A Guide to All of the Gluten-Free Restaurants at Flamingo Crossings

by | Nov 1, 2023 | News Outside the Parks, Walt Disney World Food, WDW Blog

Consider this your go-to guide for finding gluten-free restaurants within Flamingo Crossings near Disney World.

Whether you have celiac or avoid gluten for other reasons, vacation and travel can always be stressful. Will you find food that tastes good and is safe for you to eat? While you’re at Walt Disney World, you have seemingly endless options. Once you step off property, though, it’s back to the real world where things feel a little more uncertain.

Hi! I’m Cathy, and I have celiac and visit Walt Disney World a lot. When we stay overnight, we almost always stay in the Flamingo Crossings area, so I’ve scoped out every restaurant there to know where I feel safe eating. While some restaurants at Flamingo Crossings have yet to open — it’s still a pretty new area — here are your current options for gluten-free dining at Flamingo Crossings,

Gluten-Free Restaurants at Flamingo Crossings

One of the things I like so much about the restaurants here is that they’re a great assortment of chains — I love to eat local, but with celiac, chains can often have better protocols — and Orlando favorites.

Pieology has gluten-free pizza crusts made of cauliflower. As with any pizzeria, you have a real risk of cross-contamination (I still remember the first time I head the term “free-flour kitchen.” Celiacs, eat at your own risk, but let them know you have celiac and ask about their protocols, then make your decision.

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Dining allows you to cook your own dinner. They have gluten-free sauces available. I have eaten here and our server had good knowledge of the gluten-free options.

Ellie Lou’s Brews & BBQ has, as the names suggests, pulled pork, ribs, and all the sides you’d expect. They also serve a Kansas City Wet ‘cue. This Central Florida favorite — they have locations in Ocoee and Clermont — doesn’t have any allergen info on their site, but ask. I’ve yet to find a Carolina Gold sauce with gluten, and if you forego the bun (and the obvious sides, such as the fried okra or the cornbread), you have options here. Again, ask what’s gluten free here.

Five Guys doesn’t have gluten-free buns, but their fries are safe for celiac. They have a dedicated fryer.

Hash House a Go Go serves brunch, dinner, and late-night food. While the menu looks delicious, it has few gluten-free options.

Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co. has some gluten-free options. When I asked, the staff wasn’t quite clear on protocols, but I asked on a busy night. If you have concerns about cross-contamination, call ahead during off-peak hours to ask about gluten-free options. 

Depending on the variety, Ben & Jerry’s has gluten-free ice cream. If you’re celiac, ask them to use a clean scoop.

Not wanting to eat out? Every hotel room in the Flamingo Crossings area allows some measure of food preparation, so don’t despair: Head to the Target. There you’ll find a solid selection of gluten-free foods, including soy sauce, Kraft Mac and cheese, bread, and frozen foods .

Fast Food and Coffee at Flamingo Crossings

  • Domino’s Pizza has a gluten-free crust.
  • Some Firehouse Subs offer Schar gluten-free bread, but this one does not.
  • Wendy’s has limited options.

Restaurants Not Yet Open, But Coming Soon to Flamingo Crossings

  • Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
  • Simply Capri Ristorante
  • White Rabbit Dessert Experience

Learn more about everything you’ll find in the Flamingo Crossings area:

Your Guide to Flamingo Crossings at Walt Disney World

Posts by Cathy Salustri

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Cathy Salustri's formative years revolved around Walt Disney World, whether it was having an OG annual pass (four months out of the year only!), wearing acid-washed denim to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, or working as a tour guide at the now-defunct Inside the Magic attraction at the then-Disney-MGM Studios. She loves all of Florida, too—her Florida travel narrative, "Backroads of Paradise", earned her an interview in the New York Times, and she freelances for other Florida publications. Follow on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, listen to her Florida Spectacular podcast, and sign up for her monthly Florida newsletter.
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Cathy Salustri

Cathy Salustri's formative years revolved around Walt Disney World, whether it was having an OG annual pass (four months out of the year only!), wearing acid-washed denim to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, or working as a tour guide at the now-defunct Inside the Magic attraction at the then-Disney-MGM Studios. She loves all of Florida, too—her Florida travel narrative, "Backroads of Paradise", earned her an interview in the New York Times, and she freelances for other Florida publications. Follow on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, listen to her Florida Spectacular podcast, and sign up for her monthly Florida newsletter.
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