Cassava

5.0 stars 5.0 out of 5 46 ratings
$Celiac Friendly, Dedicated Gluten-Free Facility, Gluten Free Menu + 5 more

3929 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 Directions

(872) 242-7088
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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    11 months ago

    Celiac safe. Excellent food and staff. Eat here when I come to town- it's my happy place. Smoothies are great too!!

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    Not celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    11 months ago

    They have a celiac certified plaque on the wall and the food is delicious. We tried most of the empanadas and also had a very good smoothie. The restaurant was over warm and the bathroom was gross but the food made up for it.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    11 months ago

    So delicious. Get some frozen to take home!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    11 months ago

    Good food, dedicated gluten free business! No worries about cross contamination here.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    So delicious! My favorite place to eat when I come to Chicago.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Great food! And gluten free to boot!

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    Not celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    The food was great and the staff was very nice. It was hard to pick which empanda was the best. Highly recommended the beef and cheddar as well as the spinach mushroom

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Delicious and completely gluten-free! The people who work there are also very knowledgeable, helpful, and kind.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    I was absolutely delighted to find out about Cassava! My family stopped by today and was amazed by the empanadas!I love tapioca/cassava flour, and this was just the perfect place to grab lunch. The pork empanada was a bit sweet, but the beef was heavenly. The staff was very accommodating, and well trained. To address the negative reviews, I thought that the filling was not mushy at all, and that the cassava root is naturally GF, so the recipe is not adjusted at all. Being able to tell that a flour is GF is not always a bad thing. In all, a quaint, well informed delicious restaurant for everyone to enjoy, not just GF's

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Amazing empanadas!! With being grain free, this was an exciting Find. We will surely return when we pass through Chicago.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    1 year ago

    Delicious!!! Fantastic texture and flavor. Super nice staff.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    1 year ago

    Delicious!!! Fantastic texture and flavor. Super nice staff.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    holy cow. I never knew this place existed. I am beyond pleased to have found it. You can find them on grubhub or on their website. They deliver and the price isn't bad. I was worried it would wind up being money badly spent, however, the food was amazingly tasty, the delivery was quick, and the food was filling. Thank you Cassava for providing healthy options that are also blindingly amazing!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    This place is AMAZING! It isn't listed as an option on the gluten free features list, but they have delicious empanadas. I had the beef and cheese empanada as well as the chicken, and they were incredible. My mom, who is not gluten free, also had their empanadas, and she loved them too. There is also gluten free rolls with stuff inside, which are also delicious. The chocolate one was my favorite, but I also had the cheese and bacon empanadas, which were both fabulous. I highly recommend you check this place out. The people there are very friendly, and there is a nice space to eat.

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    3 rating
    2 years ago

    Great food, however, unsanitary! The guys who made the Empanadas did not have on gloves or hair nets. They also put used mini plastic cups to separate the empanadas when placing them in the oven.

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    5 rating
    2 years ago

    I can't say how much I love this place enough!!!!! They are so kind and the empanadas are AMAZING!! My mom doesn't get the whole "GF" thing and ordered extras to take home and freeze because it was so delicious!!!! Go here and support this local business!!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    Short review: 10/10. Delicious empanadas, cute cafe, very kind staff. Will be going back. Long review: I am a new celiac and WOW this place was amazing. My best friend (a happy gluten eater) came with me, and we were both blown away with how delicious these empanadas were. You can get a variety of empanadas and rolls in store, but then you can order frozen ones for home. I scooped up some spinach and mushroom ones- eating them at home now!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    had the chicken empanada and a cherry smoothie ...really good

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    This is one of the most amazing little cafés I've ever been to!! The entire restaurant is gluten free and they have the most delicious food. They serve delicious empanadas, rolls and soups. I would recommend their sun-dried tomato roll and also just the original. Their empanadas are all delicious as well. Try a smoothie, you can customize them and my sister and I always get the strawberry-banana because it's the best I've ever had. 10/10 would recommend, a wonderful quick lunch or snack.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    I really enjoyed the empanadas and the smoothie. Can't wait to come back.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    3 years ago

    I love the grass fed beef empanadas as well as the bacon and egg. The best part is you can purchase frozen ones to have at a later time. The egg ones are great for breakfast.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    3 years ago

    Whenever I'm in Chicago I eat at Cassava. The empanadas and bread rolls are the best (literally)! My (celiac) daughter loves the chicken empanadas, while I simply can't decide on a favorite. If there was one in Seattle, I'd be tempted to stop in everyday.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    3 years ago

    AMAZING !!!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    Cassava uses the Brazilian pao de queijo dough for the cheese balls and empanadas. My friend and I loved the taste and texture. It's crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. Not dry at all which is rare for GF items. We tried 5 empanadas and they were all good. The owner is Celiac and recommended other places to try. Would recommend to anyone looking for a quick bite in that area!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    One of my favorite gluten free restaurants. I love that I can grab them frozen when I want to eat them at home too. The empanadas are awesome and the hot chocolate is divine. I recommend the steak, pork or beef empanadas. This is a very niche laid back place (think loc coffee house) so don't expect a lot of options or a server but trust me when I say, you don't need them because the empanadas are all you need.

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    Celiac
    3 rating Celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    filling was definitely better than the crust. empanadas are made in advance and frozen, heated for eight minutes upon ordering, and then become mushy during the reheating process as the cheese and vegetables melts. the only one to make it out of the process decently was the chicken. you could tell the crust was gluten free, and that was a fail to me. I could have used a soup and salad with my empanadas too.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    4 years ago

    Absolutely awesome!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    4 years ago

    Delicious empanadas! I highly recommend this spot.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    5 years ago

    100% gluten free and delicious!

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    5 rating
    5 years ago

    Everything we had was very tasty (chilli, empanadas and smoothies). Filling without feeling heavy. Great service too.

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    5 rating
    5 years ago

    I love Cassava. The empanadas are delicious as well as the chili. I always make sure to bring some frozen empanadas home for my son who is also gluten free. If you are in the Wrigleyville area, I highly recommend you stop in.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    5 years ago

    Loved it here, so good. Been many times and have never had issues. Also thought it was great you could take frozen empanadas and rolls to bake at home.

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    5 rating
    5 years ago

    Everything I ate was outstanding, customer service was exceptional.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    5 years ago

    The empanadas, muffins and breads are fresh and delicious. They offer frozen to go items which is a great idea. Just wish I lived closer! All Gluten Free!!

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    5 years ago

    Like the chili and spinach empanadas. Totally gluten free!

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    5 rating
    6 years ago

    The entire menu is gluten-free. The breads and empanadas are made from cassava root (aka yucca/tapioca). They are very tasty, and I'm very luck to have them in my neighborhood.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Celiac Friendly
  • Dedicated Gluten-Free Facility
  • Empanadas
  • Gluten Free Menu

Categories

  • Catering
  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • South American
  • Vegetarian Friendly
Monday
9 am - 5 pm
Tuesday
9 am - 5 pm
Wednesday
9 am - 5 pm
Thursday
9 am - 5 pm
Friday
9 am - 5 pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

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