Laura W


  • Pure Burger

    5 starsMay 25, 2015

    2641 Gateway Rd, Carlsbad, CA 92009

    So delicious. Grass fed beef. All menu items are clearly marked. Dedicated frier. Yummy fries. There are gluten containing shake mix ins (Oreos for ex) so when I ordered a shake I made sure to tell them to clean the shake mixer of any gluten ingredients. I don't know how careful they are if you don't ask. I'm not going to check the Celiac Friendly box till we've eaten there at least a couple of times without a reaction.

  • Burger Lounge

    2 starsMay 25, 2015

    961 Palomar Airport Rd, Carlsbad, CA 92011

    Update: as of latest visit (4/15) it appears they no longer have a dedicated frier. I think this may be due to the addition of chicken nuggets to their menu. Sadness. And they managed to make my Celiac hubby very sick with just the burger & bun. Very sad. The good news is we found Pure Burger just a few miles away. The burgers are much better, GF sauces, toppings etc are clearly marked on the menu and they will be careful if you ask. *************** Delicious everything. They have GF buns. They are knowledgable about cross contamination. It was my understanding that they *do* have a dedicated frier that only fries are fried in. This does vary from location to location. However, the employees are quite clear that this frier is in close proximity to the onion ring frier & it is theoretically possible for an onion ring or crumbs to fall into the French fry frier. I specifically asked if the two friers shared oil or recirculated oil & was told that they do not. I've eaten at this location twice (most recently 12/14) & was given this exact same answer re: the friers both times. And my super sensitive Celiac hubby has had no reactions from eating here. So we feel reasonably comfortable eating here on the rare occasion that we take the kids to Legoland.

  • The Counter

    4 starsJanuary 08, 2015

    140 Shoppers Ln, Pasadena, CA 91106

    Update: we've eaten here several times & Celiac hubby has not gotten sick. The food is good, though expensive, & the service has been flat out bad the last few times. But the sweet potato fries & organic bison burger are so good I can't totally write them off yet. They do now have packets of "Heinz Natural" HFCS free ketchup if you ask for it. I previously gave this location one star for being generally clueless. They seem to have dramatically improved and do indeed now have a dedicated frier for the fries (regular and sweet potato). I wish they had organic ketchup, they only have the Heinz HFCS filled junk. They do have organic bison and organic greens. I will update again after super sensitive hubby has eaten there a few times so we can gauge how safe they really are. But they have definitely taken steps in the right direction. And the bison burger in a bowl and fries were DELICIOUS. (They do have GF buns, Udi's I think, and a GF beer or two.)

  • New Moon

    4 starsJanuary 08, 2015

    2138 Verdugo Blvd, La Crescenta-Montrose, CA 91020

    Americanized Chinese food, a little pricey. But they were very knowledgable re: what could be made GF & what could not. We went right at opening for dinner, had a shrimp appetizer that was very good & Kung Pao shrimp, also good. Super sensitive Celiac hubby did not get sick so we will probably go back. There aren't many places for GF Chinese food.

  • Lavender & Honey Espresso Bar

    4 starsSeptember 02, 2014

    1383 E Washington Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104

    Really good coffee & tea, but the service & execution still needs some work. Everything still feels slow & inefficient. They bring in GF baked goods from Rising Hearts Bakery (a dedicated GF bakery), but their handling of the GF baked goods (to prevent cross contamination) has been inconsistent. The GF baked goods are always on a separate plate, great start, and even often under a glass dome, even better. I've been in on days where they had two sets of tongs in 2 separate cups & were obviously using one for GF items & one for non-GF. But then after that I've been in when they were using the same tongs for everything & so we couldn't buy any baked goods. There's always a long line when I'm there so I have ample opportunity to observe the handling of the baked goods before I order. It seems to be improving. The last time I was in they were using a glove to handle the GF baked goods & tongs for the non GF stuff. But they were re-using the same one glove over & over which just made me a little leary. I think they're trying, but unfortunately I can't call them Celiac safe just yet. Hopefully I'll be able to update this review with better news eventually. I have heard that they order their GF baked goods on Fridays & the owner will special order items from Rising Hearts for you on request. I have been told the GF scones are also dairy free & they have almond milk for tea & coffee. They DO NOT use a separate toaster for the GF toast so we don't ever order toast.

  • The Hub Coffee & Cones

    4 starsAugust 04, 2014

    830 Grand Ave, Grand Lake, CO 80447

    They have yummy, individually packaged GF baked goods from a bakery in Boulder, kept away from the gluten baked goods. They also have some paleo friendly packaged snacks (bison jerky & almond flour cookies). They do have Udi's bagels, etc, but I haven't had them or inquired about whether or not they use a shared toaster. They also have really yummy bottled water kefir. I don't drink coffee, but my coffee snob husband says theirs is just ok.

  • Sagebrush BBQ & Grill

    3 starsAugust 04, 2014

    1101 Grand Ave, Grand Lake, CO 80447

    Lots of GF options. They seemed aware of avoiding CC. Celiac husband did not get sick. They have Udi's buns for the sandwiches. They had one GF beer (Omission) & one cider (Woodchuck). But the BBQ was just so-so. Grand Lake is a small town & there aren't a ton of options so I might eat here again because it seems to be safe.

  • Highland Tap and Burger

    5 starsJuly 30, 2014

    2219 West 32nd Avenue, Denver, CO 80211

    We ate here twice while visiting Denver. They are very knowledgable about ingredients & preventing CC. They have GF buns (not Udi's, they're better). No one got sick. And on top of all that the food was delicious.

  • Sharky's Mexican Grill

    1 starsJuly 14, 2014

    841 Cordova St, Pasadena, CA 91101

    Update: they no longer have a dedicated frier. I have no idea when this changed. We don't eat there anymore. Man, I'm really torn on this one. I like the food, non-GMO corn, organic rice & beans, chips supposedly cooked in a dedicated frier. But super sensitive Celiac hubby reacts every 2/3 times we eat here. He pretty much ALWAYS orders steak nachos. I know they fire the nachos in the same stone oven thing that they cook their flour tortilla based pizzas in so maybe that is the source of the CC. My son hasn't had any problems after eating here but he pretty much only gets rice, black beans & broccoli. Another reviewer says the brown rice is not safe, but I thought both types of rice were GF... Guess I need to double check.

  • Jelly Cafe

    1 starsJuly 25, 2013

    600 East 13th Avenue, Denver, CO 80203

    Not safe for Celiacs. I have not eaten here. I emailed & the response was that the GF menu was for those "who want to limit their gluten intake" and that it was not safe for those on a medically necessary GF diet. They do nothing to prevent cross contamination. Go to Snooze. Tell them you're Celiac & they will be careful.

  • Farm Cuisine

    1 starsMay 21, 2013

    122 Garvey Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754

    Ugh. You guys, this was one of the most stressful lunches I've had in a long time. I almost left the restaurant. Maybe I should have. Several menu items that are marked GF come w/ the "multi-grain rice". Thank God I asked what is in the multi-grain rice & I asked specifically about barley. I almost fed that rice to my kid!!! Both the multi-grain rice AND the five grain rice have barley. The waitress had no clue that barley was not GF. They did not have plain brown or white rice. They finally said they could give me mung bean noodles & asked me if that was ok. It was lunch time so the meal did come w/ a smoothie (I got the veggie, it was very astringently green flavored, yuck, but healthy I guess) & a soup. They told me the soup was GF but it had lots of mysterious grain & seed like things floating in it so I was afraid to eat it. I got the peppered steak cubes & they brought it out with the sauce on the side & the mung bean noodles on a separate plate. They stir fried the noodles w/ oil, garlic, spinach & tomatoes. The steak & noodles were delicious. My sister said the sauce was delicious, but again, I didn't trust that they actually knew what GF was so I didn't eat the sauce. It was really dark brown... The portions were big. I think they might have charged me $2 extra for getting noodles instead of rice. I'm not sure. There was a $2 misc charge on my check. My sister had the grilled portabello mushroom, which was also supposed to be GF. The food was all delicious, except the smoothies. I love that they use organic & good quality ingredients, but I don't think they understand what gluten is. I wouldn't go back & at this time I wouldn't recommend it to anyone w/ Celiac or gluten intolerance. So sad. I really wanted it to work.

  • Grassroots Natural Market & Kitchen

    4 starsApril 07, 2013

    1119 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

    Cafe always has GF lunch options hot on the line or packaged in the cold case. I love their soups. They have teff tortillas for burritos but we've been glutened occasionally by the burritos. I'm sure it's from them dipping beans, meat, etc & then spreading it on the gluten tortilla with the serving spoon. Or sometimes they also have seitan on the bar. Some employees are more careful than others. I would recommend going early, like right when they start serving lunch, and asking them to be careful/wash hands/change gloves/etc. Many employees are super friendly, others are not. The food is good though.

  • The Counter

    5 starsApril 07, 2013

    725 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

    Safe fries!!! Dedicated frier for regular & sweet potato fries. Ask for a GF menu. I think the bun is just an Udi's bun. I much prefer to get the burger bowl with a big pile of lovely greens. The fries are really good, both kinds. No one got sick. Organic bison as a burger option. Kind of pricey for a burger joint but good quality and safe so worth it overall.

  • Blaze Pizza

    1 starsApril 07, 2013

    667 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

    Not safe for Celiacs. As of right now they use the same "press" to flatten the regular dough & the GF dough. Cross-contamination!!! You've been warned.

  • Flappy Jack's Pancake House

    2 starsMarch 16, 2013

    640 W Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740

    Admittedly, I did not eat there. It didn't seem safe. They use a shared waffle iron & shared grill space for the GF & non-GF waffles & pancakes. There is also dairy in both the GF pancakes & waffles. They did say they would clean the grill if you asked but on a busy Saturday morning I doubt it's going to be a thorough enough job. There's no protocol for cc. Too bad:-(

  • Chipotle

    2 starsFebruary 24, 2013

    2121 W. Main St., Suite 210, Alhambra, CA 91801

    Not for the super sensitive. No matter which location, even when we ask them to change gloves, super sensitive Celiac hubby always reacts. Always. I think it might just be from them touching the flour tortillas with the serving utensils while making burritos & then sticking those utensils back into the beans, rice, etc. Also, for those who are soy sensitive the last I checked they use soy oil on EVERYTHING. And they won't confirm if their corn or soy is non-GMO. We don't eat here anymore.

  • Mamma's Brick Oven Pizza

    3 starsFebruary 24, 2013

    710 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

    Really good GF crust. They do *try* to be careful, especially if you tell them you're super sensitive. But the place is the size of a postage stamp & there's just a lot of opportunity for cc. Super sensitive hubby reacts about half the time we eat there. He does better when it's a slow time of day for the restaurant. We finally moved & quit eating there. Phew!

  • KindKreme

    5 starsFebruary 24, 2013

    319 South Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105

    Gluten free dairy free waffle sundae!!! Seriously people. It's amazing. Not for anyone allergic to nuts or coconut but if gluten & dairy are your issues this place is heaven. Vegan ice creams are almond & coconut based. They serve vegan & even raw meals but I've only ever had dessert here. Most items are GF but be careful of the sundae toppings, they do use crumbled Newman O's (NOT GF) & they're in the same long container with the cacao nibs & nuts. We usually just skip them to avoid any possible cc.

  • Sprouts

    5 starsFebruary 24, 2013

    39 N. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107

    Lots of GF options. Good prices. A few times a year they have "GF Jubilee" where all GF products are 25% off.

  • Luggage Room Pizzeria

    4 starsFebruary 24, 2013

    260 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

    Hubby said pizza was excellent & no reactions. Minus one star for no dairy free option. The crust itself has dairy ingredients so if you don't tolerate cow's milk you're out of luck.

  • Cafe Santorini

    4 starsFebruary 24, 2013

    64 W Union St, Pasadena, CA 91105

    We've eaten here once & had a good experience. Our waitress was gluten intolerant & knew exactly which menu items were safe or not. No reactions after this meal. Decent but kinda pricey & we don't love Old Town so we probably won't be back.

  • Trader Joe's

    4 starsFebruary 24, 2013

    467 North Rosemead Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91107

    Love TJs. Lots of GF options BUT be careful! Read every label. They mark things GF even if they were made on shared equipment with wheat & they don't do testing to determine presence or levels of gluten. Anything that doesn't have gluten specifically in the ingredients is labeled GF.

  • Pam MacD's Gluten Free Markets

    3 starsFebruary 24, 2013

    3516 Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

    Eh... They have every GF processed food and mix you can imagine. It is kinda nice to walk into a place where EVERYTHING is GF. But as others mentioned it is super pricey. I don't think we should be eating so much highly processed food. And Pam McD herself is one strange bird.

  • Zankou Chicken

    4 starsFebruary 24, 2013

    1296 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

    Love the food. Super sensitive Celiac hubby has had reactions when we don't ask them to change gloves. However, they will change gloves if you ask and won't give you any grief about it. They use organic eggplant for the muttabal. GF falafel too! We have brought our own chips in to the restaurant to dip in the hummus, etc and no one has ever said anything. It's a super casual, Formica table type joint. We usually just get it to go.