great wolf lodge gluten-free dining review

Gluten-free at Great Wolf Lodge Ohio

We were ravenous after a long day at the indoor waterpark at Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky but looking for convenience. The Lodge features several restaurants within its lobby. We chose to have a sit-down dinner at Gitchiegoomie Grill and hoped they’d support our gluten-free needs. Please read about our gluten-free dining at the Sandusky waterpark sit-down restaurant.

A Review of Gluten-Free at Great Wolf Lodge

Are you going to Great Wolf Lodge while living a gluten-free life? We’ve covered all aspects of what to expect at Great Wolf Lodge gluten free, including menus and reviews.

Are there gluten-free options at Gitchigoomie Grill?

In a nutshell, yes! Great Wolf Lodge designates so many items as gluten-free GF) on the menu! If you are gluten free at Great Wolf Lodge, you are bound to find something to tempt your tastebuds.

This article will cover the gluten-free options on the dinner menu at Gitchigoomie Grill, review what we tasted, and discuss the overall atmosphere. 

great wolf lodge gluten-free dining review

Are there adult beverages at the Gitchigoomie Grill?

Yes, there are adult beverages at the Gitchiegoomie Grill. You are on vacation, after all! If you want to enjoy a libation- go right ahead. Read on for a cocktail menu for Great Wolf Lodge. As a parent, I was eager to try these craft cocktails.

What are the gluten-free appetizer options?

For salads, there are the classic wedge or the power greens salad. There are currently no other gluten-free options for starters. However, the chili sauce appears to be gluten-free as it is served in other dishes.

great wolf lodge jumbo chicken wings

Previously, we had baked chicken wings with chili sauce, celery, carrots, and ranch dressing. It may be worthwhile to ask if this is still a possibility.

What are the gluten-free meal options at the Gitchigoomie Grill?

When I knew there were gluten-free meals, I was over the moon. Luckily, there is a diverse selection of options, including:

  • Grilled shrimp with chili sauce
  • Roasted free-range chicken
  • Smoked barbecue spare ribs
  • Center-cut strip steak
  • Grilled sustainable salmon
  • Rice (or cauliflower rice) bowls

While not listed on the menu, I chose the unless Butcher’s cut bacon cheeseburger on a g with lettuce, tomato, bacon, cheese, and onions. The bun and onion straws (and I believe the sauce) contain gluten. Deck it out with a variety of cheeses, veggies, and bacon.

I wanted to love the roasted chicken option, but it is pretty carb heavy. If you choose it, I would ask to sub for a different side or two. The free-range roasted chicken comes with mashed potatoes, creamed corn, and thyme jus.

The Great Wolf Wilderness Bowl features brown rice and quinoa blend topped with broccoli, purple cabbage, roasted peppers, and a dynamite sauce. This dinner bowl is perfect for gluten-free vegetarians.

You are covered if you’re in the mood for meat and potatoes! The whopping 12-ounce steak- yes, three-quarters of a pound, is enough for grown-up appetites who spent the day splashing. This mammoth steak came topped with chimichurri sauce and parmesan fries. However, the price is high for the quality.

The grilled salmon was an interesting take on this traditional dish. The salmon comes with salsa verde and a hash made with potatoes, corn, and edamame. I am not a salmon fan, and edamame is hit or miss for me. Thus, the salmon dish is a miss!

Is there a gluten-free kids’ menu at the Gitchigoomie Grill?

As far as we know, the kid’s meal is not gluten-free. We asked about the tacos, but they could not tell us whether they contained wheat. The others are full of gluten- grilled cheese, chicken tenders, cheeseburgers, macaroni & cheese, and spaghetti & meatballs.

Accordingly, our little gluten-free kiddos got a drink and ate off our plates. The airplane overhead and the fish on the walls were enthralling. While the children couldn’t eat much, they loved the decor and the idea of quickly returning to the waterpark.

What are the gluten-free side dishes at the Gitchigoomie Grill?

Thankfully, there are assorted gluten free side dishes at Great Wolf Lodge. These include:

  • Mashed redskin potatoes
  • Potato, corn, and edamame hash
  • Creamed Corn
  • Parmesan fries (or plain french fries)
  • Cauliflower “fried” rice
  • Broccoli
  • Creamy slaw
  • side salad

The gluten-free side dish options have always been plentiful. However, they have substantially decreased over time as we visited Great Wolf Lodge over the years. For example, we truly missed the sweet potato fries and the loaded baked potato. I even missed green beans,  mushrooms, and onions.

Truly, Gitchigoomie Grill is nothing special. With so many local restaurants within driving (or even walking) distance, I wouldn’t come back unless it was to update my reviews.

Great Wolf Lodge Menus

What can you expect when gluten-free at Great Wolf Lodge? If you can’t pound the traditional carbs, you can always start with some cocktails or starters. The Great Wolf Lodge menu also features the prices (as of October 2022).

Great Wolf Lodge Alcohol Menu

The drink menu at Great Wolf Lodge includes alcoholic drinks like the margarita, mojito, mimosa, bloody mary, and other specialty frozen cocktails and drinks on ice.

Great Wolf Lodge Liquor Alcohol Menu

The wine menu at Great Wolf Lodge Sandusky includes sparkling, rose, whites, and reds by the 6-ounce pour, 9-ounce pour, or the bottle. As you can see, the alcohol prices at Great Wolf Lodge are high, but in line with typical amusement park prices.

Great Wolf Lodge Wine List: Sparkling and Rose, Whites, Reds

Great Wolf Lodge Food Menu

The Gitchiegoomie Grill food menu features appetizers, soup & salad, mains, and desserts.

Great Wolf Lodge Sandusky Gitchigoomie Grill Dinner Menu

I swore up and down I would try a fabulous-looking salad. However, after a day of burning calories chasing children in the water, I was hungry. After trying to stay the course, I found myself craving a burger instead.

I got a bunless chuck burger and topped the juicy patty with pepper jack cheese, jalapeños, and bacon. To make up for my lack of veggies? My side was a Mason jar salad with blue cheese.

great wolf lodge gluten free bunless burger, no bun, mason jar salad, low carb, gluten-free
Fortunately, Great Wolf Lodge supported our dietary restrictions far beyond my expectations. We enjoyed our meal after a super long day. Honestly, the food was hot and arrived at the table quickly, so it didn’t take much to keep us happy. Our family appreciated a hot and fast meal after a busy day in the waterpark.

How was the experience at the Gitchigoomie Grill?

Unfortunately, we were not impressed with the service. Our waitress seemed annoyed with everyone. She did not engage and even dropped food off like it was a penalty. The wait times are long, and the staff seems to avoid the tables at all costs.

The Grill continues the lodge-style motif in the rest of the resort. Overall, it is a convenient place to dine. The food is traditional pub food with a short menu. Convenience is essential, and the markup for each dinner item showcases that.

Because the menu changes at times, make sure to check it before you go. The Gitchigoomie Grill gluten-free menu is available on the Great Wolf Lodge website.

What if we don’t eat what’s on the menu?

If you are not feeling up to the cost of the meal, that’s okay. Having to put on pants while we eat is a real drag! Thankfully, there are other options. Try ordering a box a couple of days before Amazon Prime for gluten-free snacks, or head across the street to Meijer for a selection of wheat-free goodies.

Have you had a meal at Great Wolf Lodge? What did you think?

Check out our review of the Great Wolf Lodge resort with a baby in tow.

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