Thinking Cup

10 recent ratings
$ • Cafe
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Bread/Buns, Cookies, Dessert, Grilled Cheese, Sandwiches
100% of 6 votes say it's celiac friendly
236 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02113

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Celiac

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I eat here at least once a week and I love it. I’ve never gotten sick and everything I’ve tried is delicious! I love the breakfast sandwiches and the French macaroons

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?

— 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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The girl who took my order has celiac disease. She said they’d wrap the bread in aluminum foil to keep it safe. The sand which was delicious and I didn’t get sick.

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


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 3 months ago read full review

Not celiac

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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

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Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
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

  • Bread/Buns
  • Cookies
  • Dessert
  • Gluten-Free Menu
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Sandwiches

Categories

  • Breakfast
  • Cafe
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Takeout

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Thinking Cup gluten-free menu
Gluten Free Donut - Girl Scout Cookie ‘Samoa’ flavor. 5/5 stars! Also got a GF bacon egg & cheese. Very good!!
Very good as in you wouldn’t know the Gluten free food is Gluten free but no where as sweat as the non-gluten free selections
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Quality & Quantity


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 7 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Pretty good selection. The bakery options change but the sandwiches are always a good bet

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Not celiac

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Breakfast bread can be changed out to GF bread. Several GF baked goods: key lime pie, chocolate chip cookie, snickerdoodle (yummy), and lemon-blueberry iced donut (moist, fresh, and flavorful). They had beet salad (like at other location) and chia seed pudding. I definitely didn't feel like GF was an after thought. They also had free refills of coffee at this location (vs at the one next to Boston Commons that charged 55 cents for refills). Nice atmosphere and reasonably priced.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Gluten Free Tiramisu, cookies, key lime pie...yummy

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Amazing G/F options and large gluten free cakes selection!! Heaven

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Celiac

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Phenomenal food! Had a breakfast sandwich and the tiramisu and both were delicious and I didn’t get sick from either. The lines are long but completely worth it.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Run don’t walk! This place is amazing! I had gf tiramisu that was delicious. Took home a gf brown sugar pumpkin donut that was so good. Also tried their gf vegan snickerdoodles- wow! They taste like pure butter but there’s no butter (vegan). Great place for dessert!

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Had a GF bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich with no reaction. Cool spot for a quick brunch.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Donuts were wonderful. Always a treat when I find Gf pastry’s. Also tried a sandwich...it was delicious...dont get sandwiches very often. Definitely try. And their coffee is wonderful.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Coffee shop in North End part of Boston. They offer both GF and non- GF baked items. Have GF tiramissou, and an unbelievable Vegan/ GF Snickerdoodle made w/ Almond flour. I would consider this a place to go after having dinner in North End, to grab a Cappucino and a sweet after dinner.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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staff has great knowledge of GF risks and takes extreme precaution. one of the cooks actually has celiacs, which made me feel at ease! the GF black forest cake and the meyers lemon tart is delicious

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Went here today for the first time... placed my order and let the lady at the counter know that I was a very sensitive celiac so proper handleing is essential. She assured me they were very aware and used all precautions. I walked down the line and watched the young lady making my sandwich. She started by changing her gloves.... then wiped off her counter... next step was heating my bread which she did by wrapping it first in foil before placing it in the press... I was so very impressed that they would take the time to think that far in to the process... I had actually been thinking as I was watching "Oh well, there is the cross contamination potential, and I would probably be eating the filling and leaving the bread even though the bread itself was gluten free" When she wrapped it in foil I wanted to hug her!!! Then the poor girl dropped one slice on the counter when she unwrapped them... she immediatly without any hesitation took that slice and put it in the trash and prepared a new slice! I am so excited to have found this place! I know I will go back there again, and again, and again :D Very, clean, very pleasant, right on top of the allergin issue... I just wish I could give them more than 5 stars!!! Had to come back and edit this review! I indulged and purchased a gluten free pastry, they had a black forest cake today.... little layers of cake with cream filling and cherries.... out of this world!!! Anyone with celiac can attest to how rare good pastries are and a shop that sells really good gluten free bread for your sandwich!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I am a sensitive celiac. While, I did take a chance, I didn't get sick. I had the gf tiramisu and it was delicious. A lot of chance for cross contamination here but the employees were extremely helpful!

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Amazing GF chocolate chip cookie, great coffee, and helpful staff

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Not celiac

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Stumptown coffee is awesome. Good GF treats.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Did not change gloves before getting out my bread (from a basket with other non-gf bags of bread in it too), and putting it on tin foil to heat it up, or before getting out the bacon to heat it up. After those things were warmed up, they changed gloves to put the sandwich together, but it would have already been contaminated. I didn't dare eat it.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Coffee and latte are very good, not your cheap chain stuff. Lots of GF options and knowledgeable staff. Can make pretty much any sandwich GF

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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Very good. I had a BALT on gf bread and thought it was delicious. The bread was perfectly crispy. They also have French macarons which are delicious (but very tiny). Portions could be better, service could be better, and prices were a little high. But overall I would go back.

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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Chocolate chip cookie is awful

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Celiac

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I would give the chocolate chip cookie two stars, but overall the place gets one because while they have gf bread, they do not understand celiac at all. I asked the person taking my order to change gloves and wrap the sandwich in aluminum foil and she looked confused. She asked, "why?" That's when I knew not to risk it.

Celiac friendly?

No

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Celiac

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I'm in love with their GF bread. Makes a great grilled cheese

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Not celiac

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nice sandwich on gluten free bread and delicious cookies too

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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GF cookie was good. They have a GF Boston Opera cake that is amazing!!! Also the GF tiramisu is great.

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Gf chocolate chip cookies are so delicious! I also had a grilled cheese on the gf bread and the sandwich maker wrapped my sandwich in tinfoil before grilling. No reaction!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Reviews of this Chain

Celiac

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Handy little shop that does ok. Lots of charm and a dedicated toaster for gf bread. Prices are fair!

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

Celiac

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Best coffee and sandwiches

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
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

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

Celiac

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Ordered a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich on gluten free bread. Sandwich was very good and hot. Staff was uncertain if tea blends were gluten free so I skipped it. The only problem was the block it was located, across from the Commons, had a lot of ruckus, panhandlers, a couple of guys talking to themselves, yelling at no one and some swearing. My daughter was uncomfortable and we probably wouldn’t go back for that reason. It’s a shame, very nice place inside and really good sandwich.

Safety


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

— Very

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

Celiac

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Delicious breakfast sandwich with many more options for lunch and dessert. When I placed my order and asked for gluten free bread they immediately asked if it was a choice or allergy. I would come back every morning

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?

— Good

Celiac

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All sandwiches can be made gf and if you inform them that it is an allergy they take extra precautions. Everything was delicious!

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free 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

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