I am an adventurous person and like to try new things, and my husband who has Celiac's disease is quite content to find a few favorites and stick to them. So it becomes my job to research new restaurants and such. And thus it's me writing the reviews here :)
1537 Newport Ave, Pawtucket, RI 02861
We were excited to learn here that they now have a gluten free menu here, as it used to be one of our favorite places. But despite everything seeming to be on the up-and-up on the surface when we asked a few questions, my husband still got glutened, and now we can't go back :( Three stars = the average of the 5 stars they deserve overall and the 1 star they get for glutening my husband :(
456 Main St, Wakefield, RI 02879
If this were a review of Mews anywhere but Find Me Gluten Free, for anything but their gluten-free-ness they'd get 4-5 stars! The food is delicious, the ambiance is really cool and friendly, and the staff is very nice. Based on our actual experience with their gluten free menu, I was tempted to give just one star. But I'll give the second because it really would be a 4-5 star sort of place without their overly enthusiastic, untrue claim that they have GF options. When went there, we checked to see if the extensive menu of fried food was too good to be true by asking if they had a separate fryer..... It was indeed too good to be true, and they did not have a separate fryer. So we took that to mean that the gluten free menu is basically a lie :( Those foods aren't gluten free. Definitely not Celiac safe whatsoever. But the waitress acted like it was no big deal, and no there's not a separate fryer, but so what, all the ingredients in those items listed were gluten free, so of course they must be okay... So that was another warning sign... having staff that is going to be aware of what it *really* takes to make sure something is gluten free is important, if you're going to offer that. Frankly, I was so scared for my husband's health based on the "GF"-but-not-actually-remotely-at-all menu and the waitress' cluelessness that I wanted to leave right then........but my husband thought that was embarrassing, so we stayed and tried to figure out what be nearly impossible to screw up. So, very much on guard at this point, we ordered fajitas after confirming that they are cooked in their own individual pans, as fajitas are most places. We thought that would be safe. We were wrong. My husband was sicker after this cross-contamination, and for longer, than any other single time we can remember. We went over a month ago, and still he does not completely feel okay again yet. Doing things half-way is very problematic for people who have Celiac's disease... Please don't have a menu that says items are gluten free, but then a shared fryer that makes that completely impossible... and having untrained staff that isn't aware of allergens and how to avoid cross-contamination also makes theoretically a gluten free menu actually quite pointless as well. Again, its fine if places don't want to have a gluten free menu. But please don't have one that is a lie. That's putting the customers that you are supposedly trying to accommodate at risk.
1458 Park Ave, Cranston, RI 02920
Love A&J Bakery. When the normal close-to-home options are getting boring, this is the remedy! They have EVERYTHING... and if they somehow don't make what you're looking for yet, chances are they are working on it and will soon. We especially love the chocolate chip cookies (OMG BEST EVER), pie crusts (the best we've found), and pizza dough. The ginger molasses cookies are, oddly, our favorites - even though we wouldn't have guessed we liked either ginger or molasses all that much if you asked. They're moist, chewy, and amazing.
430 Newport Avenue, Rumford, RI 02916
Staff is super knowledgeable, and changes gloves between customers by default when you mention you need to eat GF. Everything is GF except for the flour tortillas. YES, you can even have the on-site fried tortilla chips - the fryer is a dedicated one. This is the single cheapest healthy and satisfying GF option we have found near home. We go here All The Time.
727 East Ave, Pawtucket, RI 02860
Rasoi is amazing! I'm shocked to see that no one else has mentioned yet that the brunch buffet on Saturdays is 100% gluten free! It's sooooo good. Pretty much everything here is the best version we've had of it at any Indian restaurant....and I am completely obsessed with Indian food, so that's saying a lot. I love to see a family business doing so well for their customers and their community.
727 East Ave, Pawtucket, RI 02860
Lots of options. Yummy but expensive. I agree that the cupcakes are the worst of their offerings, and after we tried each kind once, we are pretty sure they're all horrible, and that it has to do with the fundamental composition of what's going into all the cupcakes. (Same complaints as others have had - frosting is really funky, probably because it's all vegetable shortening - and cupcake is dense, dry, and doesn't taste like what it's advertised as.) The brownie is to die for, though. And the muffins, sweet breads, tarts, bars, and cakes in non-cup form are all good. We aren't vegan. Maybe you aren't either. If we *were* vegan, then maybe even the GF cupcakes would seem good? The hot drinks and juices that involve cayenne pepper are amazing. Especially if you're feeling like you're about to come down with a cold, or have a sinus infection.
625 East Washington Street, North Attleborough, MA 02760
They served my husband his gluten free burger from the gluten free menu on a regular, gluten-filled, standard wheat roll. After taking a couple bites that seemed too good to be true, we asked if it was indeed a gluten free bun, hoping that it was and that they had found some magical method / source for making the most amazing GF buns ever. They said that no, it probably wasn't a GF bun, but they could check. The manager came and informed him that it was not a GF bun at all. They didn't seem to understand the gravity of what they had done. When we stressed that yes, it was a really big deal, they then said could put that same burger (contaminated with the bread it was on before) on the toast they usually use when people order things gluten free, if he wanted. They pointed out that the fries (that had also been touching the wheat roll) were gluten free, so he could still eat those. They also offered him gluteny malt vinegar to put on them, further demonstrating their cluelessness. They don't understand what it means to have Celiac's disease or a gluten intolerance. They were basically saying that since he didn't get "red and puffy" (their words) like someone would with a shellfish or peanut allergy, that he must be fine and it must be no big deal. They had a theoretically great menu with lots of choices, but it's completely pointless to have this if the staff still serves food that puts the health of their customers at risk risk. It's fine to not be able to cater to customers who have to eat gluten free. Most places can't. The problem with this place is that they say they do, but actually the waitstaff and kitchen staff have no idea, and do not serve the food the menu promises. There are plenty of other places in North Attleborough that do a great job of serving gluten free food, and live up to the promises of their menus. We'll be sticking to those.
105 South St, Plainville, MA 02762
We go here regularly. They are meticulous about keeping their GF food GF. There's a huge menu of GF options - equal in size to the regular menu. They're super friendly. We love everything about this place. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
111 Pleasant St, Attleboro, MA 02703
I got all excited to hear about a standard Chinese restaurant nearby serving GF food...but I called the number listed here today, and it was out of service. 3 stars because I don't intend to actually rate, just provide info.