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This article is dedicated to helping you find out what’s gluten-free at Denver International Airport (DIA).
Traveling is already challenging enough, but for those of us who are gluten-challenged, trying to find safe dining options is even harder and sometimes downright frustrating!
So if you’re gluten-free, and traveling through Denver’s airport, here are a few gluten-free food options for you to consider.
Gluten-Free at Denver International Airport?
First, if you’re lucky enough to be in the C concourse (I’m there often because I like to fly Southwest), you’ve hit the gluten-free goldmine. The C concourse is home to two healthy restaurants that cater to gluten-free eaters, Root Down and Modern Market, and it’s home to another local treasure, Smashburger.
Even if you’re not in concourse C, you can simply take the train, grab a bite to eat, and head back to your terminal. It’s worth the extra time and effort, especially if you’re hungry.
Here are three restaurants that I know will take care of you if you’re gluten-free and eating your way through DIA:
Root Down is a hip and fun restaurant in Denver (a wonderful date night restaurant) that offers American fare with a global spin. The majority of its ingredients are locally sourced too.
Root Down’s DIA location includes plenty of GF options. In fact, about 90 percent of the items on the menu can be made gluten-free if requested. You can enjoy Thai Carrot Curry or Pozole soup, a variety of fresh salads, delicious bento boxes, along with burgers, tacos or chicken. There truly are so many options for the gluten-free customer. Oh, and Root Down also has a gluten-free Chocolate Bomb (almond flour brownie for dessert). Not bad for airport food, right?
If you’re looking for something gluten-free at Denver International Airport, definitely give Root Down a try. There are plenty of grab-and-go options, as well as sit-down-and-kill-some-time options. You’ll also feel healthy after eating here as this menu is fresh, healthy and full of delicious options that won’t leave you feeling bloated, tired and sick!
Modern Market is a Denver-based fast-casual restaurant that offers a variety of fresh and fast foods and much healthier options than you’d find at your typical airport fast food restaurant. You can find Modern Market in both Concourses B and C.
Modern Market uses simple, whole ingredients in its foods, and gluten-free customers can choose from delicious soups, generous salads, and savory grain bowls (both grain bowls on the DIA menu – Lemongrass Pork Bowl and Heirloom Rice Bowl – are gluten-free). The menu is seasonal, so watch for changes.
If you are from Denver and have been lucky enough to eat a Modern Market outside of the airport, you know that you can get gluten-free pizza at Modern Market. However, the DIA location does not have GF pizza at this time. (Even if they did, you must be careful of cross contamination in the preparation of your pizza.)
If you’re looking for a quick, healthy and fresh option while eating gluten-free at Denver International Airport, be sure to give Modern Market a try!
Smashburger is open for business (as of Jan 2018) in concourse C and offers plenty of gluten-free options. In case you haven’t heard of Smashburger, it’s a fast casual burger restaurant with locations throughout Colorado.
You can order up delicious burgers (lettuce wrapped or with a gluten-free bun) at Smashburger. The bun is actually a gluten-free pretzel bun by Udi’s (I prefer lettuce wrapped for a healthier treat – but the option for a GF bun is available at Smashburger). Double check the allergen menu at the airport, but most Smashburger restaurants have a dedicated fryer for French fries, so you can enjoy both regular and sweet potato fries at Smashburger.
If you’re looking for a savory, juicy gluten-free burger while awaiting your flight at Denver International Airport, be sure to put Smashburger to the taste test.
Gluten-Free Snacks at DIA
If you’re looking to eat gluten-free at Denver International Airport after hours (i.e., everything is closed or nothing sounds good), there are also plenty of options for snacks. Look for gluten-free chips, bars, nuts, seeds, jerky and of course, whole fruit. My go-to snack is often an apple with portable peanut butter from Justin’s. Stay away from the tempting junk food that will leave you feeling sluggish and unsatisfied.
As always, when traveling, be sure to pack plenty of your own snacks, just in case you get stuck on a plane or hunger strikes. I have a complete list of portable gluten-free snack ideas on my website that you should definitely read!!
New restaurants are opening at DIA all the time. Be sure to search the Dine at DIA website for the latest in gluten-free dining options at Denver International Airport – and leave me a comment or send me a note if you find a new gluten-free restaurant at DIA that I didn’t originally include in this article, and I will be sure to add it on this list!
And don’t forget to test your food with gluten using your trust Nima Sensor!