I was super excited when I learned that Mr. Dewie’s, one of my favorite store bought ice creams opened up a scoop shop in Albany. There ice cream has always been creamier than other non-dairy brands and has been a nice splurge in the past. I finally made my way up there with my dad one day to give them a try.
Upon walking in the owners seemed to both be there and were eager to explain the concept. They are not 100% gluten free when it comes to their cones. Their homemade waffle cones are gluten free, but they buy pre-made non gluten free cones as well. They explained that the chances of cross-contamination are slim and they make it a point to try and prevent the scoop from touching the cone. That explanation worked for me since they had an understanding of what celiac was and were prepared for all of my questions.
They are almost 100% vegan, the only thing that isn’t is the lemon cookie ice cream which has egg in the cookie pieces. Once trying a few of the flavors we both ended up getting double scoops in the gluten free waffle cone (+$1). I ended up getting strawberry and orange chip. Both were delicious with the gluten free buckwheat cone. The cone was kinda chewy which actually made it really good. We both thoroughly enjoyed our treats and will be back again for more! If you're in the area and have a dairy allergy this is definitely a place to stop by!
Outback has been one of the restaurants I have avoided since being diagnosed with celiac disease. I’m not sure exactly why but something always made me uneasy about their ability to be able to handle my food allergies. Finally my family convinced me one day to give it a shot since they themselves always had good experiences in general with the staff.
We went to the Stockton location because we were meeting family that was in from out of town. I got the gluten free menu when I sat down and asked to speak to the manager. At first I was a little uneasy about how the manager was handling my questions. Normally I prefer the manager to handle my order, especially if I get the vibe that our waiter/waitress isn’t as familiar with the gluten free menu or food allergies. Finally the manager seemed to understand what I was getting at and handled the order himself. The waitress came around and already knew what I wanted and said that the manager was taking care of it.
For gluten free and dairy free I ended up with the grilled salmon and steamed veggies. I was disappointed in the amount of food I got. I thought they’d be extra generous at least on the side since I only got one, but nope. It seemed like a small portion of veggies and a small piece of salmon. I believe we were charged $15.99 at lunch time for this meal and it was the most expensive on our order. I did appreciate them being careful though and understanding how I preferred it was handled. If you would like to see their gluten free menu you can visit their website here. The website is easy to navigate and actually quite helpful. Make sure to always speak to the manager on duty about how they can accommodate your food allergies.
I was so excited when I found Falafel Bar online. From what I could tell they were 100% vegan so dairy free and everything was gluten free except for the pita bread. I decided to give it a try and was excited at first glance when everything looked clean. You have two options either a pita filled with falafel or you fill and box with all your fix-ins from the bar along with how ever many falafels you want. You are then charged by weight for your box($8.75 per pound). The lady working that day was extremely helpful and made me feel confident in there procedures in avoiding cross contamination. The pita is basically kept away from everything else and she just told the lady preparing my food to wash up before starting mine.
I was excited to find out that the fries were gluten free as well and they even have natural sodas! I ended up getting a box with four falafels, a soda, and fries which were free with my yelp check-in. I loved the falafel even though I never have really liked falafel in the past. The fries were delicious as well. The best part was I felt great afterwards and had a huge meal to top it off. I loved all there sauces and different ingredients from the food bar you could add to your box. Even the tabbouleh was gluten free since it was made with quinoa. Such a safe place for anyone with celiac disease and even better for someone with a dairy allergy, I would definitely recommend this place to anyone though!
I never thought I would be able to eat at your standard breakfast/lunch joint. Ever since I got diagnosed with celiac disease I assumed all mom and pop joints were out. Come to find out though I was doing some research on gluten free friendly breakfast options and Lili’s had rave reviews! I finally decided I would go over with my dad to at least talk to them, and hopefully it would be a safe place to eat. We arrived at about 9am on Sunday after Christmas and they answered all our questions beautifully. They are able to do almost anything on the menu gluten free, even though they only have a tiny gluten free menu on the table. On top of that, they were able to accommodate my dairy allergy and could do almost anything, even French toast! The only things they really couldn’t prepare dairy free were the pancakes and waffles because those use a mix that already has dairy in it. I loved our waitress who just made me feel so comfortable. She has celiac disease like me and completely understood how to talk to the chef in the back.
Now you’d think at 9am I would end up ordering a breakfast but no, I was craving something savory. When I learned they made their own gluten free teriyaki sauce I immediately opted for the gluten free chicken teriyaki bowl! They cooked everything separate for me and made it clear that it would take longer for our food so they could take the necessary precautions, but I was completely okay with that and understanding. Even despite that we got our food faster than I expected and it was so good. My meal was a bed of rice with an egg scramble on top of it that was mixed with green onions and cabbage. Then on top of that a lovely sliced chicken breast, served with a side of their gluten free teriyaki sauce. I mean this was really, really good for being a small restaurant. You would not expect that they would make a dish like that but it was something I would definitely order again in a heartbeat. I can't wait to come here again, everyone was just so knowledgeable about what needed to be done to keep me safe. Definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone with celiac disease.
Now I always use to go to the Old Spaghetti Factory when I was younger, but after getting diagnosed with celiac disease and a dairy allergy I definitely figured I would never be back. That was until the day my boyfriend who also has celiac disease told me that he has dined at Spaghetti Factories all over and has never had an issue. So I decided to do some research and learned they did have a gluten free menu with plenty of dairy free options
I called our location first to make sure I was comfortable. The manager was very helpful and explained how they keep everything that is gluten free separate from all the glutinous pasta. I was excited and decided to give it a shot. Now this has turned in to one of my favorite places to go. Especially with family since they like it so much! I always end up with either marinara of meat sauce since those are the dairy free options. Then for the salad they are always great about doing no croutons and keeping it separate from the mixing of the other salads.
The gluten free menu is actually right on the back of their regular menu. So no need to ask for a separate menu and then on the menu it says to ask to speak to a manager which I always so just in case. I have always has success so far and have actually went to a couple locations. I highly recommend the Spaghetti Factory as a safe celiac friendly and dairy free restaurant option.
One of the best shaved ice locations I have been to in Hawaii. They offer so many flavors which all seem to be dairy free and gluten free. Then on top of that they offer a vegan soft serve! Made of apple banana which is a type of really sweet banana. They also offer it with other fruits now, but I have not tried those yet. Definitely a place to stop by and it is worth it wait.
They offer shaved ice which is completely dairy free and gluten free. Make sure to ask them to take precautions and remember to always check each time as ingredients can change. This place is pretty hard to find as it is in a small little strip mall, but it is well worth it.
We got shaved ice here and all of their flavors are gluten free and dairy free. They even offer some natural flavors that are made locally. They were careful when I told them what precautions to take. Employees are very helpful.
I ran into this place just by pure luck. I was walking around waiting for my family to get back from their bike ride when I stumbled across this hidden gem. They do fresh juices, kombucha, and what caught my eye in the window was what the owners husband makes, hot sauce! I stepped in and all the ladies working were helpful and knowledgeable. The place is 100% vegan and gluten free. This works out great for me with celiac disease and a dairy allergy.
I was really into the hot sauces they had and they even let me try them all. They were all so tasty and spicy it was hard to pick one, but I finally decided on the guava habanero. It was very spicy, but had that lingering sweetness to it which I loved. They also make BBQ sauce and even facial products it looks like! Definitely a place to check out on Kauai!
Located in the back of a shopping center in Lodi, CA we found Nixon Deli. I found this place on the Find Me Gluten Free App and called to verify what all the reviews said. I spoke to an employee who told me they have a completely separate area to make the gluten free sandwiches and put the cheese on last so none of the vegetables are cross contaminated with cheesy hands.
I came by on a Sunday I believe it was and honestly they looked closed so don’t be deceived it may look dark inside, but they are indeed open. It is run by a small family so just the owner was working. She was a nice lady and I verified everything I had been told over the phone about how they handle gluten free sandwiches was true so I was set. She even makes sure not to go between making my sandwich and then starting another sandwich that is not gluten free.
I decided to get the BLT on Udi’s white bread. Then I added cranberry sauce which I love so I was excited. Upon arrival of her bringing us our sandwiches I will admit I was quite disappointed on the size. I was hoping they did not use the grocery store bread and they actual used the commercial sized loaves. I guess not. :( Oh well it is a good option if you have celiac disease and need a bite to eat while coming through this area. You just might need to order two of them. :p