CLOSED AS OF 11-14-14.. ALL MARYLAND LOCATIONS HAVE SHUT DOWN Great place for GF food. I eat at all their locations and have had good service and great experiences. Sauces and falafel are great.
GREAT options for gf/df and vegetarian/vegan dining. Love that everything is clearly labeled. Eat here all the time and have never had a bad experience.
This place is my kitchen away from home - not only is the food AMAZING, but the staff has become a second family to me. I started coming three years ago when I found out I have a severe gluten allergy. For three years they've cautiously and lovingly went through great lengths to ensure my plate was always gluten free. Love this place and know you will too!!!
The gluten free pita bread here is AWESOME! It tastes like real gluten. The server knew to change gloves and told everyone else to do the same. I'm so happy there's a Mediterranean food place in town with gluten free pita bread now!
The food is fantastic and they make an effort to offer good GF alternatives. The cross-contamination risk, however, is pretty big as I have personally witnessed them use a scoop to stuff toppings in a pita bread, touching the pita with the scoop and then putting it back into the GF topping container, contaminating the entire container. It's disappointing that they get this aspect of GF prep wrong, yet offer individually-wrapped GF pitas that are protected from cross-contamination. The food is delicious and at a great price, their people are very polite, but they are not trained in cross-contamination protocols and I have been glutened here and left the last time without ordering due to the scoop issue. Not celiac safe, but probably fine for the mildly intolerant.
Staff was trained. The server switched her gloves the moment I said I needed a gluten free meal. All spoons remained in their own container. The meats that were gluten-free were labeled. I didn't realize that the gyro meat was not gluten-free so I was able to change it before it reached my plate. The server switched her gloves again! So I was incredibly thankful!! Meat is measured in a small container, so I see the potential for cross contamination there. Again, server did not use that container and just placed the meat on my plate. The gluten-free pita bread was pre wrapped in foil and heated that way to prevent cross contamination. Kudos to the server that I had!!! I was very pleased and she was patient and helpful. I will say just communicate your needs, stay vigilant and request for things to be done separate, etc....
Cross-contamination central. Delicious food, and most items are GF, but unless you're the first one served that day, your food is likely contaminated by food that's touched wheat pitas, via spoons or bits of rice that were stuffed into a wheat pita then fell out back into the serving bin. A pity, because their falafel (GF) are very tasty. Not a celiac-friendly restaurant.
So many delicious options!! My only concern would be the proximity of ingredients to others that aren't GF. I had no reaction to anything and tried just about everything GF they offer. They changed their gloves when I informed them I'm GF, and the entire menu is very clearly marked. Amazing falafel and GF pita!! I will be back many times :)
Their gluten free pitas are pretty okay while they're hot, but once they cool, not so much. Still, you get plenty of food with a plate or kabob, and its all deliciously seasoned.
If you are sensitive to gluten, please don't visit this place. When me and my family came here, we told the server that we were gluten free and she rolled her eyes at us and made our food. The people were judgemental and rude. They made me and my brother share a half serving of meat. The food was okay but too simplistic. There is no gluten free bread or anything so they only advertise gluten free to get more customers. If this simplistic style is just Mediterranean style than I apoligize.
We told the girl we needed our order to be gluten free and she acted like she knew what we were asking. I watched her touch the pita from the order in front of us and proceed to grab my bowl with the same glove. I reminded her that she needed to change gloves, and she just said, "yea, I know," and kept the same bowl! Smh!
this place is great they are all so nice and are clearly trained about gluten. all there food is clearly marked. the gluten free pita is sooo good, they wrap them in foil so the can heat the up and not have cross contamination. almost everything on the menu is safe. and when you order the gluten free pita the first question they ask is if it is because of an allergy, say yes and they will guide you through ordering to make sure you are safe. this is a great place to get a good safe meal.
There stuff is clearly marked as to what is gluten free. the gluten free pita is wrapped in foil so no cross contamination when it is heated. most of there stuff is gluten free there are only a few things that are not. most of the staff really understands what is safe and what is not. only reason for not giving 5 stars is for the first time I went they said I could have something that I found out this time I could not because it has gluten, no wonder I got sick. also some of there staff is not as well informed as others, but there stuff is clearly marked.
Very knowledgeable on gf and celiac's. They have a fabulous gf pita bread that they will serve on the side (will not stuff for you if you have an actual allergy to avoid cross contamination). Highly recommend! The falafels are great and the flavored lemonades are so refreshing! I feel VERY confident when dining here.
I arrived here around 5pm on a Saturday and they were out of chicken kabobs! Plenty of chicken in the bins. But not for kabobs... The rice was hard! Don't bother with the gf pittas! The lamb gyro meat is NOT gf. Fortunately one of the staff knew! I am not a fan of hummus, but theirs is great! One of my friends also commented on how good their hummus is. Overall though, It's not a good value for the money. $10.32 for a kabob with 6 little pieces of steak? Maybe the chicken is a much better deal...
We love Garbanzo! The menu is clearly labeled, the food is fresh and there is very little risk of cross contamination if you avoid the pickles (they live next to the couscous). Wish the gyro meat was gluten free, because they do offer a gluten free pita and I miss a good Greek sandwich! We usually just get the bowl with no pita, still fantastic. Friendly service and to go ordering too.
Gluten free pita available for 1.99 extra
I trust what I'm eating is GF! I have celiac and never got sick. They also understand what GF is and importance for celiacs.
I have Celiac very severe and the store on Arapahoe makes all my food with clean gloves and everything from the back. Never been sick. I do go when they are less busy and wait a little longer than my family to get my food. Totally worth it though. Love the pitas!
I LOVE Garbonzos!!! Yes,as the previous review shared tjere is cross contamination from the food "on the line". But i have eaten there dozens & dozens of times without getting sick. My "secret"? I tell them i have a very sensitive allergy & could they please bring out some "x" from the back so that there is no risk... they offer to get me fresh anything! I do try not to go when there is a line to the door so i don't slow things down for a big line behind me... I have been to the location in Lone Tree the most - but have also been to the one in Park Meadows - Arapahoe & Orchard - even Boulder - this can be a celiac friendly safe place to eat & i have yet to meet a grumpy or difficult employee when i ask them for extra help & service!!!
Great variety, salads, sauces, soups and the price is right.