I experienced a total breakdown in allergen handling protocol that lead to me experiencing a moderate gluten exposure. The cashier didn’t know what Celiac disease was (very surprising for how this establishment markets itself), then got nervous and flustered when I asked to speak to the manager. Against my better judgment, I backed off in order to calm them down. Hopefully this was an isolated incident, seeing as this location has very good GF reviews.
This is by far my Celiac-family’s favorite place to eat (breakfast, lunch, AND dinner) in Seattle. I’ve personally been to the location in Capital Hill (although the staff is less friendly) and am a regular to the Queen Anne location. Both are safe and knowledgeable. You can order almost everything gluten-free, just be sure to let the staff know there is an allergy otherwise they don’t change their gloves nor wipe the cutting boards down. Although that’s just plain silly that they don’t take those precautions whenever GF is ordered, I’m still glad that after countless visits I’ve yet to be contaminated as a severe, severe Celiac (bad enough to be listed twice...).
Dined here several times, for breakfast and lunch. The bacon, egg and beecher's cheddar on gluten free bread is awesome!! So is the agave lemonade!!! The avocado, egg and cheese is good. Pesto chicken sandwich is meh. Staff are very conscientious of gluten allergy, changing gloves and preparing away from other gluten-items. Love love love! This celiac did not get sick!!
Hit and miss for celiacs. It’s shared equipment, so your gluten free bread goes through the same toaster as everything else. Sometimes it’s fine, sometimes you get a little wheat in your sandwich. If you’re sensitive to cross-contamination I can’t recommend. Salads and bowls are probably a safer bet.
There are plenty of options for gluten free on the menu. Any sandwich can be made with gluten free bread and all bowls are gluten free. However, the menu does state that cross-contamination may occur, so be sure to ask questions when ordering.
Homegrown offers GF bread and buns on all of their sandwiches (Udi's, IIRC) and a great line up of GF and nominally GF offerings. However, I deducted 2 stars, because why go to the trouble of having extensive GF offerings if you're not going to step up and provide cross-contamination protection for people with celiac? (Their disclaimer: "all gluten-free items are made on shared equipment" - IOW, "no gluten ingredients, but we're not making any promises.")
This is a Seattle favorite. Sure it’s a little pricey if you compare to like... subway... but you’re in an expensive city getting quality fresh food so it’s really not overpriced considering. We always enjoy our food and the service has always been top notch for us. Even one meal mess up that we took to go, they immediately refunded us when we contacted them.
Ordered a sandwich - was the only customer there, so I watched the preparation closely. They used the same knife to spread stuff on the bread that they used for gluten-containing bread. The knife they used to cut the sandwich was coated in crumbs as well. Gave the sandwich to a coworker.
I'm a celiac and eat here frequently. Just be sure to tell them it's an allergy and they have a separate gluten free preparation area. Sandwiches do share the toasting over so be aware of that if you're crazy sensitive, order the sandwich cold or get a salad.
great restaurant! very good gluten free option. they do a good job of avoiding cross contamination (their menu does say there is a risk of it, simply because it's made near regular bread). I haven't had any major issues with cross contamination (possibly a little bit because I'm very sensitive to it), so I would rate this restaurant very well. their GF bread is also soy free (including soybean oil and soy lecithin). if you have any questions just call up their corporate office for the ingredient list. would highly recommend this place if you have gluten allergies (and soy and dairy allergies too!)
I am just starting to go to restaurants again after be diagnosed with Celiac. I am very fearful of cross contamination. I chose Homegrown off this app for a place to take my mom to lunch. I had a few questions and explained in need a gluten free meal. They didn't seem like they had knowledge of how to accommodate. What was worse, after explaining I needed gluten free, the cook did not change gloves when she went to make my salad. My mom saw this and asked if she was going to change gloves. After the cook gave an annoyed look at her, she did change her gloves. The food was good, but after spending $42 for 2 for lunch, I expected a little more care in my food prep.
The gluten free sandwich I had was wonderful. My gluten eating boyfriend tried a piece of it and even said it was good. Annnnd they make the gluten free stuff in a seperate area so this celiac didn't get sick! There is a risk of cross contamination but they do a good job of trying to prevent it.
I explained I am severely sensitive to gluten (almost too emphatically) but it worked. Didn't get sick. The chicken cranberry (?) sandwich for about $12.50 is huge and delicious. Had three meals out of the full size sandwich (sold in half and whole sizes). The staff is very nice and accommodating. Definitely will eat there again.
It's sad that I had to travel to Seattle to find amazing and regularly sized gluten free but home grown did not disappoint. I am here for a week and I will most likely go back just for the bread and the yummy salads and soups. Definitely worth a try!
Watching new employee get trained on GF protocal. Impressive! However, the sandwich not so much. The bread was good. Was like a whole grain type roll and held together very well My only complaint on the sandwich was a very scare amount of meat on it. I'll give the joint another try, but if that is the standard, it won't be worth it. 5 times carbs to protein is not my thing.