Frozen selection is good but there are too many times where some of the hot food bar items don't have the ingredients listed or they will list the allergy containing ingredients on the bottom but then when you read the entire ingredient list is has gluten?! It doesn't make any sense. I have also seen people use spoons from a gluten item that is sitting right next to a non gluten item and use it, cross contaminating the food.
I only come here for the gluten free lunch bar options - I love the Tikka Masala. They carefully label allergens on the list of ingredients for each dish. Look carefully before choosing though, some shoppers double dip the utensils.
Very few GF options whole foods has really gone downhill
This store has Gluten Bread in the same location as the Gluten Free bread and Gluten Free muffins. If that was not bad enough, now they have no more than one to two feet away an open GLUTEN cookie bar that has cookies in open bins. There are no lids and there are cookie crumbs being swept up on a continual basis right next to not only the Gluten Free freezer section but the Gluten Free Bread Section. When I wrote to Whole Foods Public Relations, they wrote, "I wanted to clarify that while the cookie bar is located in a nearby proximity to the gluten free freezers, it is very much in compliance with safety regulations as all items in that freezer are sealed and properly cared for to ensure that there is no threat of cross-contamination. As you might know, we don’t limit our gluten free items to one section of the store, rather, they are found throughout our aisles to allow for a simple and convenient shop for our gluten free shoppers. The safety of our shoppers and team members is incredibly important and I can assure you that we are always mindful of the way we merchandise items throughout our store." A sensitive celiac can not even go near that as we all know. The manager of the store at the time stated that there should be no problem and that although we carry gluten free items, we are not a gluten free store. So, you decide! I had to pick one star, if it were up to me they would of gotten a negative 100 stars.
great selection of gluten free baked goods, pushy people shop there though
They have so many great packaged items but so disappointed they have no freshly prepared safe gluten free options. We live close and my husband and I eat here often but there are no safe items for our celiac kids. We would think a place like this would have its own counter or area for preparing safe food. Even the gelato wasn’t safe and the employee had no idea what I was talking about. Whole Foods needs to sept it up for having fresh food for gluten free and celiac people.
Unless your looking for over priced frozen bread,cake or cupcakes - Don’t wast your time. Very disappointing selection.
They have gluten free calamari, gluten free roll options for burgers and all of the gluten free items labeled appropriately on their menu. They have about 6 different flavors of chicken wings that were all gluten free! Their French fries aren’t gluten free but they offer a salad as a side choice instead!
This review is for “The Kitchen Counter” at this Whole Foods Market. I enjoyed a gluten free made to order burger (avocado, grilled onion, grilled mushroom, beef). One of the workers, whose son has celiac disease, offered to make me sweet potato fries from scratch in the back so that there wouldn’t be any cross contamination risk with fryer oil. My husband said his balsamic salmon risotto with roasted vegetables was delicious. I also enjoyed a glass of wine. James ordered a Gold Rush which was super tasty.
I agree, it is a hustle to find GF in here sometimes. I’ve asked them which one was GF on their hot bar but was told probably non because they can’t guarantee cross contamination. It’s weird that a place like Whole Foods can’t muster up willingness to accommodate us since this is a health food store, when LOVEY’S and the Co-op can, and they are much smaller businesses. I also agree, their food often has too much pepper.
Ordered veggie and cheese catering platters for a party in my home. GF accommodations are not available for catering orders (I asked) and the person who took my order seemed put out that I declined the crackers that came on the cheese platter. Quite disappointed.
I love eating at the hot bar at WF because the ingredients for each item are always listed. I’ll usually get some smoked chicken and roasted sweet potatoes and a steamed veggie. There are also a few sushi options that are gluten free! Just avoid anything with sauce (like spicy mayo) and obviously don’t use the soy sauce included. (BYO tamari!)
Barely celiac friendly. Went in to grab something quick to eat. Got the soup and took one bite and knew it had gluten. That was the only thing they said they had that was gluten free. Very disappointed.
I'm a local and do most of my regular shopping here with many gf choices. But I no longer get anything from the hot bar or sandwich bar (even though they have gf bread) because of cross contamination -- have gotten sick too many times. I do eat from the salad bar but with my own dressing.
Be warned: the hot bar now has very few selections that are gluten free. Even the chili now has wheat in it. On a good day they will have one entree item that is gluten free. Most days though all they have is a side dish or two and maybe a soup. Most of the side dishes now include soy sauce. I spoke to customer service about this a few weeks ago. Nothing has changed.
I've shopped at Whole Foods stores since 2003, when living in Houston, TX; Boulder, CO; Berkeley, CA; and while traveling to many cities around the country. This Whole Foods store in Sebastopol, CA does have more gluten free options than the other grocery stores in Sebastopol. However, I have also found it to be the least gluten free friendly Whole Foods of any place I've lived. I have to go to the Whole Foods in Santa Rosa to get many of my favorite gluten free items.
Gluten free options are very scarce. Asked about gfree in the deli and they don't have many options and cannot guarantee the items will not be cross contaminated. 😳 They make it right there, should be able to clean an area or put paper down and have it be safe. Options throughout the store are pretty limited. Go else.
great gluten free selections!!
This should be a reliable place to find well labeled products and the commercially packaged goods meet all labeling guidelines, BUT. The house prepared foods on the food bar are CONSISTENTLY under-labeled and ingredients are often not included. I can often see that thickeners or oils have been used but the chefs sometimes "wing it" and leave out ingredients. Or else the staff is lazy about posting the labels with ingredients. This morning I got half way thru an unlabeled mystery meat breakfast patty, (I chose because i didn't care what the meat was) before realizing it seems to have a wheat filler or breadcrumbs. I'm gluten intolerant and allergic to canola oil, so I've seen this pattern for thickeners and oils on the food bar across the whole chain in Los Angeles and I have been commenting on it for years. They don't seem to care. This place should be a refuge for people with special dietary needs but it's actually worse because they market as though they care but bury these land mines on the food bar. SO ANNOYING AND CARELESS.
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