Starbird Chicken

4 recent ratings
$ • Restaurant
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Burgers, Chicken Fingers/Nuggets, Fries, Sandwiches, Wings
75% of 4 votes say it's celiac friendly
1241 W El Camino Real
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

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A lot of reviews say this place has a contaminated fryer, but at least as of asking in 2021, nothing containing gluten is fried together with the gluten free offerings and the one item that seemed to present a problem before is no longer on the menu. I eat here on at least a weekly basis and have never been sick. The tenders are delicious, I just wish they would offer a bread option for the sandwiches.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 2 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Safe and tasty.

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— All food and drinks are gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 6 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Allergy information online and verbal from the restaurant confirms the tenders, fries and tortillas are all gluten friendly. I have eaten here a couple times and not gotten sick. I don’t think anything goes in the fryer that has gluten based on my investigations. Very good chicken and the star sauce is yummy. It’s my go to when I want chicken tenders.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 8 months ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Reported to have a dedicated fryer
  • Burgers
  • Chicken Fingers/Nuggets
  • Fries
  • Gluten-Free Menu
  • Sandwiches
  • Wings

Categories

  • Lunch
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout

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Celiac

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Nothing on the menu is gluten free anymore including the chicken

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— None

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for takeout
Updated 8 months ago read full review

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A Starbird employee confirmed they sent their oil to a lab to test and is certified gluten free!! There is under 5 ppm in their oil.

Their tender boxes with fries, slaw and sauces are completely free of gluten! Celiac safe. Their tacos with corn tortillas are also safe and delicious.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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No longer our favorite spot. Fries are no longer GF. Fried chicken is the only option. Disappointing and lame. How difficult would it be to have a dedicated frier.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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No longer safe for celiac!!!! Major cross contamination issues...

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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I used to love this place and eat here weekly. Now I get sick from the food because of cross contamination. Would be nice if they had a dedicated gluten free fryer.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Wheat Allergy

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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.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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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.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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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.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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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

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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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.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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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!

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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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.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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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.

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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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!

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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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.

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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Celiac

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I'm not entirely sure about this place. I am visiting family in the bay area and stopped in based on the number of celiac safe comments. The staff was extremely confused when I asked about celiac safe menu items. I explained that I am celiac and cannot eat gluten or consume items which have been cross contaminated with gluten. I was assured by the manager in duty that they have dedicated fryers (although this seems suspect based on other reviews and their own website.). Decided to try it since their website has test results which show their fryers are well below 20ppm. When our order was up, my GF meal was served on the same tray as my husband's gluten meal. Feeling sick after eating. Seems like their practices are inconsistent. Beware.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

Overall Rating

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Been going here since they opened. I have celiac disease and have not gotten sick once. They do use a shared fryer. But they test for PPM (and it is well below the 20 ppm). Highly recommend if you are in search of fried chicken!

Use their online to search for what is gluten free (not everything is!)

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Not celiac

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We are here per other reviews....my partner was glutened....bad. DO NOT EAT HERE IF YOU ARE SENSITVE OR CELIAC.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Celiac

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Delicious GF options. Nima tested classic chicken tenders, Nashville wings, Buffalo wings, ranch, and starbird sauce. Celiac safe. Eaten twice here.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Overall Rating

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Everything is fried is a shared fryer where they fry churros containing gluten. I’m not sure why people are eating here or giving them good reviews. If you are celiac nothing fried is safe.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— None

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