What to Order at Hickory Tavern If You Have Dietary Restrictions

What to Order at Hickory Tavern If You Have Dietary Restrictions

With over 25 restaurants across the Carolinas and Tennessee, Hickory Tavern has become a popular spot for eating and/or drinking while watching sports. They’re like Buffalo Wild Wings more posh sister. Though their vibes are similar, Hickory Tavern is a little more classy and grown up, but still knows how to throw down. For instance, on our most recent visit, it was Karaoke Bingo Night. It’s exactly like it sounds-the host plays a song for about 2 minutes. If it’s on your game card (a sheet of paper comprised of 4 boards), then you mark it with a crayon that’s provided. It was an entertaining way to pass the time while waiting on our food to come (though we still played while eating dinner).

It had been a while since we’d been to Hickory Tavern. Nikki and I were with our dad and trying to figure out where to go for dinner. My dad suggested Hickory Tavern. I called one of the locations to ask if they had a gluten-free menu (obviously, the answer was “yes”). While only offering two appetizers, they have five Tavern Specialties (most places still don’t offer dessert, which is just rude), three Skinny Plates, three steaks, and several sides. Another offer is a variety of BYO (Build Your Own) salads that you can customize with leafs, cheese, proteins, and dressings.

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Hickory Tavern has a decent variety of options for patrons with dietary restrictions.


Hickory Tavern's #glutenfree menu has options to build your salad. #soyfree #dairyfree #salad #dietaryconscious
BYO Salad isn’t at all like BYOB.

As with many restaurants offering gluten-free menu items, many of them still contained soy and/or dairy. *wompwomp* After asking questions about soy in several items, Nikki finally chose the grilled chicken sandwich (minus the buns) with bacon with a side of fresh fruit.


Grilled chicken sandwich with bacon and a side of fruit. #hickorytavern #glutenfree #soyfree #dairyfree #dietaryconscious
She can’t eat buns, hon.

Verdict: She liked it.


If you are new here, this is the portion of the blog where I post what I ate. Since I don’t have dietary restrictions, my meals typically contain gluten, soy, and/or dairy. If you don’t wish to have food jealousy, please scroll…NOW.



I chose the Southern Burger which features Applewood smoked bacon, shredded Cheddar & Jack cheese (there is indeed cheese somewhere on that burger), Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce (yaaaas!) topped with crispy onion straws.

Verdict: delicious




Hickory Tavern's Southern Burger is not for those with #dietaryrestrictions.
This was so big that it provided lunch the next day.
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Update 5/13/18: Not all Hickory Tavern locations have a gluten-free menu. We recently visited the location in Birkdale and they don’t have a separate menu. This is what Nikki ordered:

Hamburger patty & broccoli

If you want to know what to order at other restaurants, check out recommendations at Kickstand Burger BarSmashburgerCracker Barrel , and Golden Corral .

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34 thoughts on “What to Order at Hickory Tavern If You Have Dietary Restrictions”

  1. It’s crazy how many people gluten affects. I always wonder about how gluten-free and or vegan people fair when they want to go out. There’s so many unknown ingredients in things and it’s nice that restaurants are being more thoughtful and accommodating.

    • I never realized how much of an issue it was until my sister was forced to cut gluten, soy, and dairy out of her diet. It was (and still is) a challenge grocery shopping, going out to eat, traveling, and family get togethers. It’s so helpful when restaurants offer options and so far, everyone has been accommodating and not any trouble helping her find something to eat. 🙂

  2. Eating out is always a task since we have certain restrictions as well. I do love that a lot more resturants have been providing more details on what is in the foods they serve. It makes dining out a much better experience. Plus how awesome is karaoke bingo?!? I would love to play that!

    • You feel my sister’s pain then! It’s so helpful when you can find out what the food is cooked in or what it may contain. Gluten-free isn’t always enough for some people. A lot of food that has no gluten still contains soy (which my sister can’t have). At least the staff has always been accommodating & didn’t get aggravated by all the questions she has. It was the first time we’ve played karaoke bingo. I’d like to pass the time at restaurants like that more often! 🙂

  3. As some one with a lot of dietary restrictions, I soo appreciate when a restaurant has a dedicated GF menu. Makes me much more likely to go back there again and again!

  4. I love how you have options in your post reviews for everyone! Everybody’s needs are different and I like how you try to include that when you go to a restaurant.

  5. I’m really glad I don’t have any allergies or dietary restrictions. I never realized how hard it must be for someone like your sister to find somewhere that actually cares enough and caters for her. The Hickory Tavern seems like an awesome place to chill with friends and family and there’s enough variety on the menu to satisfy everyone

    • I didn’t really ever think about it until she was forced to make the changes. Just going grocery shopping was a hassle (it’s gotten easier). It is a very cool place to chill and have a relaxed meal.

  6. I’m gluten free and eating out is ALWAYS less than easy. Love when I find restaurants that not only offer options but actually have a menu too!! This place looks great.

    • It was good! My sister has discovered (as have I because she usually lets me try stuff) that many gluten-,dairy-, and/or soy-free options taste as good as the “regular” options.

  7. I’ve read and learnt more about gluten free stuff here than I’ve read from any other nutrition sites! I guess this covers the more lifestyle way, reminding me along the way how a particular food or dish actually has gluten!

  8. There are no Hickory Taverns in Minnesota. Which is a shame, because they sound so good. Next time I drive to the Carolinas I’ll have to check one out, now that I’ve seen your blog.

  9. Eating out when you need to follow a gluten free diet is such a hassle! I am so happy that this place has what people like me need and with variety to boot! We need more restaurants like this one 🙂 I know it is not always easy to accommodate everyone, however making an effort to have a few items does make a difference.

  10. Its really awesome that restaurants are becoming gluten-free inclusive. They’re a lot of restaurant going that struggle to find things to eat. I too don’t have a dietary restriction, I cut a good bit of dairy out of my diet.

  11. Many people who are in diet won’t hesitate to grab this awesome opportunity. They struggle to eat many favorite foods they want while controlling it. Now, this is such a good news for them.

  12. it’s always difficult when traveling to find a good meal that sticks to your special dietary restrictions – especially without an eye roll. great post!

  13. Wow I love their selection and accommodations! Gluten is seriously one of the silent torture things that too many people are affected by. I’m glad that places like this are getting in board!

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