Gluten-free at Tim Hortons, is this possible? Tim Hortons specializes in gluten filled food such as doughnuts and cookies, so is there anything you can eat it Tim Horton’s?
I called their head office to find out and this article is about what I learned.
Surprisingly, there is food that you can eat gluten-free at Tim Hortons. Caveat: this according to Tim Hortons themselves, and someone has left a comment saying the food is not gluten free. See note at bottom of article. Caution: food could be cross contaminated. Because everything is made in an open concept kitchen, there is no guarantee that foods that have no wheat added are really and truly gluten-free.
According to Chloe at Tim Horton’s guest services, the soups are all gluten-free. You can order the French onion soup broth only, no crust. This doesn’t sound like a great option. However, hearty potato bacon, turkey and wild rice, and creamy sun-dried tomato soups are all okay. Chili is okay to.
The yogurt with fruit is a good bet also.
For breakfast, hash browns, eggs, bacon and sausage are all okay. She suggested that the hash browns could be used to make a kind of sandwich with the eggs and bacon in between. That’s a good idea!
I asked further about cross-contamination. She cited using the same rag to clean items with gluten and then items without gluten, such as cooking utensils. Also, someone may use gloved hands to touch something with gluten and then something that should be gluten-free. Foods go down the same conveyor belt. It is unclear how doughnuts going down the same belt would contaminate chili, for example, since each should be properly enclosed in a container. However, I asked further she cited proprietary protection for not giving further details.
In conclusion, Tim Hortons has some reduced gluten food possibilites, although like most restaurants, one cannot be sure that it is truly gluten-free. See note below.
Have you tried to eat gluten-free food at Tim Horton’s? What was your experience? Please leave a comment.