• Taco Bell

    5 starsOctober 06, 2013

    16581 Fishhawk Boulevard, Lithia, FL 33547

    Vegetarian Cantina Bowl - Large portion- Vegetarian - Convenient for a quick, cheap meal- Many locations- pretty dang healthy in comparison to most fast food.- menu easy to read to pull up / read on an iphone Had heard great things about the cantina menu in general, even before I took the plunge and admitted to myself that I have a gluten intolerance. I don't love fast food ... but after being in the car for a long period I was starving. Imagine my delight that after spotting a Taco Bell, I was able to very easily pull up a well organized, easy to read list on my phone , sorted by allergen type, and the ability to input the rate of severity! To top it off, it came in a vegetarian option ! score! I didn't have to be picky and ask for no chicken / or just pick it off myself. Since I only ate about half, and saved the rest for later I estimated it to be about 10 g of fat, and under 300 cals! Am very excited about this discovery. :D

  • Outback Steakhouse

    2 starsOctober 05, 2013

    16547 Fishhawk Blvd., Lithia, FL 33547

    As of 08/05/13 staff does not seem to understand the true meaning of "gluten free". I have tried the chicken caesar twice, and both times were cross contaminated. Not being a full blown celiac I am not as concerned about CC ... but know how big of a deal this is for others. I stressed that I was GF, and said no croutons!!! (would you grill something on a grill that had traces of peanut oil if someone had a peanut allergy? Or use the same gloves? The same tongs? Put peanuts on their food? I don't think so. I wish people realized it's the same...and just because you do not go into anaphylactic shock right then and there that it does not mean its not a "legit" reaction. Anyways ....point is, It came with croutons. I realized only after I got home, (should have checked!) like I said though, not a huge deal for me personally..... but come on. Also, when she brought it out to the car she seemed confused and asked if it was "okay that she didn't put bread in the bag?" Again, just shows she had no idea. Unfortunate. Second time there were several bites I took with strong hints of blue cheese. Not a gluten free dressing. Bummer. Belonging to a chain that boasts such a GF friendly, and extensive menu, I feel like staff should be better educated on gluten allergies and the importance of CC. An extra star added for great taste though! Other outbacks get rave reviews and seem to be more knowledgable then the staff at this location. I plan to speak to a manager because staff can not correct an issue if they are not even aware it's an issue to begin with. Hopefully they are understanding about it and correct it. it would be a shame for someone else to have a full blown reaction due to something that could have easily been avoided! Or for anyone to have to miss out on something as delicious as this!