The restaurant is inclusive about dietary restrictions. The staff was knowledgeable about gluten free options and even asked me about milk preferences.
— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu
Sure they make their own GF bread but they don't mark anything on the menu as gluten free. The waitress cheerfully told me everything was GF if we just substituted the bread. So, I sent her back to the kitchen to find out about the binder for the bean burger - gluten of course. They cook everything on the same grill. Don't be fooled. We walked out and bought a safe if boring lunch at the Trader Joe's next door.
It was nice to have gluten free options and to have gf bread but their grilled cheese didn't have much flavor. If it wasn't for the bacon it wouldn't have any. Very pricy for a grilled cheese without flavor. I will try ordering something different next time.
I was somewhat dissapointed. They get kudos for making their own GF bread. It has a nice atmosphere. The service was quick and friendly. The problem was with the food and the way it was served. I had the brisket sandwich. The meat was tough and stringy. Also, it was piled in a big clump in the middle of the bread, with just about nothing around the edges. When I tried to take a bite, all of the meat wanted to come out at once, and when the bread tried to bend around the clump in the middle, the bread crumbled apart, leaving me with a messy unformed handful. The taste was OK, but it was not much fun to eat. Maybe choosing something else would have led to a better result.
Atwater's was a go-to restaurant for me pre-diagnosis, so after a few years away when I heard they had a gf bread available, I wanted to give them a try. I have had success eating here if I am very clear as I order that I have a severe gluten allergy, and ask that they use a clean knife and lay down paper to cut the gf bread. There are more gf options than before, and the menu is better labeled. I think they're working on bringing their restaurants up to speed, but I would say to be explicitly clear about making sure you stay safe if you choose to eat here.
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