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1026 Ogden Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515 Directions

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Delicious food, helpful people, everything gluten free as long as you don’t order the carefully separate bread on the side

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Not celiac

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Nothing but the bread has Gluten and they are careful. A dream come true

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Celiac

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Super knowledgeable staff and made me feel really comfortable. It is SO GREAT that they have pretty much everything GF!

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Gluten Free Features

  • Allergen List
  • Celiac Friendly
  • Dedicated Kitchen Space
  • Gluten Free Menu

Categories

  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Healthy
  • Keto Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Organic
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Paleo Friendly
  • Plant Based
  • Quick Service Restaurant
  • Takeout
  • Vegan Friendly

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Celiac

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Wonderful concept, wonderful fresh food with attention to quality and taste. As a physician who preaches food as medicine, I’m thrilled to have this available. Stays true to Michael Pollan’s motto: eat food, mostly plants, not too much. And of course safely gluten free. And delicious!

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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All meals are gluten free! Everything is fresh and healthy. Love being able to go to a "fast casual" place for quick bite and not worry about getting glutened!

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Celiac

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Only gluten item in the restaurant is a piece of bread they offer at the end of the assembly line. Delicious and fresh

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Not celiac

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Most of the menu is gluten free! Including the kids menu! Good food and fresh ingredients. Do yourself a favor and try one of the many different types of lemonades and juices. This location just opened and everyone was really helpful and friendly. I’m also dairy free and they took time to double check that the dish I ordered was entirely dairy free.

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Reviews of this Chain

Celiac

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Safety


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

— Not very

On Safety

They used to be great, but have introduced more and more gluten in various salads and just recently launched tacos made with naan bread. They are really bad with spilling ingredients down the salad bar line into other containers (ex: some tomatoes will fall into the cucumbers when they’re assembling your meal), but it’s never been an issue when there wasn’t gluten at play.

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?

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Offers online ordering
  • Good with other allergies
  • Good quality & quantity of healthy options
  • Good for takeout
Celiac

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Safety


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

— Somewhat

On Safety

HEADS UP!! The new tacos are served on naan bread. Cross contamination is now a consideration at this restaurant as there’s gluten kept near the rest of the food. Looks like you’d just need to ask them to change their gloves but the bread is also kept right near most of the meat. Sad it’s not all gluten free at this place anymore!

Quality & Quantity


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

On Quality & Quantity

Everything except the naan and slice of bread is gluten free (to my knowledge) Unfortunately now a higher risk of CC due to naan (the sliced bread is kept away from most of the other food in an acrylic box near the register)

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I’m probably the biggest fan in the world of their Korean bbq rice bowl.

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

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Great healthy & safe options, has a bit of a Panera feel to it with more knowledge staff. Very affordable and pleasant atmosphere.

Celiac

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Safety


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

— Not very

On Safety

Used to be able to eat here with no issue, then came the naan tacos! Watched the manager go from grill to naan (wheat flour) to grill and back to the next taco, then my bowl! $15 I gave away. Better than be violently ill for 3 days!

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

On Quality & Quantity

The food here was great. Tender meat, fresh veggies and amazing bone broth. The only gluten items were half slices of bread at the register and sesame seeds prior to 2020.

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Offers online ordering
  • Good quality & quantity of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Good for takeout
Comment

I reached out to Corporate and they have no plans to change! My whole family used to go with me so I could feel like I was having a normal and safe experience here. That is now over with CoreLife!

Celiac

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Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked
On Safety

Everything on the counter is GF but they also checked for which bowls were dairy free. The initial order taker also asked the three other counter helpers to change gloves. I felt super safe and well taken care of. Didn’t have any issues.

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

On Quality & Quantity

Everything on the counter was GF. Had lots of DF options. Everyone who could have touched my food changed gloves. Very yummy food and reasonably priced. Also great selections of teas and lemonades that were really refreshing. Highly recommend Core Life!!!

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good quality & quantity of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers delivery

Overall Rating

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Almost the whole menu except tacos and bread is gluten free. They changed gloves and washed hands prior to making my meal. They wrote in big letters GLUTEN FREE on my ticket so every employee handling my food would take precautions. The gluten free mac n cheese was delicious and I had a beef bowl. I was extremely impressed. They take all allergies serious as well including lactose intolerant for my son. He is 13 and they informed him which dishes to avoid due to dairy and others they could simply leave it out on.

Overall Rating

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free 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?

— Good

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I have been to this Corelife multiple times in the past few years. I have never had a reaction. All of their food is gluten free except for the optional complementary bread. I have a bit of an issue with them even offering that option as the kitchen goes from completely free of contaminants to a minuscule possibility of cross contamination. There have been a few times we’re the worker will get too excited and start to take out the bread before I answer “NO IM CELIAC!” The food is fairly good if you are looking for a light and healthy option. There are many dairy free, vegan, vagitarian, egg-free, nut free, basically any allergen free option. This was one of the only safe restaurants for me while I was experiencing health issues and would get sick from not only gluten, but eggs, dairy, and soy as well. The quality/flavor of the food has gone down at this location more recently. It seems to be hit or miss. Some days it’s very good, others it’s bland. However, it is always a safe, convenient option for me. Many times when I am preparing to travel I check for Corelifes in the are I am traveling to. Out of the many locations I have visited, I have never experienced a problem or had a reaction.

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

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Always good, always safe for celiac.Fresh,fresh fresh! Not going with 5 stars because the array of ingredients is overwhelming when you just want a quick lunch, and im not a big kale fan

Celiac

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This entire place is GF...with the only exception is sliced bread available near the cashier kept in an enclosed container. This place is healthy and delicious. Don't forget to add the lemonades and iced teas. Everything is fresh including a variety of bowls, salads etc.

Celiac

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Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

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

On Quality & Quantity

Got a large salad with extra protein and it was by far the biggest I’ve ever received. Well worth the price.

Celiac

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Safety


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

— Very

On Safety

Everything is gluten free until the bread at checkout. Therefore it is all properly separated. The person who offers gluten bread at checkout doesn’t handle the rest of the food, just the register.

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

On Quality & Quantity

High quality ingredients like quinoa and purple rice as a grain base, fresh avocados that they slice in front of you, and fresh vegetables to add to your bowl always make me feel happy when eating here.

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Never had an issue with making sure my meal is gluten free.

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

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The staff was knowledgeable about allergies. Everything at the eatery is gluten free, including their mac and cheese. Many great options for food!

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Very celiac friendly! It’s fun to go to a place where nearly everything on the menu is safe. Great for lunch or casual dinner.

Not celiac

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Celiac friendly?

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Great options for vegan and gluten free!!

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Love, love, love this place. Delicious options. Tried some of their bowls and their gluten-free Mac n cheese is delicious! Knowledgeable staff and felt safe eating here.

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Delicious, healthy food. Nima gluten sensor did not detect gluten in the Spicy Chicken and Ancient Grains bowl.

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Celiac friendly?

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The only thing that isn’t gluten free at this place is the free bread they keep in a box by the register, and when I told them I had celiac they placed my food far away from the bread while I paid. The gluten free Mac and cheese is great, their chicken is great, their soup is great, their bowls are great, I basically can’t say enough good things about this place.

Celiac

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Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
On Safety

The only thing that they have in there with gluten is bread. I have been told that this bread is prepared in a separate area away from everything else and that all other ingredients in the restaurant are gluten free.

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the 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

On Quality & Quantity

Essentially all the food is gluten free and I have been happy with what I've gotten.

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free

Overall Rating

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
On Safety

The only gluten food in the entire restaurant is bread in an enclosed case at the end of the food service line.

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

On Quality & Quantity

Most of the food is extremely healthy and everything (but the optional bread at the end of the food service line) is gluten free. Little to no risk of cross contamination. Such a relief to eat somewhere and not have to worry about getting sick.

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
Celiac

Overall Rating

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Completely dedicated gluten-free kitchen
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
On Safety

The only gluten in the restaurant was the bread kept in a covered box near the register in case someone wanted it on the side. Staff was incredibly knowledgeable about dietary restrictions in general.

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free 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

On Quality & Quantity

Excellent! All items were gluten free!

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good with other allergies
  • Good quality & quantity of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Good for takeout
Comment

Excellent staff! They were very knowledgeable! Huge menu selections that were healthy and delicious.

Celiac

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Staff is extremely knowledgeable, the only thing that doesn’t come from a dedicated gluten free facility is the tuna. Tons of delicious, healthy options!

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Staff was very helpful! The only item that isn’t gluten free is sliced bread which is kept separate from the other food.

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

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My daughter and I both have Celiac disease, this is the only place I trust. Everything they serve is gluten free with the exception of bread which is on the floor away from all the other food.

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

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Everything but the bread is gluten-free! Great healthy food options.

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

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This is a great quick service spot. The allergen chart on their website lists bread as gluten and the tuna bowls as cc, with everything else being gf. I had the southwest grilled chicken and purple rice bowl (minus tortilla strips because he was unsure if they were put in a shared fryer) and tried some of the ranch flank steak bowl. I thought they were both delicious and my gluten eating husband said he would go back.

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

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Best place to eat for Celiac's in the Lafayette area. Lots of healthy and delicious options. I had the Spicy, Ginger Steak Bowl. It was exactly what I needed. Dry items have a risk of cc from the warehouse where they are processed and all gluten is kept off the main line.

Celiac

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Tasty food, everything except the bread is gluten-free, reasonable prices.

Celiac

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Fabulous option for gluten free! Salads, rice bowls, even Mac and cheese and chicken noodle soup. If only all restaurants were like this one!

Celiac

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Full GF kitchen space, have eaten there multiple times with no issues.

Celiac

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Great bowl food. I’d eat here every day if I lived closer.

Celiac

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Lots of delicious options, nearly everything is gluten free.

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

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The only gluten containing item is the bread which they keep in a box at the end. I made sure to have the worker at the beginning take my order all the way through. Good healthy quick options. Update: I’ve been eating here about 3 times a week for the past year and a half. They did add tuna poke which may be cross contaminated as pointed out on the menu. I’ve never been sick and my blood tests showed I have no signs of elevated ttg. Great place.

Celiac

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Everything is gluten free bud the optional slice of bread. The manager handled my order and was fabulous at accommodating my dairy free needs.

Celiac

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Awesome, Friendly, Helpful staff I have Celiac’s, & it was excellent food! This is a rare find!

Celiac

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No

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The whole store is supposed to be gf except the optional bread at the register. We confirmed this with them before ordering but my daughter and I both got sick. And we had completely different items. There was some sort of cross contamination issues there today.

Celiac

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When there hand written note they closed early today . I made a special trip out there to get food . Thanks !!!!!!

Celiac

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Delicious and everything is gluten free except the bread you can order on the side, which is kept separate

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Fully GF with other allergens noted. Love this place.

Celiac

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Everything is gluten free except the best at the end of the build line so no worries, when regarding cross contamination! Love this place, not always super hot but consistent and reliable.

Celiac

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This place is amazing. I’ve tried so many different things and each one is delicious.

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

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Everything is gluten free (except an optional side of bread which is kept near the register away from the line). No danger of cross contamination! I had the tuna poke fire bowl and it was SPICY and delicious and felt very nourishing. Wish I could have tried everything on the menu! It felt like a Panera, but for Celiacs!

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Celiac friendly?

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Great food and very good with gluten free. Everything is gluten free expect at the end they ask you if you would like a slice of bread. The bread is kept in a separate area in a container. It's safe.

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

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Great place for gluten free food. The options are well labeled, well priced, delicious, and extremely healthy. I eat there at here at least once per week, and have never gotten sick. The only thing to be careful of are their hours closing at 9p.m.

Celiac

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Recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Went into CoreLife Eatery in West Henrietta and asked the staff what on the menu was gluten free/ celiac friendly? They said EVERYTHING!! I'll be going back for sure!

Celiac

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I always feel safe eating here! Their salads are super yummy and full of flavor. The only gluten they have is at the end of the line when you check out. A piece of bread, I always opt out. It’s in its own container. I’ve never been contaminated and look forward to lunches or dinners here.

Celiac

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Oct 20, 2019. Excellent place to eat GF. Great chain with healthy food. Even have GF mac-n-cheese. Don't eat the bread.

Celiac

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Oh my gosh basically the whole restaurant is gluten free!!! First time after being diagnosed with celiac where I could eat anything on the menu. The one exception is the bread isn’t GF, and like 2 minor menu items have cross contamination with gluten. Their online menu (I ordered online so I’m not sure if this is listed in the store as well) had a list of allergens and stated whether their products had that item and even cross contamination to it, I was so impressed how thorough and serious they take food allergies. I felt very safe eating there, had no reactions, and the food was DELICIOUS!

Celiac

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Yes!!! Finally a gluten free place to eat! I have celiac disease so it is nice to eat somewhere without any anxiety.

Celiac

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Yes

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Everything is gluten free except bread in a box at the end of the line which is separate from the rest of the food. I've been fine and have gone there many times.

Not celiac

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Excellent offerings with the menu clearly marked. It’s easy to eat here according to my dietary needs! The food is delicious and of high quality, too.

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