I decided to try a new fast food place that was rumored to be ok to eat at for the non-gluten eating crowd. Eating gluten-free at a fast food place makes me nervous. Too many times I have received a strange look when ordering something bun-free, or requesting any time of accommodation. I was pleasantly surprised by dining experience at Five Guys, Burgers and Fries.
This is a no frills, straight to the burger type of place. If you are looking for a gluten-free bun, you will not find one here. The concept is KISS: keep it simple stupid. They offer burgers, fries, hot dogs and sandwiches. That is it. Expecting them to expand their simple menu, to include a gluten-free bun is wishful thinking. However, their simplicity is what makes the chain gluten-free friendly. There are only two things they offer that contain gluten: buns and malt vinegar for the fries (according to a letter from the company). Two items are pretty easy to avoid. And, to be honest, I have really started to prefer my burgers without buns.
The staff is knowledgeable about allergies, and when informed of your allergy, calls it out, so everyone on the line knows. (There is no keeping your allergy quiet in this place.) They are willing to change gloves, and the preparation gave me comfort in that I was not going to get sick from accidental cross contamination.
You can get your burger with just about any topping you can imagine. I still avoided the sauces, just to be extra careful. The burger was messy, but tasty. But, what will bring me back are the fries. They are REALLY good. Extra bonus: since fries are the only thing they cook in the fryers, cross contamination is not a problem. They are my new favorite French fries. Seriously, they are that good.
My meal was prepared at the Five Guys at Westgate. There is another location in Rossford. Check out their website for more locations: http://www.fiveguys.com/
Wishing you great food and happy tummies,