If you are sensitive to gluten, please don't visit this place. When me and my family came here, we told the server that we were gluten free and she rolled her eyes at us and made our food. The people were judgemental and rude. They made me and my brother share a half serving of meat. The food was okay but too simplistic. There is no gluten free bread or anything so they only advertise gluten free to get more customers. If this simplistic style is just Mediterranean style than I apoligize.
it is a decent and safe fast food place. lots of options...well marked on menu
We visited Garbonzo's while in town for a family event. Reading the reviews I got the idea that it was set up similar to Chipotle but with with Greek/ Mediterranean food, and that's exactly what it was you. You pick your style (wrap, salad, plate, pita) and then pick your protein and whatever else you want on it. While we waited they gave us a falafel (which was awesome). I ordered a salad and I was happy to see that each time someone ordered gluten-free they changed their gloves and they also pulled out a sep. set of ingredients from under the counter that had been set up for GF orders (to avoid cross-contamination). The food was excellent. I even went back and ordered more homemade chips & hummus to take back to our family. I really hope this chain spreads and I find one close to me soon.
The first time i came here the servers were well away about how to prepare GF food. My second time back and the servers (different set of people) thought they knew how to serve GF, but still had cross-contamination. They used the same spoon, but changed out the food :/ good thing the General Manager was there doing audits and I was able to tell her what the servers did. She wasn't very happy with them. I really like the food and want to come back if/when they can serve it the right way.
My favorite go-too place for a gluten free/dairy free lunch!
I apologize this review is so late. I ate here over the summer and have not had a chance to leave a review. Although the staff was not very knowledgeable about gluten-free the manager was. If I remember right his name was David and he cleaned The entire work area, used plates from a brand new box, and dished my food from the containers underneath that had not been cross contaminated yet. He also made me some gluten-free Pita wrapped in foil to prevent cross-contamination. I felt very cared for at this location during the lunch rush. If only all garbanzos locations took the same care it would be great.
Walked in... and the FIRST thing I noticed is that place is CC central.... utensils in contact with the pita, then dunked back into the sauces/ fillings.... and contaminated gloves dunked into the other fix-uns.... walked out.....steer clear of this place.....
Great real food fast. Lots of GF DF options and if you tell them you are Celiac they will serve you from fresh, uncontaminated containers (under the line) with fresh utensils . Very accommodating & a safe place to eat. I also love to get the chips instead of pita and dip them in Baba Ghanouj.
On each of the items labels it states of the item is gluten free, and all but a few are safe. The staff was kind enough to sanitize the environment before beginning to make my meal. My boyfriend got the gf pita bread and he said it was good, it has a hint of sourdough flavor and isn't dry. The falafel here is amazing!
Everything is clearly labeled and the food is delicious and the staff is pretty knowledgeable!
One reason I enjoy visiting the Denver area so much (besides seeing family) is eating at Garbanzo's. I have celiac disease and *have* to eat gluten free. The staff here is a dream to work with. They take care to make sure there is no cross-contamination in anything I order and the food is AMAZING. So good. The falafel is the bomb and their GF pitas are tender and chewy. So so so so yummy. And for the record - I state I'm celiac and they use clean gloves, get out new containers of sauces and more, and wrap the pita in foil. I ordered a chicken kabob tonight and they made it fresh. I've eaten here a dozen times and have yet to be glutened. I am celiac AND have a severe wheat allergy. It takes a microscopic amount of either to set me off. :)
A must to those with Celiac Sprue. There menu is easy to order from on what is gluten free & Lactose free. Thanks to the Server knowledge & labels identifying food allergy info is fantastic. Offer Gluten free & Lactose free pita bread.
love that they had everything marked if it was gluten free or vegan.
This place is my kitchen away from home - not only is the food AMAZING, but the staff has become a second family to me. I started coming three years ago when I found out I have a severe gluten allergy. For three years they've cautiously and lovingly went through great lengths to ensure my plate was always gluten free. Love this place and know you will too!!!
The gluten free pita bread here is AWESOME! It tastes like real gluten. The server knew to change gloves and told everyone else to do the same. I'm so happy there's a Mediterranean food place in town with gluten free pita bread now!
The food is fantastic and they make an effort to offer good GF alternatives. The cross-contamination risk, however, is pretty big as I have personally witnessed them use a scoop to stuff toppings in a pita bread, touching the pita with the scoop and then putting it back into the GF topping container, contaminating the entire container. It's disappointing that they get this aspect of GF prep wrong, yet offer individually-wrapped GF pitas that are protected from cross-contamination. The food is delicious and at a great price, their people are very polite, but they are not trained in cross-contamination protocols and I have been glutened here and left the last time without ordering due to the scoop issue. Not celiac safe, but probably fine for the mildly intolerant.
Staff was trained. The server switched her gloves the moment I said I needed a gluten free meal. All spoons remained in their own container. The meats that were gluten-free were labeled. I didn't realize that the gyro meat was not gluten-free so I was able to change it before it reached my plate. The server switched her gloves again! So I was incredibly thankful!! Meat is measured in a small container, so I see the potential for cross contamination there. Again, server did not use that container and just placed the meat on my plate. The gluten-free pita bread was pre wrapped in foil and heated that way to prevent cross contamination. Kudos to the server that I had!!! I was very pleased and she was patient and helpful. I will say just communicate your needs, stay vigilant and request for things to be done separate, etc....
Cross-contamination central. Delicious food, and most items are GF, but unless you're the first one served that day, your food is likely contaminated by food that's touched wheat pitas, via spoons or bits of rice that were stuffed into a wheat pita then fell out back into the serving bin. A pity, because their falafel (GF) are very tasty. Not a celiac-friendly restaurant.
So many delicious options!! My only concern would be the proximity of ingredients to others that aren't GF. I had no reaction to anything and tried just about everything GF they offer. They changed their gloves when I informed them I'm GF, and the entire menu is very clearly marked. Amazing falafel and GF pita!! I will be back many times :)
Their gluten free pitas are pretty okay while they're hot, but once they cool, not so much. Still, you get plenty of food with a plate or kabob, and its all deliciously seasoned.
We told the girl we needed our order to be gluten free and she acted like she knew what we were asking. I watched her touch the pita from the order in front of us and proceed to grab my bowl with the same glove. I reminded her that she needed to change gloves, and she just said, "yea, I know," and kept the same bowl! Smh!
this place is great they are all so nice and are clearly trained about gluten. all there food is clearly marked. the gluten free pita is sooo good, they wrap them in foil so the can heat the up and not have cross contamination. almost everything on the menu is safe. and when you order the gluten free pita the first question they ask is if it is because of an allergy, say yes and they will guide you through ordering to make sure you are safe. this is a great place to get a good safe meal.
There stuff is clearly marked as to what is gluten free. the gluten free pita is wrapped in foil so no cross contamination when it is heated. most of there stuff is gluten free there are only a few things that are not. most of the staff really understands what is safe and what is not. only reason for not giving 5 stars is for the first time I went they said I could have something that I found out this time I could not because it has gluten, no wonder I got sick. also some of there staff is not as well informed as others, but there stuff is clearly marked.
Very knowledgeable on gf and celiac's. They have a fabulous gf pita bread that they will serve on the side (will not stuff for you if you have an actual allergy to avoid cross contamination). Highly recommend! The falafels are great and the flavored lemonades are so refreshing! I feel VERY confident when dining here.
I arrived here around 5pm on a Saturday and they were out of chicken kabobs! Plenty of chicken in the bins. But not for kabobs... The rice was hard! Don't bother with the gf pittas! The lamb gyro meat is NOT gf. Fortunately one of the staff knew! I am not a fan of hummus, but theirs is great! One of my friends also commented on how good their hummus is. Overall though, It's not a good value for the money. $10.32 for a kabob with 6 little pieces of steak? Maybe the chicken is a much better deal...
We love Garbanzo! The menu is clearly labeled, the food is fresh and there is very little risk of cross contamination if you avoid the pickles (they live next to the couscous). Wish the gyro meat was gluten free, because they do offer a gluten free pita and I miss a good Greek sandwich! We usually just get the bowl with no pita, still fantastic. Friendly service and to go ordering too.
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