No fresh gluten free items in the bakery. Very disappointing that the few gf items are frozen or bulk packaged.
I stay away from the open bars for risk of cross contamination but their packaged foods is great and same with the food selection and flours for GF. Their Carmel sauce and pumpkin spice have gluten in it if you’re ordering from the coffee bar, but their soy milk is GF. I would ask for a cold drink over hot as the wand they use for oat milk is a risk for cross contamination as well.
There are packaged, gluten-free options that are completely safe, but anything on the salad bar or hot bar is open the cross contamination. I usually do pretty well with the soup and salad but have been glutened on occasion from the hot bar.
Assortment of options. Personally, I do not trust any of the buffet style items so I got my Amy’s Mac and Cheese! I also got a few packaged desserts which were yummy. They have a microwave upstairs too for my frozen Mac and cheese!
Good for GF groceries. Would be nice if they specified whether their prepared foods are GF. Nice cooked stuff and salad bar but celiacs can’t touch. There are no labels on the salad bar stuff, I go here all the time and would know.
If you're looking for gluten-free foods to cook with there are plenty of offerings. It's a grocery store after all. As far as prepared foods go though it's disappointing that a national "health food" store doesn't offer a small selection of made offsite "fresh" gluten-free baked goods. None of their prepared food items are made taking any allergy precautions.
Whole Foods has quality foods that are nearly impossible to find elsewhere.
Very good selection of Gluten Free food. Nice fresh fruits and vegetables (many organic). Most outstanding feature is definitely their fish market; always fresh and top quality. Liquor department stocks Gluten Free beer (I highly recommend Lake Front Brewing) and cider. Prices are definitely high, but if you’re an Amazon Prime member they have significant discounts on selected items.
Huge store offering a variety of different gluten-free cereals and flour. Without oats and with gluten-free oats. I think celiacs find there a lot to have something to choose for breakfast.
They have a good cracker and frozen foods selection especially for high-quality pasta and breaded items. I’m not impressed with its hot bar items. They have palatable frozen pastries and breads but they are a bit expensive and sometimes lack visual appeal because they are broken or have icicles. Once I bought a box of cookies and went to the car for a carb fest. I opened the box and every cookie was broken. I literally had nothing but crumbs and chocolate chips. I declined repurchase. This wasn’t an isolated incident. Whole Foods should be more careful with the shipping and handling of its gluten-free foods due to their composition and fragility. Unfortunately, Whole foods could do a little better with eliminating unnecessary wheat/gluten products from some ready-made meals; for example, wheat berries or croutons in salads; use tamari instead of soy sauce in marinades.
Grabbed a gluten free prepared meal on the way to a restaurant where I knew I couldn’t eat anything. The Pad Thai-esque dish with zucchini noodles was quite good, but pricey. They also have cake from By the Way Bakery.
Hot bar has very limited gluten free options, and even fewer gluten free proteins. Salad/cold bar has a bit more but when I’m getting prepared food I prefer hot. I was going to get a questionable sushi roll and a bottle of GF soy sauce (they don’t offer GF) but decided to go a couple minutes down the street to Wegmans instead.
I would expect a better selection for a place like Whole Foods. Overall, I don't find it worth my time, except for the "Mybread" Pita bread in the GF frozen section. Otherwise, I don't find their options to be all that much better than a regular grocery store. And there definitely isn't any pre-made food that is celiac safe if you're looking for a meal on the go.
They have GF options for their restaurant area, sandwich bar, and sushi. The options are limited though and definitely no Celiac friendly. As a grocery store, they have several items that are GF and Celiac friendly.
they did not have many gluten free options in the first place all i could get from the hot foods was mashed potatoes and then had a reaction directly after. definitely some cross contamination happening
While I don't typically grocery shop here, the chain as a whole is a go-to and a godsend while traveling if you need gluten free or any other allergy free items. The buffet always has options, even in smaller stores like this one, and allergens are marked.
Before it was Amazon-owned, I shopped at this WF weekly for most of my groceries. Since then, they no longer carry many of the GF items I used to purchase, including cereals, crackers, snacks. They have substituted other cereals and snacks that have more sugar and less protein than I used to get. Fortunately there are other stores in the area that now carry more products that are GF, unlike when this store first opened.
Not much choices... store disposition was strange.
I talked to a chef making taco items who was very rude and unwilling to discuss options with me. He told me that nothing in the made to order, pre-packaged, salad bar area was considered gluten free and said it as if it was absurd for me to not know that.
Ate at the buffet/salad bar with no issues. I steer clear from items that are next to gluten items and therefore avoid CC issues. The store itself has a lot of GF items, especially in the frozen/refrigerated sections. Personal-sized cakes, breads, and cheesecakes!
The staff was awesome! Francisca asked about my sensitivity and created a separate work station for me. She’s great! Can’t say enough good things
Love the salad & hot food bar at whole foods. All the items are marked with allergens & there’s very few items with gluten so comfortable with the cross contamination risk of a salad bar. Just just fill your take out box with roast meats, hot sides & salads
They make no effort to keep any prepared foods away from contamination such as placing crusty bread on top of the salad bar with crumbs falling everywhere, etc. Labeling looks promising but if you look closely they are often wrong, not matching up with actual food, many don't have allergens listed and use odd wording like graham instead of wheat. Overall, really frustrating that a supposedly healthy store makes zero effort to try and make their foods safe.
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.