Gluten Free in the Atlanta Airport

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport:

Gluten Free Food Options

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A few years ago, had I written this post, it would have been filled with disappointment and a lot more empty space. I am proud to say that this Delta Airlines hub has made huge improvements in their restaurants offering gluten free items since that time. If you find a new restaurant, or notice that one has closed, please comment below to let me know. The airport is constantly adding new restaurants and switching out old ones so it can be hard to keep up! I hope this helps serves as a guide to navigating what can be a very large and stressful airport, during difficult times for those with food allergies/ intolerances.

*The options with asterisks are my favorites.

**Those with 2 asterisks are the safest for celiacs, based on my experience.

Note: Not all options on this list have been verified, and ingredients always change, as does employee knowledge and level of cross contamination. Use this list as a guide, but always speak up and ask about cross contamination and current ingredients.

Terminal T
Terminal A
Terminal B
Terminal C
Terminal D
Terminal E
Terminal F
Domestic Terminal

Terminal T

Jamba Juice: T3

TGI Friday’s: T4

  • Finally TGI Fridays has a gf menu. Check this location specifically though to be sure.
  • Double check that this menu hasn't changed before ordering! (Just gives you a general idea).

    Double check that this menu hasn’t changed before ordering! (Just gives you a general idea).

Checkpoint Grill: T10 (not confirmed gf)

  • Food: Breakfast, Burgers, Hot Dogs, Wraps, Chicken
  • GF Options: Not defined

T12: Goldberg’s Bagel Company & Deli

  • Udi’s Bagels
  • Pre-packaged products by Udi’s and others
  • May have wraps?
  • Goldberg's gf Goldberg's Goldbergs Goldberg's gluten free ATL

Terminal A

*Chick-fil-A: Center A

  • Food: Chicken Sandwiches, Fries, Breakfast, Fruit
  • GF Menu: Grilled chicken wrapped in lettuce. Fries. Breakfast: egg, bacon, hashbrowns, sausage, yogurt parfait, fruit
  • Ingredients Link, GFGuideHQ menu
  • Allergen Menu
  • Note: This location may not have grilled chicken nuggets as the menu is more limited. Order Grilled Chicken Sandwich with no bun.

*P.F. Changs: Center A (upstairs)

  • Sit-down restaurant
  • Food: Chinese family-style portions
  • Gluten Free Menu – look for the black circle around the plate with the P.F. Changs symbol for GF. This is a really great option.
  • I recommend the lettuce wraps (off the gluten-free menu)!
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Qdoba: Center A

  • Food: Mexican – burrito, quesadilla, taco, nachos, taco salad, breakfast
  • Chips are not safe.
  • Note: it is an abbreviated menu at this location
  • GF/ Allergen Menu: Naked burrito bowl (no chile bbq)

Freshens: A25

  • Food: Smoothies, Frozen yogurt, Crepes, Salads
  • GF: Yogurt & Smoothies (no brownie or cookie dough, or cones)
  • GF_SIGN

Pinkberry: A9

  • Most if not all flavors are gf, check with staff
  • Nutrition information on website
  • GF info link: Greek Yogurt, Fruit

Goldburg’s Bagel Company & Deli: A16

  • Food: Udi’s GF bread (sandwiches), Udi’s GF bagels, Udi’s GF muffins (chocolate chip), GF Oatmeal, Chips, Bananas
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Terminal B

Willy’s Mexicana Grill: Center B

  • Food: Burritos, Nachos, Quesadillas, Tacos,
  • GF Options: Corn tortillas, meat
  • Everything is GF except cookies* and flour tortillas
  • *This information was given by the Diana, the VP of marketing for the company on 7/6/14. She also noted potential for cross contamination, but to ask their staff to change their gloves.
  • **Personal Note: I ate at this specific location in August 2014 and had several pieces of food that I did not ask for (some cheese and peppers) so cross contamination is definitely a concern. They do not have any protocol in place for gluten free, like does chipotle, for example.
  • Website info
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*Freshens: B9

  • Food: Smoothies, Crepes, Salads
  • GF: Yogurt & Smoothies (no brownie or cookie dough, or cones)
  • GF_SIGN

Fresh to order: Center B

  • Food: Salads, Paninis, and Entrees (salmon, chicken)
  • Be sure to ask for the most updated gluten free information here!
  • GF Options:  Menu upon request at register. GF as of 2014 (see photo below, although it may be outdated at this time): several salads without noodles or marinated meats (w/ balsamic & honey mustard dressings), unmarinated grilled chicken, un-marinated salmon, un-crusted grilled tuna steak, garlic mashed potatoes, sweet mashed potatoes.
  • *Not GF (AVOID)* entrees with wheat berry rice, noodles in salads, marinades on meats (allow extra 10 minutes to make without marinade), sauces and seasoning on salmon + bread
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TGI Fridays: Center

  • Finally TGI Fridays has a gf menu. Check this location specifically though to see.

*Lottafrutta: B23 (not confirmed)

  • Food: Smoothis, Fresh Produce.
  • Smoothies
  • Can get sugar/ dairy free even here too with just fruit and water in smoothie by request
  • Website (no allergy info)
  • GF Options: Not defined

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*Fly: Burger Bar Boutique (not confirmed)

  • Menu says to tell server about food allergies, so that looks promising

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Terminal C

C has lots of small gates for connecting flights. But lots of yummy options!

**Five Guys: C41

  • Food: Burgers and fries
  • GF: Burgers (lettuce wrap) and fries in a dedicated fryer (double check with this location)
  • FAQ on Five Guys website, GFHQ menu
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**Chick-Fil-A: C21 (closest to middle)

  • This is your best bet if you’re in a hurry – it’s right off the escalator in the middle
  • Food: Chicken Sandwiches, Fries, Breakfast, Fruit
  • GF Menu: Grilled chicken wrapped in lettuce. Fries. Breakfast: egg, bacon, hashbrowns, sausage, yogurt parfait, fruit
  • Ingredients Link, GFGuideHQ menu
  • Note: This location may not have grilled chicken nuggets as the menu is more limited. Order Grilled Chicken Sandwich with no bun.
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El Taco: C15

  • Food: Fajitas, Tacos, Soup & Salad, Dessert
  • GF Menu

Fresh Healthy Cafe: C45

  • Food: Wraps, Paninis, Soups, Salads, Smoothies, breakfast
  • GF: GF bread (sandwiches), pure juices say 100% juice, smoothies
  • Pre-packaged: Kays Naturals pretzels & chips, Mediterranean snacks chips
  • Here is their general menu for all locations (not gf specific) and the nutrition info (no gf specific info)
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Jersey Mikes: C14

  • Sandwich shop – no GF bread*, but can make sandwiches in a “bowl/tub” Find out which ones are safe here.
  • Salads, Greek Yogurt Parfait,
  • *Not GF (AVOID)*: Meatballs, Chicken Parmesan (breaded), Teriyaki Chicken, All wraps (except turkey w/ no outside), Dressing: Italian Family Recipe Packet
    Jersey Mikes Food Allergy info (most salads look fine, excluding the tortellini,
  • *Select ATL locations (and others around the country) are carrying Udi’s sub rolls, but at this time not the airport
  • Note: There are no real protocols set in place, so cross contamination is a concern

Baja Fresh Express: C44

  • Food: Mexican- salad, burritos, nachos, breakfast
  • Gluten Free (believed to be, based on allergy chart): Most bowls, corn taco platter, Glazed seasoned or flap meat, chicken tenders, pork carnitas, sausage patty, shrimp
  • *NOT SAFE (avoid)* flour tortillas, telera roll (torta), batter mix, beef cubes, chicken bread cubes,
  • Ask for the laminated allergen chart at the register for updated info- “gluten (related to celiac disease)”
  • Although, the guide is concerning since the flour tortillas do not say “present” for gluten…
  • GFGuideHQ gf menu and
  • Baja Fresh complete menu (not gf specific and this is an “express,” so more limited options)
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  • Double check with the register to be sure these photos of menus I posted are not outdated!

Terminal D

D also has lots of small gates for connecting flights.

**Five Guys: D11

  • Food: Burgers and fries
  • GF: Burgers (lettuce wrap) and fries in a dedicated fryer

*Chipotle: D30

  • ** Always be careful at Chipotle. Many report getting sick here and I have stopped going, but others in the gf community have had many pleasant experiences here. Celiacs Be Careful.
  • Food: Burritos, Bowls, Tacos, Salad, Chips
  • GF Menu
  • Changed their gloves and washed hands when I asked. **Be sure to ask**

Garbanza Mediterranean: Center D

  • Food: Falafel, Pita, Hummus, Chicken, Steak, Mushroom
  • GF: Gluten Free Pita (by MyBread Bakery – GF/ Nut-free bakery, soy-free & dairy-free).
  • Cross-contamination with hummus bucket spreading on non-gf pita, so ask for new spatula and new hummus bucket.
  • *Not GF (AVOID)*: Gyros, Tabuleh, Baklava, Lemon Chicken Orzo soup
  • Website
  • Ingredient Info, Allergen guide Info, Nutrition Info

Freshens- Center D

  • Food: Smoothies, Crepes, Salads
  • GF: Yogurt & Smoothies (no brownie or cookie dough, or cones)
  • GF_SIGN

Buffalo Wild Wings: Center D (upstairs)

  • Sit-down restaurant
  • Food: Wings, Nachos, Pulled Pork, Coleslaw, Fries, Chips, Burger, Salad. Naked wings with sauce on the side.
  • GF Menu

Terminal E

E is a lovely terminal with a piano bar in the center. It used to be the international terminal and is still one of the newer terminals in the airport. Lots of art to look at throughout the halls and a kids play area (I think!)

**One Flew South: Center E

  • Fine Dining, Sit down restaurant
  • Food: Fresh, local ingredients, sushi, cocktails, wine.
  • GF Menu: including chicken noodle soup! (Which unfortunately I can’t say I recommend… Not a traditional chicken noodle)
  • Can call ahead and pick up items if trying to catch a flight in less than an hour.
  • A few options: Edamame potato soup, chicken noodle soup, seared scallops, shrimp and grits, thyme roasted pork belly, salmon hot pot, corn meal dusted trout, pan roasted hanger steak, seaweed salad, bacon & goat cheese salad
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Natures Table Bistro- Center E

  • GF: Balsamic Chicken
  • Nutritional info, but no gf labeled

Freshens: Center E

  • Food: Smoothies, Crepes, Salads
  • GF: Yogurt & Smoothies (no brownie or cookie dough, or cones)
  • GF_SIGN

Qdoba: Center E

  • Food: Mexican – burrito, quesadilla, taco, nachos, taco salad, breakfast
  • GF Menu: Naked burrito bowl (no chile bbq)

Goldberg’s Bagel Company & Deli: Center

  • Udi’s Bagels
  • Pre-packaged products by Udi’s and others

TGI Friday’s: Center

  • Finally TGI Fridays has a gf menu. Check this location specifically though to see.

Terminal F

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Ahhh the beautiful terminal F. This is where I go if I have any kind of layover that is more than 90 minutes. It is just gorgeous. Brand new international terminal with lots of places to sit, the best club room, and a gorgeous chandelier when you get off the escalator from the train. Trust me. Go.

**Ecco: Mezzanine

  • Fine Dining, Sit-down restaurant
  • Food: European menu- meat, cheese, wine, pasta, pizza, dessert
  • GF Menu

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*El Taco: Mezzanine

  • Fajitas, Tacos, Soup & Salad, Dessert
  • GF Menu

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Pei Wei: Mezzanine

  • Food: Asian
  • Gluten Free Menu

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*French Meadow

  • Food: Sandwiches, Salads, Soups
  • GF options – gf bread and bagels, sandwiches, salads, soups
  • Udi’s bread. Soups all have dairy except the vegan option (black bean chili)

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Domestic Terminal

Shane’s Rib Shack

Popeyes

Delta Airlines

Delta does offer gluten free options for first class meals, if you call and request it several days ahead of time. I believe you can do it online when you make the reservation as well. You can always get a special (food allergy, vegetarian) meal if you are departing from ATL and most major airports, however, some small airports, such as mine in Tucson, will not provide catering for gluten free diets. Delta is pretty good about having the meals, but I always check right when I get on the plane, because they have forgotten, leaving me starving. One time I got on the plane and found out they didn’t get my meal, ran (literally ran) off the plane and down to the food court to grab some food and got back on before they left. They have ~3 different options total (only one option per flight) and usually include a wrapped Udi’s roll. The ones pictured below had chicken salad, grilled chicken with sauce and veggies, egg white omelet for breakfast, fruit, salad, and Udi’s roll, Udi’s cookie, or an Udi’s muffin. **The tray will have a little piece of paper with “GFML” (gluten-free meal) on your tray, so make sure it has that.**

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18 thoughts on “Gluten Free in the Atlanta Airport

  1. Chipotle yesterday … terminal D… tonight the belly pain begins … Thanks for trying but i will stick to the fruits that nature wrapped up.

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    • I’m so sorry you aren’t feeling well Theresa! I have gotten sick from Chipotle a number of times myself and actually avoid it when I can. It’s so important they change gloves, utensils, and get new pans out, but even then there is always a risk. Thank you for commenting and I’m sending you happy thoughts of no pain!

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      • Hi Bret! Thank you for your comment & sharing your experience. Apparently they need some better staff training at that location, because I contacted corporate after reading your comment and recieved this today (2/17/15)
        “Hi Emily,

        I’ve attached the decal we apply in stores. The smoothies and yogurts are gluten free.

        Thank you,
        Freshens Customer Support”

        The decal says nonfat vanilla yogurt, nonfat chocolate yogurt, tart yogurt, and all smoothies are gluten free. (Obviously with the exception of add-Ins containing gluten.) The staff member in Atlanta may have been referring to cross contamination which is always a concern, but otherwise, the yogurt itself should definitely be gluten free!

        Thanks for your comment, Bret, so we could address this!

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  3. Note: 2/17/15 I have updated the Freshens entries to show the decal I was sent by the Freshens corporate office. As of now this is current, however, keep in mind ingredients can always change…. Fun!

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  4. Thank you for this post!! I just landed in Atlanta from Madrid Spain and was so hungry! I just googled “gluten free Atlanta Airport” and saw you post detailed to the gate! Awesome! Thank you!
    Shannon

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  7. Thank you so much for the great website! We have a 5 hour layover in Atlanta soon after an international flight and have never been to that airport, so it is a great help. Don’t have to pack so many GF granola bars to carry around now.

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  8. Thank you so much for your post!! My family and I will be in Atlanta next month and need to eat gluten free. Since this is a new airport for us, I wasn’t sure what options were available. I can’t tell you what a relief it is to know we will be able to eat more than the protein bars we always bring with us 🙂

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  9. Cafe Intermezzo at the center of Terminal B has a gluten free menu. Can get a little busy at times, but staff very conscientious and helpful. I usually get the kale salad with salmon or shrimp.

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