Gluten Free Nashville

by Katie Eckeberger

Swanky’s Taco Shop : ) May 2, 2009

Swanky’s has two locations in Germantown and Franklin and has a few delicious gluten-free options.

Unfortunately the corn chips and tortillas are fried in the same oil as the flour tortillas, but I spoke with the manager and he assured me that any seasonings they use are all natural and do not contain gluten. He also suggested that GF customers make sure they let a manager know of their needs. They can put foil on the grill and use soft corn tortillas to ensure that your meal is safe.

Don’t go for the chips and salsa or hard shell tacos if you have a serious allergy, but if you really need a soft shell taco or quesadilla, I would definitely recommend Swanky’s. It’s better than your standard burrito/taco fast food restaurant, and the management communicated a sensitivity to people with a gluten allergy.

Interesting side note: Our waitress was only vaguely familiar with the allergy. We were discussing it with her and she mentioned that she’d heard of it when she worked at Outback Steakhouse. She said that the managers there just gave her a menu to pass out, but never explained the allergy to her. So, take caution when eating at Outback! They do have many GF options, but there are things to look out for even on that menu, and apparently the wait staff isn’t completely educated on the allergy.

Check out Swanky’s website to view the menu, find locations and to check out all the great events they have going on.

TIP: Inform your server that you want a RESPECT card. With it, you can earn a free meal after you’ve spent $100, but you HAVE to ask!

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