I had a recent attack after eating Q-BBQ. I should've known to not eat anything before fully checking out the website and nutritional informaiton. However the catering assistant that was present said that the meat and a few sides were gluten free. I couldn't figure out what I had that would've contained gluten. So I searched and searched online to find their allergen information and failed to find a comprehensive list of items that were gluten free. Finally I decided to contact Q-BBQ and find out from the source. Here is the Reply I was given and the comprehensive list of food to avoid:
"Our meats are all smoked with a dry rub that doesn’t contain gluten, our sauces are gluten-friendly and we have several gluten-friendly sides. This means that these items don't contain gluten ingredients, but are produced in kitchens and with equipment that handle our gluten items. We have attached the allergy list below for you to make your own decisions before dining with us, and we ask that if you decide to dine with Q, please let your cashier know about your dietary restrictions before ordering (they will put an allergy alert on the ticket).
Gluten Allergen Information:
• corn bread
• nachos:tortilla chips
• western salad: tortilla strips
• Ceasar Salad: Croutons
• Sandwich Bun/Slide Bun
• Mashed Potatoes: Brisket Gravy
• Chicken Tenders
• Mac-Q-Roni: Pasta, Cheez Its Crumble
• French Fries (Regular and Spicy)
• Chicken Wings (Memphis or Spicy)
• Brussels Sprouts (Regular and Spicy)"
I love Q-BBQ and would never talk badly about them, but I wanted to post this information so that nobody else with Celiacs or gluten sensitivity would get sick.
My daughter has celiac and cannot tolerate any gluten. We have been here about 5 times and she has never gotten sick. She does the bbq ribs (gf) and a side of GF mac and cheese. The waiter informed me that the shape of the GF pasta is different, so I could verify it is the GF pasta when it arrives. We had a problem at Macaroni Grill, so I was very suspicious. It's really great. Her only complaint is there aren't enough ribs :-) She loves them.
My daughter has celiac disease and cannot tolerate gluten. We eat here all the time and never a problem, as long as I'm careful and be sure to clarify to the server to use corn tortillas (and watch them - one other Chipotle still used a flour tortilla after I specifically said corn for gluten-free). She gets the kids cheese quesadilla kids meal with white rice and black beans. Loves the chips and mild salsa. She's also had a burrito bowl with chicken and carnitas. No problems.
We were glutened here.
I explained to the waiter that my daughter has celiac disease and needs to be gluten-free. We discussed the GF menu and I made sure to clarify that the cooks use different utensils, etc. The waiter was fully in-the-know. I ordered GF pasta and a side of broccoli for her. It came, it was the best darn GF pasta she ever tasted! I thought to myself they really need to sell this! Then as she was eating the broccoli, there was a spaghetti noodle in it. I complained about the noodle to the waiter, and he did offer to bring out another order of broccoli, but the damage was done. She didn't eat the noodle, but cross contamination. And then I find out that the pasta itself wasn't actually GF pasta either. No wonder it was so good. She was puking by the time we got home :-(
My daughter has celiac and cannot tolerate any gluten. She has never had a problem here with the gluten-free pizza. Why only 3 stars then? It's not actually that good/tasty. As a gluten-friendly person, none of their regular pasta or regular pizza is good, but I'd go with my daughter so we could eat out. But her GF pizza wasn't that great either. the frozen Udi's is better. We've been here probably 3 or 4 times and the last time was just not good (like the other times) so we probably just won't go back. So if you want GF pizza, we were safe here. But there are tastier GF options elsewhere.