Hickory Park

5.0 stars 5.0 out of 5 29 ratings
$Celiac Friendly, Gluten Free Menu, Dedicated Fryer + 4 more
94% of 19 votes say it's Celiac friendly

1404 S Duff Ave, Ames, IA 50010 Directions

(515) 232-8940
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    5 ratingSeptember 06, 2017

    Very knowledgeable staff. After I ordered a manager came over to confirm sauces were gluten free and everything I ordered was safe. She asked if I was going to do desert and if I was a Celiac. She said that I should not order a shake as they did Malts as well and could be cross contamination. Very good meal.

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    5 ratingSeptember 03, 2017

    The reviews are right - this place knows how to be celiac-friendly. The manager came and spoke to us and assured us of their safety practices. They have an extensive Gf menu, so you don't feel left out. Dedicated fryers, grills, gloves, etc.

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    5 ratingAugust 26, 2017

    I have Celiac, and this is my go-to restaurant in Ames. I especially love the gluten-free fries! Their gluten free menu is extensive, and a manager always visits my table, without me asking, to discuss gluten-free options and their procedures to avoid cross-contamination.

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    5 ratingJanuary 18, 2017

    Fantastic experience.

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    5 ratingNovember 29, 2016

    I eat at Hickory Park quite often with family & friends. I have had chicken, ribs, beef, sausage, Saucy Southerner on an Udi's bun, and BBQ beans. A manager or the wait staff assure me that my food will be safe from gluten. I also have ordered chocolate mint ice cream (Blue Bunny brand). I have Celiac Disease and have never gotten sick after eating at Hickory Park. I would definitely recommend eating BBQ at Hickory Park.

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    5 ratingAugust 13, 2016

    Excellent, excellent experience. Large gluten free menu. The sever immediately understood celiacs disease and explained what the kitchen does. I received an unsolicited visit by the manager. Fries are cooked in a dedicated fryer and they are equipped to serve ice cream. Try the sauce southerner on an udi's bun. Kudos to Hickory Park for doing gluten free so well!! Update: I've been here many times since my original review. Great experiences each and every time.

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    5 ratingMay 28, 2016

    We went to Hickory Park because of the reviews on here. They were not wrong. Great food and service, knowledgeable staff. All I can do is echo what others have said. Their gluten free menu is the most extensive I've seen at any restaurant I've been to in the 2 1/2 years since my Celiac diagnosis. My husband and mom, neither of whom is gluten free, were also impressed with the good and service. We all highly recommend it and will definitely eat there any time we are in Ames!

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    5 ratingMay 14, 2016

    one of my best places to eat. Good menu choices, have the UID gluten free bun, and staff is well knowledgeable and usually a manager stops by to inform you that the spicy sauce isn't GF

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    5 ratingDecember 31, 2015

    The servers were knowledgeable about gluten free options, they came to the table to educate us on the options for gluten free sauces. A separate menu was provided for gluten free options. The food was exceptional and the service was even better. My mom is celiac and it was wonderful taking her out to eat where she had plenty of options to order from, off her own menu. We will be back again, next time we are in Ames.

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    5 ratingOctober 08, 2015

    My server was so knowledgeable and the manager came out as well. I literally can't say enough good things about this place. They know their stuff and are so friendly about it! They have gf buns too! Such a great experience. Would recommend to anyone and will definitely be back!

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    1 ratingJune 07, 2015

    Warning -- fish n chips are cooked in same oil as regular stuff.. So i you are a sensitive celiac.. Don't eat here ! .. Bummer

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    5 ratingMay 30, 2015

    I was able to eat a cheeseburger and fries! Their menu features many burgers and other sandwiches that are available without a bun or with an Udi bun for an additional $1.50. The prices are so reasonable that I didn't feel like I should skip the bun. The bun comes out in a sealed, heated package. However, I could have easily wrapped my burger in the lettuce that it came with if I had chosen to forego the bun. The best part was having the manager come to our table to assure me that my food would be handled by a separate person so as not to contaminate. I will definitely be going back to HP!

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    5 ratingMay 27, 2015

    Passing through ames on my way to Minnesota, uncertain of where to eat. This place was amazing. not only did I get a gluten free burger (with a gluten free bun) but I also was visited by their charming manager who confirmed that the meal would be prepared properly. I will stop there everytime I go through ames.

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    5 ratingApril 23, 2015

    We were traveling through Ames and the reviews were excellent, so we gave it a shot. The service and the food was AMAZING. Great choices and food was served on a separate tray to maintain protection for me. i am very sensitive, and I was able to enjoy the great food without issue. highly recommend this restaurant to others out there.

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    5 ratingMarch 12, 2015

    Dedicated frier for fries so no CC. The menu is great and they now have a GF menu.

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    5 ratingMay 01, 2014

    large menu and excellent service! very accommodating to needs!

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    5 ratingJanuary 29, 2014

    These folks know gf. I eat here regularly without any issues. I love that a manager comes to your table to check on you if they see an gf notation on the ticket. Tons of choices.

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    5 ratingJanuary 19, 2014

    great gluten free menu provided on request. a manager came to the table when they heard someone at it had gluten allergy. Made sure we know the regular bbq sauce was gluten free and the spicy was not. Also let us know the meal shouldn't come with bread but if it did, it was not gluten free. Also explained ice cream was gluten free if do not get a wafer and they use clean tools to cook to avoid cross contamination.

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    4 ratingJuly 12, 2013

    Staff makes it a priority to make sure you don't get anything you can't have!

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    5 ratingJune 19, 2013

    great gf menu and manager makes sure all is good! great place....a must go in ames!

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    5 ratingMarch 28, 2013

    The only place I can safely eat French Fries

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    5 ratingFebruary 22, 2013

    Staff is knowledgeable and super helpful. No need to request the special gluten-free menu if you know what is generally safe - just tell the server you need gluten-free and they will help you make good choices. Love how they always send a manager to the table to review your order.

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    5 ratingDecember 17, 2012

    Full GF menu and ice cream sundae menu. very knowledgeable staff. Love to eat here. Manager visits every table where GF order was placed to answer questions and assure diners that their order is being prepared safely. Catering available for small and large events. Smoked meats, ice cream, barbecue, burgers, catering

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    5 ratingJune 05, 2012

    The staff and managers were truly excellent when i told them i had celiac, they came out and explained that the hot sauce contained gluten while the mild did not. made sure my sundae was made correctly with no wafer and everything. This place is by far the best place i have been to yet with regards to caring for customers

Gluten-Free Features

  • Celiac Friendly
  • Dedicated Fryer
  • Dessert
  • Fries
  • Gluten Free Menu


  • Barbecue
  • Restaurant
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