23628 El Toro Rd, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Just tried an Apple n Greens smoothie, substituting fresh orange juice for apple juice in the recipe. Told the cashier I was "allergic to gluten" and she recommended this smoothie. There is a warning on the menu about allergies and all equipment is shared with wheat, dairy, etc. However, the blender pitchers are clean for each smoothie, so your risk is a clean (or not) blender pitcher if you're drinking all blended fruits and veggies. Finding the info on gluten free or not is not readily or clearly available, but it is there. It's on theirs paper menu, and online at the website. Do not recommend adding any powders or seeds, as I believe there is a higher risk for cross contamination and/or gluten in those ingredients. For celiac people like me, there is risk, as in all restaurants.
Shops At Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
There is a new menu, strictly for gluten free customers. This is the first time I've visited in a while. Was told the g free, separately spiral bound menu is just a couple of months old. Off that menu, I ordered black, unsweetened iced tea, sweet potato fries to share as an appetizer, and the Shepherd's Pie. Something gave me the swollen, butterflies in my glutenized stomach at the 2-3 hour mark. I was told the fries were made in a separate fryer, and the Shepherd's Pie was made in advance (which I thought would eliminate the risk of cross contam). I told the waitress I had a gluten allergy, as opposed to the true Celiac Disease line, in the hope that it would help with all cross contamination. I am not sure what made me sick. I just know I am. Service was great. Not sure went wrong in the kitchen for me.
1610 State Route 23, Wayne, NJ 07470
Have eaten here many times, and have never gotten sick. There are no gluten free buns, so you must order your burger lettuce-wrapped or in a "bowl" (foil container). If you tell the service order taker that you are gluten free, and ask if the food prep would change their gloves, they are kind and happy to do so. Five Guys is my go-to place for a quick hamburger.
1 Main St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Have eaten here many times over the past couple of years. I explain upon ordering having a "severe allergy to wheat" and I've been okay/not gotten sick after eating. I order the Rubyburger with gluten free bun, turkey meat, lettuce, tomato, and Ruby sauce, with French fries (made in a dedicated fryer). I have to be clear to the waiter in my explanation every time, and be very careful and on the lookout (my g free daughter had croutons in her salad recently), but the food is good, atmosphere is great and I've not gotten sick.
30652 Santa Margarita Pkwy. Suite F102, Rcho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
This is a weekly stop for me. Lots of g free food and great produce. For g free food, just look for the g symbol on the products because their in-store signs are not always identifying all the products they carry. Mark took me around the store and showed me so many great foods one day that were g free and alternatives that he personally enjoyed (like the almond milk in the refrigerated case that is great). They've always been great when asking for help, and willing to chat with you to give you more info if you like.
81 Fortune Rd, Irvine, CA 92618
Have visited twice. Great, friendly people work here. First time I went for dinner I explained my severe intolerance to gluten, and the manager was very patient, understood the Celiac and cross contam thing, and we were given red carpet treatment. Got the Baja Salad with tempeh and it was DELISH. Second time in for dinner, I explained I'm very sensitive to cross contamination, any gluten, and asked if they could make our food separately so we wouldn't get any flour/wheat in our food. "No problem." When I get the "we've got this" attitude, I know I'm in trouble. But, I trusted. And again got the Baja Salad with tempeh. So did my gluten free daughter. Well, much NOT to my surprise, I got a stomach ache about two hours later, and so did my daughter. The low grade kind that doesn't go away until you go to sleep. The nervous "butterflies in your stomach" feeling. I know this was a cross contamination stomach ache, because I did not have an immediate GI reaction. But the low grade achy feeling in my stomach that night made me really regret eating there this time. The salad was good (not great) but the tempeh is delicious. And the GF Mac n Cheese side dish is awesome. But, as I certainly know, it's really not GF if the kitchen isn't going to keep it away from other non-GF food.
2453 Park Ave, Tustin, CA 92606
Friendly staff and management. Risk of cross contamination, explained by the manager. I took a risk and got a salad. The Ensalada Azteca salad was good/okay. $9.95, and had a lot of romaine lettuce (filler). I was hungry, and the salad filled the void. I did not get sick at the two-three hour mark afterward, and so I am satisfied. At ordering desk, after explaining for about five minutes that I am very sensitive to gluten because I have Celiac Disease, reading over the menu, hearing there's no guarantee on the lack of cross contam, then ordering, I felt it was a real chore to eat there. The four stars was for the ok salad and the nervousness of eating there.
22022 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
Have been eating here GF since it opened. The staff are friendly and used to the GF menu. Don't know why that GF menu is on paper, separate from the other non-GF one, but ask for it at the reservation stand when you walk in. Love the pizza and/or the Southwest Salad. Got sick in 2012 one time, after figuring out I was served a regular Pizookie. If having the dessert, be sure to ask for the GF Pizookie, which now comes in a different GF pan.
31654 Rancho Viejo Rd, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Entire location GLUTEN FREE! No cross-contam issue here! Got the egg salad sandwich on multigrain bread with side garden salad with honey mustard dressing, 1 oversized, moist chocolate chip cookie, and 4 different muffins (didn't eat yet as of this writing) for $25. The fresh, delicious meal was worth $15 at a restaurant alone, so I don't think I overpaid. Took it all to go in a plain, brown paper box and little brown bakery bags. They were sold out of the coconut rolls, so I committed to calling in advance the day b4 I go to order any larger quantity. The bonus is the owners are so kind and genuine. While there, I met the owner of Hanson's Organic (fruits and veggies store). Reminds me of a tiny, clean NY deli. A very pleasant and delicious experience!
25672 Crown Valley Parkway, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
Excellent gfree pizza. Go here once a month with no issues. Price is hefty, but California style pizza is my favorite of all g-free places I've been. Highly recommend this place and got my non g-free friends and neighbors eating here as a result.
451 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Three wonderful experiences on different occasions within a year and a half. Visited once during a slow period, once moderately busy, and one very busy Saturday night with a min. 30 minute wait. Ever time we experienced healthy, delicious, gluten free and cross-contamination-free eating. Pricey, but trendy/hip/modern atmosphere, and great location (next to shopping, movies, and beach). Excellent service and knowledgeable staff on every visit. Highly recommend the hummus with g-free pita bread appetizer. Pizzas are excellent, as well as the teas to drink. Peace-of-mind gluten free eating.
4255 Campus Dr, Irvine, CA 92612
I would give this place 0 stars if I could've because this place is NOT gluten free. To start, the gluten free pizza dough is stored in a dough ball in fridge, then PRESSED into a flat circle WITH THE SAME PRESS as REGULAR pizza! NO NEED to go further...this place is a CROSS CONTAMINATION nightmare. Employees were clueless, too.
83 Fortune Drive, Irvine, CA 92618
Had a good experience here having Red Robin g free fries (no seasoning) and g free Red Robin burger with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, and Red Robin sauce (which is g free). Having been to many Red Robins nationwide, coast to coast, ordering the same meal, I feel safe eating at this chain.
22361 Antonio Pkwy, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
Very well labelled and easy to read gluten free and other dietary information for easy gluten free froyo choices. I love this! For add on toppings, I stick to fruit since the toppings bar is like a salad bar, where there is danger for cross contamination. Overall, a good choice for a nice treat!
575 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Terrific service from Trav. Knowledgeable on gluten free needs, and very kind. Ordered g free burger with g free bun and fries (made in separate fryer) and daughter ordered grilled chicken breast with g free bun. Delish! For once, my whole family had a sandwich and fries, together! And we passed the three hour mark of not getting sick after a meal out! Terrific!
36350 Warren Ave., Westland, MI 48185
I am a Celiac Disease-diagnosed traveller. The restaurant manager and server were very accommodating to our specific gluten free needs. The manager said that the peanut allergy and gluten free needs were the most popular dietary restrictions for their restaurant, so they were used to cooking in the kitchen to meet the customer needs and requests. The fries are made in a separate fryer, although next to other fryers. The gluten free bun was delicious with my burger, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and mayo. I had lots of fries (they're limitless) without seasoning, although our second batch did have a little seasoning, which I ate. My g-free daughter had a grilled chicken breast on the g-free bun with cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomato. She also had fries, and neither of us were sick at the 2-3 hour mark after dinner. I never found out if the fries seasoning is g-free, because there is conflicting comments online. Recommend reading the ingredients list on the seasoning when you visit for up to date info. I was pleased with the attention we received to help us eat delicious, g-free sandwiches.
23632 El Toro Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Love this location for fresh, delicious food, great service, hip atmosphere, and secure g-free eating. Eat there about 2x a month, g-free. The g-free spicy chicken dish (i order it with extra vegetables) is my favorite, and a very generous portion. The management is great, and are very careful with the gluten issue. It's nice to feel normal and relaxed going to eat at restaurants, and that is how I feel at Pei Wei. A meal and a soft drink with tax is about $10-11, and I think it's worth it!