A & J Bakery

9 recent ratings
$ • Bakery
dedicated gluten-free badge Reported to be dedicated gluten-free
Reported GF menu options: Bread/Buns, Cakes, Cookies, Cupcakes, Dessert, Donuts, Pastries, Pizza
1458 Park Ave
Cranston, RI 02920
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Celiac

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I loved the strawberry pocket pie and white chocolate raspberry cheesecake. I was really confused about the pizza slice not having cheese, but I guess that's what Rhode Island people call party pizza (not from there so I didn't know). They have a bakery case and frozen food and dessert items!

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— Yes, the establishment is dedicated gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 2 months ago read full review

Gluten Intolerant

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This bakery is amazing! They have a fresh bakery counter but what’s really awesome is they have multiple freezers packed with everything you can imagine - different loaf breads, whoopie pies and ring dings, chocolate chip bagels, stuffed shells, and way more! They sell a few items at local grocery stores but going to mecca is a must!

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— Yes, the establishment is dedicated gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 6 months ago read full review

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I used to love this place and their products, but I won’t be going back again. The owners have always been rude, but I was willing to look past that to enjoy a treat once in a while. However, as others have also noted, the quality of their pastries have declined rapidly! Everything is dry, crumbly and practically tasteless. The frosting is absolutely unpalatable. The last time I went, I was buying a few things for after dinner with some friends. Literally everything went into the trash after a couple of bites! Not worth the money or my time anymore.

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— Yes, the establishment is dedicated gluten-free

Updated 9 months ago read full review

Reported to be dedicated gluten-free and celiac friendly. However, since menus and staff can change, please verify before visiting!

Gluten-Free Features

  • Bread/Buns
  • Cakes
  • Cookies
  • Cupcakes
  • Dessert
  • Donuts
  • Gluten-Free Menu
  • Pastries
  • Pizza

Categories

  • Bakery
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Egg-Free Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Nut-Free Friendly
  • Takeout
  • Vegetarian Friendly

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Chocolate chip cookies, lemon cream cookies and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies
Chocolate chip cookies, brownie cheesecake and butterscotch brownie
Gluten-Free Cupcakes at A & J Bakery
Gluten-Free Donuts at A & J Bakery
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Symptomatic Celiac

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Love this place!

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— Yes, the establishment is dedicated gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 9 months ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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What a delightful surprise to find this “neighborhood” bakery. You name it and they had it! We loaded up on biscotti, danish, cookies, bread, all made there to name a few of their offerings.

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— Yes, the establishment is dedicated gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 10 months ago read full review

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Love their pastries!

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— Yes, the establishment is dedicated gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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Great options ! You will not find a bigger selection of GF treats in RI. This place is dedicated GF & Nut Free with some dairy free options. One business can't make everyone happy but this one can make most happy. Give them credit for trying !!! REMEMBER they are the only DEDICATED GF bakery in RI. Love the bread, cookies, hermits, Chicken Soup with Macaroni, holiday items, zeppoli's & eclair's !!!

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— Yes, the establishment is dedicated gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Their food is so good and great bakery items. Love the spinach pies. I get four or five every time I go!

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— Yes, the establishment is dedicated gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Delicious Gluten-Free bakery items and great service. I love the pumpkin cheese cake!

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— Yes, the establishment is dedicated gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Not sure why the reviews on here aren’t all 5 stars. Dedicated GF bakery with a lot more than just baked good…pizza, pasta, etc. all delicious and reasonably priced. We’re regulars here!

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— Yes, the establishment is dedicated gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for keto
  • Good for takeout
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers delivery
Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Their products are outstanding! Love the cupcakes, pumpkin bread, eclairs, etc! Prices are much more reasonable than other gluten free bakeries and the products are delicious!

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— Yes, the establishment is dedicated gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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I do not think what I got was GF because I got sick after 🙃

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Not very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Below Average

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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A Celiac’s dream come true! A true bakery case with fresh gf pastries, cookies and cake… all the delights! I’ve been a patron for years now and can’t say enough good things about this place.

Literally EVERYTHING is gluten free. They also have imported Italian pasta that is some of the best I’ve had. Vegan and nut free gf items are available as well as FRESH RI “ Party pizza” aka pizza strips.

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— Yes, the establishment is dedicated gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Overall Rating

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Lowkey trash

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Great food and selection. Everything is gluten free. Eclair and the chocolate bombes were very very good. 10/10 recommend.

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— Yes, the establishment is dedicated gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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This was the worst food that I have ever tried to eat. I got sick, so I am not sure it is gluten free. They were very vague about who makes the prepackaged items. Nobody here seems to have any actual food allergies. Who gives this place any positive reviews? Must be family members. Go to any other GF Bakery. This stuff is horrible.

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Poor

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Offers online ordering
Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Unsure where the products come from. Alot of the labels state manufactured in a GF facility or distrubited by. If you ask questions, the staff get alittle annoyed.

I went to buy some treats for Easter for me and my family after seeing them online When I went in to the store I noticed the very burnt rice pies. In the case there were also some very over cooked and dry products. They could have been old as well. They also have a lot of items that are frozen. I left without buying anything. I was not impressed.

The staff is a little rude, especially if you have alot of questions.

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— Yes, the establishment is dedicated gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Poor

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Not impressed. I noticed that almost everything was marked distributed by, which means that they do not make the products. They advertise that they are a family owed bakery and that they bake their own products. They may want to open some of what they sell and taste it, not very good at all. Besides, where does it come from? They may want to consider making their goods but taste them to make sure that you can sell them.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Many options but I have always liked their chocolate eclairs. They have a lot of freshly made yellow cream inside and I know they make them fresh because I've called a few times to see if they have some and they advise they are being made and what time to come. It's tough to find gluten free yellow cream filled eclairs anywhere filled with fresh yellow cream.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Symptomatic Celiac

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I finally was in the area of A&J Bakery and was eager to check it out. I left with a whoopie pie, a brownie with caramel frosting, chocolate croissants and a pack of cinnamon rolls. I've sampled some of each and have mixed feelings. The cake in the whoopie pie had a great flavor and while it wasn't exactly moist, it wasn't crumbly dry either. The filling did not seem like traditional whoopie pie filling. It wasn't bad but it was not what I was expecting. The frosting on the brownie was just okay and I didn't eat it all. The brownie was the same as the whoopie pie cake, not moist but not crumbly dry and had a good flavor. The chocolate croissants we had sampled in store and were good. The cinnamon rolls were good. I didn't love the glaze on them, seemed strangely thick. The dough on the cinnamon rolls almost seemed more biscuit-y than bread-y...if that makes sense...but they were tasty. It seems they also cater to dairy free as well and I'm guessing that some of the frosting/glaze issues I had may have been due to me not being used to dairy free versions of them.

The prices are reasonable and the staff was friendly. Overall, I was pleased and would probably go back if I were in the area again.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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Staff is friendly and professional. They did a wonderful job with my daughter’s first communion cake, lots of compliments from our guests on how good the cake tasted! Prices are reasonable as well! We would definitely recommend!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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Amazing place! Completely gluten free facility! The spinach pies are delicious.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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The folks here are wonderful and they carry gf items I can’t find anywhere else, like clam cake mix. The lemon bars are delicious as are the ricotta biscuits. I have to stop myself from eating the whole bag at once. Worth the drive from MA.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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The biscotti are delicious, but I’m not really a fan of anything else.

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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Amazing! This is the first gluten free bakery I went to. And they are nut free too! Very accommodating many allergies and intolerances. My favorites are the pizza strips, cookies and cheesecakes. I’ve learned some products that aren’t amazing (lemon squares, or products involving a pastry type of deal) but I just know not to get. Otherwise, they’re great! They have soup too and sell gf package pastas and stuff! They have frozen sections as well with pizzas, mozzarella sticks, donuts, bagels and ice cream. So many great products and they do holiday special items!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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This place is hit or miss for me. There are many things I absolutely love, which is why it’s so surprising how some things are just inedible. I am here about once a week, the pizza strips and spinach pies are my favorite, very tasty. I also really love in the freezer section, the mozzarella sticks, (although I find the cooking instructions are no where close), they are quite tasty, as is the frozen pizza and bagels. They also have incredible biscotti, and I love that they have an assorted flavor box. Their cookies are also very good. I have not liked any cupcake, cake, bread, or rolls they sell. They are all dry, crumbly, and flavorless. I’ve tried their banana bread and needed up throwing it away because it was drier than sawdust. I just bought some chocolate donuts and they are extremely dry as well. I will continue to come here regularly and buy the items that I love. They have some other products they sell that are great such as the pasta and the pannetone at Christmas.

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Their baked goods taste dry. I can bake a better gluten free, dairy free, soy free cake using King Arthur Gluten Free Cake Mix. Their decorating skills are lacking. Their customer service is terrible. We bought two of their gingerbread houses and when we opened the package the gingerbread house parts were all stuck together like they packaged them while they were still warm. When we carefully took them apart the pieces broke so we couldn’t even make the over priced gingerbread house. We called and asked if we could exchange and the person on the phone apologized that it happened and then told us to bring them in for an exchange. When we got there (30 min drive for us) they told us they would not exchange them or give us our money back. If they had said that over the phone we would not have wasted our time driving there. They were very rude. Their pizza shells have too many spices; that it’s overpowering. Twist Bakery in Millis has much better baked goods and worth the extra drive.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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Nothing at all looked appealing so instead of wasting my money I decided to make a smart decision and not buy anything. 😒

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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I came here to check out this bakery after being referred here by a friend. I was just diagnosed with celiac disease 4 months ago and wanted to get some prepared foods because I do not cook. YUK!! The lasagna was horrible. The noodles were gross and the buns that I bought were gross too( very dry). Oddly when I looked at the packaging it states "distributed by" on it, which means it was not made by them, then who did. I noticed that the ingredient list had a lot of odd fillers and chemicals. I don't even see this in store bought foods. I am sorry but I am not going to go back. I will take my chances with my own cooking.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Most delicious cupcakes! Dedicated facility. Very good with allergies!

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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They have a fantastic selection they are all very knowledgeable Such a friendly place. Thanks for making the gf lifestyle so tasty and easier

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I have been going to Aj’s for years, bread, desserts, biscotti and much more. Thanks for a great product.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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This used to eat my go to place. But now realize the quality of the food is not good. I have gotten sick too many times either due to gluten or quality issues. Sad to say I will not return there.

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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great food gluten free and vegan so happy I found them

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I also used to come to A&J a few years ago but stopped after getting sick when eating their pastries. I believe it is their egg replacer. A friend came over the other day and stopped there to get me some treats. Unfortunately, we both got pretty sick - and she isn’t a Celiac... Sorry, but I won’t go there again.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I found out that they make very little of their own baked goods. Most of it is purchased, defrosted and put into their bakery case. That is why you see their products labeled "Distributed by." I am not sure that the place that they get their products from is dedicated gluten free, because I got sick (I am very sensitive to gluten.) Everything is dry and crumbly. Frostings taste like Crisco (with sugar granules.) I don't recommend.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Some amazing products for celiac’s and everything is gluten free which is amazing. So happy that this is around.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Gluten Intolerant

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Excellent GF biscotti and cookies! Lots of sweets to choose from. Bread and savory items too. Good pizza crust with herbs as well as chicken soup and chicken pot pie.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Gluten Sensitive

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Pretty terrible food :( I came here because I accidentally thought it was Sans Gluten Bakery. At first I was very excited about how many products and options there were but was actually super disappointed in the taste. First off, I got a donut from the fresh counter assuming I could eat it right away but it was actually frozen. The ricotta biscuits (cookies) were not very good. The spinach pie was tasty. The lasagna had decent flavor but the lasagna noodles were literally the thickness of pizza or crust and very dense. It wasn't horrible, but I won't be returning. I would recommend that they cut the products they offer in half and really work on making those tastier. Edit: now a few hours later and both my non-celiac partner and I are nauseous, bloated, and feeling sick from that lasagna. It may be gluten free but the rest of the ingredients did not make us feel good.

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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The best carrot cake! Great pastries. All GF!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Anyone that has given this place better than a 1 star review does not have taste buds left, or must be related to the owner.

You can tell by looking that some of the items in the case are old. Against my better judgement, I bought an eclair, a piece of carrot cake and a lemon square. I only got one bite of each before I threw it out. When I told my fellow celiacs, they laughed and said: "We had a similar experience and won't be going back." Nobody that I have talked to had anything good to say about this bakery. Of course, I won't be going back.

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Absolutely disgusting. I went to this bakery on the recommendation of a friend. I bought the thin mint cookies an éclair, and some frozen fruit filled pastry. Everything that I bought went into the trash. The thin mint cookies looked as if they had been frozen, defrosted and then frozen again, They had white spots on them, so I knew that they were not fresh, but the taste was horrible. They had a very strong oily taste. I looked on the bottom of the box and the expiration date had been relabeled. I was able to remove the sticker to see an expiration date of a week earlier. The éclair had to be old. The filling was dry and had what looked like uncooked egg in it. The pastry hdad 6 to a package and half were over cooked and the other half were under cooked. I will not be going there for a variety of reasons but because of the expiration labeling issue, I may be giving the Rhode Island Department of Health a call. Selling food that is old is one thing but out of date is a health hazard. Gross!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Always fabulous- so many options!

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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Fantastic. Delicious. SAFE. If you live within 50 miles of this place and you have celiac - go on a road trip!!! They have Cheesecake. They have Danish. They Are Awesome!!!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I have been going to A&J for quite some time now and up until recently have loved everything that I have purchased there. After making A&J my go to place and typically going there at least every other week I started noticing a rapid decline in the quality of their food. In March I stopped in before going to my aunts birthday celebration and ordered a individual lemon pie, a butterscotch, and a few cutout cookies. Nothing was eaten because they were frozen solid, which they were not supposed to be. A few days later I was in and spoke to the owner about it in which she apologized and paid for the Zeppole which I bought for St. Joseph Day. After taking one bite of the Zeppole it went into the trash because of the horrible flavor and I typically do not eat burn food. I was fine with letting all this go because of how often I purchased phenomenal items so I was in on Thursday to purchase a dessert for Easter and also grabbed some sandwich rolls. The sandwich rolls also went into the trash just 2 days later when I discovered mold on each roll. Needless to say I will not be going back and would highly recommend sticking with UDIS bread and heading to one of the other 5 gluten free bakeries around Rhode Island. Sadly it seems that quality has lost to quantity at A&J.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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