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About.com Gluten-Free Readers' Choice Awards-Best Gluten-Free Restaurant Chain

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Updated April 24, 2012

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Best Gluten-Free Restaurant Chain Finalist #4
About.com Gluten-Free Readers' Choice Awards-Best Gluten-Free Restaurant Chain

Chipotle Mexican Grill

"Fast, fresh and really good" -- that's how one About.com reader characterizes Chipotle Mexican Grill, a restaurant chain that's more fast food than elegant dining. When it comes to gluten-free fast food, avoiding cross-contamination is key, and here Chipotle shines: "The only Gluten item in the ENTIRE store is the flour tortillas. That means as long as you have them change their gloves there is NO cross-contamination issue. They are SO considerate about changing their gloves when I tell them that I have a gluten 'allergy'," one reader reports.

When dining gluten-free at Chipotle, you can choose anything other than those flour tortillas, which means your options include corn tacos, a burrito bowl or a salad bowl filled with any of the various meats, vegetables and toppings the restaurant offers.

Chipotle definitely understands what it takes to avoid low levels of gluten cross-contamination — its gluten-free menu notes the use of distilled vinegar in one salsa, which bothers some people who react to gluten below 20 parts per million.

Company website: Chipotle Mexican Grill

Gluten-free menu: Chipotle Mexican Grill gluten-free menu

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