Bluebird Diner

3 recent ratings
$$ • Diner
Reported NOT to have a gluten-free menu, but gluten-free options are available
Reported GF menu options: Burgers, Pancakes
66% of 3 votes say it's celiac friendly
330 E Market St
Iowa City, IA 52245

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We split the GF pancakes and the bluebird special. I asked them to make sure they were careful as my son has true celiac but has been less sensitive. He found a crispy chunk of something in the pancakes, so that should have been our first warning. He vomits about 2 hours later if he's had a lot of gluten and that's what happened. If he has a small amount (like a couple french fries) he's fine. The bowl he vomited in was completely covered in oil (the bluebird is a greasy spoon cafe, so not unexpected). I bet they don't change their fryer oil carefully enough and that's how he got glutened, because everything we ate was GF (eggs, hashbrowns, the GF pancakes, bacon). My son is about 85 lbs, so I'm hoping at some point he won't react as severely. My daughter is about 105 lbs and she didn't have a problem when she ate the pancakes. It was a while ago and I can't remember if she ate hashbrowns. I would call and complain, maybe I will, but I'm not feeling up for it. If you want to take a chance, you can try it but I'd avoid it if you are a true celiac or very sensitive.

Safety


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

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

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

— Average

Updated 3 weeks ago read full review

Celiac

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The BEST Staff. Fully aware of Celiac. Had great omelette & Bloody Mary

Safety


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

— Very

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

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

— Excellent

Updated 10 months ago read full review

Celiac

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I have celiac and did not get sick, however, the food is mediocre at best. Pancakes have no flavor even though we add blueberries to one and chocolate chips to the other. Syrup is watered down and you can’t taste the pecans or maple in the bacon. Not worth $5 for a side of bacon at all.

Safety


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

— 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?

— Some

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

— Average

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers delivery
  • Offers online ordering
Updated 1 year ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Burgers
  • Pancakes

Categories

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Delivery
  • Diner
  • Lunch
  • Online Ordering
  • Takeout

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I am a pretty sensitive celiac, and I have eaten here countless times with no problems. Good breakfast food for very cheap. Highly recommend the gluten free pancakes and hash browns

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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We were told they had gluten free pancakes. While we were waiting for our food I continued to ask questions; do u have a separate pan , separate cooking utensils, etc?? No! We were told they use the same pan as the other pancakes!!! When will restaurant owners get educated about celiac disease???

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I have celiac disease and asked the waitress for any gluten free options. She notified me that the cooks refuse to take extra precautions to prevent cross contamination, such as, changing utensils or changing their gloves. Therefore, I was unable to order anything of the menu, even when they write gluten free next to some of their foods. Staff was very unfriendly and I will NEVER return.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Staff was very knowledgeable about Celiac Disease and was genuinely concerned about the avoidance of any cross contamination. GF pancakes were amazing! Fantastic! We will be back!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I have eaten here twice, and definitely would eat here again. The pancakes are awesome! I had plain ones the first time, and blueberry pancakes the second time. Two pancakes was plenty for me. Both times I had a cup of fresh fruit, also delicious.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Was told that the GF pancakes and the hash browns are cooked on the same grill with gluten containing items. Had an omelette instead.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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GF pancakes,omelets, hash browns. Tons of delicious pancake toppings. Staff knowledgeable about gf and cross contamination. So happy we found this place!

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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