First time I went to Ike's in Oakland was all-around amazing -- great ingredients, fresh and with fantastic taste, and the folks at the storefront (2204 Broadway Street Oakland CA 510-338-6789) took great care: I ate, I enjoyed the taste and texture, and I had zero reactions. <3 This time I went to the location in Walnut Creek, and although I gave them clear instructions and stressed I would get very sick, someone back in the kitchen did not know or did not care -- I developed a reaction immediately after eating, and have the usual tingly hands/feet, dull neck pain, headache rising, gastrointestinal problems, with only God knowing how I will feel tomorrow. It is fine if you are not safe because you are too busy or too crowded! But I would prefer eateries not to lie to me about food safety and make the next 24 hours hell for me as a customer that trusted them.
The first time I went there was great--amazing sandwich, and the "dirty sauce", a garlic aioli I believe, was a delicious addition. When you order a sandwich on a GF bun, they ask if your GF-ness is a preference or an allergy, which I appreciated. The second time, however, I got the same sandwich and a day later, I felt those tell-tale cramps and pains.. I'm betting what happened was they didn't wipe down the counters enough while making the sandwich, resulting in some gluten crumbs on my GF bun. Almost two weeks later, I'm fully recovered and exercising more caution and skepticism. Overall, I'd say Ike's is good for people who mainly stick to a GF diet as a preference, and a big risk for folks with celiac.. :(
Best gluten free baguette I've ever had. I actually took it back because I thought they made a mistake! Sandwich was tasty but a little pricey ($10). Only con: all chips have MSG and other bad ingredients. I would suggest a different brand of chips for this chain. Also-they ask allergy or preference, which I like.
I have a wheat allergy, not celiac, so I can't vouch for the kitchen safety. Contamination risk seems high if you are very sensitive because it's a tight space. Their GF bread is delicious--so soft with a great texture. The staff usually ask if you have an allergy if you order GF, but not always, so be sure to point it out. Also, the staff has told me on two occasions that their vegan meats are wheat-free, but they aren't marked GF on the website so I'm not sure I trust the answer.
I did get mildly glutened here, but it was partially my own fault for forgetting to tell them it was an allergy (they usually ask at other locations, but didn't here). I am assuming they would be more careful with that information, but I would still say that it's not celiac safe. The gf bread was delicious as always (they get it from Mariposa).
The gluten-free bread is great, and they also have vegan cheese. They ask you if it's a preference or allergy and report to the kitchen, which made me feel that they must be pretty knowledgeable.
Super knowledgeable and friendly. Immediately knew how to treat celiac/allergies. They pulled out all the stops for cross contamination — changed gloves, kept everything separate, etc. Everything can be made gluten free except for fried/breaded options, and the GF bun didn’t cost extra! Definitely coming back.
Finally, a place for Celiacs to go if they want a delicious sub sandwich. The staff was very knowledgeable about cross contamination and even substituted the provolone cheese for dairy free/vegan. I had sandwich #118 / Tony Soprano. I hadn’t had a sub sandwich in years and was impressed at how delicious it was, even with the modifications. If you want just a simple lunch then this place is for you. Plus, you get a lollipop, vegan is offered as well, with every purchase.
The staff asked if it was an allergy and double checked each ingredient for me, even the things I’m usually sure about, but THEY wanted to make sure. Gluten free rolls are amazing, but if they run out they sub gluten free bread which isn’t as delicious as the gf rolls in my opinion. Their orange glaze and vegan options are not gluten safe. They make the gf sandwiches in a different kitchen space.
They have a separate station where they prep gluten free sandwiches. But they put it through the same oven as other bread so crumbs are flying everywhere in the oven causing cross contamination. I've eaten here over 30 times and I'm a celiac and I've gotten sick half the time. But most recently I did not get sick and they offered to make the sandwich without toasting it, so I can take it home and toast myself. Since I'm a celiac I can't eat here really but I still do every now and then because they are so good. If you're not a celiac you gotta try this place. It's a 5/5 stars but since it's not fully safe for celiacs I gotta go 4.
Wanted to check this place out. So my taste buds say: If you feel like having sandwiches for lunch/dinner, well this is the place.Finally a sandwich shop w/gluten free bread!!!I ordered the #65 Turkey avocado w/red pesto. Delish!! They also have veggie/vegan sandwhiches too, for the vegan peeps. Great sandwich shop. I'll be coming back for sure. Sorry to the other sandwich shops, no gluten free bread.
They were courteous enough to ask if it was a preference or an allergy and put mine in a separate bag from my boyfriends to avoid cross contamination. I will be giving them my business again in the near future. Also the gluten free bread is delicious.
All bread, even GF, goes through a shared oven that blows air. I really appreciate the staff warning us but it means the GF bread is not really an option except maybe for people just looking to reduce, but not eliminate, gluten. There are lettuce wraps. Precautions against cross-contamination don't look to be that thorough. It's a nice place and the people were very friendly and helpful but it's basically a college campus sandwich shop and not set up for true GF.
Fantastic selection of gluten free sandwiches in a deli counter environment.This location doesn't have all of them listed on the menu board, but I get the #333 Stephen Jenkins (singer from Third Eye Blind) which has pesto and turkey and stuff on a Toasted Gluten Free French Bread! *be sure to tell them you have a gluten 'allergy' because they do a special preparation to avoid cc.My gluten-eating exchange student said her gluten containing sandwich was the best sandwich she has ever had in her 17 years of life!
Right off the bat they asked if I was was to sensitive to have the same cutting board for things. Luckily I'm not, but the fact that they asked implies that they're willing to comply for those more sensitive than myself. I'm not sure how well they do however. The best part is that they didn't even charge me extra for gluten free bread - and they had th3 good stuff, not just sliced Udi's like many places. I said not celiac friendly because of experiences others have had, not myself.
I love this place so much! I haven't gotten sick here because they are careful with their cc and they take my allergy seriously. of course, eat at your own risk because nothing is guaranteed, but I'm happy to have a restaurant both me and my vegan husband can eat at as they accommodate to vegans as well.
Had gluten free bread when I asked. Food was great.
I have been here so many times now because they take such good care of me. They prep gf sandwiches in a separate area and they are so so good. Just make sure you tell them that you have celiac/allergy (whatever you have) so that they take extra precautions.
best gluten free bread I've had in Arizona
They Actually ask you if it's for allergies when you order gf bread! Then they apologize for take a little longer to make the sandwich so they can clean the area, wash, and reglove. (Like we mind them taking extra care to keep me safe) They were So nice and accommodating to my large family (We tote our 5 kids just about everywhere). The bread they use comes from agf bakery in Oakland. It's very delicious, like regular artisan. Unfortunately, it's more of a take out place for us. Tables are too high and they only have stools. The high chair doesn't fit the tablescuz of the hight. Otherwise it would be 5 stars.
This location's gluten free sandwiches are just as amazing as the Mea's location. I love the sandwiches and often and drive way out of my way to get one. I'm hoping a location in Phoenix opens up!
I've been here a handful of times. i have gotten sick more than not. I'm a very sensitive celiac and can't have cross contamination whatsoever. they make the bread in the same oven as gluten beads. they also will bag your food in the same bag as gluten sandwiches if you had other people on your order. won't go back here anymore.
Omg so good. So many sandwiches to choose from, and the gf bread is a SUB, not two little tiny pieces of your typical gluten free bread. Staff is so friendly and informed me that they do share a kitchen, so cross contamination is a possibility. Sandwiches can get a bit pricey but you get a lot of food.
Absolutely impressed! I am so excited to go back.... The GF bread was delicious and no adverse reactions! Service is also very friendly - top notch. It tasted like eating real bread for the first time in over a year! I am very grateful to have found this place.
OMG! The service was beyond fantastic and I can't believe how good the gluten free bread is! I felt like I was eating real bread for the first time in a year. Wow! I will definitely be going to Ike's as often as possible!
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