Great place for a quick and safe GF meal! Salads and grain bowls are made fresh in front of you and an allergen guide is available on their website. All sauces and dressings are GF, as well as many other options. I let the staff know I have a gluten allergy and they were quick to wash hands, swap gloves, clean down the prep area and use fresh utensils/cutting board before making my food. It was obvious that the staff were trained to deal with cross-contamination risks. I got the Chicken Tinga Quinoa bowl, which was delicious. Will definitely be back!
This place was packed and rightfully so. My husband and I dropped by for lunch and the line was almost out the door. All salads and bowls here are prepared individually in their own bowl and on their own cutting board so I didn't have to worry about cross-contamination. Their website has their full menu listed with allergen info for each item so I knew going in exactly what I wanted to order. I got the smoky santa cruz bowl which was really tasty. It was GF, dairy free, and nut free...all of which are issues for me. I would definitely go again and its worth the wait in line!
To address cross contamination... They are not a certified facility so nothing is guaranteed BUT every salad ive had here is made on a fresh chopping mat and in a fresh mixing bowl. Ive had no bad experiences and have eaten here a hundred times. Great salads. All dressings are gf! Most of the proteins are gf.
I went in based on a previous recommendation on here but definitely an issue for cross -contamination. They chop ingredients on a common cutting board. I gave it a 3-star rating because of the concept, fresh ingredients, and taste but I wouldn't recommend to someone with celiac. I took a risk eating there even though I'm sensitive to cross-contamination. Was in a big hurry and starved.
The staff does not change gloves, does not changed chopping mats, does not clean their chopping blades (wipes with filthy rag if asked to clean) and often reuses mixing bowls. Been “glutened” several times. Not going back.
This is a really cool place! It’s all salads. As soon as I said I was celiac the lady started taking off her gloves. Ask for the allergen list. They are extremely careful, they replace the board, knife, gloves, bowl, etc. all the dressings are gf. My salad was delicious!
This is a buffet salad place, all toppings are in one case and are not separated very well. Croutons are at the far end of the case and are easily dropped on meats/cheeses/basically everything else in the case when the workers build the salads.They clearly mark on a plaque that they cannot guarantee cross contamination of any allergens. However, after I asked about gluten-free food they brought out a manager, explained the precautions they can take and had the person making my food wash their hands, change their gloves and clean a new station to chop my food.A for effort, but they could easily eliminate some issues my spreading out foods in the case and/or adding additional dividers in the case.
They made my salad in the back off the line to avoid cross contamination of salad ingredients. The worker washed his hands and changed gloves. He used a new dressing container and all dressings are GF. He used a newly sanitized chopping board, chopper, scraper, bowl etc. Wonderful experience!
I had a really good experience here. I told them I had an allergy to gluten and they immediately washed their hands and changed their gloves without even being asked. Then the manager came out to chop my salad on a station that is designated for allergies. Very impressed.
Pros- Good food, and they TRIED to be careful. The girl making my salad changed gloves and cleaned the work station.Cons- LOTS of cross contamination possibilities! It was very busy and crowded behind the counter, and employees work quickly. The containers are very close together and that + speed = lots of crumbs going in different containers. I saw a woman use the chicken scoop to compress the salad as she added the chicken..... and then there was feta all over the scoop. They don't have a lot of gluten items in the line-up to worry about, but if you are sensitive to dairy, corn, egg, or soy I would be very careful/not go here!
I told them I had a gluten allergy so the lady changed her gloves and got new scoops for the toppings, then let everyone working know was for an allergy. No one seemed to mind the inconvenience. Love when places take allergies very seriously!
Definitely have CROSS CONTAMINATION! This place is super busy for lunch, they can't hear you when you ask questions, THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND CELIAC DISEASE! They mix and cut everything on the same equipment. They are too busy to change gloves, NOT CELIAC FRIENDLY. If you are just a little intolerant, probably OK. And the previous review said all dressings are gluten free - We visited 4/2/15 - they said some of their dressings have gluten, but didn't know which ones. We passed on this one. Great concept, poorly executed for Celiac.