Gluten-Free in Austin, TX: Hopdoddy’s Burger Bar

By April 20, 2014 Gluten-Free Restaurants, Gluten-Free Travels
Hopdoddy Gluten-Free Hamburger

I recently took a weekend trip to Austin, Texas and it was super awesome. Upon our arrival, we immediately parked the car and went to a gluten-free burger place called Hopdoddy’s.

Here’s the thing – it’s not the kind of restaurant that you just give your name, wait for a table, and go sit down. Instead, you are given an experience.

Step 1: Get in line

Yes, I said that right – there’s a line…it actually wraps around the side of the building outside and then goes all the way through the restaurant. Now, I’m usually an impatient person, especially when it comes to waiting for food, but this was fun.

alana and gfreelaura

Step 2: Drink in line

When you’re outside, a server walks through the line and takes drink orders. You better bet your bottom dollar that I ordered myself a margarita! Then, with drink in hand, you are able to people watch as you wait, and let me tell you, S. Congress Street in Austin, Texas is prime real estate when it comes to people watching.

line at Hopdoddy's

Step 3: Order your burger

The staff is super friendly at Hopdoddy’s. I don’t know if I’m just used to rude people, but if I was at a restaurant in Ohio that was as busy as Hopdoddy’s was, the staff would not be as conversational during the ordering process.

When we ordered our burger, I asked the employee about their gluten-free buns and he said they make everything in-house with Austin’s Bona Dea Baking Company gluten-free flour. I think that’s pretty darn awesome. He then noted my order and my sister’s as gluten free.

Ordering Gluten-Free Burger

Step 4: Sit down at assigned table

After you order, you sit down at the table that was assigned to you as you were standing in line. We sat there for a few minutes before our food was brought out to us.

When I saw my burger and fries coming my way, I swear it was love at first sight. Just look at that? Absolutely delicious. My mouth is watering just remembering the taste of the homemade gluten-free bun and amazing burger.

Hopdoddy gluten-free burger and fries

Hopdoddy gluten-free burger

Step 5: Eat your gluten-free heart out

I literally ate every last bite of the meal. Maybe it was because I was hungry or maybe it was because I had vacation mentality (calories don’t count when you’re on vacation).

If you’re in Austin, you have to give Hopdoddy’s a try. It’s not just good gluten-free food, but it’s an experience. Waiting in line there is actually fun to do, especially when you have a margarita in your hand!

Hopdoddy Austin Texas 2010

To learn more about the gluten-free options at Hopdoddy’s, check out their website! You should also search the hashtag #hopdoddylove on Instagram and you’ll see all sorts of awesomeness.

**It is always recommended to ask the staff about the gluten-free preparation process when visiting a restaurant to ensure processes have not changed and that you will feel safe dining there.

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Gluten-Free Food in Flight: United Airlines

By April 12, 2014 Gluten-Free Travels
United Airline Gluten Free Sample

Traveling all day blows, let’s be honest. The only thing that is worse than spending hours in an airport then hours on a plane is hearing your stomach growl while you’re 30,000 feet above the ground.

I recently took a trip and thought to myself, “Just eat breakfast before you go and pack almonds for the plane; you’ll be fine!” Yeah…right. Basically, if you’re flying somewhere, you should probably pack at least two “meals” and maybe a few snacks, because if you’re like me, you’re going to want to eat as you sit in your chair, bored out of your mind.

The thing that gets tricky about packing food and preparing for your flight is the part where you actually have to prepare. Let’s think about this – you’re going on a trip, so that means you are thinking about the clothes you’re packing, the shoes that match your outfits, and making sure you remember your toothbrush and retainer (or am I the only 25-year-old who wears a retainer?). Worrying about packing food to last you through hours of travel is the last thing that you will probably do and the first thing that you’ll forget to grab on the way out the door.

That’s where United Airlines comes in. These folks know what’s up because they’re in the process of getting their gluten-free options together so we don’t have to gnaw our elbows off while everyone else eats smelly (and sometimes gross) airport food.

United Airlines Gluten Free Options

United gluten free sample pack

I received a nice little package showing me some of the options that gluten-free travelers have when they take United. The options I received included:

  • Boulder Canyon Totally Natural Kettle Chips – obviously delicious, I love kettle chips!
  • Heritage Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta – nice taste with a little kick (I ate it with a slice of Udi’s!)
  • Dairyfood USA Smoked Gouda Gourmet Cheese Cup – meh, I don’t really like cheese spreads, but I’m sure others love it
  • Haribo Gold Bears – the smallest package of gummy bears ever, but tasty of course
  • Two Degrees Fruit & Nut Bar – yet another bar that we can all fall in love with

The above products do not include all of the gluten-free options that are available on a United Airlines flight. For instance, I thought it was awkward that I got Bruschetta and cheese spread without anything to spread it on, but then I read through the breakdown of the “snackboxes” that United is promoting. It turns out they have gluten-free crackers as part of their snackboxes. Read the breakdown of the options below:

Tapas Snackbox’s Gluten-Free Snacks:

  • Olympos Pitted Green Olives
  • Heritage Roasted Pepper Bruschetta
  • Wild Garden Traditional Hummus Dip
  • Mediterranean Snacks Sea Salt Lentil Crackers

Classic Snackbox’s Gluten-Free Snacks:

  • Dairyfood USA White Cheddar Gourmet Cheese Spread
  • Boulder Canyon Totally Natural Kettle Chips
  • Haribo Gold-Bears
  • WOW Baking Company Chocolate Chip Cookie

Savory Snackbox Gluten-Free Snacks: this entire box is gluten free

  • Hormel Genoa Salami
  • Dairyfood USA Smoked Gouda Gourmet Cheese Cup
  • POP! Lite Gourmet Popcorn – Sunflower Oil and Sea Salt
  • Mediterranean Snacks Cracked Pepper Lentil Crackers
  • King Leo Royal Mint – Citrus

A La Carte Option:

  • Two Degrees Fruit & Nut Bars

While snacks are all good and fun, if you’re traveling all day, you may want more of a meal. Luckily, United has switched to gluten-free salad dressings on their premium-cabin flights departing from the U.S. to destinations throughout North and Central America. These same flights also have gluten-free soup available. How ‘bout that?

Gluten-Free Friendly Flights

While choosing flights when traveling, many people go strictly on price, but knowing that United will have your back when your stomach growls in the sky might make you think twice about your choice in airline.

I’m hoping that this move by United is part of a trend. I want to live in a world where I can purchase an overpriced gluten-free sandwich in the sky if I want to, gosh darnit! I’ve resorted to eating smashed fruit & nut bars from my purse far too many times. Let’s cross our fingers that the airlines begin making deals with our favorite gluten-free bread companies like Udi’s, Canyon Bakehouse, or Schar. Imagine this – eating a gluten-free turkey sandwich as you look out over the clouds on the way to your destination (hopefully one that is fun and relaxing)!

What do you think about United’s gluten-free options? Have you had a good experience eating gluten free on a flight? Let me know in the comments! 

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