I have been diagnosed with celiac disease for over a decade. I am currently the President/Chairperson of the Mid Michigan Celiac Support Group, vice chair of the Lansing Gluten Free Fair, and am also a blogger that reviews gluten free products.
Saginaw Rd, Grand Blanc, MI 48439
My husband and I had the pleasure of dining here last night. We had heard positives and negatives about the chain, and thought we would choose to go to an early dinner, in hopes that it would be a bit slower and we would have time to talk to a manager/chef. We had near perfect timing. I informed the hostess and our server about my gluten free needs. The server seemed a bit unsure, and sent the manager directly to our table, even without me asking. Ryan, the manager, was the most helpful manager I think I've ever talked to! He was thorough with what they could safely do, and even went as far as suggesting a less spicy topping to the pasta dish I was ordering. Their menu items are marked with a green "GF" logo if they are "gluten free friendly." Be warned, this does not necessarily mean they are free from cross-contact with other gluten containing foods. It was only through the resourcefulness of Ryan that we learned that their regular brussel sprout side, labeled GF, was actually deep fried with their chicken. The same is true of all their GF fried items, such as their fries. Ryan personally made sure that our brussel sprouts were sauteed and even made sure the bacon was on the side, as my husband has an intolerance to pork. This location offers gluten free pasta that is to be cooked in clean fresh water, gluten free buns that are toasted in their own specific pan through the pizza oven, and gluten free pizza crusts. The crusts are baked on clean oven pans, and gluten free pizzas being prepped are done so on a specific plastic cutting board, and the staff is told they must change their gloves. **Caution- There IS free floating flour in the facility as they make their regular pizza crusts from scratch and do not have dedicated topping containers. In my opinion, this is the strongest possibility for cross-contact. They also have a flourless chocolate cake that is prepared off site, so they simply take a piece out of the fridge/freezer and onto a clean plate when you order it. They serve RedBridge beer and Angry Orchard Hard Cider. Added bonus- they serve Faygo in glass bottles! I'm so appreciative that our server Jeremy sent the manager our way when he wasn't sure of something, just to make sure that we were safe. I think I feel comfortable going back again, and possibly even inviting our Celiac support group. They have a great large room to accommodate groups. I was told the best time to go is when they are slowest, between 2-4 pm. The head kitchen manager is there during that time and he can pay specific attention to what you are ordering. Giving it a 4 out of 5 because it was not mentioned on the menu that the brussel sprouts were deep fried. Other than that, I think we'll be going back!
1370 W Bristol Rd, Flint, MI 48507
This restaurant offers gluten free pizza and ravioli. They take steps to prevent cross contamination. I also recently sat down with the owner to help them work on a new gluten free menu. They have a satellite location at the Flint Farmer's Market, but I am unsure if they have gluten free options down there.
5100 Corunna Rd, Flint Township, MI 48532
I have never eaten here but have talked to the staff about their preparation. They offer gluten free bun for their burgers. They were rated the top new burger join in 2012.
3129 Miller Rd, Flint, MI 48507
Applebee's is not my favorite.
1072 Elms Rd, Flint Township, MI 48532
Okay in a pinch. I can make better at home.
2065 S Linden Rd, Flint Township, MI 48532
Was very blessed to have a friend take us here for dinner. We sat around one of the hibachi tables and was well entertained. They made sure to prepare my dish in a separate kitchen to prevent cross contamination and brought me my own bottle of gluten free kikkoman soy sauce to use. They were even careful with my husband's pork and shellfish allergies. Great dinner, but be prepared for the high price that goes along with it. Still, definitely worth doing once in your life.
420 East Boulevard Drive, Flint, MI 48503
New address is 300 E First St Flint MI 48503. There are other vendors that have gluten free options, such as Steady Eddy's and Sweet Peaces Vegan Cafe.
555 South Saginaw Street, Flint, MI 48502
While I love this restaurant, I feel it necessary to let others know that their gf crepes are NOT MADE on dedicated gf griddles. They scrub them the best they can but the chance of cross-contamination can occur.
10410 West Cermak Road, Westchester, IL 60154
My husband and I went here while traveling in Chicago. It was our first dinner of our vacation, and I used the app to pick a place. When we got there, the manager (I'm assuming) was very nice. But our waiter was short with us and not very helpful. I decided on the pasta, as I didn't want a pizza all to myself. Also, their menu said "no gluten" pizza, instead of gluten free. It made me very skeptical. The wait staff assured me that they use a dedicated pot with clean water each time for the pasta, and dedicated utensils. I tried to find a protein to add to my pasta, and the waiter said none of it was gluten free because it was all marinated. After talking (in English) to the manager, we finally decided that I could have the Shrimp. There was also a lack of knowledge if their salad dressing was gluten free. It was a bit frustrating. So, finally I put in my order and my husband and my friend ordered their deep dish pizza. They said it would take 40 minutes, which was fine because I hadn't seen my childhood friend in 10 years. When they finally bring their pizza out, the waiter said it would take 5 more minutes to cook my pasta since it was gluten free. What?!?! They just had 40 minutes to cook a pizza! During that time they had brought out my shrimp on a separate plate, which was turning cold, because I was going to add it to my pasta. I tried to be pleasant and polite, and just smile. And wait. The manager finally came over to our table and apologized because the cook had messed up my gluten free pasta by cooking it in the wrong pot and water, therefore cross-contaminating it. While I was appreciative of the manager, I was even MORE upset with the waiter because he wasn't going to have the guts to tell me the truth. The manager told me that they wold not be charging me for my meal. I said thank you, while inside I was thinking- "that's right I'm not paying for this." They took so long in bringing out my pasta that my husband and friend where totally finished with their meal and I had to take my meal "to go" back to her house. Let's just say that I was less than pleased. I was so hungry when we got back to her house (like 9:15 at night) that I devoured the whole thing. It did taste good, but it would have been best served at the restaurant, on time, with my friends.
1013 W Main St, Fremont, MI 49412
THIS. PLACE. IS. AWESOME. Read my review- http://miglutenfreegal.blogspot.com/2013/08/spankys-pizza.html