I have eaten here at least 10 times in past 18 months and never gotten sick. Tell server you have gluten allergy and they cut meat separately. Love that I can have brisket, potato salad, cole slaw, pickles and onions and awesome bbq sauce gluten free. You can bring your own alcohol as well. And Bring your own GF bread if you want that. Tip: if long wait for inside seat, call in to go order and eat on outside picnic table.
Before you decide to eat here, spend the 5-10 minutes you’re waiting for your table watching the two guys cutting meat as it comes off of the pit. These two guys cut all of the meat going out to be served, and as I was leaving I watched them both assemble sandwiches with the same meat they had just cut - right on their cutting board. Sandwiches went onto plates and out for service, and they quickly resumed cutting meat coming off of the pit again, with the same gloves, cutting board, knives... everything. Not sure if this is commonplace, but it puts virtually all of the meat on the menu at risk of cross contamination - if not ensuring it is so.
Food tasted great, but I got very sick afterwards. Wish I’d decided to watch them work before I ate and not on the way out.
Overrated tourist trap. They make an effort to be gluten free. Thats nice. But the food wasnt really that good.
Delish! Only thing not GF is bread and desserts. Clearly stated on menu. Easy-peasy!
Everything is gf except bread and desserts. BYOB. Best bbq in town.
The Salt Lick was worth the drive, worth the wait and worth the cost. I had heard of the Salt Lick first from a friend who lives where I do (California) and then from friends who live nearby the restaurant. I was looking forward to having great BBQ in Texas. I watched s couple of shows/segments on the restaurant and knew that I wanted to get the family meal for my daughter and I. I wanted to try the brisket, sausage and ribs. The brisket didn't blow me away, and we didn't get refills of that meat, but I really loved the ribs. I haven't had ribs better than what the Salt Lick has. I wasn't wild about the beans, but did enjoy the coleslaw and even more the potatoes. I did opt for a jalepeño and was surprised to be charged $0.25 for it. We could have all the fishes refilled as many times as desired. We got there a little after 6, and had an hour and 15 minute wait. While we were waiting, we went to Salt Lick Cellars to wine taste and purchase beer and wine. You can take the beer and wine back to the restaurant. The winery does take credit cards but there is an $8 minimum charge. While you are waiting you can enjoy live music or play bocce ball at the winery. It was a pleasant evening and very much worth the effort to go. I recommend trying it at least once if you're in the area, especially if you love BBQ. My daughter and I are both gluten-free and everything on the menu except the bread and dessert are gluten-free.
i have celiac and eat here often. all the meats and sauces are safe as well as potato salad and cole slaw. staff is helpful. you can't help but look longingly at their desserts. that would make it a 5 if they served some gf bread and dessert- one can hope...
Wife has celiac disease, eat here very often, she has NEVER been sick. Just make sure to tell them you have a gluten allergy, and then they will make sure to cut your brisket/meat on a clean board.
I love the BBQ here. I've eaten there twice because of the claim to be gluten free. Unfortunately, I've gotten sick both times. I'm a Celiac. I think there's a cross contamination issue or inconsistent practices among workers. Too bad cause I love the food!
I have celiac and had no issues here. I mentioned my concern about contamination (per the last reviewer) and they said the bread is cut on its own surface and only put on plates by the same person each time. Confirm for yourself but I felt well and the food was delicious. Happy to have good bbq:)
Clearly marked GF however, food prep is highly contaminated as bread is cut on same surface as meat and sauce is slathered in onto bread. Talked to server and they were very nice to accommodate by pulling meat off pit and slicing in a clean area with clean knife. Easy for intolerants, a little more questionable for Celiacs. Food was very good though. (I avoided the BBQ sauce)
I really love the BBQ here. I come back whenever I'm in town. Avoid the bread and desserts because they have gluten. Very sad because I had the cobblers before diagnoses of celiac and they are fabulous! Lol sorry
Salt lick has been a frequent destination because I live in the area. I've yet to get sick from anything. their menu does state everything is gluten free except the obvious bread products. Extremely low risk of cross contamination. From pit to plate. I've made a call and a email to confirm the rumors and got nothing back. Take confidence that yes, they are gluten free.
Wow. The food at this place is amazing. BBQ places are usually pretty safe when they use their own sauce, and this place was no different. On the menu in big letters it states "we are gluten free, except for bread and dessert". Pretty easy (although for someone super sensitive I imagine cross contamination could be a problem, and I would check with the restaurant first) I got the Ranchers plate, which included a taste of everything. The rib and sausage both were my top picks, and I probably could have made myself sick if I didn't practice self restraint and PUT THE FORK DOWN. The potato salad was more of a mustard and vinegar base, rather than mayo, which is always a nice change. Would go back way too often if I lived here!
Clueless, but kind
Not even close to gf. Ok for fad dieters only
Cross contamination heavy, no understanding of sourcing, shared equipment, or gluten species vinegars
Sitting here watching everyone else eat because it is so out of the way. Smells great. Torture!
Excellent. Everything but the bread and desserts are gluten free. Great atmosphere. The beef ribs were delish. I'm a very sensitive celiac and had no issues.
Everything on the menu (except the obvious bread and cobblers) is GF. It was nice to be able to have the "family style" with the rest of our group.
Two words: burnt ends. Smothered in the basic sauce they are amazing. I’ve never had any problems here. Just be sure and tell them that you need GF and remind them not to put any bread on the plate.
Sally was our server and was wonderful. Communication is important here! First time at the Driftwood location I was glutened. After investigating I found that you need to make sure to specify it's an allergy and ask that the meat is cut on a fresh board with new gloves and a new knife. Also ask that the sides are grabbed from in back (new sides) because theirs are kept near the bread and a lot of cross-contamination happens there. As long as you get the beans, slaw and potato salad new from the back kitchen and your meats cut on a fresh board (no meats that have been previously cut on the "bread board"..then you'll be fine. I went to the location in Round Rock and had success last night. No bad reactions. I ordered the brisket, ribs and sausage. I also recommend asking for new Sauce and not using the jars on the table (Sauce is GF but contamination can happen on the jars)
I ordered the brisket and sausage, and my husband got the ribs and pulled pork. I found the brisket to be really tender and delicious. The rest of the meats were fine, but not out of this world. The BBQ sauce is a mustard base and wasn't really to our taste. The sides were my only real complaint about this place. The slaw tasted like shredded cabbage they doused in white vinegar, the potato salad was mushy, lacking flavor and not like any potato salad I had ever had, and the beans were just kind of blah. Every time we drive by this place it is packed. It has a fun atmosphere and playground off the patio, which would be great for our kiddos on a warm day so I want to love it. We will likely give this place another try, but so far not super impressed. I will say that neither of us had a reaction.
My daughter and I both have Celiac. Our waitress was knowledgeable about gluten and cross contamination. She said they would have clean board, gloves and utensils to prepare ours. We ordered brisket, sausage, ribs, potato salad, coleslaw and beans. All the meats were very good and tender. The beans are not typical BBQ beans, more like a ranch style bean, which we did not care for. The coleslaw was made with vinegar and dill, not mayo. It was “ok”. The potato salad was “eh”. We compare all BBQ to “The Shed” BBQ in Ocean Springs, so it’s hard to compete with their food! We did not get sick, she that’s a huge plus! I doubt we will go back as we weren’t that impressed, however, this place has HUGE crowds and long lines, so obviously it’s just a personal taste for us.😊