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.