On the last day of a family visit and being a holiday weekend, we decided to celebrate the 4th of July and take my brother-in-law to Santa Monica, where we decided to eat at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. While I'm not much for chain restaurants, I do like seafood, and most everything I've had here (pre-Celiac) has been tasty. I found a gluten-free menu online, but was disappointed to learn when I called that they were no longer officially advertising it. Seems they may have been burned by a GF customer in the past or made a mistake? That's my guess. However I was told that they could still accommodate me, and that their kitchen was fully educated in cross-contamination prevention, which made me feel better.
I decided on the Accidental Fish and Shrimp
Mahi mahi with cajun shrimp, tomatoes and jasmine rice, topped with a lemony garlic butter herb sauce. The fish was moist and flaky and the sauce was tasty. Me likey.
There was one slight snafu - I was assured by our server that the sauce was gluten free. The manager walked by, and so I decided to make sure. The manager replied with, "I think so." What? I told him I needed to KNOW so. So he went and checked with the kitchen and returned to tell me it was indeed gluten-free. Whew! My heart rate went up there for a minute or two. Moments like this are a Celiac's worst nightmare. My boyfriend started to apologize about making the recommendation, but it's not his fault as this could happen anywhere.
So all in all, I had a decent experience. Not sure why they can't advertise their gluten free menu with a disclaimer that says they cannot fully guarantee cross-contamination. Me thinks they don't want to advertise the menu since it can be a hassle accommodating the gluten-free requests. I have one answer for that - We aren't going to disappear anytime soon so get used to it!