They have 4 gluten free alcoholic drinks labeled on the menu - the downeast blackberry cider is really good. I get their burgers and even though i’m celiac my reactions to gluten are really unique and it’s difficult for me to detect when i have gluten. i sometimes can tell and i’ve been fine the multiple times i got the burger. its kinda risky here though honestly. Sometimes the waiter cares sometimes not at all. also the nachos are fire but i think they are a source of cross contamination!!!
— Not very
— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu
If you look back at old reviews here, I'm not surprised to see a big shift in ratings. My husband has celiac and we used to come to the Mew's often. They were among the first Tavern-type restaurants in South County with an extensive GF menu, including calamari!
Then one day they totally changed the menu and eliminated all GF options. Given the increasing number of people being diagnosed with celiac or gluten sensitivities, it was a pretty surprising move. Most restaurants are moving in the other direction. Nonetheless, as much as I've always loved the Mew's (it's great if you don't have an allergy!), I wouldn't recommend it for anyone on a GF diet.
Salad came with croutons and when I informed then I needed a new salad I believe they just picked them off because I was sick for DAYS! I called the manager to inform him so he could better warn celiacs, and he was so rude. He told me that it was my own fault and there was no way his staff messed up. Oh well, definitely not returning!
Definitely not gluten free! Waitstaff acts as though they are educated on gluten free but are definitely not!!! I got very very sick here!!!! DO NOT trust it!!!!
No dedicated gluten free menu. For having 69 different beers, it was disappointing they only had 1 gluten free beer available, however they had about 5 cider options. Fryolator is shared with gluten foods so no options there. Gluten free buns and bread available for burgers and sandwiches. Waitstaff was helpful in trying to accommodate me. I had the fish tacos, which ended up tasting very good. Not many other options as a lot of foods were fried.
If this were a review of Mews anywhere but Find Me Gluten Free, for anything but their gluten-free-ness they'd get 4-5 stars! The food is delicious, the ambiance is really cool and friendly, and the staff is very nice.
Based on our actual experience with their gluten free menu, I was tempted to give just one star. But I'll give the second because it really would be a 4-5 star sort of place without their overly enthusiastic, untrue claim that they have GF options.
When went there, we checked to see if the extensive menu of fried food was too good to be true by asking if they had a separate fryer..... It was indeed too good to be true, and they did not have a separate fryer. So we took that to mean that the gluten free menu is basically a lie :( Those foods aren't gluten free. Definitely not Celiac safe whatsoever.
But the waitress acted like it was no big deal, and no there's not a separate fryer, but so what, all the ingredients in those items listed were gluten free, so of course they must be okay...
So that was another warning sign... having staff that is going to be aware of what it *really* takes to make sure something is gluten free is important, if you're going to offer that.
Frankly, I was so scared for my husband's health based on the "GF"-but-not-actually-remotely-at-all menu and the waitress' cluelessness that I wanted to leave right then........but my husband thought that was embarrassing, so we stayed and tried to figure out what be nearly impossible to screw up.
So, very much on guard at this point, we ordered fajitas after confirming that they are cooked in their own individual pans, as fajitas are most places.
We thought that would be safe.
We were wrong.
My husband was sicker after this cross-contamination, and for longer, than any other single time we can remember. We went over a month ago, and still he does not completely feel okay again yet.
Doing things half-way is very problematic for people who have Celiac's disease... Please don't have a menu that says items are gluten free, but then a shared fryer that makes that completely impossible... and having untrained staff that isn't aware of allergens and how to avoid cross-contamination also makes theoretically a gluten free menu actually quite pointless as well.
Again, its fine if places don't want to have a gluten free menu. But please don't have one that is a lie. That's putting the customers that you are supposedly trying to accommodate at risk.
GF fried pickles, GF Deep Eddy Grapefruit vodka, Portobello Mushroom sandwich on GF bread or bun, GF sweet potato fries. Totally didn't have to sacrifice anything. Only warning is if you have serious cross contamination issues they recommend nothing from the fryolator since everything is cooked in there.
Mew's has gluten free sandwich buns to make any of their awesome sandwiches gluten free! They also have many many ciders on tap! The food is awesome!