Ashley Berger

About Me


My husband is VERY gluten-intolerant, and has been gluten-free since spring 2011. I recently went 100% gluten-free, and had a reaction to gluten on January 13, 2013 so I may be gluten-intolerant as well. My sister and nephew are VERY celiac. My friend is VERY celiac.

Reviews


  • The Habit Burger Grill

    5 starsJanuary 23, 2013

    2121 McClelland Street #101, Salt Lake City, UT 84106

    So tasty! They're not very knowledgeable yet, but my husband and I are working on that. You can have burgers or sandwiches wrapped in lettuce. They're fries are fried in one fryer, the onion rings in a second, and the chicken in a third. They're fries remind me of Wendy's fries, but better! The staff are really nice, but they're don't have an actual GF Menu. I'm hoping to change that, however. It's right next to the Pei Wei and Costa Vida, and just down the street from Chik-Fil-A and Carl's Jr.

  • Sweet Cake Bake Shop

    5 starsJanuary 14, 2013

    237 W 200 N, Kaysville, UT 84037

    I love this store. 100% gluten free, and SO tasty! My sister-in-law ordered her wedding cake from these guys, as well as several other tasty treats for her big day. We stop by there all the time, and we love it. They're so nice, so friendly, and everything is reasonably priced. Now there's one in SLC, which I have yet to try, and I'm so excited! Two thumbs WAY up, Sweet Cake Bake Shop!

  • The Old Spaghetti Factory

    2 starsJanuary 14, 2013

    5718 S. 1900 West, Taylorsville, UT 84118

    They're food is tasty and we love The Old Spaghetti Factory, but they glutenize my husband EVERY time. We can't risk eating at this chain anymore, at least not in Utah. Both locations in Utah are VERY bad at contaminating my husband. We've marked them off our list for good.

  • Outback Steakhouse

    1 starsJanuary 14, 2013

    7770 S. 1300 E., Sandy, UT 84094

    I will NEVER visit this location again. Despite being so far away, we really like Outback and wanted to try it. First visit - my husband became violently ill. Our waiter was more concerned with flirting with the table of four women in their late 20s-early 30s than with anything to do with us. We didn't order alcohol, so we never saw him again until he brought our food and then brought our check. That was it. Three whole visits. We complained and received a free dessert coupon - that we couldn't use! When I mentioned it, the manager wrote we could get one of the two gf options instead. So about two weeks later, we make the LONG drive down south to eat at this location. Second visit - my husband becomes violently ill. Our waitress told us they didn't have gf selections because they weren't "that kind of restaurant". We asked to be reseated with a new waiter/waitress. That was a huge commotion, and the waitress threw a tantrum about it in front of everyone. New table, new waitress, we finally order. The food delivered is not what we ordered, not how we ordered it, and not gf. Also, we received alcoholic beverages - which we did not order nor can consume. We get through the meal and my husband is violently ill before we leave the restaurant. He goes to the bathroom to be sick and is there for over half an hour. During this time, I am asked THREE TIMES to leave so they can have the table. We haven't even gotten the check yet! We don't even order the free dessert we went for. In the parking lot, I call the restaurant and ask for the manager. I complain about the HORRIBLE service we received, and he starts to yell at me over the phone. I mention I'm in the parking lot, and he comes to my car and yells at me in person. I wanted to call the cops, I was so scared! A LONG time passes, and we're craving Outback. So we decide to give it ONE MORE CHANCE. Third visit - our waiter sits us at a dirty table, then at the bar (which we specifically said we didn't want), and finally at a booth that was clean. We ordered drinks and our entrees (since we know what we eat there). The drinks come with the entrees 45 minutes later. Mine has everything on it I asked to be left off; my husband's is missing the bacon. Both have mashed potatoes with gravy instead of loaded baked potatoes. We send them back and the manager comes over to ask "what our problem is". As soon as I mention that we're gluten-free he says, "Oh. You're that bitchy couple that's always in here complaining about our bad food. Well let me tell you - my staff is trained and certified in gluten-free service. Our food is the best around, and this restaurant is perfect. If you don't like it, then stop eating here. We don't want you here anyways." We were so shocked, and so were the people around us. I started crying, I was so upset and humiliated. We left, and three other tables left with us. In the parking lot, they all spoke with us to find out what was going on. WE WILL NEVER EAT HERE AGAIN. Outback is amazing, but this location can frankly go to hell and take its "perfect" and "best around" food with it. You poison my husband and myself, yell in my face, and blame me? Nope. BAD RESTAURANT, BAD SERVICE. Stay away.

  • Jason's Deli

    5 starsJanuary 14, 2013

    184 E Winchester St, Murray, UT 84107

    THIS location is amazing. They have a separate counter for their delicious gf bread, and separate condiments. ONE person walks my order through so no one else touches it. It's so tasty, and so nice to be "normal" for once. This place has definitely won me over from my first horrific Jason's Deli experience in Layton, UT (now permanently closed). THIS location is amazing, and I recommend it to EVERY person I meet. Seriously. Go there.

  • Costa Vida

    5 starsJanuary 14, 2013

    4361 S State St, Murray, UT 84107

    THIS location is amazing. My husband is very sensitive, and can only eat at this location. They have a SEPARATE PRESS for their corn tortillas. ONE person walks your order through, so no one else touches it. He's never gotten sick at this location. You still have some consistency issues with how hot the sauces are, but they're still tasty. This location is safe. I've had two very sensitive celiacs eat here, and they have never gotten sick here. GREAT location.

  • Jason's Deli

    5 starsJanuary 14, 2013

    178 S. Rio Grande Suite 100, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

    THIS location is amazing. They have a separate counter for their delicious gf bread, and separate condiments. ONE person walks my order through so no one else touches it. It's so tasty, and so nice to be "normal" for once. This place has definitely won me over from my first horrific Jason's Deli experience in Layton, UT (now permanently closed). THIS location is amazing, and I recommend it to EVERY person I meet. Seriously. Go there.

  • Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano

    5 starsJanuary 14, 2013

    194 S 400 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

    LOVE this place! Call ahead and let them know you're coming, and freshly cooked gf bread will be waiting for you. I could survive off their gf bread (which is also the pizza crust) alone for the rest of my life. Their selection is amazing - I love their pork chops and garlic mashed potatoes. Mmmm! The staff is very knowledgeable and VERY friendly. I've never gotten sick, and neither has my husband. This gem is in the Gateway Mall (practically), RIGHT next to a TRAX station, and super tasty! Yes, it's a little pricy (it's a nicer restaurant!), but it's worth more than they charge for sure. LOVE this place! They have two customers for life!

  • P.F. Chang's

    5 starsJanuary 14, 2013

    174 West 300 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

    LOVE!!! PF Chang's makes me so happy. No matter the location, I've never had a problem with them. They're food is amazing, their service is wonderful, their choices are plentiful, and their staff is so knowledgeable. The ONLY problem I have with THIS location has nothing to do with gluten - they sprinkle white pepper on their gf fried rice (and maybe their regular fried rice too, I don't know) and I'm allergic to all kinds of pepper. It was a surprise I was none to happy with because that wasn't listed on the menu. However, now that we know it's not a problem to order it without the pepper. As for gf, everything here is amazing. I'd give PF Chang's ten stars if they'd let me!

  • Romano's Macaroni Grill

    1 starsJanuary 14, 2013

    110 W Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1913

    Never eating here again. Their service is ridiculously slow. We tell them we're gluten-free, and we get a starter of bread, regular pasta in our dishes (NOT cooked correctly, and extremely raw EVERY time), and constant offers of alcoholic drinks and desserts. If you don't order alcohol, you never see your waiter again. They can't cook gf noodles to save their lives. They always come out practically raw, and if you ask to have them redone, I have had THREE separate waiters give me the "Are you kidding?!" look and huff - only one redid the noodles. The other two told me they couldn't. My husband has gotten sick EVERY time we've eaten here. I have a small reaction to gluten (mostly I eat in solidarity for my husband, but I do have a reaction), but I have a huge allergy to peppers - capsacin. Whatever makes peppers (and Icy Hot) hot, I'm allergic to it. I ordered something, hold the peppers. What do I get? Massive amounts of peppers. I asked them to redo it, and get a second order of peppers. I asked them to redo it, and was told I would have to pay for all three orders. We got up and walked out without paying for anything. It was ridiculous. NEVER eating here again.

  • Olive Garden

    3 starsJanuary 14, 2013

    77 W. 200 SOUTH, SALT LAKE CITY UT 84101

    Olive Garden's gf menu is practically a joke. You can get pasta (not tasty pasta mind you, but at least it's something) with some meat and seasonings. You can get pasta with some meat and some slightly different seasonings. You can get pasta with some meat and some sauce. Or you can get the grill - chicken, beef, or chicken and beef. While the grill is very tasty and filling, the pastas are pretty lacking, bland, and not filling. However, the grill grows old real fast. THIS location used to be really bad: the chef told me to my face that anyone who ordered gf, dairy free, peppers free (like I do), or any other alterations was bull$h!t and he would not make changes for them. He might say they were whatever-free, but they weren't. He said he thought it was all a load of crap and that all those people were faking it. Well, that didn't last long. I complained to the manager about it, and the chef was fired. Now, it's a great place to eat. The parking's a little hard to navigate, but the service is wonderful. The staff are mostly knowledgeable, and helpful. However, the food is just so blah.

  • Pei Wei

    3 starsJanuary 14, 2013

    1028 East 2100 South Suite 3, Salt Lake City, UT 84106

    We love Pei Wei. Their food is the second Chinese option we ate after going gluten-free (the first was PF Chang's, their parent company!). Their selections, for us at least, and right one. I love sweet & sour, and that's what I get. My husband loves Seschwaun, and so he gets their spicy chicken. Here's where they lose two stars - consistency and service. I am CONSTANTLY triple-checking to make sure my husband's food is actually gluten-free, since his reactions are WAY worse than mine. Multiple times on phone-in orders I've received the wrong order completely, non-gf order, and had the manager come chase me down to tell me the order was wrong. Also, you ALWAYS get the bag that contains fortune cookies and regular soy sauce thrown on top of the bag. Eating in, we've only ONCE had a problem. There's a different plate (it's black) from "regular" customers (theirs are red), so that helps. We usually get eyerolls when we order gf, and the cashiers are total arse-holes. The servers are 50/50 though. The rice is almost always undercooked. My husband's spicy chicken is sometimes very bland, and sometimes so hot he asks for extra rice. You have to ask for gf soy sauce, because they never offer it. All that being said and done, I really like their food and it's totally worth it as long as you're a little more watchful.

  • Olive Garden

    3 starsJanuary 14, 2013

    2272 S 1300TH EAST, SALT LAKE CITY UT 84106

    Olive Garden's gf menu is practically a joke. You can get pasta (not tasty pasta mind you, but at least it's something) with some meat and seasonings. You can get pasta with some meat and some slightly different seasonings. You can get pasta with some meat and some sauce. Or you can get the grill - chicken, beef, or chicken and beef. While the grill is very tasty and filling, the pastas are pretty lacking, bland, and not filling. However, the grill grows old real fast. THIS location used to be really bad about cross contamination and bad waiter/waitress knowledge, but the manager/owner fixed that really quickly. Now, we love this location and it is the preferred location of the two close to us. However, the food is just so blah.

  • Costa Vida

    1 starsJanuary 14, 2013

    1336 Foothill Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84108

    THIS location always makes my husband sick from gluten contamination. He loves Costa Vida, but each location is so different from the others that we cannot trust them often. When we find a good place, we stick with it. When my husband gets sick three times from the same place, it's on the banned list. THIS LOCATION is on the banned list for us because he gets sick every time we eat there. Otherwise, Costa Vida has amazing options, usually very knowledgeable staff, and wonderful gf practices - they take off their gloves, wash their hands, and only one person touches your food the whole time. He gets chicken enchiladas; I get nachos with sweet pork. It's wonderful.

  • Red Robin

    4 starsJanuary 14, 2013

    1313 Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84108

    This isn't a bad option in the least. Yes, their menu is more of an allergen menu than a gf menu, but it's still a tasty menu. Their burgers come lettuce-wrapped OR you can get a gf bun. And the bun tastes good. There are other gf options - I typically get a salad. But the ranch dressing isn't safe, and that's highly annoying. Also, the staff is barely knowledgeable. We have always been able to ask for an ice cream shake, no malt, and been fine. Suddenly, it's impossibly to not add the malt - even though they make shakes and malts! And they've reassured us that the malt is added in by the chef/cook, not premixed. I don't know what their problem is, but when we ask for the gf menu or order gf, I ALWAYS get an eyeroll. Seriously? Get over it.

  • Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse

    5 starsJanuary 14, 2013

    1414 Foothill Blvd., Salt Lake City, Utah 84108

    BEST Texas bar-b-que I've had since I left Texas! They have so many options for gf eaters, and are really knowledgeable. My husband isn't big on bbq, and we eat here often. I'm only sad the fried okra isn't gf, because I haven't had fried okra since I left Texas and miss it dearly. But they're bbq sauce is safe, several meat choices are safe, and all the fixin's! It's a real treat, y'all.

  • Eleanor's Bake Shop

    4 starsJanuary 14, 2013

    9495 S 560 W, Sandy, UT 84070

    Eleanor's is 100% gluten-free, and has been for MANY years since practically their whole family has gluten issues. It is really far away from me and tucked in a back industrial area, so it's hard to find. The staff are really nice and knowledgeable, and most of their food is delicious. I thought with all their breads, their sandwiches would come on bread. Nope. It came on some sort of pita bread, which was not exactly tasty. Their cookies were to die for. Their cake pops were to die for. Their bread is amazing. Their cupcakes are so delicious. Their cakes are disgusting. I bought a birthday cake for myself for my first birthday that my husband was gluten-free, thinking it would taste like the cake pops. Oh no. It was so dry, grainy, bland, and disgusting, we threw it away. And it was so expensive. A tiny cake was over $30. I get it, gf is expensive. But to be so small and nasty, that really upset me. Their bread is amazing, but their cakes ruined it for me.

  • Against the Grain

    5 starsJanuary 14, 2013

    2292 W 5400 S, Taylorsville, UT 84118

    We love this place! They're so knowledgeable, and so helpful. They have plenty of variety, and many tips as well. They carry some of our favorite items that we can't find anywhere. They're also very close to Leatherby's Family Creamery and a pizza place that will use your gf dough and make a pizza for you. Great place - I would GLADLY drive any distance to get here.