So nice to have so many choices!! I had the beef burrito with black beans and green chili sauce and loads of cheese! I am celiac and did not get sick...
I just ate here and had a great experience. The staff ( manager) immediately washed his hands and changed his gloves when I asked for a gluten free meal specifying I have a true allergy. He followed the food down the line personally ( I asked him to!). The result? Great food, no gluten reaction and a pleasant stay in Cedar City! Thanks Costa Vida! You guys are my go-to tasty eat out restaurant at home and away.
I came here shortly after my celiac diagnosis and didn't really understand cross contamination. I got so sick and was very disappointed because I thought I had done everything right. Then I realized that even though all their filling ingredients were gluten free, they all come into contact with the flour tortillas, essentially making them full of gluten and affecting someone like me. I wouldn't recommend going here unless you can convince them to make your food with fresh ingredients that haven't been contaminated.
It's not really GF when you cross contaminate like crazy. Sorry :/
I went to this restaurant in hopes of finding a new gf place to eat. I was violently ill before I even left the restaurant. Their sauces and toppings are all gf, but they scoop them out of them same containers that they do when someone orders a flour tortilla. So when someone orders a burrito they scoop out the stuff, spread it around the tortilla, and then put the now contaminated spoon back in the container. They also use the same hot plate for ALL the tortillas. Not a separate one. They also told me they use the same tortilla press for their corn tortillas as they do their flour. They said they make the corn first, but if they're using the same press, then how can they guarantee the corn tortillas are still gf? Anyways, I got sick and won't be going back.
They have their own gluten free menu and are very conscious of what is made with or around gluten and they use a separate stove to cook their non gluten items in so that celiacs and people sensitive to gluten don't have to worry about cross contamination.
So, you won't find a specific GF menu here, but the website says they have eliminated gluten from all bit a few of their options. If you tell the person assembling your meal you (or in my case, my hubby) are celiac, they will change gloves. My hubby had a shredded beef with cheese burrito in a GF corn tortilla and did not get sick. Good prices, fresh ingredients.
Super good staff. When we ordered corn, thgey immediately asked if we had a gluten allergy. All members washed their hands and changed gloves before touching our plates. Neither of us are sick tonight! Food was good. We had shredded beef enchiladas. Refried beans are a bit spicier than most places, but I mixed spur cream in to make them milder. We will be back!
Cross contamination for sure. This location almost does it right, but misses the mark. When they make my daughters quesadilla, they use the same brush to butter it as everything else, ditto for the pizza slicer they use to cut the quesadilla. We are sad, but won't come back to this location.
I went here the first time and told the manager who was working the kitchen bar about my allergies and he changed his gloves and made my salad, I had no reaction. The food was awesome! Tried to go again today and was in line watching the kitchen staff rub the spoons all over the the flour tortillas as they added the meats, beans and other toppings. I got out of line and left, this place is in no way safe for people with allergies but if you are going gluten free as a diet choice I'd recommend it the food is awesome. Sad I won't be able to go back, I would have been sick had I not seen the staff making people's food in front of me. If you have allergies avoid at all costs!
I'm gluten, dairy, corn and soy free so I wasn't sure what I could find here. I was blown away when the man behind the counter took off his gloves and carefully washed his hands to remove any contamination from the tortillas. With new gloves, he very courteously helped me with my choices. Lettuce, black beans, chicken, guacamole, extra mango salsa and extra cilantro. Makes a wonderful salad. I've eaten there many times and never had problems. So nice to see a fast food restaurant with this kind of attention to special diets.
Read the reviews and was so excited to come here. Food was ok, staff was extremely lackluster. Had no idea about allergies and were all pretty crabby.
Yummy Mexican, including fresh scratch made corn (& flour) tortillas! Fast food environment with homemade quality food in generous portions. After I identified myself as having celiac, I very carefully watched their procedures. The server immediately changed her gloves & I was very pleased with how she handled my delicious meal! Most definitely will be back!
They say they are gluten free but when they use their gluten filled gloves to grab the chips a change of gloves for me won't make a difference. They are already have contaminated them. It happens for most everything I assume because I get sick everytime I eat there. Not safe for celiacs.
We eat at Costa Vida whenever possible. Most everything including the chips are gluten free. our favorite is the sweet pork Baja bowl. This place is fabulous. We eat at locations in Ogden UT, Lee's Summit and Dallas TX. so delicious.
Downgrading my review. They no longer follow strict protocol as they used to. The last few times we went they only had one single GF tortilla left. This was early evening. They no longer have the same person with clean gloves make the entire meal from start to finish. Feeling that they're very lax about GF, wish they'd be more careful. My daughter loves this spot but I won't go back anytime soon.
Very gluten friendly. They do what they can to avoid cross contamination. The only items on the menu that contain gluten are the wheat and white flour tortillas and one of the desserts. They have dedicated areas and tortilla maker for gluten free tortillas and keeping the food.
Not safe for celiac. I watched the cook make and handle the flour tortillas then chop and handle the chicken at the same time. He went back and forth from the chicken to the flour tortillas several times so I'm certain it's contaminated. Not going to risk that so I left without eating.
The worker knew the protocol to change gloves however their knowledge of gluten free cross contamination ended there. The sauce spoons were smeared across flour tortillas and put back in the dish, cheese was taken off of flour tortillas and put back in dish and lettuce was placed on flour tortillas and then back in dish. Super bummed this was not a celiac friendly establishment.
According to the restaurant, everything is gluten free except the flour and wheat tortillas. The grilled chicken enchiladas were tasty. The rice and refried beans were also good. The person that helped us, washed his hands and put on new gloves before preparing our order.
The best sweet pork ever. I have celiac and get terribly I'll if I ingest gluten. This place is head and shoulders above many of their competitors. After watching the preparation of my Baja Bowl, I was so happy with the care taken to keep my meal gluten free. As always, there are about 5% gluten ingredients here so watch the person preparing your meal answer ask for a managers help if you are unsure of your server.
The food was very good the service was great. When I told them I was gf they pulled off their gloves and started changing them with a smile, I didn't even have to ask. I ate there twice without getting sick and I have celiac. It was great to be amble to have nachos.
One of the workers was new and didn't understand what celiac was so the manager politely reminded her that it was a GF allergy and to wash hands/re glove before making my meal. The manager even grabbed a different bag of cheese to make my enchiladas. Over all I had a great experience and felt safe eating here.
Wanted to get enchiladas on corn tortillas, but they don't have corn tortillas at this location. only option was a taco bowl.
I eat here a lot, tell them first thing you are gluten free and they will immediately change their gloves. The dressings, meats, and everything else besides the wheat tortillas are gluten free. Deliciousness and the knowledgable staff make this a favorite.
One of the best GF places we have been. GF ingredients, their cross contamination knowledge was top notch. Changed gloves, put foil down on the grill, didn't use spatula that had already been used, and knowledge of ingredients. We might have to come back all 3 days we are visiting here.
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We have worked diligently to remove wheat gluten from all our sauces, dressings, sauces and proteins. Natural glutens remain only in our flour and wheat tortillas and in two desserts--tres leches and key lime pie. This means that we offer "oceans of gluten-free choices" in our menu. All of these items are gluten-free: all enchiladas, all tacos, all salads (without the flour or wheat tortilla), all nachos, and our chicken tortilla soup...which uses corn strips. And, we can easily make all burritos with corn tortillas, enchilada-style. Just ask!