Earls Restaurant

9 ratings
$$$ • Restaurant
698 Assembly Row #102
Somerville, MA 02145

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Celiac

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When I called the hostess had no idea but did go speak to someone in the kitchen. Returned to the phone saying they could accommodate my needs. The online allergen menu says everything may have gluten in it, everything! The in store menu has “ga” for gluten aware next to a small handful of items. I ordered the street tacos with corn tortillas. They were very small, especially compared to the dishes of my nonceliac friends. I did not get sick.

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Not celiac

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Asked if they had gluten free items on their menu and the host gave me a “look” then pointed to a handful of items on the menu with a “GA” symbol. He then told me those items were “gluten friendly” making quotations with his fingers. We walked out.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Their menu says gluten conscious, so decided to check it out. Got the superfood quinoa salad with salmon and truffle fries. Didn’t feel so awesome and started wondering if it could have been from there. The website lists allergens...both of the items I got were “may* and may” for gluten. Apparently “may*” means cross contamination from the fryer. So, the gluten conscious truffle fries were fried with gluten items and the chickpeas on the salad were as well. They should inform the patron when they’re ordering. I specifically said I had a gluten allergy. I’m sure some of the items are fine, but make sure you ask them to leave off anything that’s been mingling with gluten...and if you have celiac don’t get anything fried.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 2 years 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

  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Sushi

Categories

  • Asian
  • Kid Friendly
  • Late Night
  • Online Ordering
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Restaurant
  • Tex-Mex

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The fryer is not dedicated

1 year ago

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Staff seemed put off about my questions about the food options (ie are your chips fried here?). The food was good, but as others have said, very limited. Steak, fish, salad or possibly tacos.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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I've eaten there many times and never gotten sick ( glutened). I jus lt wish they had more options. what they do have is good though.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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They have gluten friendly nachos, blackened chicken breast meals, sweet potato fries, truffle fries and for brunch a few options like a goat cheese frittata or a spicy sausage hash! They said they have a separate fryer, just let them know.... not sure if I believe it but.... I haven't got sick yet!

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Not celiac

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The GF choices here are very limited. Although they mark certain fries and nachos 'gluten aware' everything is in the same fryer so I couldn't eat them. I ordered steak which came with mashed potatoes and vegetables. They were out of mashed potatoes and didn't have any other GF sides. However, I didn't get sick so therefore 3 stars.

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I've had the Cajun chicken multiple times and it's bomb! I'm highly sensitive so I'm happy. Being celiac you have to be prepared to ask the typical series of questions on how things are prepared. It's your own fault if you don't ask if the nacho chips are fried.

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Celiac

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Gave earls a try based on the review here and the menu appearing to be well marked with "gluten aware" options. These gluten aware options were labeled on the menu as "gluten free with modifications from the kitchen." So we assumed the gluten aware nachos were safe. We made the staff aware of the celiac at the table and ordered the nachos. 30 mins later, the nachos were brought out and only then did the waitress tell us that the chips would've been cross contaminated in the fryer (in her defense, the kitchen only told her as it was brought out). Obviously, this doesn't fly for celiac. The manager then came out and then tried to sweet talk us while offering a half hearted apology. Overall, very unimpressed. They shouldn't have the nachos marked gluten aware if they don't have a dedicated fryer. On top of it, the service was Abysmal from start to finish.

Celiac friendly?

No

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Celiac

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Horrible experience here, ordered from gluten-free menu and stated that I have celiac but I got super sick from the food. Will not eat here again!!!

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?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

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

— Poor

Celiac

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Love Earl’s because they have a dedicated fryer so that means fries! Yam fries!! The food is pretty good although the price can be a bit high for the quality. Staff is knowledgable or will ask the kitchen to be sure, which I appreciate. During non-covid times the yaletown location can have a waitlist for dinner.

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
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer

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?

— Good

Celiac

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I ordered gluten free chicken tacos with fries as the waiter said there was a separate deep fryer. When it came out the fries were directly touching the regular garlic toast from my mom's order who I was with (not gf). I told the server I can't eat this with it touching as a small amount like that can make me sick so they took it back to remake and came out with a new order 10 minutes later. I asked to speak to the supervisor who apologized. She came back while we were eating and I wanted to double check the fries were gf because they looked slightly coated with something. She said yes they are but it's too late you've already eaten half of them and laughed. Fast forward 2 hours when I am severely vomiting and having diarrhea. Ended up in the hospital. To make it better my identical twin who is also celiac and ordered the same meal also got sick. We went to the hospital together. I am expecting a call back from Earls regarding this situation.

Safety


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

— Not 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?

— Some

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

— Below Average

Celiac

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I was a bit wary coming here but the staff were very willing to explain how they keep things gluten free. There aren't a lot of options but I ordered the Santa Fe chicken salad and yam fries and didn't get sick. I asked them to cook the chicken on a piece of foil as it didn't appear that they had a separate grill area for gluten free but I can't tell if they did or not. I did double check multiple times everything was "gluten aware" as they call it and I would be willing to go back.

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
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer

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?

— Not Much

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

— Excellent

Overall Rating

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
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer
  • 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?

— Some

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

— Excellent

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