An Allergy Friendly Chain: Burton's Grill

An Allergy Friendly Chain: Burton’s Grill

An Allergy Friendly Chain: Burton's Grill
Burton’s Grill in Charlottesville

Earlier this month as I was looking for a restaurant where I could eat by my aunt’s house, I stumbled upon Burton’s Grill on Find Me Gluten Free. While it wasn’t a dedicated gluten free restaurant, we gave it a shot after reading amazing reviews. And, after being impressed, I decided to dine out at a Burton’s again on my road trip last week too. (Don’t worry I had a back up plan in case I felt uncomfortable at the new location.)

Here are a few things that make Burton’s Grill special: the CEO has celiac disease and the VP of Operations has a shrimp allergy. They intend to cater to those with any form of a gluten sensitivity, which means many menu items don’t contain gluten.

An Allergy Friendly Chain: Burton's Grill
Burton’s Grill in Hingham

While there are special plates for gluten free meals, a gluten sensitive menu, communication from the manager & chef, it’s always important to make your own decisions when dining out. That being said, here are the two wonderful experiences that I had at Burton’s Grill!

Hingham, MA

An Allergy Friendly Chain: Burton's Grill
Fall Decorations Outside

My first trip to Burton’s was with my aunt! As we checked in I asked for the gluten sensitive menu. When our waitress came over, I told her about my food allergies, and before she had even left the manager was over to talk to us about my dietary requirements. He told me about the precautions they take, answered any questions that I had, etc.

Now, just because I love when there’s a dedicated fryer, I ordered a burger and fries. And, yes, they have a gluten free bun. And, yes, I believe it’s even vegan. But, I happen not to be able to eat it nonetheless.

An Allergy Friendly Chain: Burton's Grill
Burger, Bacon, and Fries at Burton’s in MA

My meal came out on a square plate, just as the manager had told me it would. 🙂 The burger was juicy and cooked to order. And, the fries were perfect. (I just really have a soft spot for fries and dedicated fryers.)

My aunt who accompanied me didn’t have any dietary requirements, but ordered the beet salad, which can be prepared in a gluten free manner as well. It was so beautifully prepared (and I heard it was tasty too).

An Allergy Friendly Chain: Burton's Grill
My Aunt’s Meal: Beet Salad (May be gluten free, not dairy free)

She is so sweet and would go to any exotic restaurant that I found, but it was so nice to be able to enjoy a meal in a more typical restaurant with her as well. After this first visit, I was very impressed with Burton’s allergy commitment, which inspired me to visit again.

Charlottesville, VA

Gluten Free Road Trip
Nutted Wild Rice was one of my favorite road trip meals this trip!

As many of you know, I have a pretty strong “dedicated gluten free establishments only” rule as I embark on road trips. However, with a backup plan in mind, I broke it to dine at Burton’s Grill in Charlottesville, VA, and it turned out to be a great decision.

Now similar to my aunt, Alyssa would go to any crazy gluten free establishment I found. However, Burton’s is more of your typical all American restaurant.

An Allergy Friendly Chain: Burton's Grill
The Bar at Burton’s Grill in Charlottesville

Before our waitress even knew I had a food allergy, she began her introduction by telling us how the restaurant caters to those with food allergies. It was an open kitchen, so it was easy for both of us to communicate with the chef, as well as see what he was preparing. Here, the manager delivered my meal, which was once again a burger and fries!

An Allergy Friendly Chain: Burton's Grill
Burger and Fries at Burton’s Grill in Charlottesville

While not too exciting, I didn’t really want to try something completely new on a road trip either! I was very appreciative of my warm meal, as I’m typically eating picnic-style on my road trips. Once again the burger was cooked to order, and our waitress brought out extra ketchup for the fries! Alyssa also had a burger, and the gluten-filled hamburger roll had that perfect crinkle sound!

We didn’t stay for dessert, but the table next to us (without dietary requirements) was shocked to find out that their dessert was gluten free. The manager explained that since they cater to so many gluten free guests, they do use gluten free flours in many of their dessert options.  Pretty cool!

And for any of you road tripping through Charlottesville, we also stopped by Monticello. It was definitely a worthwhile historical stop.

An Allergy Friendly Chain: Burton's Grill
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, VA

After this road trip, I am officially back in Colorado and situated to return to work. But, don’t worry, I still have plenty of stories, restaurant reviews, and more from my travels to share with y’all in the upcoming weeks. 🙂

And to my Fiesta Friday friends, that’s about it from here! This Thanksgiving weekend, I’m especially grateful for all my family and friends who detour to special restaurants to include me in their dining experiences. Check out my Travel Reviews Map for more restaurant reviews all across the U.S. with celiac disease and food allergies in mind.

And, as always, happy cooking!

P.S: As I stated earlier, chains can be inconsistent, but Burton’s has a strong allergy commitment. I’ve had great experiences at Burton’s Grill and read wonderful reviews on Find Me Gluten Free. So, if you want to know if there’s a Butron’s near you, here’s a list!

Massachusetts

  • 94 Derby St., Hingham, MA (The Derby Street Shoppes)
  • 145 Turnpike St., North Andover, MA (Englewood Shops)
  • 43 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA
  • Northshore Mall, Peabody, MA
  • 1 Cornerstone Square, Westford, MA

Connecticut

  • 100 Evergreen Way, South Windsor, CT (The Shops at Evergreen Walk)

Virginia

  • The Shops at Stonefield, Charlottesville, VA
  • 741 First Colonial Road, Virginia Beach, VA (Marketplace at Hilltop)

New Hampshire

  • 310 Daniel Webster Hwy, Nashua, NH (Pheasant Lane Mall)

South Carolina

  • Towne Centre, Mt. Pleasant, SC

17 thoughts on “An Allergy Friendly Chain: Burton’s Grill

  1. Ah! The review I’ve been waiting for! I am happy you got to try Burton’s again!
    I was impressed with the attention you received the day we went and the confidence with which you handled yourself. Clearly you have had practice with ordering since your diagnosis with Celiac disease, but for me it was a first.
    I was happy that the staff at Burton’s in Hingham made you feel comfortable and presented you with a delicious meal that you could enjoy!
    And the beet salad was outstanding!
    I look forward to our return trip when you come home next spring!
    💙Aunt Peg

    1. Thanks for taking me Aunt Peg! I wanted to wait to post until after I went to the Charlottesville spot. 🙂 I’m so glad that you enjoyed the beet salad too!

      Looking forward to our reunion in the spring. ❤

  2. I’ve been to the Burton’s in Nashua — I didn’t review it partly because I just had the burger and fries (without bun, too). The knowledge of food allergies was great, and I felt completely comfortable with my meal, but I didn’t have many other options on the menu, either, given my other food allergies. I love french fries, and rarely get to eat them out, so that part was awesome. But I’d asked about a few other items on the menu and got several “no, that has dairy, you can’t eat that” responses. That left me slightly less impressed after the spiel on how they make everything in house, so substitutions or adding a different side dish seems like it should have been possible.

    That said, there is nothing wrong with a burger and fries, and I’m happy to know one more place I can get one.

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience, Mary Kate! So helpful! I honestly didn’t ask what I could have in Charlottesville because I was traveling and just wanted to play it completely comfortably with a dish I had previously eaten. However, I know in Hingham they offered to modify and went through the appetizers with me. Hingham focused on modifications in their initial speech, whereas I don’t think the one in Charlottesville did. The dessert options were limited though in Hingham too. That could also depend on the manger of the day, the chef of the day, etc.

      I always review and like reading reviews, whether good, neutral, or bad. I figure the bad (and/or neutral) ones are very likely to help someone some day, even more so than the positive ones. 🙂

      Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

      P.S: Do you know of any other places with a dedicated fryer in the NH area?

      1. Our Five Guys, in Concord, only makes fries, and I’ve never had a problem there. Other than that, nothing yet. I’ve run into a few dedicated fryers elsewhere, but not up here.

  3. I’m glad you’re able to find these places that you can eat out in, it’s always nice to be able to go to a restaurant when you’re on the road and it must be difficult with food allergies, so it’s great that there are places popping up that help cater to everybody’s needs!

    1. Michelle, I love it! Sometimes I’ll walk into a place and realize that they think they’re allergy-friendly, but they’re really not. (I always have a back up plan of how to feed myself though, so it’s never a big deal. Plus, a little education never hurt a restaurant owner.)

      One thing that makes it so much easier are reading others reviews. Sites like Find Me Gluten Free can be really helpful. It’s more useful if the reviewer writes what controls they have in the kitchen (and many don’t), but a good google search can go a long way nowadays.

      Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  4. I went to the Burton’s in Charlottesville tonight, my sister and some friends had planned on going somewhere else first, but with this being my first experience dining out since being diagnosed with Celiac I told my sister I was uncertain if I would want to go out with them, she did some research and found Burton’s Grill had a certified gluten free menu and told me about the owner having celiac also, this made me a lot more comfortable about dining out for the first time.

    1. Heather, it’s so great to hear from you! How was your experience?! And, I hope you’re still feeling well. 🙂

      Dining out with celiac disease can be so tricky at times. I love when I find dedicated gluten free facilities, but there aren’t any/many near me. A little bit ago, I did get to go on a short (1 day) trip to NYC with my dad, and we just went around to the 100% gluten free places. It was so much fun!

      I hope you’re adjusting to the gluten free life and starting to feel better after your celiac diagnosis. My sister is one of my biggest supporters, and your sister sounds amazing too. Have a wonderful weekend! 😀

  5. I think it’s awesome you were able to find an establishment that catered so well to the gluten-free restrictions I can only imagine how difficult it must be to live with that. Thanks for sharing with us about it Kaila. Happy FF 🙂

    1. Thanks, Jess! Fortunately, I have friends that are willing to drive to the craziest places that will feed me too. One time on a road trip from Boston to Colorado, we detoured all the way down to Little Rock, Arkansas to try out a bakery. (I have a bunch of food allergies, so I can’t eat at most gluten free establishments either, so this place was a BIG deal to me.) We ended up driving north to Colorado, which we thought was pretty funny!

      I hope you have a relaxing weekend recovering from all the Thanksgiving treats, and happy FF! 😀

  6. I think it’s awesome you could eat at a “normal” place BUT you had company who are willing to go to eclectic places with you. HELL YEAH BURGER AND FRIES. it’s something so simple that we almost never get to enjoy, so I’m with you on the dedicated fryer! RAISE THE ROOF FOR FRENCH FRIES. red robin is my weakness for them 🙂

    1. My friend that I traveled with on this road trip is by far one of my most accommodating friends. She would have stopped in an eclectic GF place in every city if I asked. (We went to three, which will be on the blog SOON.)

      FRENCH FRIES are my favorite part of eating out! I’ve loved them for as long as I can remember. (And, ketchup, thank goodness that’s GF.) Although, I must admit if I make baked fries at home, I prefer sweet potatoes because they have so much flavor. 🙂

      Thanks for reading as always, and have a wonderful week!

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