About Me

Diagnosed celiac in May, 2014.


  • Edina Grill

    1 starsDecember 26, 2014

    5028 France Avenue South, Edina, MN 55424

    Cider, and only cider. I do appreciate that they always have a GF cider for me since I live in the neighborhood, but otherwise there really isn't much here. There's always a can of Strongbow around, but even their current tap cider is only gluten-removed and not actually GF (not safe for Celiacs.) Foodwise, you're looking at a salad or burger without bun (and no fries.) Head down the street to Barrio or Red Cow if you're looking for dinner--much better options.

  • Hard Rock Cafe

    1 starsNovember 18, 2014

    60 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425

    Terrible GF experience here. I find that large national chains usually have this whole GF thing figured out, which is why we went here, but Hard Rock Cafe was a dismal failure. Yes, they will offer you a GF bun, as if that's all we celiacs need, but after questioning I quickly learned that they had incredibly few options. Even simple things that are usually safe like a sauteed chicken breast or salmon weren't GF (and couldn't be altered to be GF.) Both the server and the manager were very uneducated (the server had no CLUE what I was talking about, which is why I had to ask for the manager) so I didn't feel safe at all. In the end, the only item I felt I could eat with any confidence were the nachos (and they were burned and cold, to add insult to injury.)

  • Cadao Express

    4 starsNovember 18, 2014

    6637 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55423

    Pho and spring rolls are made from scratch, in-house, and from my extensive conversation with the owner I believe it to be gluten-free. His English is not perfect but I feel like he understood what I was asking and was honest with me. (For example, he knew to tell me to not add the hoisin that the pho comes with, and to avoid the peanut sauce.) I generally don't get gluten symptoms, so I'd be interested in others' experiences. But until I learn otherwise I am considering their pho to be gluten-free.

  • Beans & Barley

    5 starsOctober 17, 2014

    1901 East North Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202

    Great breakfast options, even GF toast in a dedicated toaster! Very knowledgeable waiter.

  • Red Cow

    5 starsOctober 06, 2014

    3624 West 50th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55410

    I don't have anything to add that hasn't already been said by other reviewers. Red Cow is great for celiacs, lots of GF burgers, always a cider on tap, and dedicated fryer for their amazing French fries.

  • Quang

    4 starsOctober 06, 2014

    2719 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

    Staff was pretty rude and service dismal, but their pho is identified as GF on the menu so I felt pretty safe eating there. And when you're sick, you need pho and I'm hesitant to trust most pho places. And their pho is excellent, just be prepared for lousy service, especially if you ask them about GF.

  • Pei Wei

    2 starsSeptember 26, 2014

    5330 Cedar Lake Road, St. Louis Park, MN 55416

    Extremely limited GF menu, but at least it exists. There were literally only 2 or 3 GF entrees, so not a good choice if you're a picky eater. (Which is disappointing when it's SO EASY to make Asian food GF.) I was ready to give them just 1 star, but a few things changed that as I was leaving with my to-go order. First, they had GF soy sauce in packets, which is hard to find and a definite plus. Secondly, their order receipts have a good GF distinction in bright red letters. And my to-go order had a GF sticker on it. So while I was totally disappointed in the GF menu options, it did seem like they had a strong GF procedure in place. Not sure I'll be back, but it isn't altogether a horrible choice.

  • P.F. Chang's

    5 starsJuly 31, 2014

    2700 Southdale Circle, Edina, MN 55435

    Great experience here, staff well trained, lots of GF options. They serve GF meals on different plates, which I appreciate--I don't have to double check with the waiter when they bring my food out.

  • Famous Dave's

    1 starsJuly 20, 2014

    3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

    Dismal GF menu--in fact, what they refer to as a GF menu is only a wheat-free menu. And wheat is in just about everything there. The fact that they don't know the difference between wheat & gluten is sort of terrifying, and renders it not an option for celiacs at all.

  • Amazing Thailand

    5 starsJuly 20, 2014

    3024 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

    Decent GF selection, and the food is excellent.

  • French Meadow Cafe

    4 starsJuly 14, 2014

    2604 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

    Delicious mini GF cupcakes, taste just like a wheat flour cupcake. A bit pricey for a mini cupcake.

  • Cafe Levain

    4 starsJuly 14, 2014

    4762 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407

    Had a great GF meal with friends at Cafe Levain. The only reason I give them 4 stars instead of 5 is because their menu is small, so for us celiacs or otherwise picky eaters, your options may be a little limited. (On any other review website I would give them a full 5 stars for outstanding food & service.) Our waiter was very knowledgeable about GF and helped me identify which items could be made GF. For me and my tastes, there were several entrees to chose from, and the roast chicken I had was fantastic. We ordered a bunch of side dishes to share, and they were all delicious and GF. Everyone at our table loved their food. I suggest you check out the menu ahead of time as it changes often.

  • Rice Paper Restaurant

    5 starsJuly 14, 2014

    3948 W 50th St, Edina, MN 55424

    Rice Paper is one of my favorite restaurants, so I was thrilled to learn how GF-friendly they are when I was diagnosed with celiac. They have a separate GF menu with maybe 8 or 10 different entrees listed, plus some sides and desserts. They also don't use MSG and can make most things vegetarian, if that's your thing. Their spring rolls are fantastic and when I was there a few weeks ago they told me the chef was working to make their peanut sauce GF, which would be really nice.

  • Barrio Tequila Bar

    4 starsJuly 14, 2014

    5036 France Avenue South, Edina, MN 55410

    I found lots of GF options here, using fresh corn tortillas instead of flour. Food is good although pricey, but man do they make one helluva margarita. My only disappointment is that they make their own chips in a shared fryer, so no chips for me (I'll bring my own next time.) Their tableside guacamole is outstanding, and the bartender was happy to bring me some vegetables so I could enjoy it. In fact, when I ordered the guac I wasn't thinking about the cross-contamination issue with the chips, and the bartender was the one who brought it up, so he was very knowledgeable and was watching out for me--very appreciated!

  • Big Bowl

    5 starsJuly 14, 2014

    3669 Galleria, Edina, MN 55435

    I was very happy to have checked out Big Bowl for a quick dinner while running errands. The server was very knowledgeable on GF/celiac, and when I started to talk about cross-contamination she said that they treat all GF orders as allergies. So I felt that they were on the ball and very capable. My chicken pad thai was excellent, and the server even brought out a bottle of GF soy sauce for me. Boyfriend also had the same but not GF. He tasted mine and said they were different, but obviously I couldn't compare. To me, it tasted just like what I remember to be standard pad thai.