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.
I'm local, and just grateful there's a Whole Foods here, as other grocers and Trader Joe's simply lack the variety. I shop here weekly, more for organic and GF ingredients than their prepared items. They do claim the hot foods are prepared with tamari, not soy sauce, but I've not found that to be consistently true. But everything is well labelled so a little careful reading usually does the trick.
Nice selection of gluten free around the store. Found the glutino toaster pastry and glutino free bakery items in the fridge by the bakery.
Great selection of GF items, but the parking is hell and the store is always packed on the weekends.
One of the best places in town to grab a quick GF bite to eat or to get GF groceries. The prices aren't that bad, really, and they carry produce from local organic farms, so your food might actually taste like something and have some actual nutritional value! I still prefer to shop at the farmer's markets for produce, but for dairy products, rice, pasta, etc., this is the place. For many GF products, this is the only place in town you can get them. On weekends or after 1700 on a weekday, the parking situation is not good, but it is doable.
They have a ton of gluten free foods, but they are waaaay over-priced, the other shoppers are snobs, and the parking lot is horrible.
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.
Everything sold under the WholeFoods brand is packaged on shared equipment with wheat, making even naturally gluten-free foods potentially unsafe. I'm surprised WholeFoods isn't celiac friendly. I buy all such items from Nuts.com now, which has dedicated GF production.
Lots of gluten free options!
Tried the "Schmoo cake" sounds great just ok, whipped cream is the best part. Cake doesn't look appetizing (although it's probably more healthy this way) and isn't tasty either. Wish they would put all gf food together, it's time consuming to hunt for gf gems here. Definitely try the cup4cup flour if you're a baker. I can't use anything else now.
Love having a Whole Foods right off 45!
The best store to find an extensive list of gluten-free items! Their gf choices in the hot foods/salad bar area are delicious and clearly labeled. The best part is the knowledgeable staff and friendly service. The cheese department is a dream with samples and the best cheese selection around town!
So many GF items that I almost forget I have to do "special shopping for myself:) Their frozen GF Whole Foods White bread has become a staple in my house with the kids making their sandwiches from it too! Great prices, great products and great customer service! They have their own concierge (Bonnie) to help guide you through ALL of their offerings! I mean...come on! How AWESOME is that! I love this place!
Whole Foods has a really good salad bar in some of the locations and some good gluten free items in the baked goods area. they also can sometimes have gluten-free options in the prepared foods section or the warm prepared foods section even which is really nice. they are pre-made salad section the croutons are almost always either not included at all or they're in a sealed bag and have alternative dressing options if you need a different one you can ask them for one and I usually give it to you in my experience as well as some of the more harder to find products from the Expo are at Whole Foods
Once again underwhelmed by whole foods gluten free accommodations. Many major mainstream grocery stores do a better job if making it easy to find a quick gluten free meal and not have to have a salad. It is very simple you simply label your food. Does not have gluten containing ingredients. #wholepaycheck #wholegluten
It's fine for prepackaged foods. DO NOT eat from kitchen prepared foods. Yesterday I asked a kitchen manager about ingredients and looked for listed warnings on the food case tag. No gluten. Once I had started eating I noticed on the printed ingredient tag the second ingredient was gluten. The store manager was very apologetic. But me dealing with the consequences also took time out of vacation. It was a disappointing lesson learned.
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