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I love this whole foods. They have an outstanding hot bar, and all their choices have ingredient lists and list allergens. I can't speak to cross contamination as I don't know how the food is prepared, but I've never gotten sick from the food here. Lots of grocery options too, obviously.
I live in the area and this is a must for GF. They are not perfect but a great place for a comprehensive selection of GF options. I'm also dairy free and they provide a nice selection of DF milk options as well. Nice prepared hot/cold food and salad area. Can buy and then eat prepared food in attached cafe. It would be helpful if prepared food would have GF indicators so you wouldn't have to read every ingredient for each item. Love the juice bar as well.
many options here for carry out food as all ingredients are listed at their buffet. I shop at this chain in Annapolis. The buffet line there has dedicated scales for weighing food which they did not have here. That was surprising considering the larger clientel. Found a bread here from a local bakery - very good Anna B's Gluten Free. It is NOT frozen and on bread shelf.
I love their gluten free pizzas but after calling them on the phone and verifying that the pizza could be cooked for me at the pizza counter the cook said it could not be done. I was out of town and no where near an oven I could use and starving. my whole family was very upset. no pizza tonight! we settled on chipotle 1.1 miles away.
I agree with the previous rating. It's whole foods so they have a lot on gf items on the shelf, but the staff in the salad area/bakery did not know what gf free was. Also, what was really bothersome was that they seemed annoyed that I asked. One girl (who was helpful) just kept saying it was "healthy and organic". When I explained how important this was and that I could end up in the hospital if I get gluten she didn't seem to think that was significant. ( I say that bc she just stared at me and didn't go ask for help). I ended up getting a basic salad without dressing and left feeling like I wouldn't go back for fresh food. Very unpleasant experience.
As a grocery store, the choices are terrific. But as a place to get a prepared lunch from the buffet, not so good. Many items were incorrectly marked and others had obvious cross contamination.
Lots of good gluten free groceries and personal care items. When I asked, they advised that none of their fresh made food could be considered gluten free because of their open kitchen concept and pizza station. I chanced some veggies once and got sick later, so I should have heeded the warning.
They now carry Canyon Bakehouse & Katz GF breads/ baked goods in a freezer on the back R of store. In the bakery section, they now have GF sheet cakes, & round, decorated special occasion cakes, frozen. They're improving.
I always go and get lunch at Whole Foods when in LA although they will not guarantee GF on their in house food because of the cross contamination risk, they will gladly print you the ingredients of any meals you ask for. Great salads and I've never had an issue and the package GF food there is a fraction of what it costs me in Canada . I ❤WF!!!
Have considered having lunch there a couple of times. Upon observation, the self-serve buffet often has mis-labeled items and incorrect ingredient lists. So I cannot trust that it is safe. Also not sure if folks who came through kept serving spoons in the correct locations. Some of them were lying outside of the serving areas. I suspect cross contamination is a big problem and not willing to take a chance.
I'm local, and just grateful there's a Whole Foods here, as other grocers and Trader Joe's simply lack the variety. I shop here weekly, more for organic and GF ingredients than their prepared items. They do claim the hot foods are prepared with tamari, not soy sauce, but I've not found that to be consistently true. But everything is well labelled so a little careful reading usually does the trick.
A smaller whole foods than I'm used to not a lot of gluten free options is the pre prepared section. Overall nice clean store with lots of GF options.
If you want to eat someplace buffet style this is a great option. All of their entrees have the ingredients listed. However, given that the hot bar and salad bar are handled by a lot of people there is a risk of cross contamination. Definitely wouldn't recommend for celiacs. However the food is always healthy and tasty, but extremely pricey.
Good for groceries but they rarely label any prepared foods GF (due to kitchen cross-contamination I guess?) so hot bar is not safe. Can't understand why they would open a cafe and bar upstairs without the ability to make fresh juices. Many other Whole Foods and Mom's markets have juice bars. Wish they had discount/loyalty programs for frequent shoppers or families struggling to eat for allergies on a budget. They seem more worried about catering to the specialty wine and cheese crowd.