People who deal with food allergies or intolerances daily know how tricky it can be to dine out, especially at a place you haven’t visited frequently. While most theme park goers typically select a dining location based on what’s closest to them or what has the shortest line, that’s not always an option for guests who are following a strict dietary plan. Of course the best way to guarantee your meal fits your gluten free needs is to talk with restaurant staff prior to ordering, but this list can offer some ideas of where you’ll find safe dining options at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
To start the day off with a gluten free breakfast, park-goers should make their way to Hollywood & Vine in the Echo Lake section of Hollywood Studios. Not only does the breakfast buffet feature appearances from favorite Disney Junior friends, but it also provides a plethora of all-you-can-eat dishes for guests with dietary restrictions. Scrambled eggs, chorizo and eggs, allergy friendly Mickey waffles, and roasted potatoes with bacon and onions serve as main course options, and other buffet items include:
- Breakfast Mueseli Salad
- Mandarin Oranges
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Marinated Cherry Tomatoes
- Diced Cheese
- Cottage Cheese
- Cantaloupe Fruit
- Honeydew Fruit
- Cheese Grits
- Chicken Sausage
- Sausage Patties
- Chocolate Sauce
- Warm Berry Sauce
At 50’s Prime Time Cafe, you can begin your meal with appetizers like Grandpa’s Crab cake or Cousin Amy’s Iceberg Lettuce Wedge before selecting an entree. The restaurant serves up comfort food classics than can be ordered as gluten free meals such as Dad’s Stuffed Pork Chop, Mom’s Meatless Meatballs (request allergy friendly pasta), and Cousin Megan’s Traditional Meatloaf. For dessert, try the chef’s special brownie topped with frozen rice milk dessert or opt for the classic S’mores.
If you’re dining on the go in the Echo Lake area, you can head to Backlot Express for a Galactic Chicken Salad, chicken strips or a hot dog/hamburger served on an allergy friendly bun. French fries are gluten free here, but you can swap them for carrot sticks as well.
On Hollywood Boulevard, the elegant Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant is a signature dining experience with an Old Hollywood feel. Open for lunch and dinner reservations, this table service restaurant’s menu features a variety of delicious offerings for gluten free diners including:
- Beef Carpaccio with Capers, Lemon Mustard Aioli, Petite Salad Greens, Caesar Dressing & Toasted Allergy Friendly Bread
- Local Greens and Baby Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette, Peaches, Strawberries, Midnight Moon Goat Cheese, & Watermelon Radish
- Toragashi Crusted Ahi Tuna with House-made Kimchi, Sesame Jasmine Rice, & a Sake and Ginger Soy Glaze
- Zellwood Triple Sweet Corn Bisque with Rock Shrimp Beignet, Corn Ash & Esplette Oil
- Char Glazed Filet of Beef (upgrade to American Kobe Beef available) with a Port Wine Glaze, Sunburst, Pattypan Squash, Toasted Cipollini Onion, Yukon Gold Potato Cake, Yellow Tomato, & Chimichurri
- Vegetarian Pho with Ginger Lemongrass Broth, Mushroom and Tofu Spring Rolls, & Ginger Tamari Dipping sauce
- Faroe Island Salmon with Saffron Potato Silk, Beluga Lentils, Tomato Confit, Watercress, Crispy Capers
- Bell & Evans Chicken Breast with Pancetta, Guajillo Pepper, Tomato Stuffing, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Seasonal Mushrooms, Romanesco, & Sun Dried Tomato Sauce
- Braised Beef Short Rib served with Truffle Pomme Frites, Mushroom Ragout, & M2 Sauce
- Spitfire Roasted Chesire Pork Chop with Ancient Grain Risotto, Asparagus, Maker’s Mark Bourbon Mustard Glaze, & Apricot Jam
This area of the park is home to two different restaurants that both have larger menus with a range of different kinds of meals, so there is a larger variety of options for people with specific dietary concerns. ABC Commissary is a cafeteria-style quick service restaurant that serves lunch and dinner. Sandwiches like the 1/3 pound angus cheeseburger, chicken club, or southwest burger can be ordered on an allergy friendly bun and come with fries, apple slices or steamed green beans on the side. Other options available all day include chicken strips, a barbecue chicken and ribs platter, and a Mediterranean salad made up of mixed greens, tomatoes, onions, pepperoncini peppers, kalamata olives and feta cheese with a side of hummus. The restaurant also offers a seared lemon pepper salmon entree that may only be available for dinner. Allergy friendly desserts include chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and chocolate mousse.
At Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, you’ll find a selection of appetizers, entrees, and desserts that are served or can be modified to serve gluten free diners. If you’re starting with appetizers, go for a Sci-Fi wedge salad, shrimp and crab fondue served with corn tortilla chips, or spicy buffalo chicken tenders. Main course options include flame broiled New York strip steak, allergy friendy pasta with a four cheese smoked tomato sauce, a flame broiled burger on an allergy friendly bun, buffalo chicken salad, or an oven roasted turkey wrap made with an allergy friendly wrap. Top off the meal with a brownie, hot fudge sundae, or a milkshake (chocolate or vanilla)!
On Sunset Boulevard, there are two different dining locations that can accommodate gluten free diners, but the options are pretty limited. At Catalina Eddie’s salads like the chicken Caesar entree are the best choice. At Rosie’s All-American Cafe, burgers can be served on an allergy friendly rice bun, giving guests the choice between a 1/3 pound angus burger or a vegetarian cheeseburger, both served with coleslaw or french fries (also gluten free). The chicken nugget meal at Rosie’s is another safe option.
Mama Melrose’s Ristorane Italiano is Grand Avenue’s best bet for gluten free diners, with a decent range of appetizers, entrees and desserts that fit the dietary requirements. Start with a mixed green or Caesar salad, oak fired mussels, or fresh mozzarella and vine ripened tomatoes before moving on to the main course. The menu’s margherita and carne d’Italia flatbreads can also be served on a rice crust upon request. The Italian restaurant offers several delicious pasta dishes that can be prepared with allergy friendly rice pasta upon request such as shrimp or chicken pasta, both tossed in four cheese sauce with cauliflower, sun dried tomatoes, fresh spinach and sweet onions or wood-grilled chicken pasta. Other gluten free meal options include polenta cakes with mushroom and herb cauliflower or Saltimbocca, which is pork tenderloin in a lemon caper sauce served with prosciutto, sage, fontina cheese, Tuscan mashed potatoes and broccolini. Dessert lovers won’t be disappointed with the restaurant’s selection either, choose from a variety of sweet dishes including gelato, lemon sorbet, soy milk frozen dessert (chocolate and vanilla), and flourless chocolate cake topped with chocolate sauce and whipped cream.
PizzeRizzo, now only open seasonally, can also be a good quick service option for people with gluten free dietary concerns. The pizza shop can make their cheese, pepperoni and vegetable pizzas on rice crust, and offers a small Caesar salad as a safe side dish option. For a non-pizza entree option, go for the antipasto salad!
The most important thing to remember is that some of these meal options may be substitutions or special requests, so it is still crucial to alert the dining staff to any severe allergies/intolerance before you order! For more guides to gluten free dining, check out these guides for Magic Kingdom, Epcot and other popular attractions on the Tickets2You blog!