Starbird Chicken

3.5 stars 3.5 out of 5 18 ratings
$Burgers, Sandwiches, Wings + 4 more
66% of 15 votes say it's Celiac friendly

1241 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94086 Directions

(650) 988-6630
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    Celiac
    1 rating
    4 days ago

    No longer gluten free. Too bad, because I loved it, but no longer safe!

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    4 months ago

    No longer GF due to shared fryer with waffle sticks. Don't risk it.

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    6 months ago

    WARNING: This location is no longer gluten-free no matter what the nutrition info says. The new "waffle sticks" and fries go into the same fryer. Also, they apparently have a separate fryer for the chicken, but combine the oil from both fryers when filtering. There's enough wheat transferred into the oil to contaminate anything fried in it. The manager has confirmed the above in writing.

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    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    8 months ago

    NOT FOR CELIACS OR GLUTEN INTOLERANCE. Have come here a couple times and had the chicken and fries with no issues, however the staff was not very good about knowing what gluten free is and about cross contamination. Went back and asked about the status of their fryers, staff said they have a fryer for fries but they filter the oil together from both fryers and can no longer say the fries are gluten free. Only the chicken and some sauces are gluten free, the staff I spoke with wasn't even sure the slaw is still gluten free. I ordered the chicken tenders with the ranch. Still tasty but what a boring lunch.

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    11 months ago

    I went in based on positive reviews of other Starbird locations. I first checked the online nutrition information, which marks some items as GF, including the fried chicken, fries, several tacos and salads. When I went in, I asked the manager whether the waffle dessert was fried in the same fryer as the chicken or the fries - turns out that the waffles and fries are fried in the same fryer, at least at this location. I got nervous given that the online nutritional information listed the fries as GF and opted to eat elsewhere. At minimum, avoid the fries.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Wonderful, quick food! They really seem to get the gluten free thing.

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    Celiac
    4 rating
    1 year ago

    The food at this place was REALLY good and my celiac daughter did not get sick eating the chicken strips...and she was still talking about how good they were this morning. However, I took one star off because the cashier and other staff had NO idea what we were talking about when we asked our clarifying questions. We kept asking different people behind the counter (in the cook area) until we finally found one person that knew what we were talking about. He knew what was and wasn't GF and understood the precautions needed. He changed his gloves on the first order and when we made a 2nd order for more chicken he grabbed the cooked chicken with a napkin so as not to touch it. The sauces are gluten free except for the Spicey Soel sauce. The breads are not GF nor are the desserts. They don't fry anything that isn't GF in the fryer. The waffle sticks that they sell for dessert are made in a waffle iron. We would go there again. Just be prepared to explain the glove change...don't assume they understand.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Best chicken strips and amazing kale slaw. Everything on their menu is gluten free except the buns. Lots of yummy chicken choices. And they are very conscientious if you tell them you need it to be gluten free the cooks will change gloves and use designated prep area and utensils

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    1 year ago

    Hadn't eaten fried chicken since my celiac diagnosis 12 years ago. The chicken was amazing. Had to buy more to take home to my family so they could try it too.

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    5 rating
    1 year ago

    Oh wow, chicken tenders on point, fries are in a dedicated fryer. Staff knows their ingredients and menu. Gluten free tortillas for the tacos. A few salads you have to subtract a few ingredients. Sauces are good. Sandwiches of course are off limits because of the bread. This is gluten free fast food at its best!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Everything but the bread is GF. Staff was knowledgeable and we had no cross contamination issues. The fried chicken is the best.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    This place is so yummy! Like, so yummy you are nervous eating it because it can't possibly be GF. But it is. Never been sick, and always get a big smiley face on my Nima sensor. Definitely try this place if you have a chance.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    1 year ago

    This is the first time my daughter could eat chicken fingers and she loved them. The server is highly knowledgeable. Wish there were more places like this. It is more of a fast food place.

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    4 rating
    1 year ago

    The fried chicken strips are great! I've eaten there several times with no issues. The staff I have come in contact with were very uneducated about gluten-free/celiacs. Wish they had gluten free rolls as an option!

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    5 rating
    2 years ago

    They have basically everything gluten free except for the deserts and the burger buns. But they have some amazing wraps and battered chicken. The staff are very knowledgeable of everything on the gluten free, but the only downside is that the portions are a bit small for the price.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Burgers
  • Chicken Fingers/Nuggets
  • Fries
  • Sandwiches
  • Wings

Categories

  • Lunch
  • Restaurant
Monday
10:30 am - 10 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 10 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 10 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 10 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 10 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 10 pm
Sunday
10:30 am - 9 pm

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