I NEVER have a parking problem at this Trader Joe’s. It’s crowded but I always park away from the front door. I never have to circle the parking lot, and there are parking attendants to assist guests. Anyhow, they have a nice selection of high-quality products that are certified gluten-free. I wish there were more crackers. I love their bread selection. The seasonal hamburger buns are unbelievably good! They are spongy and flavorful.
I’ve trusted trader joes brand products more than any others because they consistently list any allergens under the ingredients, as well as any potential for cross-contamination. Management was also very responsive after I explained that their gluten free rice panko could not be placed next to paper sacks of flour and on my shopping trip (and all subsequent) their gluten free baking products were thoroughly wiped clean and reorganized to be together on the top shelf while their flour remained on the bottom shelf.
We found the prepared salads to be our saving grace while on vacation. They made for healthy and easy take and go GF lunches. We found a few items at TJ’s that we don’t have in Illinois which was a treat. One of our favorite was the GF mini cupcakes!
Anything labeled gluten free must test under 20ppm. Walnuts, almonds and pecans are safe for celiacs-no shared equipment used to process. If you ask, they will call to verify how an item is processed having an answer in 5-10 minutes.
I only go there for store brand bagels and sandwich bread. I’ll stock up and freeze what i buy so i can make less trips there. Unfriendly staff, parking is a nightmare and no fresh prepared GF food. It’s great if you’re eating organic, not GF.
I was so excited to get gluten free food from here. I had fresh bagels and bread that were delicious. However I started noticing I had a really bad stomach ache and nausea. I tried to brush it off because I don’t want to always assume it’s from gluten. After further research it turns out not all of their equipment is safe and there’s high probability of cross contamination. Spent a week sick :/.
Their gluten-free bread is almost better than their wheat bread I used to eat. Their website has a list of everything that's GF. Labeling saying so can be tricky to find. Edit: Been getting a reaction from the tortilla chips the last 2 times I had them, so steer clear if you're sensitive. Took away a star. Second Edit: It's disappointing to say, but I've since had a several reactions to a few of their processed foods, not just the chips. Lowered to 1 star.
Many gf baked goods. I love the slices loaf of bread in the green bag. Noticed they put out new varieties of Gf bagels the other day. Their chocolate chip cookies are the best. Also my favs Gf pancake mix (pumpkin for holidays), stuffing mix, flour, noodles, chips, breads, bagels, some frozen items like breaded chicken but be careful to look for the Gf approval I’ve found that even if there is no wheat listed I still don’t feel well.
This is by far my favorite grocery store. They have a hand out that lists all gluten free options, and then most applicable items are also labeled GF too. And the staff is so helpful and friendly!
I’ll give them 1 star because you can’t give zero. Corporate ignored 3 email requests for info, only after I blasted them in social media did they respond in writing with corporate garble. The basis of their business is pre-packaged veggies and fruits, and it’s not unusual to coat them with gluten because of glutens preservative qualities. They would not answer the question even after being asked three times in writing “ are your pre-packaged items coated in gluten”? Stay away at all costs, they have very little that is gluten free anyway.
I love trader joes! I put off going for awhile because I found it overwhelming at first (usually crowded) but then I took the time to walk through and found a lot of really great gluten free and dairy free items. The gf flatbread is great and the best part is most things are decently priced. I'm addicted now!
So much cleaner and better managed than Safeway, however, their GF options are limited and nothing is labeled. Safeway is poorly managed and maintained, and not an enjoyable shopping experience in the least, however, if you’re new to the area or just dropping in and looking for a simpler shopping trip accompanied by clearly marked “Gluten Free” labels, Safeway is a smarter choice. Because most everything is Trader Joe’s brand, very few items come up on my GF app, “The Gluten Free Scanner” (full version). Sure, you can read labels, but as a severe Celiac I need to know the conditions under which food has been handled or processed to ensure that I don’t get sick. I tend to follow the “Certified Gluten Free” labels for anything processed, but as far as I’ve seen, you won’t find anything in TJ’s. So far, so good, though! I can eat [most of] the meats here without contamination and tend to eat a more whole food diet, anyhow, with no issues. (I say “most of” because I’ve only tried chicken, stew meat, and shredded meat from TJ’s, but as a former Floridian who was constantly contaminated by Publix’s meat department, it’s so nice to not get sick from the food you cook at home...) I hope this can help your shopping experience! Best Wishes, Sara
My son was recently diagnosed with Celiac disease, and Trader Joe’s has been a life saver! There are so many gluten-free products available, and they are easy to find with just a little effort. There is a great list of GF products on the website, and if you aren’t quite sure whether something is GF or not, the staff will call and check. The GF bread is delightful - truly the only bread I’ve found so far that isn’t horrible. Just wish there was a store closer to Durham!
Not too many gf vegan options. I got sick from eating sprouted brown rice. I would only eat items that state gluten free here.
Friendliest grocery staff in town! Many budget friendly GF options. Will provide you with a list of all GF options in the entire store if you ask. Always go out of their way to provide a GF treat for kids with allergies at the sample station. **Would like to see more paleo friendly options.