Corn Free Restaurant Options

For those nights when you want a break from the kitchen, here are some options!  Names in parentheses are the contacts I have made to verify ingredients.  I also take along an index-card sized, laminated list of the most common ingredients containing corn.  This can be passed off to the server and kitchen staff as needed, and returned to me.  I also try to call ahead between lunch and dinner service to speak with the manager about the issue in order to avoid being "high-maintenance" during a dinner rush.  I have found most people to be very willing to help, and I have yet to feel like I'm imposing.  

*These are heavily weighted in the Triangle area of North Carolina*

Ruckus Cary (Ryan) - sauce is crushed tomatoes, herbs and oil.  Whole food based menu.  Dough is made in house with basic, clean ingredients.  Pillsbury hi-gluten flour is okay per Tom Huff at General Mills.

Neomonde (Andy) - pita, tuna, black bean salad, fruit salad, cabbage salad, fatoush, potato salad, tabouli, chick pea salad, fava bean salad, stuffed grape leaves.

Firebirds - chicken, steak, salmon, plain smoked chicken wings, mashed potatoes, fries, carrot chips, fresh fruit. No bread.

Chipotle - salad or burrito bowl, no cheese or dressing.  Chicken or steak is okay.  Sour cream and guacamole okay.  No chips.  Check juice boxes.  All this information is available on their website!

Mellow Mushroom - gluten free crust, tomato sauce, in-house shredded cheese only.  No french bread pizza.

Jujube - Noodle Salad, Cha Gio, some sorbets

Z Pizza - request no corn when rolling out crust.  Get cheese and grilled chicken.

Panera - Only artisan breads, roasted turkey and avocado BLT.  No bacon or mayo. No other items are okay, including cream cheese/bagels.  

La Farm (Julie) - no quick breads.  No multigrain bread.  Request real eggs vs. liquid eggs.   Can have hummus, goat cheese, maybe cheddar.   No meat, fresh mozz, or pizza sauce. Could do scrambled eggs and toast.  Veggie Club with avocado on diff bread.  Bordeaux salad w/ oil and vinegar.  Need to check cheese on La Petite Pizza and mornay sauce on grilled cheese.  but ask for fresh tomatoes instead of pizza sauce.  White chocolate baguette,  challah bread and cinnamon bread is safe.  Chocolate chip cookie is safe.

Cinelli's at North Hills Mall.  Pizza dough is fine, use pesto base, pre-shredded cheese is okay, can add grilled chicken, veggies, etc.

Cowfish at North Hills:  Burgers are fresh ground beef only, no added ingredients.  Can be wrapped in lettuce.  Ketchup and mustard are at table, not on burgers.  Might be able to do some sushi rolls, but need to check on Nori ingredients.  Manager was very accommodating and confident over the phone that they could offer at least a few items.

PDQ (Nathan, Keithly) Grilled chicken tenders are safe.  Fried chicken needs to be dipped in regular milk instead  of buttermilk.  Fries are fine.  Apples need to be sliced, not in pineapple juice.  Lemonade is house made with lemons and simple syrup.

Lucky 32:  (Shane Garrity)  Grilled chicken or salmon can be cooked in a pan with butter, not butter spray.  Mashed/Whipped potatoes and sweet potatoes are safe.  Can have fresh fruit.  Salad with oil and vinegar.  Not sure on fries.

Chuy's:  Can have fajitas or kids' tacos with lettuce wraps instead of tortillas.  Guacamole, salsa and sour cream are okay.  

Avoid the following restaurants:

I haven't called to verify, but I don't even want to hold my breath thinking that place like McDonald's, Burger King, etc have corn-free options.  I just can't fathom it, and we are better off avoiding it anyway.  Maybe a baked potato with sour cream would be safe at Wendy's?

Pei Wei Asian Diner - they had no options when I called
Gigi's Cupcakes - corn starch is in everything
Another Broken Egg - they have one granola dish, but it did not make my daughter happy.
Sub/Sandwich places: (nearly all deli meats have injected ingredients that contain corn)

  • Subway
  • Jersey Mike's
  • Firehouse Subs
  • American Hero

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