The growing popularity of gluten-free foods has made it somewhat easier to find something safe to eat once you’re through airport security and heading to our nation’s gates. But we aspire to more than the packaged snacks like GF-labeled trail mix, chips, candy, and the occasional baked good at newsstands and national café chains. If you do, too, and find yourself at one of the following airport terminals, track down one of our recommended spots for some seriously satisfying gluten-free deliciousness. And if you don’t see your favorite gluten free airport finds here, please email us at [email protected] and let us know. We’ll keep adding to this list!–K.C. Cornwell
Note: Restaurants change their menus and recipes all the time, so be sure to confirm with your server that all the dishes you order are in fact, gluten-free.
US AIRPORT EATS
Atlanta, GA: Hartsfield- Jackson Int. Airport
Terminal: Concourse A
Recommendations: The extensive GF menu includes chicken lettuce wraps, Mongolian beef, and other Asian dishes prepared in a segregated kitchen space.
Terminal: Concourses C & D
Recommendations: Freshly made lettuce-wrapped burgers, Cajun- seasoned fries, and superthick shakes await; be sure to say you have a “gluten allergy.”
Chipotle, Pei Wei, Chick-fil-A, and Cat Cora’s Kitchen
Boston, MA: Logan Int. Airport
Legal Sea Foods
Legal Sea Foods: Terminals B, C & E Legal Test Kitchen: Terminal A
Legal C Bar: Terminal B Recommendations: All five Logan locations offer GF fresh seafood, clam chowder, and fried items like fish and chips and fried New England clams. Everything that goes in the fryer at all locations is gluten free.
Vino Volo and Wolfgang Puck Gourmet Express
Chicago, IL: O’Hare Int. Airport
Tortas Frontera by Rick Bayless
Terminal: Concourses 1, 3 & 5
Recommendations: Chef Bayless’s daughter has celiac disease, so they take GF safety seriously here. Try the guacamole, salads, tortas (sans bun), or Cazuelas (scrambled eggs with roasted sweet potatoes and lots of other tasty toppings).
Terminals: Concourses 1 & 3 Recommendations: All the freshly made popcorn from this Windy City staple since 1949 is GF, including the “Chicago Mix” cheese and caramel blend.
Dallas, TX: Dallas/Fort Worth Int. Airport
Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
Terminal: Terminal A
Recommendations: The GF menu features fresh salads and seafood like lobster and shrimp salad, fresh oysters, and pan-seared tilapia.
Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
Terminal: Terminal D
Recommendations: The fun airport outpost of the wild BBQ restaurant by the Fast & Loud car-makeover show crew offers carnitas tacos and the GMBG Quesadilla loaded with cheese, bacon, onions and “Monkey Sauce.”
Genghis Grill, TGI Fridays, Cantina Laredo (terminals B & D), Blue Mesa Taco Bar, Chik-fil-A, and Garrett Popcorn
Denver, CO: Denver Int. Airport
Etai’s Bakery Cafe
Terminal: B Gates
Recommendations: Along with breakfast, burgers, and salads, we like the sandwiches on GF bread, including the French Dip and Chicken Basil Club. Vegetarian options available.
Terminal: C Gates
Recommendations: The huge locally sourced GF menu includes a Banh Mi Turkey burger, sweet potato waffle fries, a to-go Traveler’s Bento Box, and wicked banana cream pie with chocolate peanut butter crust and sweet whipped sour cream.
Las Vegas, NV: McCarran Int. Airport
Brookwood Farms BBQ
Terminal: Terminal 1
Recommendations: Real low-and-slow pit barbecue among the slot machines includes Low & Slow Beef Brisket Platter, BBQ Chicken Platter, and Aunt Bee’s Veggie Platter.
Las Vegas ChopHouse & Brewery
Terminal: Terminal 3
Recommendations: Fresh salads, aged steaks, and seafood offerings include a delish Chophouse Chicken Salad, Citrus Salmon, and cut-with-a-fork filet mignon.
Chili’s, California Pizza Kitchen, Pei Wei, Wolfgang Puck Express, Burke in the Box (Terminal 1), and Great Steak & Potato
Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles Int. Airport
Rock & Brews
Terminals: Terminals 1 & 5
Along with a wide selection of GF breakfast options, get burgers, sandwiches, and pizzas with a side of rock ‘n’ roll–themed decor.
Terminals: Terminals 5 & 7
The Mexican menu includes GF breakfast, fresh salads, tacos, and ceviche.
California Pizza Kitchen, Shake Shack, Blue Window, Real Food Daily, Lemonade, Ford’s Filling Station, and Earthbar
Phoenix, AZ: Phoenix Sky Harbor Int. Airport
Terminal: Terminal 4, pre-security
Recommendations: The GF menu includes salads, burgers, shrimp ceviche, Smoked Idaho Trout Dip, and Wood-Fired Rotisserie Chicken.
La Grande Orange
Terminal: Terminal 4
All pizzas can be made gluten-free and GF salads include Thai chicken salad and tuna Niçoise.
Sir Veza’s Taco Garage, Pei Wei, Humble Pie, and Blanco Tacos & Tequila
Portland OR: Portland Int. Airport
Terminal: Concourse C
Recommendations: The signature sauce at Café Yumm! is GF, making almost all of their bowls and soups safe. You’ll find great vegetarian and vegan options, too.
Terminal: Concourse D
Recommendations: Burgers, like the Tillamook Cheeseburger, come with soft GF buns (upon request). Get an Oregon Raspberry Milkshake, too, before snapping a photo of the famous PDX carpet.
MOD, Stanford’s Restaurant & Bar, and Bambuza Vietnam Kitchen
Sacramento, CA: Sacramento Int. Airport
Terminals: Terminals A & B
Recommendations: You can pair California wines with the large GF menu’s pork tacos, Beef & Bison Chili, Burrata & Roasted Pepper Salad, or Charcuterie & Cheese plate (request sans crostini).
Terminal: Terminal A Recommendations: Soups and most of the salads are GF, and there are several vegetarian and vegan options, too. Try the quinoa-and- greens-based Mediterranean Bowl with red pepper sauce.
Salt Lake City, UT: Salt Lake City Int. Airport
Terminal: Terminal 1
Recommendations: Asian cuisine from fresh ingredients includes GF Asian Chopped Chicken Salad, Spicy Shrimp, and Sweet & Sour Chicken
Terminal: Terminal 2 (two locations)
Recommendations: Burgers, fries, wraps, and salads are prepared in UFood’s healthier, never-fried style.
Boar’s Head Deli (contribution by reader Jane B., of Saint Louis, MO)
Terminal: Terminal 1
“All their meats and cheeses are GF. We got sandwiches to eat once we were on the plane (so nice if you don’t have time to sit and dine) with individual packets of GF condiments. The bread was so good I called the next day to find out what it was. Unfortunately it is not available in St. Louis where I live!”
San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Int. Airport
Napa Farms Market
Terminals: Terminal 2 &
Recommendations: Wood-fired GF pizza, roasted pork shoulder, grab- and-go salads, and rotisserie chicken are just a few of the offerings at this expansive gourmet marketplace.
Three Twins Ice Cream
Terminal: Terminal 1 Recommendations: Chocolate Orange Confetti, Land of Milk and Honey, or other GF Three Twins flavors come on a GF cone by request.
San Francisco Soup Company, Vino Volo, and Joe & The Juice
Washington D.C.: Dulles Int. Airport
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Terminal: Concourse B
Recommendations: Italian-inspired favorites like Chicken Marsala, Chicken Bryan, and Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin accompany shrimp and scallop linguine or spaghetti pomodoro made with gluten-free pasta (upon request).
Terminal: Concourse C
Recommendations: Beloved D.C. chef Geoff Tracy offers casual American fare, including GF chicken tortilla soup, honey-Sriracha wings, sweet potato fries, and salads.
Five Guys, Bistro Atelier, Capitol Grounds Coffee, Pei Wei, Bar Symon, and Vino Volo
Washington D.C.: Reagan National Airport
Legal Sea Foods
Terminal: Terminal A Recommendations: All the fried items here are gluten-free, including fried oysters, buffalo popcorn shrimp, fried New England clams, and fish and chips. You can also get a lobster roll on GF bread.
Terminal: Terminal B
Everything on the menu—other than pita bread—is GF at this family-run spot, including vertically roasted chicken and beef shawarma, hummus, and salads loaded with fresh vegetables and your choice of protein.
Five Guys, Sam & Harry’s, &pizza, and Taylor Gourmet