Sensitive gluten intolerance. Will never know for sure about celiac - no way I'm gonna eat gluten to do further tests.
1347 Tavern Road, Alpine, CA 91901
When I asked the server for gluten-free options, he said they had gluten-free pasta and pizza crust (although the standard menu looked like many things could have been prepared gf). When I asked about the handling of the crust and whether it was prepped and cooked on a separate surface from gluten foods, he looked like he’d never considered this. He later returned to the table saying only that the cook wouldn't guarantee anything (which nobody can of course), but didn't offer any information about taking any precautions at all. I chose not to order any food, but the other diner’s stuff looked delicious. I would love to hear if there are any positive experiences from other gluten-sensitive people here. I'm hoping it was a server issue & not a restaurant one.
5500 Grossmont Cntr Dr, La Mesa, CA 91941
This is one of my go-to places. There's a smaller selection for gluten-free folks, but it's all good stuff. I particularly like getting the cheddar mashed potatoes/steak or pork chops/veggies. Feels like a good square meal compared to the pizzas. The waiters seem knowledgeable. I've always felt fine after eating here many, many times.
4354 California 78, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070
Delicious food in a sweet atmosphere. If I remember right, there are employees there (or their family members) who have celiac, so they take it seriously. They point out what can be made gluten free from their main menu. Great 'gloopy' burger & crispy brussels sprouts.Their fryer wasn't dedicated gluten-free last time I was there.
3029 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
The 1st time I went, things were too salty, but I was grateful to have fried shrimp so I didn't care. The second time there were mix ups. After having ordered gluten-free and no carrots, I got carrots. When they brought another dish to the table, they told me an ingredient in it contained gluten. Good job in the kitchen being on top of their ingredients and letting me know, but not so great with the menu & waiter being inaccurate about an item. They remade the plates & it was yummy, but I got a little scared off.
7007 Friars Rd, Fashion Valley, San Diego, CA 92108
There are lots of gluten-free items here, and they are clearly marked. I spoke to a manager who said to let them know when you have celiac or allergies, and the manager will personally oversee your meal. I suppose we should always be doing that, but I had been a little too trusting and pne time I found a gluten ingredient in my salad. It's a good restaurant, but don't necessarily rely on the ordering system alone - ask for a manager.
512 Via De La Valle #102, Solana Beach, CA 92075
very delicious. my sandwich had the best bread I've tasted in a long time. my new favorite.
7005 Navajo Road, San Diego, CA 92119
In Feb 2014, I gave this place 5 stars. The server was very helpful & understanding (her daughter has celiac). The vibe is a sweet, neighborhood place (all ages, sometimes a little loud). I particularly liked the crispy little pepperoni, the well-cooked pizza crust, and the chef salad which was simple but delicious. UPDATE in Aug 2014: 1st time back since Februrary, and unfortunately I'm not well since last night's dinner. I suspect it wasn't the kitchen, but some cc mishandling from our server who was dropping things and getting stuff wrong at nearby tables. My pizza crust wasn't cooked crispy, which was what I liked last time (it seemed like a standard Udi crust). I'm lowering my rating to the average of my two visits. For pizza, I'm gonna stick with my usual (mostly GIG) restaurants from now on.
1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
There was an unusual amount of miscommunication (although I didn't mind the extra glass of wine that just appeared). Delicious food & I felt fine afterward (although I was nervous based on the service). A good option I'll probably use again only when I'm already at the park. I can recommend their tortilla soup, wedge salad, halibut, and jidori chicken with grits.
901 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Had a wonderful 4-course meal. Our server was so helpful with our gluten free options that I felt completely safe. Even the drink menu specified gluten free. Their GIG training goes a long way towards putting me at ease too. The gluten free bread, brownies and pound cake were called out when she put them on the table, something I appreciate when a thing looks like it's gluten doppelganger. No one at my table was eating gluten, so dipping into the same mixture was always safe for me (the server made sure we understood that aspect). Also, the gluten eater didn't feel like they were settling for less with the gluten-free options. The price is high, but fair for such a lengthy meal and wine. When you make your reservation, plan on being there for something like 2 hours if you're having 4-courses. It was a lovely time and I still felt great the next day too. Recommended that you go with someone you trust since you cook raw things at the table - don't want some dingbat throwing raw meats around. lol
4373 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, CA 92122
The waiter brought me a binder with updated gluten free options. It looks like they update this monthly. You can see what sauces to avoid, etc. The royal burger (with egg & bacon) was good. The sweet potato fries weren't crisp though. (the waiter said there was a dedicated frier) I think I did get mildly glutened (if you can call any amount mild - I'll spare you describing my levels of reactions). It was possibly from handling - I *think* he carried our plates stacked so someone's bun may have touched my plate. I take partial blame for this though - I'm still new to having to make my needs clear to waiters. For now I think I'll stick to Stacked for burgers.
3827 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103
well-done pizza crust. nice sandwiches too (on gf flatbread)