Tons of cross contamination. It's ok if it's only a food preference but not if you will have a reaction. Shared everything. I called ahead and all about c.c. they said everything is made and kept separate, "even the tongs". So we decided to eat here. Massively disappointed. It's all buffet style and humans suck at keeping things separate. You will find a noodle or two in the gluten friendly dish beside it. I was eager to try the GF lemon muffins. Not they were sandwiched in between corn break and brownies with chunks of cornbread in the muffin container and shared tongs. 😭 They were very nice about the misinformation they gave me and refunded my meal cost.
They have a huge salad bar, potato bar and soup bar. Signs are above everything listing gluten free, vegan, or vegetarian. I made a huge salad with veggies, hard boiled eggs, beans, and quinoa and had their gluten free vegetable soup.
Would give it 5 stars but the muffins are like....mega cross contaminated I saw them taking them out of the oven with the other gluten containing muffins and touched the tops of the muffins with the same oven mitts. Other than that everything seemed to be separated rather well and I didnt get sick eating salad, and a baked potato with chili
Asked staff member when we went in if gluten free options were available. He stated that it is gluten friendly, but not gluten free. Also added that all the salads were not gluten free and there could be cross contamination from food not gluten free dripping or dropped into food that may be gluten free. Too unsafe for my cousin to risk her health to eat there. There is no gluten free menu, unless you take the website menu in with you, but you still risk cross contamination. I don’t recommend it for those that need gluten free.
Tons of options and everything is clearly labeled. I am often concerned about whether the utensils have been shared with non-GF items by other guests but have never been sick from it. There is always at least one GF bread option and that makes me happy! There is soup, salad, a bread item, baked potato bar and ice cream or fruit bar. Love this place!
I didn’t realize that this restaurant is a buffet. It’s a giant cross-contamination nightmare. There is a sign next to the cashier stating that those with allergies or sensitivities should be careful. Food looks great, but it’s not celiac friendly.
It ends up being a fairly expensive salad. Not many other choices for celiacs and no protein add ons. I did not see the baked potato bar until it was too late. The pre-made Cesar salad already had breadcrumbs mixed even though they are available at the end. The apple cinnamon muffins were good!
They say “gluten friendly” rather than “gluten free” because there is a high chance of cross-contamination at this buffet. Salads are the main thing they serve, along with soups and baked goods. Most of the time, they have one gluten free baked good. The coconut muffins and cinnamon muffins are delicious. No gluten free options for pastas. The chili is safe, and they often have one other gluten free soup. Not the best option for celiacs, but still pretty good. I recommend getting food right as it is set out, so it is the least contaminated it can be.
I’m not sure about everything on the menu but they do have really good gluten free rolls. The flavor changes every month so you can always call ahead and see what it is. You can also just purchase a bread bag and can fill it up with whatever you want 😊 my daughter LOVES them.
I suppose if you have cross-contamination issues, this isn’t ideal, since it’s a buffet, but that’s just what comes with buffet. They label everything and state Gluten Friendly. They always have a GF muffin of some kind (varies).
I walked in to check the place out before actually eating since it is a salad buffet and saw a worker move around the gluten “friendly” lemon muffins with tongs from the regular muffins that were right next to it. I left. Clearly the workers are not informed and I would stay away.
all you can eat buffett. however, as a celiac, all i could eat was plain lettuce. and a few other veggies. my family loves the pizza and pasta and cookies and cream lava cake sundae. i was eating a salad with no dressing and a plastic fork and i still got sick.
Great gf options! Soup, rice noodles, salad, and muffins. The staff was very knowledgeable and went out of their way to get food that hadn't had any cross contact (got some of it from the back for me). I'm extremely sensitive celiac. What a reassuring experience!
Love their "gluten friendly" signs on most foods. Salad and most dressings GF. They also have GF muffins in which I never get sick from. I usually eat 5 or 6. Last time it was GF coconut muffins. Ice cream is GF too. Definitely a tolerable place for celiac and those highly sensitive.
Sweet Tomatoes has great food and some gluten free options. However I've been glutened there. It's buffet style and many of their dishes have food residue. Clean dishes are a challenge to find. I would not recommend to a person with celiac.
Absolutely amazing. As a celiac with an egg allergy buffets are seriously scary. The salad ingredients are seperated in a way that cross contamination is very unlikely. All of the labels are clearly presented as gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian. I asked the kitchen manager if there was eggs in the ice cream mix and instead of giving me an answer or an I don't know, he brought the bag of ice cream mix to me to check for myself. I truly appriciate that. I will return again.
I asked about GF menu and the server told me they didn’t have one. I showed her this app and she said “ speak to the cashier” so I did to be told the chili is definitely gf and the the salad bar but not sure about anything else. Very unhelpful staff. We left.
Nice salad bar and staff. They had several gf salads at the salad bar but had placed them next to obviously unsafe salads with gluten so I couldn’t try them due to cross contamination risk. If they can organize that better this place would be a safer option for me and those like me.
This place is a mess between dirty utensils, no GF soup option, even though their website said they’d have and few already prepared GF salads also the dirty floor, bathrooms, tables it’s just ew! The only saving grace was the amazingly soft and delicious GF snickerdoodle buns and coconut buns. No GF pastas and don’t try their piña colada rice pudding it was disgusting. Don’t count on staff knowledge, although they do have clear signs. It’s basically an all you can eat salad dump.
I love this place for a cheaper buffet while Celiac. Since I became pregnant, finding a satisfying, healthy and affordable meal has been difficult elsewhere... but not here. I always leave full and happy with many healthy options! I would recommend taking your time to look at the items that are next to gluten-containing items and avoiding them unless they have been recently changed out by staff. Items next to croutons and the like... don't risk it. I got sick from this place once and guess who's fault it was... MINE. Take responsibility Celiacs and take care of your illness! Don't let a wandering eye make you nervous-- I would also recommend not going there during peak hours like SATURDAYS where things run out often and utentils are not always available so people without your allergy might grab your thongs to pick up their GLUTEN BUNS and put it BACK IN THE GF BIN! Not cool! But I can't blame others for their ignorance, it is gross to use your hands at a buffet! In the case of Sweet Tomatoes, the GF buns are placed next to gluten buns so if there is no utensil, grab a napkin to pick them up, or a clean fork! Since this one occasion, I have not been sick and have had the soups and even other items next to gluten-containing items as long as I take care to notice the 'situation'. Floating croutons? nope. Lol. Crumbs next to my GF option? nope. Pickled items are also a eat at your own risk situation-- I can't eat anything with distilled vinegar in it like ketchup or mustard so I avoid the pickles, jalapenos and such. You dig? Also the drinks may not be labeled but as far as I have experienced the lemonades are fine :D
Clearly labeled and they always have a gf muffin, soups, and plenty of salad toppings and dressings. I have eaten here a couple times now. Recently I had a reaction from the salad. I had found pasta somehow mixed in with my salad toppings... Maybe got dropped into the hard boiled egg toppings? That's my only guess. Didn't see the couple pieces of pasta until half way through my salad. Makes me sad because this place is delicious! Not sure I will chance it again. Wish they had better separation of the bins so food doesn't drop in other food while reaching for items. Like one row rather then double rows.... Or just keep the glutenous items at the end of the line grouped together.
Ronald was awesome! The restaurant was already very good with lots of options but when I asked if they had any of gf chocolate chip muffins that were not in such close proximity to the other bread items he immediately baked a new batch and personal delivered them. They were fantastic!!
What a find....having celiac, it is good to find a place that understands cross-contamination, has knowledgeable staff, well-labeled items...and fresh, warm lemon muffins that even my husband went back for seconds (and he's not celiac!) for. At first, with it being our first time, I took a spoonful of a salad with a non-gf dressing. Ronald, the Service Mgr, checked label and made me a fresh salad... great customer service... it was my error. We will definitely be back.