at the restaurant. For these reasons, we cannot guarantee that any menu item will be completely free of allergens."

The "Gluten Menu" is available now at most T.G.I. Friday's restaurants.

To eat at T.G.I. Friday's safely, even with the new "Gluten Menu," you'll want to talk directly to a manager before ordering to make sure the kitchen staff understands how to prepare your food to avoid cross contamination. But the new menu does provide celiacs and people who are gluten intolerant with another casual restaurant alternative.

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Comments
January 25, 2014 at 9:46 am
(1) roy keck says:

this is stupid. there are no locations on the locater in your web site for tgi fridaye in the kc area yet we have your ads on local tv radio etc. very aggrivating Roy

February 10, 2014 at 1:46 pm
(2) Christine says:

GF menu is NOT safe
If you are a celiac DO NOT trust TGIF.
I have not seen my daughter this ill in years.
Calling their food GF is false advertising.
GF is a fad for some and a dangerous disease for others.
I don’t think TGIF takes this seriously.

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