2017 Gluten Free Halloween Candy List
On June 11, 2018, IHOP rolled out the new name, IHOb, to shine the limelight on their burgers. It’s a temporary marketing scheme, and quite frankly, a brilliant one in my opinion. Any time you get the whole internet buzzing about your product, it’s a good thing. You can read more about the change here. Meanwhile, I looked into the possible gluten-free options with the burgers that the Pancake House claims are so rave-worthy.
Of course, anything with a traditional bun is going to be off-limits for those of us who are gluten-free, but a look at the allergen information on the IHOP (IHOb) website holds some good news (if you’re up for a burger from a pancake house).
The burger patty, bacon and fries do not contain any of the top 8 allergens according to the information page. However, an IHOb representative confirmed they do not use dedicated fryers. That means fries and hashbrowns are off-limits.
That means you could order a bun-less burger or ask for a “burger salad” plate. At the time of this posting (June 2018), IHOb does not offer a gluten-free bun.
Of course, regardless of what you order from any restaurant, be sure to speak to a chef and get the details of how they will handle your gluten-free / allergen-free meal. Here are some tips on Dining Out Gluten-Free.
Reviewing the updated allergen list on the IHOP website, I saw several items that contain gluten and/or an allergen some may find unexpected, so I want to point those out. Again this is for IHOP (IHOb) and comes from their current allergen information. You can find the allergen information PDF download by going to the IHOP site, scrolling to the bottom and clicking “Allergens”. Again, this is a download, so check your download folder for the file.
Baked Potatoes (plain) – gluten-free and allergen-free.
Original article, below, shared in 2012 and updated in 2017.
If you’re wondering How to Eat Gluten-Free at IHOP, you definitely want to know about the omelets. On the IHOP website the chain reveals their omelets are made with “a splash of our famous buttermilk and wheat pancake batter”.
I’m sure IHOP sees this as a bonus (fluffy omelets), but for those of us with celiac disease or another health-related reason that we must eat gluten-free, it is downright scary.
I admit, I do not frequent IHOP. If you don’t either, I encourage you to read this article anyway. This story shows you how to investigate when it comes to eating gluten-free at any restaurant. Plus, if you do know someone who eats at IHOP and needs to be gluten-free, you’d be doing them a huge favor by passing this along to them.
“Have you seen the new IHOP commercial? The customers are saying how light and fluffy the egg dishes are, and the waitress responds by saying it’s because they add a “splash” of pancake batter to the eggs!! Wow, that could really wreck someone’s day if they thought they were safe, ordering an egg dish [at IHOP]!!”
When I overcame my initial feelings of disgust over that tactic to add cheapo filler to a great source of naturally gluten-free protein (wheat-based pancake batter is much less expensive than real eggs), I decided I should alert you, too. Of course, I can’t share this type info and send you on your way. I did a little research for you.
I looked around online, and then made some calls to get information straight from IHOP headquarters in Glendale, California.
The IHOP folks are a friendly bunch. I’ve never been so accommodated when asking my long list of questions about a restaurant chain’s menu offerings.
The representative at IHOP HQ I initially spoke to provided some basic answers:
I had more questions, and although the first rep was unable to answer them all she connected me with someone in management who did have the answers we need. The second representative was well-informed about special diets and gluten. He even knew about celiac disease.
UPDATE 2017: IHOP is using the term “Crack Eggs” on their menu for shell eggs now. They will understand either term.
Since 99% of IHOP restaurants are franchised, how does that work? It’s easy for a representative at HQ in sunny California to say we’ll be taken care of, but what about individual locations nationwide? I asked and he assured me IHOP restaurants nationwide will indeed take care of our special dietary needs.
To begin putting this to the test, I phoned six IHOP restaurants in the greater Atlanta area. I asked how I could expect to be accommodated if I wanted to order an omelet, but needed it to be completely gluten-free for medical reasons. I was astounded! Six out of six times, I received answers that mirrored those of the rep I spoke to on the phone. I didn’t even have to speak to a manager. Great job, IHOP! From the looks of it, IHOP, at least at the corporate level and here in metro Atlanta, can take care of our gluten-free needs when asked.
2018 Update: Since I first shared this article in 2012, IHOP has updated their allergen and nutrition info on their website. Be sure to scroll ALL the way down until you see Allergens in the red area at the very bottom of the page, then click for a PDF download.
Most of their offerings do contain gluten and there is the risk of cross-contamination in a facility that uses so many gluten ingredients. For these reasons, I caution you to do your due diligence before dining at IHOP. I’m not telling you not to dine there, I’m just pointing out there are quite a few reasons to have reservations.
Oh, one more thing I learned. If you’re dairy free like me, you need to know all eggs, regardless of the type or the specific dish, are ordinarily cooked in real butter. The only alternative the six locations in greater Atlanta offer is Pam® spray.
If you have a soy allergy, be aware Pam® contains soy lecithin. For most of us with a soy allergy, that’s not a problem. You can read more about why in my article “The Facts about Soy Lecithin in a Soy Free Special Diet“.
If you’re concerned about cooking spray in general, read “Evaluating Standard Ingredients in Non-Stick Cooking Spray“.
I hope this information makes it easier for you to navigate your gluten-free life! If you’ve had an experience with IHOP, leave a comment below and share it with our community here.
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