Not a great place to go if you have food allergies . I told them I was gluten-free and they brought me regular toast with butter (also said I am dairy free). Most of the menu does not show gluten-free (GF) anywhere. If you are dairy free everything has cheese for breakfast so beware. When I explained that I need something both dairy and gluten free I definitely got a cold feeling from the waiter. The only reason I give them two stars is because they do offer Udi’s gluten free bread, although in my case they forgot to bring it to me and instead brought me regular wheat toast.
Just tried First Watch for the first time, to grab takeout lunch. Risky, but I needed to eat. I ordered a power wrap, was expecting it to be on a bed of greens instead of the tortilla. I was pleasantly surprised that they turned it into a gf egg-white power omelet! They wrote “wheat allergy” in red pen on my order slip & it was written on my food container, too. Made me feel like they cared, and not uncomfortable at all. I’ll definitely be back to try more!
I don’t think I’d go back unfortunately. The waiter was really nice and accommodating, but the menu is confusing and the nutrition menu they hand you is so hard to read. You’d think a nice restaurant like this would be better. The regular menu said the power bowls are Gf , but the nutrition menu said it had gluten. Our waiter checked with the manager and he said it was a typo. Going against my better judgement I got it and felt sick after. I have celiac, so Im always careful, but yeah . I’d go somewhere else for breakfast.
The server was very friendly and even offered samples of the juice bar options. There is no separate gluten free menu, but they do have Gluten free bread (Udis) to substitute out bread. The food was tasty and very evident “Farm to Fork” concept. The food tasted clean, so walked away not feeling weighed down, but full at the same time.
I was very unsure of this place before going in. They only have two items on the menu that are listed as gluten free but it is a breakfast place so generally eggs, bacon, potatoes, and other breakfast items like that are safe. They do carry Udi’s bread. I asked the waitress a lot of questions before the manager came to my table. He stated that he was new to gluten free and didn’t understand what I was asking, however he said that he would accommodate me and my friend as needed. We explained our intolerance and he cooked all of our food himself. Neither of us got sick and the food was really good! Long story short: You should be safe, but if you have a high sensitivity skip it.
They were EXTREMELY accommodating. The chef has celiac disease, so takes it very seriously. My waitress was also very knowledgeable. I had a chorizo omelette with breakfast potatoes, chicken sausage, and Udis toast. They toasted the bread on the oven over a piece of foil.
All of the staff knows about the gluten free options. They don’t charge extra for gluten free bread.
I got glutened. I told the waiter my food needs to be gluten free. He brought out regular toast on the plate next to the bowl with the rest of the food which was also on the plate. I asked if it was gluten free toast he said no. He took back the food and returned with the same food. I knew I should not have ate it but I did. And now glutened. They do have a dedicated gluten free toaster according to the waiter. They are somewhat knowledgeable about gluten but need better execution.
I ordered gluten free toast. When I took a bite I felt the effects immediately. When I inspected the toast I noticed it had black specks on it from another piece of toast that obviously wasn't from mine because it was barely cooked. When I told her she was like "well what do you want me to do about it?" I said tell your manager it's unsafe to cook gf toast in the same toaster as regular bread. She said "ok." When she came back she told me she told the manager about what happened and that I should have told her I had an allergy because some people order gf bread "just because." She didn't even offer to take it off my bill not 6o mention the food took 1 hour to come out!!! This was the worst experience i've ever had since I've been gf for 7 years.
Not all First Watch are the same. This one was SO GREAT. My daughter has celiac. From the hostess to the server to the chef, they all came out and spoke with us. They made sure her omelet and avocado bread was safe from start to finish. Even told us they could not toast the Udi’s bread bc they don’t have a safe toasting method. Changed gloves and used separate cooking utensils. She did not get sick and her food was delicious.
The staff was not understanding or considerate of gluten allergies. They mentioned that they were out of Udi’s bread and when my food was delivered there was regular wheat bread on the plate. After I mentioned this to the host and server they didn’t seem very concerned but then explained that they had the gluten free bread that they could see from where we are standing. So this was a very expensive breakfast for the risk. It seems cross contamination could be high.
Lots of GF breakfast options. Food is really good and staff is knowledgeable.
I would give this a higher rating had my server been a little more knowledgeable of what she was offering:/ I felt ok about ordering the pesto chicken quinoa bowl though because I didn’t have to substitute anything-it’s gluten free to begin with- so I ate it and it was delish! no after effects.
I used to feel safe eating here. The waitress said, we have been instructed to say we cannot guarantee your food will really be gluten free. We make no guarantees, ok? I said, "No, not ok. I can actually get a safe gluten free meal at Waffle House. They take care of me there." Her attitude makes me want to call management and explain how to keep a darn kitchen safe and how to tell your servers to speak to people to reassure them even if you can't "guarantee." Be specific if you go and talk to the manager.
Staff was very friendly about having to change to Gluten free options. Even though the allergen information says it's not Gluten free it's only because most dishes come with bread but is very easy to change to Gluten free bread. Menu says GF bread is Udi's.
Not friendly for celiac. The kitchen said they were not gluten free.
Not a separate gf menu. I’ve eaten here 3 times without incident...just told the server I had a gluten allergy. They are unable to toast the bread for celiac (shared toaster), so I’d skip the bread as it’s typical dry, bland gf bread when not toasted. The juices are very good (recommend the kale) and the millionaires bacon is sweet with a hint of spice. It’s not your typical greasy diner...I’d definitely recommend for fresh options! No gf pancakes or anything, but that’s to be expected and a rare treat when you find it out.