Saturday, June 25, 2011

Willy's expands gluten-free options!

Last May, I wrote about how most items at Willy's Mexicana Grill were gluten-free, with the exception of many of the salsas and cheese dip which used a wheat-based thickener. At the time, I was told they were moving to make these items gluten-free in the near future.

Well, I am excited to announce that finally...NOW... Willy's salsas and cheese dip are gluten-free! The only thing off limits at my absolute favorite fast-food Mexican joint are the cookies and flour tortillas. Personally, I can easily deal with that.

The wheat-based thickener used in the chili d’arbol sauce, which is the base to many of Willy's other salsas and cheese dip, is now corn-based. Whoo hoo!! I was excited a year ago when I learned I could still enjoy Willy's, including the chips (which as we know are usually fried with gluten-containing foods at many places - but not here)...I am even more excited now!

So, with that news, my daughter and I enjoyed a warm cup of cheese dip with our chips this week on our mommy/daughter night out! Indulgent cheesy yumminess.

But remember, there is always a risk of cross-contamination anywhere where gluten-filled foods are served. For my own personal preference at Willy's, I ask if they can change their gloves when they make my food. So far, I have not had any problems.

Buen provecho!


  1. That's great news! Do you eat the chips at Willy's? What's your favorite dish?

  2. It is one of the only places I will eat the chips since I was assured they are safe and not fried with anything else.

    My fav. thing is the burrito bowl with tofu and lots of the cilantro, cabbage on top. How about you?

  3. This is great, one thing though, I can't find any of this information on Willy's web site. Do you know if there's an official location where this is posted?

  4. Good question, I am not sure. I contacted them directly, but it would be a good idea for it to be on their website for sure!