708 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Told me "everything is gluten free" because they don't use processed foods. After 30 seconds, added that the bun isn't gluten-free. They had no concept of cross-contamination. They used the same cutting board for cutting the buns and the avocado for the fish taco, so my husband got that one, and the press for warming up the tortilla for the taco looked like they used it also for the tortilla. The kale salad came with a brown sauce, so I asked the co-owner if it was gluten-free, like was there any soy sauce in it. He said there was soy because it was miso. I said soy is fine, but sometimes miso has barley in it to help it ferment. He looked at me like I had 3 heads, which was surprising because he's the beer brewing guy. He went and checked the miso ingredients, and told me it was soy, but still didn't address my question whether it was with barley or rice. Not surprising, but I got mildly glutened.
309 East 5th Street, Manhattan, NY 10003
It's the famous Risotteria! 100% gluten-free including bread sticks, pizza, and baked goods. The pizza is terrific, although the crust could be tastier. It's just amazing to be able to order pizza.
3202 North Broadway Street, Chicago, IL 60657
I love this place. Everything except the pita is gluten-free, and they give you the food in pieces, so there's almost zero possibility for cross-contamination. It's the best kind of junk food: falafel balls, sweet potato fries, tahini, and an addictive aeoli sauce (garlic mayonnaise). I've eaten there safely at least 3-4 times, and it's the only place that I've had french fries in more than 5 years. Since I last went, their menu has expanded to include meat (used to be 100% vegetarian), but it looks like the only non-gluten-free foods are the pita/wrap outsides.
446 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Their website has a little ribbon that says "gluten-free" right along with "kosher" and "hallal" next to their address, and they even have a separate gluten-free menu. When we actually got to the restaurant, their menu was just a board over where you order, and they had to call someone on the phone and find out what is actually gluten-free. No way that they are paying attention to cross-contamination. That same serving spoon is going from the salad to someone's pita to salad to your gluten-free shwarma plate. And, indeed, afterwards I felt glutened.
494 Cedar Lane, Teaneck, NJ 07666
Knowledgeable and accommodating of celiac. BBQ was a bit overly sweet, but I guess that's BBQ for you.
922 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Delicious food. Menu used to be 100% gluten-free and just 4 types of tacos + 2 desserts. The tacos included grass-fed beef, and they make their own tortillas from scratch. They branched out to include burritos with flour tortillas and other gluten foods. Still good, and my one time eating there since the menu change was fine.
473 Cedar Lane, Teaneck, NJ 07666
We shared two dishes, both labeled "wheat-free" on the dining in menu, and "gluten-free" on the take-out menu: the Singapore noodles and the mango chicken. The food was tasty. The Singapore noodles were particularly good, reminding me of the type that I've eaten many times at a pan-Asian restaurant with real chicken. The mango chicken was a bit sweet, in that old-fashioned American Chinese food style, and there were real pieces of fresh mango. In both dishes, the "meat" had a satisfying texture that in my experience usually comes from wheat gluten, but they've been doing more exciting things with vegetable protein since my teenage vegetarian days. It was nothing like chicken, but maybe like overcooked pork. We believed them that it was wheat/gluten-free, and not cross-contaminated, and I ate. Three and a half stars for the food. Within an hour, I had a sore throat, and now I'm itchy (dermatitis herpetiformis) and up coughing at 3 am, and I assume I'll see all the other effects of being "glutened". I didn't eat anything else outside my routine; more than 90% of the food that I eat is from our home, anyhow. As we went to sleep last night, my husband said, "I don't want you to get lymphoma," the cancer associated with celiac disease. Sorry, Veggie Heaven. I know that you want to draw in customers who are gluten-free for their own, non-celiac, reasons, but please don't make these gluten-free claims if you can't back them up. As for me, I'm done with vegetarian Chinese restaurants for good. I truly enjoy the food, but it's not worth the risk. Who knows how the gluten got into the dish, but between the lack of quality control in food manufacturing in China (melamine, anyone?), and the amount of gluten floating around these restaurants, mistakes are easy.