14 February 2012

Red Robin Serves Udi's Gluten-Free Bun

Hamburger on Udi's Whole Grain GF Bun
The hamburger chain Red Robin has been a favorite of mine for years.  They are one of the big chain restaurants that have a gluten-free menu.  It is not so much a special menu as a road map of how to eat there without consuming gluten.  They cook their fries in a dedicated fryer, so no cross-contamination.  Reason enough to give it a try.

Before going gluten-free I loved their salads with the crispy tortilla strips on top.  Since going gluten-free my go-to menu choice has been the lettuce wrapped burger.  It comes with a salad with balsamic dressing.  Lately, my "gluten anger" mood (being angry because I can't eat what I want) drove me to substitute seasoning-free fries instead of the salad.  Also, I can't really chew lettuce well right now since my jaw surgery, so giving in to the fries was more of a survival thing.  A girl's gotta eat some carbs, right?

Anyway, to my great surprise, the last time we were there the server asked if I wanted a gluten-free bun with my burger.  I was so shocked that I was speechless for a moment.  The funny thing is that I didn't really want the bun.  I have been trying to lose weight and with my jaws still unable to bite into a hamburger with bun, it was better to choose the lettuce wrap with fries.  But, I could not resist trying the bun and I always try to encourage stores and restaurants that make the effort to provide as normal an eating experience as possible for the gluten-free.  So I ordered the hamburger on the GF bun. I could have nixed the fries to keep my carb count down, but what fun is that?  I had to cut the burger with bun into small pieces to chew it, but it was good. It was darn good.  It was also somehow familiar.  When I got home I did some research online and discovered that it was an Udi's Whole Grain Gluten-Free Bun.  Needless to say, Red Robin is still one of my favorite lunch spots. And a big thanks to Udi's, while we're at it.

Karen, herself


Annabellouise said...

Yummy. Glad you are able to eat hamburgers again! Happy Valentines Day.

Karen said...

Yay, you were finally able to leave a comment! Hope you had a good Valentine's Day.

Wendy from Udi's said...

I'm so glad you were able to have one of our buns at Red Robin! Thanks for writing a great review.

Kari said...

I went to Red Robin in January and ordered my usual bunless burger and our waiter said "do you want a gluten free bun?" I think I scared the crap out him when I yelled "SHUT UP!!!! REALLY????" And you're right-it was really good. :)

Karen said...

Hey, Kari, Thanks for your comment. You made us all laugh here. I think a lot of us are having the same response. Personally, this is what I have been hoping would happen — that restaurants would really start to get it and start offering us a way to feel normal again by giving us a gluten-free version instead of just removing the gluten containing ones.

Karen said...

Fatburger also serves the Udi's GF bun with their medium sized burger. Another reason I can't seem to lose weight!