Islands

1 May

IMG_7250.jpgHappy Celiac Awareness Month! Thanks to Gluten-Free in SB reader, Ellen, I got a tip that Islands offers great GF burger buns. They also have a gluten-free menu! We decided to try it out yesterday at the prime dining time of 4:45pm to avoid the rush. I prefer eating super early when I am trying a restaurant for the first time so I can ask the server all of my questions without feeling like they are rushed. After asking our waiter my usual questions, he confirmed the following answers with the manager and kitchen: The gluten-free buns are prepared in a safe spot when told it is for an allergy/celiac. The fries are made in their own fryer. However they are close to the fryer that is used for non-GF things, so there is a slight chance of oil splattering into the fries fryer. I took the risk and ordered my Maui Burger with fries. The bun definitely held together better than the standard Udi’s bun. Upon asking about it, the waiter informed me they are made by Smart Flour. I really liked the fries (and felt fine last night), but I did feel a little risky eating them. Would you have tried them?

4 Responses to “Islands”

  1. Jolene May 1, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

    I have eaten at the SB Islands 3 times. Each server was very knowledgable & the manager came over as well to explain how they help keep gluten free items from being cross contaminated. I used my Nima sensor at 2 of the 3 visits and the food came back safe. I’m happy to have another GF restaurant option in town.

    • glutenfreeinsb May 1, 2018 at 1:12 pm #

      I found that our server wasn’t too knowledgeable but was quick to confirm all of my questions with the manager and kitchen. I’m glad to hear that Nima approved it! Did you have the fries?

  2. fatfingers11 May 2, 2018 at 7:44 am #

    Another great post glutenfreeinsb! As a celiac I really appreciate all the great information you provide. To be honest even though I’m incredibly sensitive, given their gluten knowledge I would absolutely take that ‘risk’. You naturally run a risk every time you eat out with cross-contamination in the kitchen however they seem to REALLY know what they’re doing. Thanks again can’t wait to see where you go next!

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