great wolf lodge gluten-free dining review

Gluten-free at Great Wolf Lodge Ohio

We headed to our Great Wolf Lodge dinner convinced that they’d never support our gluten-free needs. Before visiting the Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky, Ohio, I had trouble finding anything about gluten-free dining options.  Upon arrival, I went straight to the source, the sit-down restaurant named Gitchigoomie Grill. Are you going to Great Wolf Lodge while living a gluten-free life? Then keep reading about our gluten-free dining experience at the main sit-down restaurant at Great Wolf Lodge.

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

This article is from 2017 but now contains the newer menu.  

great wolf lodge gluten-free dining review

Are there adult beverages at the Gitchigoomie Grill?

You are on vacation, after all!  If you are in the mood to enjoy a libation- go right ahead.  First, here’s a cocktail menu for Great Wolf Lodge. I can’t be the only parent who is eager to try these craft cocktails.

cocktail menu Great wolf lodge

What are the gluten-free appetizer options?

Happily, the chili-Rubbed Wings come with a choice of buffalo or bbq, celery & carrots, and ranch.  There is also the option of crispy calamari with cherry peppers, sriracha ranch, lemon aioli, and grilled lemon.

For salads, there are the classic wedge, a spring mix that you can top with your choice of meat, and a chopped BBQ chicken salad.  With the addition of meat, these can either be the salad dish or a dinner salad.

 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 like the roasted half chicken, lodge-prepared St. Louis ribs, a Ribeye, dinner salads, salmon, and the rice bowls.

Gitchiegoomie Grill at Great Wolf Lodge Gluten-free menu

The roasted half chicken stood out to me as a real deal.  The garlic and herb-marinated chicken comes with mashed potatoes, green beans, and lodge-made chimichurri.  The St. Louis Ribs are based and slathered in BBQ and comes in half or full rack with slaw and fries.

The Great Wolf Wilderness Bowl is a brown rice and quinoa blend. The bowl contains yellow squash, sweet potatoes, fire-roasted tomatoes, peppers, and onions, candied pepitas, and drizzled with a citrus garlic dressing.  The dish is perfect for vegetarians, as is, but you can also add your choice of meat.

If you’re in the mood for meat and potatoes, you are covered!  The steak came with lodge-made chimichurri and a choice of side.  You can also add the caramelized onions which are gluten-free for two bucks!  The 16-oz bone-in Ribeye came with Parmesan peppercorn butter and rosemary.  The grilled salmon also came with lodge-made chimichurri and a side dish.  You also get the special butter and grilled lemon.

You can also try a fresh-made seven-ounce chuck patty on a gluten-free bun with up to three choices. The burger comes with lettuce, tomato, butter pickles, and onions.  Deck it out with a variety of cheeses, veggies, and bacon.

What about 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 were unable to let us know whether they contained wheat.  The others are full of gluten- grilled cheese, chicken tenders, cheeseburger, 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 was enthralling.  While there wasn’t a lot for them to eat, they were interested in the decor.

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

Thankfully, the selection of gluten-free side items is plentiful.  These include:

  • green beans
  • grilled asparagus
  • fire-roasted mushrooms
  • french fries
  • mashed potatoes
  • side salad

The gluten-free side dish options were plentiful, but decreased over time- we were missing the sweet potato fries and the loaded baked potato.  While its local bar and grille fare, it was still tasty!

Our experience

We started with cocktails.  Any guesses?  Exactly- it’s hard because we dove into them before I remembered to snap pictures.

Great wolf lodge gluten-free cocktail, strawberry daquiri, strawberry margarita, cinnamon colada
He had a frozen strawberry daiquiri, and I had the Cinnamon Colada.  My husband loves tropical frozen drinks- and this was as standard as they come.  However, my beverage was unique.  The Fireball whiskey, rum, and RumChata combined in a sweet, spicy, and refreshing way!

My husband ordered the Chili-rubbed wings, which was enormous!

great wolf lodge jumbo wings, chicken wings
I swore up and down I was going to try that fabulous looking salad.  However, after a day of burning calories chasing children in the water, I was hungry.  After trying to stay the course, instead, I found myself craving a burger.

I gave in to a bunless chuck burger.  I topped the juicy patty with pepper jack cheese, jalapeños, and bacon with 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.  Honestly, the food was hot and arrived at the table quickly. 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.  However, bad days happen, and we would come back!

The Grill continues the lodge-style motif in the rest of the resort.  Overall, it is a convenient place to dine.  The food is standard grill food with a short menu.  However, for a waterpark resort, the prices are pretty reasonable.

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

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

If you are not feeling up to the cost of the meal, that’s okay.  For us 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 ahead Amazon Prime for gluten-free snacks or head across the street to Meijer for a selection of wheat-free goodies.

Gitchiegoomie Grill at Great Wolf Lodge Gluten-free menu

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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