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Whole Foods is ok if you cannot get to Mana Foods in Paia.
Pricey!! Have really extended their gluten free bakery options including Coquette's and outside the Bread box. Wish there were more ready to eat GF Options.
Great place to go for lunch at the hot bar or salad bar. Ingredients are clearly marked on labels above the foods. 90% are gf. They are gf knowledgeable and say they won't label anything gf because they don't have a dedicated prep facility. They also have gf bread for sandwiches. Large selection of gf foods in the grocery too.
go to the deli for a yummy sandwich on gluten free bread. sometimes i have to ask them to change their gloves and use a clean surface for the bread but they are usually friendly about it.
I am reviewing the food court. It's not celiac friendly. If you can tolerate cross contamination, it's ok. They do have everything labelled. However, I didn't trust the labels after I saw poached eggs on English muffins and yet wheat was not listed as an allergen. The staff makes it clear that if you are celiac they do not recommend you eat there. They were not at all accommodating.
I like having this close to work since my grocery options in the downtown area are so limited. They have a great selection of gluten free grocery items which generally cost a bit more than some of our other local stores but they also have a lot of sales and coupons so if you watch for those you can get some good deals. They also carry locally made GF products like New Cascadia bread which is some of the best bread I've had. They have GF sandwiches in their deli (I think they use their own bread, it's really good bread) but beware if you are celiac or very sensitive they often use the same utensils and if you get a grilled Panini they use the same Panini press. The hot GF pizza slices are very tasty but they heat it up using the same paddle and brick oven they use to cook the regular pizza.
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!!!