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Jersey Mike's
25360 Eastern Marketplace Plaza
Chantilly, VA 20152
United States

4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
Gluten free subs at nationwide sandwich chain Feb 14, 2019
reviewer: Lovetodinegf

Although Jersey Mike's rolled out gluten free sub rolls (Udi's brand) at all of their locations nationwide over a year ago, we hadn't yet tried them. I was a bit nervous about the cross contamination potential. However, we recently went to our local Jersey Mike's at a slightly off-peak time (2 pm on a Sunday) so that it wouldn't be so crowded and we could talk to a manager. I was very impressed with how seriously they took gluten free orders. Of course, I prefaced the conversation with the manager with an explanation of how our son is gluten free for medical reasons. He assured me that all meats and ingredients for the subs are gluten free, with the exception of the meatballs and the chicken parm (and a few other items from the hot subs menu). He said they clean the slicer (even though I don't think any bread ever gets sliced on it -- only meats and cheeses), change their gloves, etc. They also wiped down all the surfaces even though they prepared our son's gluten free sub on a tray with a paper liner (so the bread never even touched the countertop). They even used a squeeze bottle of mayonnaise, instead of using the spreader and mayo in the bin. The only potential I can imagine for a very slight risk of cross contamination would be the fact that workers have dipped their gloved hands into the shredded lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickle bins when preparing regular subs. But I would imagine the risk is small, as they typically are only touching the condiments that end up on the sandwich they are making (they are not touching all the sliced tomatoes with their gloves that may contain a bit a gluten from bread crumbs). If you are concerned about that, I'm absolutely sure you could ask the manager for some "fresh" (untouched) lettuce, tomato, onions from in the back. What makes these subs special is that all the deli meats and cheeses are fresh sliced, thin. The roast beef is sliced from a freshly roasted cut of beef -- always perfectly medium rare and so fresh and flavorful. My son got the Club Supreme, which is also my favorite. It includes the roast beef, turkey, Swiss cheese, and bacon. I recommend getting your sandwich "Mike's Way," which includes shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, thin-sliced onions, oil and red wine vinegar, and their signature blend of salt, pepper, oregano and other spices. It is amazing! I highly recommend this sandwich chain. Not only are they now gluten-free friendly, but we find their product to be fresher and higher quality than other sandwich chains (and the portions are generous). The Udi's gluten free sub roll is equivalent to their "regular" size (which is their medium size). They also have a mini size and a giant size sub. You can go to this page and click on any category (i.e. Cold Subs or Hot Subs) to see whether any of the selections contain gluten: https://www.jerseymikes.com/menu/food-allergy

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BJ's Restaurant and Brewhous
8103 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
United States

5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Great gluten free pizza in Orlando Nov 09, 2018
reviewer: Lovetodinegf

We love BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, a chain that has a huge menu...and also offers a Gluten Free Menu ( https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/bjsrestaurants/upload/0918_BJS_GLUTEN_ALLERGEN_10.6.18_REV2.pdf ) with many starter and entree salad options; entrees like steaks, pork chop, salmon, fire roasted chicken, and quinoa bowls with a choice of proteins on top; stuffed potatoes; and amazing gluten free pizza. In fact, it is probably our favorite place to go for gluten free pizza. And you must save room for the dessert specialty: a Pizookie, which is a warm chocolate chip cookie served in a skillet (they have a gluten free option in both a "regular" size (perfect for sharing) and individual size. I highly recommend this place for nice casual dining and something on the menu for everyone!

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Chipotle Mexican Grill
7800 Doctor Phillips Boulevard #100
Orlando, FL 32819
United States

4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
Always a reliable and quick gluten free meal Nov 09, 2018
reviewer: Lovetodinegf

The only thing at Chipotle that is NOT gluten free are the tortillas for soft tacos and burritos. However, you can have the hard corn taco shells -- or order your meal in a "bowl" or as a salad, as many people do anyway (it's awfully hard to eat the huge burritos!). All the meats, rice, and other fillings, toppings, salsas are all gluten free. And their chips are gluten free, too (and non-GMO, I believe). The food here is always fresh. I just recommend asking the person preparing your food to change gloves, since they've been handling/folding burritos. They are always happy to do that and know exactly what you're talking about when you mention gluten free. Plus, they not only take off their gloves and change them, but they thoroughly wash their hands as well.

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Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream
6000 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32819
United States

3.5 Palms
3.5 Palms
Gluten free ice cream in Dragon Alley at Universal Studios Nov 09, 2018
reviewer: Lovetodinegf

Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour is in Diagon Alley in the Universal Studios theme park. We had read that some of their flavors were gluten free. When we inquired, the man helping us said that most of the hand-packed flavors were gluten free, with a few exceptions, but my son and I were concerned about cross contamination from double dipping. You could probably ask them to get some ice cream out of a fresh tub in back (I'm sure they go through so many of these each day anyway), but my son decided he'd be more comfortable getting the soft serve, which they said was all gluten free. Turns out, I think they just have one (or maybe a few) flavors and then put syrups on the top depending on what flavor you order. For example, my son ordered the chocolate mint, and it was vanilla soft serve with green mint syrup and chocolate syrup drizzled on top. Not really that special (or natural, for that matter!). But sort of fun, I guess. The photo below is after he had dug into his! They did also say all the syrups were gluten free. I'm sure they get this question multiple times per day as well. Next time I'd probably recommend he opt for the hand-packed (from a fresh tub). One that tempted me was the Earl Gray Lavender flavor, but I'd just had another treat and wasn't hungry. And they don't give out samples. I can understand why!

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Thunder Falls Terrace
Hollywood Way
Orlando, FL 32819
United States

5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Gluten free meal at Universal's Islands of Adventure Nov 09, 2018
reviewer: Lovetodinegf

Oh my goodness...this is the place to go if you're visiting Universal Studios Islands of Adventure and you want a satisfying gluten free meal! It is a cafeteria style restaurant, where you go through the line to get your food. But make no mistake, most all the food here is gluten free. They offer rotisserie chicken, ribs, and huge smoked turkey legs, all of which are gluten free. You can get a combo of chicken and ribs, too. If you order the rotisserie chicken, you get a half chicken (both white and dark meat). Platters come with roasted corn on the cob and another choice of sides. The fries here are gluten free and fried in a dedicated fryer. You can also have the herb roasted potatoes, which were to-die-for. There is also a white rice with cilantro and lime, black beans, and side salads. Our meals were delicious and filling, and frankly, it was nice to go somewhere and have something other than burgers or other less healthy fare. The rotisserie chicken was a hit with our whole family. Their menu online does NOT note the items which are gluten free, but one of the chefs who was grilling the ribs handed me their Gluten Free Menu, pictured below. He was so nice and reassured me that we didn't even need to place a special order...everything listed was gluten free as is and not at risk of cross contamination. We could see them serving/plating everything to put in the cafeteria line for people to take. My son said, "I've never done this before." At first, I didn't quite understand what he was talking about. Then he clarified that he'd never been able to go through a cafeteria line like this and grab virtually anything he wanted (with the exception of desserts). He said, "I feel so normal." It was really cute.

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