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Great concept but poorly executed. The staff was very accommodating to change their gloves as the bowl got passed through the line. However, part way through the meal I look over and the workers who were at the beginning of the line (the lettuce) had made their way down to the end of the line (the bread) and went directly back to dishing out the lettuce. All well and good, except that there was no change of gloves. This could easily be fixed by getting scoops for ingredients, changing gloves, or just having each employee stay at one section of the line. Beyond that food was good and decent portions but too much so on the cross contamination!!!
Negative 2 stars is more accurate. This place advertises assistance with selecting a gluten free meal and 2 employees had no idea what I was even saying when I stated the phrase "gluten-free". Thankfully, there were labels on the counter to assist me better than the employees. The salad is good and so far, there hasn't been a reaction to their GF/vegan tomato basil soup. The employees need better training for those with diet preferences. Needless to say, I will not be returning.
I love this place! I have celiac disease, a sunflower allergy and am a vegetarian. Even in Southern California this can make it challenging to eat out as I am very, very sensitive to gluten cross contamination. There is a sign on the wall that says to let them know if you have a gluten allergy and they will take precautions. So I did. I can not speak highly enough of the service at the City National location. Not only did the server change her gloves with a smile, when I explained that I have a severe allergy, she took all of my food items from the covered containers underneath the counter without rolling her eyes, or saying, or being some other way that made me feel like my allergies were a burden to her. I have been eating there once or twice a week for the past few months and have never, ever gotten sick from cross contamination. The staff there is just wonderful. I can't speak highly enough about the service I've received there. They always take the allergy precautions with a smile and have never once served me contaminated food. They are so consistently wonderful I can even place an order online and trust that not only will my order be correct (it always is) but that the staff will have taken the allergy precautions. This place is a life saver!
Yummy! If get avocado they put them on at end of line & they put them on wraps. So I make them get fresh one & clean knife & fresh gloves. Other wise everything else on beginning of line gluten free.
If I could give this a negative star I would. I brought in a friend who had never been there before because I'd found this place clise to work that seemed super awesome AND they were so great about gluten issues. Sadly, the staff really weren't that well versed and I had to keep saying gluten allergy. Then towards the end when I was paying one of the guys came along and plunked a big slice of bread on my bowl!!! So the manager did my bowl himself, not very well, but that was fine. THEN he didn't believe me when I said there was avacado in the glutened bowl and actually DUG through it to check. He absolutely made me feel like a thief. The worst part? I had to tell his people in line not to put new veggies on top of old veggies in the bin. That they needed to rotate it. Yeah. They didn't understand that very well either. Needless to say .. food poisoning later and I will not be back. Food allergies? Sensitive to contamination? Yeah. I wouldn't risk it.
Contamination is a serious risk here. I love this place, but I wouldn't take my celiac family here during lunch. The first part of the line is gloriously GF. Then they run everything under a toaster with crumbs flying. Everyone behind the counter handles bread. Just not set up for celiac.
Well, there is gluten free food here, but you don't have a lot of options and a lot of the workers don't know what they are doing. No gluten free soups, just salad, which you can find anywhere and you just have to hope someone is on duty who knows what they are doing. Not all that impressed.
This salad shop offers all of their salad dressings, fixings and soups gluten free. Their web site has a breakdown of allergens, in case you are worried about soy or dairy. I order from them frequently throughout the week, and I have never had symptoms after. The staff is very friendly, and if you are clear that you have an allergy, they are very careful.
FOR CELIACS I had hoped to eat here without getting sick. I've tried it on a few occaisions and I get sick. It's either got to be the salad dressing, which they claim is gluten-free, the chicken, which they claim is gluten free, or the cross contamination at the end of the line - which is the bread station. I can't communicate effectively with the staff using English, so I've been unable to ask for any special care or to drill-down a little on how truly gluten-free their ingredients are. Sadly, this place will have to go off my list. Apart from getting sick. You know, the salads are decent, the dressings are tasty and the staff is a bit unfriendly. Pretty much what the other reviews say.
This is an excellent soup and salad restaurant. They make the salad for you and selection of greens, veggies, fruit and meat is wonderful. They carry three different soups, all of which are gluten free. The only thing that isn't gluten free is their optional bread and the seafood items for the salad. I am a huge fan of this place.
They have put GF stickers on everything, so you know. Also, have no problem changing gloves on request. Great choices for salad, I go often.
Recently started this diet, and have struggled eating out, happy I found this app! I tried this place and I have to say it is awesome! Everything is very clean, uniforms are well kept, bathrooms were clean... You can tell they have good management. Everyone was very friendly, went out of their way to come and greet all the customers. When it came to gluten, the girl that waited on me was very knowledgable, told me what I could and vouldn't have. The organization of the toppings was perfect too. These salads are huge (even the small), and they had such a variety of toppings. The soups were pretty good too. 2 thumbs up!
Awesome! Gluten products are separate from gluten free items on the line. Separate bowls & tongs.
I've only had indigestion or had a migraine a couple times since going gluten free and this was one of them. I knew I shouldn't have eaten there because I noticed they use their hands (with gloves) to put everything you want on your salad. I had her change her gloves, but I guess that didn't make up for the fact that they move their hands from bin to bin all day cross contaminating the food. Great idea, not so well thought out. Would be okay for those not very sensitive I guess.
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