Whether you've been diagnosed with celiac disease, have a gluten sensitivity, or are simply gluten intolerant, finding gluten free food options while dining out takes some planning. Now that much of America has learned about gluten (myself included!), it's easier than ever to take the family out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner with the new IHOP gluten friendly menu items.
But don't go wolfing down a giant stack of pancakes just yet. This is the official statement from IHOP regarding their gluten-free menu.
Gluten Free or Gluten Friendly?
IHOP defines gluten-friendly as menu items prepared without gluten-containing ingredients based on information from our approved suppliers. We do not claim that items marked as gluten-friendly are "gluten free" because we cannot confirm that they meet the FDA's definition of "gluten free" (< 20 parts per million of gluten). Because we have multiple sources of gluten in our shared cooking and prep areas, including common fryer oil, we are unable to guarantee that any menu item can be completely free of gluten or allergens due to cross contamination.
So if you are on a very strict eating plan, tread carefully. But for many who simply feel better avoiding gluten in their diet, make a stop at America's favorite pancake house to try some of these menu items.
Gluten-friendly buttermilk pancakes are made fresh from IHOP's signature batter that blends rice flour, sugar, milk, eggs and other gluten-friendly ingredients. They're still just as fluffy and delicious.
Along with many fast food chains, IHOP is keeping up with the times. Alisa Gmelich, Vice President, Marketing at IHOP says, "We're proud to be the first national restaurant chain to put a gluten-friendly pancake on the menu, further demonstrating how we're innovating to meet changing guest food preferences. When the craving hits for gluten-friendly pancakes, waffles or an Ultimate Steakburger, we've now got you covered."
Gluten-friendly menu items include:
Original Gluten-Friendly Pancakes
You get four famous IHOP pancakes prepared with the special pancake batter topped with real whipped butter. Order them as a combo with eggs, bacon or sausage and hash browns. Wash it all down with an iced coffee.
Gluten-Friendly Belgian Waffles
Golden-brown with that perfect crunch, live it up with these gluten-friendly Belgian waffles as a combo with eggs, bacon or sausage, and hash browns on your plate.
Gluten-Friendly Ultimate Steakburgers
There are six Ultimate Steakburgers to choose from now served on a gluten-friendly bun made with a blend of rice flour, milk, egg whites, a touch of honey for sweetness. There's The Classic, The Classic with Bacon, Mega Monster, Loaded Philly, Jalapeno Kick and Cali Garlic Butter. All include a choice of gluten-friendly sides like French fries, fresh fruit, or hash browns. Or you REALLY love pancakes and can't decide, you can have a two-stack of Original Gluten-Friendly Pancakes on the side as well!