• Ground Round

    4 starsMarch 01, 2014

    20700 Chippendale Avenue West #15, Farmington, MN 55024

    Highway 3 in "north" Farmington. I was very impressed. Separate GF menu, and the staff takes it seriously. My daughter has celiac ; the server actually understood the differences between celiac and intolerant and "gluten-free by choice" and brought up herself. She volunteered for and arranged for the kitchen manager to fix our daughter's meal in a separate area, wearing gloves, as opposed to the usual cook. And our daughter's meal was brought out by said kitchen manager with gloves; the same kitchen manager brought a GF meal to another table while we were there, do it appears they keep a dedicated "GF prepper" around all night. I didn't expect this kind of service at a little "small town" restaurant. And while we all know Ground around isn't winning any culinary awards anytime soon, my family was satisfied with their food. But more importantly for our purposes, our daughter loved her GF meal, we all felt well afterwards, and we appreciated the staff's knowledge.

  • Axel's Bonfire

    3 starsJanuary 17, 2014

    1555 Cliff Rd, Eagan, MN 55122

    This Bonfire location is historically one of our family's favorite restaurants, so I reserve the right to adjust this review up or down based on subsequent visits. Our daughter was only very recently diagnosed with celiac. We do not yet know her sensitivity levels with cross-contamination or trace amounts. This restaurant "local-chain " has mixed reviews from the boards I've read. Some glowing, some not, presumably based on location? What we do know is: Pros: Staff at Eagan seemed knowledgeable about "gluten-free" (note the air quotes) and menu adjustments and prep separation *until* pressed. Cons: On the Eagan menu item chosen by our daughter - the Bull Bites - the GF accommodation is along the line of a "less food for the same price" adjustment . Cons: Staff didn't know difference between "gluten-free" and "not containing gluten ingredients ." Pros: Food is super yummy and some (not this Eagan one?) locations are known as celiac friendly. Cons: Our celiac daughter ordered the GF Bull Bites with no spices. They were spicy nonetheless. Bottom line: Not sure. We're NOT sure if she was okay or not afterwards (24 hours after our visit, our friends' kid vomited (stomach flu) less than 2 feet from her... hours later,our daughter got sick again despite GD diet... she only had vomit, and not her full array of GI symptoms. I'm inclined to believe the tummy flu.),

  • BitterSweet Gluten Free Bakery

    5 starsJanuary 16, 2014

    2105 Cliff Rd, Eagan, MN 55122

    My daughter was recently diagnosed, so we are currently sampling a wide variety of items. The carrot cupcakes and brownies are to die for - you'd never know they are GF if someone gave one to you and didn't tell you. My bread-loving son is a fan if the country bread and the banana-nut bread so far. The customer ahead of me raved about the pancake mix - he bought *8* packages. Next on the list to try is a take-and-bake pizza; yes, they sell pizza too. We will be regulars.

  • Las Tortillas Mexican Restaurant

    4 starsJanuary 16, 2014

    15051 Crestone Avenue, Rosemount, MN 55068

    Pros: Lots of options without gluten-containing ingredients, just by switching from flour tortilla to corn tortilla, so you still get the same quantity of food. Even the "breaded" popcorn shrimp is made from cornmeal base - not flour - so doesn't contain gluten. Cons: Not safe for anyone sensitive to cross-contamination. It's a small facility, so they simply do not have room for a dedicated GF fryer, tortilla press and prep space. My celiac daughter still does fine at Las Tortillas despite this, but if you are very sensitive you may want to re-think this place.