Gluten-Free Airport Meals

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A few weeks ago, I asked my friends on Twitter where I could get a meal at the Atlanta (ATL) airport. Within minutes, someone suggested PF Chang’s. While I didn’t have enough time to actually eat there, I thought I would collect some suggestions on where to get gluten-free food at the airport. Unfortunately, none of these meals are guaranteed since restaurants may or may not have the gluten-free food at the time but it is nice to know that gluten-free options are starting to be more available.

My Gluten-Free Airport Meal Suggestions

Airport: Edinburgh, Scotland (EDI)
Restaurant: Caffe Nero
Meal: Sandwich on Genius Gluten-Free Bread

Airport: London Heathrow (LHR)
StoreMarks & Spencer Simply Food
Meal: cut-up veggies, sandwiches marked “gluten-free”, and gluten-free muffins

Airport: Portland International Airport (PDX)
Store: Flying Elephant’s at PDX
Meal: Quinoa Black Bean Salad (as of April 2014 this salad is no longer GF) and baked goods from Petunia’s Pies and Pastries

Airport: General Mitchell International Airport, Milwaukee, WI (MKE)
Store: North Point
Meal: Gluten-free hamburger buns are available

Reader Suggestions

Airport: Denver, Colorado (DIA)

  • “At DIA, the Folks at Root Down DIA are doing some fun things for sure and serving great beer” ~ New Planet Beer

Airport: Atlantic City, NJ (ACY)

  • “Five different packaged GF sandwiches at the snack shop at Atlantic City Airport.” ~ Gluten Free Philly

Airport: Regan National Airport, Arlington, VA (DCA)

Airports: Tortonto Pearson International (YYZ) and Calgary International (YYC), Canada

Airport: Baltimore Washington International Airport, Baltimore, MD (BWI)

  • “Chipotle in Baltimore not only has gluten free like all the other locations but ALSO gluten free breakfast!” ~ Anti Wheat Girl

Airports: Atlanta (ATL), Charlotte, Chicago, Philadelphia (PHL)

  • “I usually google it before my trip begins so that I know whether I’ll be able to find anything. Orlando- none that I have had time to try. Atlanta- Chipotle. Charlotte- some sushi place near the US Airways terminal with GF soy sauce!! Chicago- CIBO Gourmet Market. Philadelphia- Cibo Bistro and Wine Bar (between terminals A and B)” ~ from Facebook

Airports: Boston (BOS), Philadelphia (PHL), Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP)

  • “Legal Seafood in BOS and PHL. Surdyk’s in MSP.” ~ from Facebook

Airports: London Heathrow, London, England (LHR)

Airport: Seattle Tacoma International Airport, Seattle, WA (SEA)

  • “Dungeness Bay SeaFood House SEATAC Seattle WA. S Gate. No mention of GF on the posted Menu, but I figured it was worth an “interrogation” as I had my emergency food and Crab sounded really really good. I asked the waitperson who to talk to about Gluten, dairy and egg free choices and she knew everything! I was very impressed. I even got fries! They packed it “to-go”. We ate on the plane. http://www.portseattle.org/…/Documents/Final-South-Sat.pdf” ~ from Facebook

Airport: Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

  1. ” Lalos tacos at Midway in Chicago and Chipotle at Dulles in DC. National Airport in DC has a CIBO Market as well—love those.”  ~ from Facebook

Airport: Ministro Pistarini International Airport, Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE)

  • “#BuenosAires’ international airport had tons of #glutenfree options. It blew my mind! #CeliacDisease ~ @SophieBalzoraMD 

Looking for even more gluten-free airport meal suggestions?

  • Check out the March/April 2014 issue of Gluten-Free Living.
  • Read the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Round-Up by Triumph Dining.
  • Check out the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport (DFW) list of healthy options including gluten-free!
  • And finally, although it hasn’t been updated in more than 2 years, there is a Gluten-Free Airport blog that might have some tips. Considering the date, please check before getting to the airport to see if these options still exist!

 

UPDATES
I have been getting great reader tips ever since this post went live this morning. I will continue to add to this post as I learn more!

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About Erin Smith

Erin Smith was diagnosed with celiac disease in the early 1980s, so she’s been eating gluten-free almost her entire life. Erin has a unique perspective of growing up in the gluten-free community and blogs about living — and enjoying — a gluten-free lifestyle. Erin Smith has been writing her gluten-free lifestyle blog Gluten-Free Fun since 2007. In 2011, she launched Gluten-Free Globetrotter, a website that encourages those with celiac disease to travel the world and not be scared about eating gluten-free domestically and abroad. Erin is also the lead organizer of the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup group, a social community that has grown to over 1800 members in the 8 years she has been organizing the group.
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8 Responses to Gluten-Free Airport Meals

  1. Kaila511 says:

    These are awesome suggestions! There’s also an Udi’s Cafe at DIA that serves gluten free options (and sells Udi’s products). I’ve never eaten there to discuss cross-contamination or anything, but I know a few people who like it :)

  2. Mary Clare says:

    This is brilliant. I wish I’d had this for when I was at Heathrow.

  3. Carol says:

    Great to know!! Also the JFK, NY airport has a food court with packaged snacks that are labeled gluten free

  4. Erin,

    Great stuff…your blog and story is awesome! My wife and I have a similar story as far as health goes…we’re completely eliminating gluten from our diet as well great to see you put something like this together…we love to travel so thanks for what you do!

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  6. Amy Voils says:

    Did you find anything from ATL? I’m flying through in January!

    • Erin Smith says:

      YES! Someone from Facebook just left this comment:

      ATL – One Flew South, E concourse offers GF choices, F concourse- Pei Wei, only 1 menu choice is GF but it works, A & C have Chick FIL a grilled nuggets, A & E have Qdoba. D has five guys.

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