Ike's in Santa Clara has separate area for gluten sandwiches.
Awesome sandwiches. The GF bread tastes great. Vegetarian and Vegan friendly also.
So delicious and safe
First time I went to Ike's in Oakland was all-around amazing -- great ingredients, fresh and with fantastic taste, and the folks at the storefront (2204 Broadway Street Oakland CA 510-338-6789) took great care: I ate, I enjoyed the taste and texture, and I had zero reactions. <3 This time I went to the location in Walnut Creek, and although I gave them clear instructions and stressed I would get very sick, someone back in the kitchen did not know or did not care -- I developed a reaction immediately after eating, and have the usual tingly hands/feet, dull neck pain, headache rising, gastrointestinal problems, with only God knowing how I will feel tomorrow. It is fine if you are not safe because you are too busy or too crowded! But I would prefer eateries not to lie to me about food safety and make the next 24 hours hell for me as a customer that trusted them.
The first time I went there was great--amazing sandwich, and the "dirty sauce", a garlic aioli I believe, was a delicious addition. When you order a sandwich on a GF bun, they ask if your GF-ness is a preference or an allergy, which I appreciated. The second time, however, I got the same sandwich and a day later, I felt those tell-tale cramps and pains.. I'm betting what happened was they didn't wipe down the counters enough while making the sandwich, resulting in some gluten crumbs on my GF bun. Almost two weeks later, I'm fully recovered and exercising more caution and skepticism. Overall, I'd say Ike's is good for people who mainly stick to a GF diet as a preference, and a big risk for folks with celiac.. :(
Best gluten free baguette I've ever had. I actually took it back because I thought they made a mistake! Sandwich was tasty but a little pricey ($10). Only con: all chips have MSG and other bad ingredients. I would suggest a different brand of chips for this chain. Also-they ask allergy or preference, which I like.
My low rating is based only on safety. Sandwiches are incredibly good; I really recommend this place if you're not as sensitive as I. But a few weeks ago, a poorly trained and enthusiastic cashier assured me I'd be safe and I wasn't. The chain owner took the time to reply personally to my complaint; he seems to take health very seriously and says his staff are rigorously trained to be as safe as possible but to not promise that cross-contam is unlikely. I wish they could train staff to prep even more safely. I'd eat here all the time if I could. Again, I highly recommend for those who don't have to worry about trace gluten.
They do offer gluten-free bread and lots of vegan options. I wasn't sold on the bread despite hearing so many rave reviews about it... maybe it's because I've recently switched from eating gluten in the past few months and it doesn't compare to the dutch crunch.
I have a wheat allergy, not celiac, so I can't vouch for the kitchen safety. Contamination risk seems high if you are very sensitive because it's a tight space. Their GF bread is delicious--so soft with a great texture. The staff usually ask if you have an allergy if you order GF, but not always, so be sure to point it out. Also, the staff has told me on two occasions that their vegan meats are wheat-free, but they aren't marked GF on the website so I'm not sure I trust the answer.
Gluten-free bread is offered here, but cross-contamination is very high. It is definitely not for celiacs but may be an option for others. The gf bread is very good, though much smaller than the regular sandwiches. I love the Shrek and the Luther Burbank. A manager said they're looking to offer gf English muffins as well and have been doing taste tests to find the brand they like best.
Best sandwich shop you'll ever find! They are very sensitive to gluten free people, although people with severe allergies maybe shouldnt I there just to be safe, and they get their own special gluten free bread from mariposa bakery (I believe), and everything they offer is amazing! I've never come across a better sandwich place ever, and most of my friends agree. Try it, you'll be amazed!