The Thirsty Koala

15 recent ratings
$$$ • Restaurant
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Beer, Cider, Dessert, Fish & Chips, Fries, Mozzarella Sticks, Soup, Tacos
100% of 14 votes say it's celiac friendly
35-12 Ditmars Blvd
Queens, NY 11105

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Celiac

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Eaten here multiple times and it’s been delicious and safe ! Truffle fries are THE BEST

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?

— Excellent

Updated 1 month ago read full review

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Please get the fried calamari - in my top 10 best gf foods ever! Lots of options, yummy and safe to eat

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

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?

— Most

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

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 1 month ago read full review

Celiac

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Ordered takeout for four people plus leftovers. We had halloumi fries, fried calamari and corn/jalapeño fritters appetizers (they have a dedicated fryer), all were very good, and the side dressings were also delicious and gluten free. Main dishes were Kale Halloumi (Heaps Good) salad, fish tacos and mango chicken. Of those the tacos stood out, the salad was good, and the chicken was a bit bland. We also had a side of fries, a real treat for me thanks to the fryer! Dessert was one Lamington cake split four ways, which was plenty for us, since we were full! Service was excellent and they were very careful with the gluten free requirement! We felt safe and I did not get sick! I would return and would recommend. It is a bit pricey but the food was delicious and safe, so worth it!

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • 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?

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Offers online ordering
Updated 3 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

  • Allergen List
  • Beer
  • Cider
  • Dedicated Fryer
  • Dessert
  • Fish & Chips
  • Fries
  • Gluten-Free Menu
  • Mozzarella Sticks
  • Soup
  • Tacos

Categories

  • Allergy Friendly
  • Brunch
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Delivery
  • Happy Hour
  • Healthy
  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Online Ordering
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout
  • Vegan Friendly

Photos


Dairy and gluten free lamington
Bacon burger on a gluten free bun and a gluten free onion ring. Fries made in a dedicated fryer
GF Organic pasta of the day! Topped with mozzarella- my husband loved it and we had our left overs for breakfast!
Reeeelly good Hard Cider
GF fish and chips!
All gluten-free brunch!
Eggplant Parmesan ( already started eating because it was tasty ) sorry for the bad picture.
Gf calamari
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Celiac

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Absolutely amazing food and so attentive. Eat here once a week with no issues

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

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?

— Most

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

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers delivery
  • Offers online ordering
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 4 months ago read full review

Celiac

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I have eaten here a number of times over the last few years, never had a problem (except for takeout coming late or a bit cold), but always reaction free…until tonight. I specifically told our waiter that I have celiac, triple checked my order as per usual..but about 30 min after finishing my dinner I had a very clear reaction. I’m so disappointed because this was one of my only “safe” options in Astoria. Now I feel like I can’t even trust them anymore.

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?

— Most

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

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Offers delivery
  • Offers online ordering
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 4 months ago read full review

Celiac

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This place is amazing! We ordered online delivery for the first time during the pandemic. Besides that it’s really simple to mark allergy needs when ordering online, we also called immediately after placing the online order to confirm that it was Celiac disease. The person on the phone immediately told the kitchen to do all of the necessary glove changes, cross-contamination precautions, etc. 99% of the menu is gf anyway snd they’re super knowledgeable about Celiac and cross/contamination. And the food is amazing! We’ve had burgers, truffle fries, meatballs, salad, and some of the best mozzarella sticks I’ve ever had in my life, gf or non gf. I was blown away both by the quality of the food and the precautions that they took with it. Highly recommend!

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
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • 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?

— Most

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

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers delivery
  • Offers online ordering
Updated 10 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Bringing Australia to Astoria! The gluten free celiac safe options were plentiful! The portions were perfect and I don't feel like I was being price gouged. Great vibe and made me confident that my food was safe. PLUS because the gluten free food were also good!

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free 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 11 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Safety


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

— 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?

— Most

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

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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Such a cute restaurant! The entire menu is GF or GF options. The menu is well labeled too! They even have vegan desert options. I got the calamari (so delicious!), the beyond burger on a gf bun (and it comes with vegan cheese), a pear cider and an iced coffee. I would definitely recommend this spot!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Not celiac

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GF heaven. They GF mozzarella sticks which I haven’t had in forever. Place is a must

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Tried this after sushi place disappointed me when saying they weren't sure if they're gluten free. Then found this place! Did not disappoint and was insanely delicious

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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Everything on menu is gluten free! Food was pretty tasty!

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Sooo many great gluten free choices. Brunch Lunch, Dinner and Desserts. I was in town from DC and loved it. Been back several times.

Awesome!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I eat here so often that I should have a membership. The waiters literally know me by name now lol. Almost everything on the menu is gluten free to begin with but they take food allergies very seriously. The chef has a gluten intolerance and food allergies herself and used to be a paramedic so she gets it. They have a separate cooking area and dedicated fryer. The electronic orders get tagged with your specific food allergy. It’s the only not 100% gf place I trust. I always feel safe eating here and the food is great! Completely celiac friendly!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Great food - very knowledgeable staff. Everything that goes in their fryer is gf (even the beer battered fish and chips is made with gluten free beer [Green’s]). Menu is clearly marked for allergies and they have a dedicated prep area on their grill for GF items as well.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Love love love! This place is sweet, fun, great food. Dedicated fryer. Awesome GF waffles. Waitress Ursula took great care of us and reassured us that the menu really was safe for celiacs. Wish we lived closer!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I’ve been here at LEAST 10 times, I’m a very sensitive celiac and I’ve never gotten sick. They take allergies seriously and they have a dedicated area where they prepare gluten free meals. The menu is also gluten friendly, pretty much the entire menu is/can be gluten free. Fahad has been our server every time and he’s one of the best. He knows how to treat allergies and provides quick and efficient service.

LOVE THIS PLACE !!! Favorite of all time. Most delicious food. Excellent service. Awesome menu. And celiac approved!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Fabulous place. Almost all items are gluten free. The staff is very contious about celiac. All friers are dedicated and gluten free. We tested that fries and the sauce on the ribs using Elisa test and it was negative. They also have a full bar and beer for the non-celiac people in the group.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Incredible for celiacs and anyone who has allergies

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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We flew into New York for a GF food tour and Broadway shows for my 49th Birthday - this was our first stop and I was so glad they were open late! We had 2 reeeeellly good GF Ciders - the GF Jalapeño Corn Fritters that we’re light and fluffy - my husband had the baked organic pasta -I had the GF fish and chips - sooooo light and crunchy and the fish was excellent! Next time I go to New York I will absolutely be back!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Great for brunch. Staff is very knowledgeable. Separate GF fryer plus separate part of the grill for GF. Owner will answer any questions you ask about prep. Will definitely go back.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I came here on a busy Saturday night a little earlier than my reservation time and we didn't have to wait long before being seated. I loved everything about this place! Had to get the Nicole cocktail (obviously) which was fresh and tasted great when made with gin. I was beyond excited about all of the gluten free options and how the server asked about allergies/was knowledgable. They also value the ingredients they serve, which you can tell when tasting everything. I got my own GF garlic bread to start with a tomato jam which is a plus. The Halloumi fries were a generous portion for an appetizer (in a good way). The GF fried chicken served with mashed potatoes & charred kale, and the pork belly with sweet fries went beyond my expectations. The desserts, made in house, were also pretty good, alongside a shot of espresso. Check this place out!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Dedicated fryer. Tons of (naughty) fried stuff I never get to eat. Completely knowledgeable and friendly staff. Also had a great time! (Don’t miss the desserts!)

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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Amazing gluten free, safe food. Have never gotten sick there.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Super nice. I tried to be lowkey about my Celiacs (I was on a date and it was my first time eating out since being diagnosed), but at the mention of it they had the chef come out and discuss things with me. Very good food and shockingly good gluten free bread.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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I've never felt more welcome in a restaurant. the staff cared about me getting a good meal as much as I wanted one! I'm addition to being GF, I have several other food allergies to worry about... no problem for this place! they have a dedicated fryer and several delicious gf options. the chef treated my list of allergies like a puzzle to be solved (rather than an imposition) - so refreshing & made my holiday meal perfect!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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Staff was very reassuring about ordering from the gluten free menu. I ordered the calamari and beer battered fish and chips. Beer used in the fish and chips is a truly gluten free beer, not the gluten removed type. Fish and chips was a very generous portion and the sweet potato fries were delicious. The calamari was excellent, I loved their spicy sauce to go with, but wish they had some marinara to go with it as well. I have celiac disease and am very sensitive to cross contamination and I did not get. I would absolutely go back to try out the rest of their menu!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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Fabulous meal!! Almost everything on the menu was GF, each dish more delish than the last. We had meatballs, fried calamari, fish tacos, fried fish (cod) & chips, a ribeye steak, caramelized pumpkin, and total WOW desserts including a sticky date pudding that was just out of this world. Knowledgeable staff, high-quality & sustainably sourced meats/fish. An Australian gem in Astoria!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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The restaurant is mostly GF, the bun I had with my burger was the best GF bun I've had anywhere. We also had fried calamari which was delicious and not greasy at all. The deserts are delicious. If you go for brunch, you get a complimentary drink with your meal. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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This place is wonderful! The chef has gluten sensitivity and will make ANYTHING on the menu GF. They are very careful about everything! Amazing food!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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What a find!!! Knowledgeable staff and great chef. My dinner was great as was dessert.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Phenomenal food! Plenty of gf celiac safe options including the specials of the day! We had the grilled octopus, the fried calamari, the pasta of the day and the egg plant Parmesan! All super tasty!! The only downside is they were sorely understaffed for a Saturday night.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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Come here! Great GF OPTIONS and everyone is knowledgeable about celiac. The Eggplant parmesan is delicious.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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This place does a fantastic job of accommodating for any and all food allergies and are more than willing to work with you to customize your meal! I would strongly recommend this location to anyone looking for quality allergy friendly food!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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This place is amazing. Went for brunch. the corn fitters Benedict is phenomenal. menu is labelled gf.

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Celiac

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Wonderful food and service - safe for Celiacs!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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small restaurant. delicious food with Australian flare. serves great drinks. lovely atmosphere. lots of wonderful gluten free options, including atheists and desserts. Things you can't normally find -- fried calamari and fish and chips. I look forward to eating here when I am in New York.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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Pros: great options, everything tasted great. Friendly atmosphere and a good place to bring veg, carnivore, gf & not gf. No reaction!

We had the following and recommend them all: Sticky pudding!! Jalapeño corn fritters Vegan tacos Eggplant parmigiana Mousaka Melbourne (Greek) Salad Mashed potatoes

Cons: our waitress was not that knowledgeable and they mistakenly served mousaka with regular bread. However, the chef came running out and noticed immediately after dish was placed on the table and it was fixed right away.

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Celiac

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Delicious food and knowledgeable staff. Got the beef burger with the lot and the fried calamari. everything was delicious and they give you huge portions.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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We went to this restaurant the other day and absolutely loved it. Wait was a bit long but that's what happens when you ask for a table of 5 for dinner on the weekend. Food was delicious and the staff was really friendly and knowledgeable. Dedicated fryer and some of the best gluten free buns I have ever had. I tried the Fried Calamari, corn jalapeño fritters, and ate the Ned Kelly steak sandwich. Every bite was delicious. At the end of our meal the chef stopped by to introduce herself and ask how everything was. She told us that she is gluten intolerant and stressed how much they care about being careful with gluten free food. I highly recommend eating here.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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Absolutely awesome experience. The fried calamari is the best I've had. When we ordered the calamari, I commented that I was Celiac and made sure it was REALLY gluten free. The waitress then asked if I had a dairy allergy because there is dairy in the calamari (I'm not dairy intolerant so I'm not sure if it can be made dairy free as it wasn't applicable to me). Impressed that they knew those are often hand in hand. Friendly staff. Good happy hour. Excellent for Celiacs and they do it right here.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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So many diverse options marked on the menu, and the staff is very knowledgable about celiac. Highly recommend!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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Our experience was SO wonderful. I felt like I wasn't restricted by GF at all because they had so many options. We went for an app, drink and dessert. Fried calamari for an app, pear cider for a drink, and the sticky date pudding cake for dessert! Everything was so delicious and my non GF hubby loved it. I would highly recommend trying the Thirsty Koala because they have so much more than the typical GF restaurant. PLUS their service was exceptional!!! Waitresses were so friendly and conversational, AND one of the owners came to talk with us! She was genuinely interested in getting to know us. We will be back for sure!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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Must-visit spot for celiacs, the food is amazing and staff is very knowledgeable about cross contamination

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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I'm a sensitive Celiac that went for Mother's Day with my non-celiac family. They offer almost every dish gluten free and most can be modified for dairy free as well. We shared apps like calamari and Thea's meatballs that are made gluten free and nobody noticed the difference. The sliders are AMAZING! I highly recommend and will be back.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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Amazing GF menu, separate fryers, delicious freshly made gf calamari and fries, I'm smitten and will be returning soon!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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Yep this place gets it. I've eaten here at least 10 times over the past couple of years and have never gotten sick, and I'm as sensitive (Celiac) as they come. The fried calamari is RIDICULOUS good!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Great service. They are very knowledgeable about gluten n said they can make anything in the menu gf.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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Delicious GF options. Chef will come out and speak to you about any dietary concerns. Lovely people. A gem.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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So. Good. As a vegetarian with celiac, I think this might be my new favorite restaurant. The menu was extensive and nearly everything could be made gluten free if it wasn't already. I was a little worried about cross contamination but they're very knowledgable and clearly make an effort to keep their customers safe and happy. The food was delicious (my gluten-able friends also loved it, so that's saying something too!) and they even brought out gluten free bread for the table before our food arrived. When was the last time I ate the bread on the table at a restaurant?! Thirsty Koala, I'll be back.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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