• California Pizza Kitchen

    1 starsJune 12, 2014

    20502 North Rand Road, Deer Park, IL 60010

    Their pizza was gross compared to today's standards for GF pizza. It's tasteless and super thin. I've given CPK multiple tries, but on the most recent try I got extremely sick. I haven't had that severe a reaction in years. GIG trained? I don't think so...

  • Portillo's Hot Dogs

    4 starsJune 12, 2014

    806 W Dundee Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

    Portillo's is a great option for gluten free fast food! They don't have an official gluten free menu (although I hear that one is in the works) but the hot dog nudie, hamburger nudie, or cup of beef are great options. You can't do a chicken nudie because it's marinated with soy sauce (weird, I know). I've never ever gotten sick from the hot dog nudie (with cheese sauce for dipping!) because they use tongs for the hot dogs and their hands for the buns. Workers hands never come in contact with the hot dog because of paper the hot dog is wrapped in – and you can watch it all through their window to make sure. There's some minor cross contamination risk to the cup of beef just in watching that the bread sometimes goes over the top of the pot of beef. However, I've never gotten sick here and I'm an extremely sensitive Celiac. The salads can be made in a fresh bowl, and the famous chop salad is GF without the chicken or pasta. Also, the fries are made in a dedicated fryer! The onion rings have their own fryer with separate oil.

  • Hannah's Bretzel

    5 starsJune 28, 2013

    131 South Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60603

    I love this place! Hannah's Bretzel offers the best gluten free sandwich bread I've ever had in my four years since finding out I have Celiac — and I've tried a lot. I kid you not, I cried when I first tried their gf pesto mozzarella sandwich. I'm obsessed. I've learned recently that they freeze their bread, which makes sense because gluten free bread probably doesn't have the same demand as normal bread. However, in my opinion, that hasn't ever affected the taste of the bread. Sometimes, the sandwich is just a bit chilled. My only gripe is that they use the same utensils on spreads, but I've noticed they never touch the utensil to the bread — gf or regular. I am extremely sensitive and have never gotten sick at any of the locations!