this isn't even close. corporate will tell you NOT to eat here if gluten free.
The website offers advice on how to eat gluten-friendly at their restaurant but it is inaccurate. Luckily, a server checked the ingredients for their turkey chili (which they claimed was gluten free) and found out that it has wheat in it! Staff did not seem well trained on the allergy or what substitutions to make. Really unfortunate.
update- Feb '16: they have gf cookies and a lot of their drains are now gf, so they claim! all cross cont. and not celiac friendly. but it's a start and it's super yummy. I got the turkey chili and Cobb salad, no issues. Super good! no gluten free options, not one dressing is gf except for lemon juice and olive oil. bleh. boring!
While it seems odd to look for gluten-free choices at a chain with "bread" in its name, there are a few choices here, and the kitchen makes every effort to avoid cross-contamination. The tomato soup (sans croutons) and several of the salads allow those with gluten allergies to join their friends for lunch or dinner. They do not have gluten-free bread or rolls for the sandwiches. I wouldn't make it a regular stop, but if your friends really like Panera, at least you can join them.
This should not be here. This establishment cannot accommodate and that is understandable. The make bread from scratch and they could never make it safe no matter how hard they tried.
Panera has a GF menu but considering the high volume of bread etc they do, they also clearly note that cross contamination is an obvious issue for those with Celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and/or wheat allergy. They do have items like salads and turkey chili listed as GF as well as other items and breakfast choices.
https://www.panerabread.com/en-us/articles/avoiding-gluten.htmlWhile searching online I came across a list of things that are gluten free or that can be tailored to someone on a gluten free diet. I didn't purchase anything but it was good to know about!They can't guarantee that things haven't come into contact with wheat products though.
Not many choices, but I understand and tend to avoid due to the amount of bread they have. I almost always get the turkey chili and a bag of chips and have had no GI issues after consuming this meal. I have had a few salads that were on the GFree menu but have had issues often and avoid them now.
The spring 2015 menu changes really changed the GF options. Instead of 'proton bowls' with eggs and avocado and turkey or steak now the only breakfast choice is steel cut oatmeal, kind of disappointing. They also got rid of the 'steak lettuce wraps' 👎 This location is always nice, and helpful. But they don't have any of the 'hot breakfast' items listed on the gluten conscious menu. 😔
I saw they had gluten free options on their website so I went in. The cashier laughed at me and said "You know we are a bread company."
First of all I want to say how accommodating the manager was here. Unfortunately they do not have GF bread but she was willing to give my daughter 2 slices of ham and a dairy free smoothie at no charge because they do not have offerings for children. They do have great salads and soups.
I loved the manager's honesty when I asked about gluten-free food. He said, "Are you kidding? This place is a bakery. Our air probably isn't even gluten-free." Panera Bread seems pretty clueless about where their market is going and what to do about it. I love their apple salad, but do get sick on them. Amazed that after going wheat-free, I can drink coffee all day without being tempted by the pastries.
Only a few gluten free options like the Greek salad, tomato soup (no croutons) and black bean soup. The GF options that are available are good! They just need to expand past the few options available.