There have been times when I have been chatting with others and suddenly they are gone because they sent me a website and they’v been told not to. I know it was a larger group and if you were not seated near me, we probably missed each other. Check it out. The other place I love, and it is VERY high end, is this....Rialto. It is an amazing place and extremely supportive. I was very surprised because I've heard such great things about it on here but I was less than impressed. Every one. Happy Sunday V! Please don't ever stop sharing your stories. Is PF Chang’s safe for celiacs? *sigh*. Thanks Gluten Dude. I won’t try that again! I am ever so grateful to have found your site. Within 5 minutes of starting on my gf lettuce wraps I experienced the same symptoms. New Celiac Problems. The lettuce wraps & Singapore noodles are a must! It is the only place where with not an ounce of self pity, we can just say. Thank you for all your struggles and your fight for us celiacs. I have been gluten free for over 10 years. Maybe that gave you a stomach ache and illness today. – like maybe I was “lightly glutened” or something. I too have had meals brought on the wrong plate and my husband always insists they go back because he has seen me suffer even if a naive waiter says its GF. But sometimes we just need to be in the company of fellow travelers along this road. I just realized that you will be going to the one in Natick...that's where I ate. Gluten Free dishes all have their own set of sauces and own woks to be cooked in. ;). I had to share this because I thought the timing was just so weird – not two days after I posted here, extolling the awesome that is my local PF Chang’s, my sis and I went to dinner there. Now I know to rest when needed, to not trust something just because it says gf on the label, and most importantly, to advocate and be a voice for myself and this disease. Way to be proactive Jeanne. As much as I hate the symptoms I suffer, I imagine this presents you with the added difficulty of wondering where it lurks. Its what they call in the industry “consistency”. I’ve been burned too many times. From my experience, P.F. As tears roll down my face, I think of how much you have helped and encouraged me and others; I thank you for your humor, your wisdom and your knowledge. I won’t eat there now because I no longer have any choices. I applaud you, Gluten Dude, for giving us Celiacs a place where we can chat, complain, celebrate and laugh at our all too real struggles. I just hope they are strong and re-educate the locations that are doing poorly (again – more of a reason for those who are glutened to contact P.F. PF Chang's is located in the Westchester Mall so you could just telll the driver to … I haven’t been there in a while, so I didn’t remember which plate was which – but I said to the waiter: “gee, no one said GF when this was delivered and this isn’t on a different plate are you SURE it’s ok because I will get VERY sick.” He said it was fine and I ate it. Dedicated cookware would help big time. . I also get the shrimp in lobster sauce. One time they use oyster sauce in my dish that did not call for it. For every person you say “got glutened”, there are just as many who say they ate without incident. I believe I almost cried as well. I sincerely appreciate the effort you put in for all celiacs, but our relationship has now come to an end. Well…in all fairness, I said I wouldn’t be going back. My daughter, who is also gluten sensitive, had my noodles and had the same dessert as me. I had something like a shrimp fried rice. Now, that is not the first time I have eaten Kikoman regular soy sauce and not gotten sick. I’m in Utah and can’t eat at out PF Chang’s either. It is disrupting my life, and I will be sick for about three weeks. It’s nice knowing that there are other people who feel exactly the way I do about Celiac Disease! Thank you, thank you, thank you. :) In a time of Omission and Cheerios hawking insta-phonies, I just wanted to say thanks for your tireless work and for keeping your integrity over the years. Based on internet searches, it usually has soy sauce and a thickener (starch…). I wonder if that was the problem. I know PF Chang’s is supposed to cut all their produce fresh each day, but does the restaurant you ate at dip the produce in a sulfite water bath, like “Veggie Fresh”, to keep it from browning over the course of the day? I still do not go out, it is a terribly isolating disease. Maybe it had a good result because my son is now SO careful and has gotten really good about reading labels, etc. I'd love to eat to the level of my palate (my mom was a chef in a 4-star restaurant when I was growing up), but until I have the $$, PF Chang's does nicely in a pinch. Forget the california roll. He was so upset, having designated a special area in his kitchen for the preparation of the entrees, but failed to consider that the baked item that was not made in-house was cc’ed like mad. I am lucky to live in an area where gluten-free dining is becoming the norm at many restaurants so I can't complain. The corporate office contacted me via Twitter and we spoke on the phone today. Not sure if they put the wrong soy or what on there. Explore our menu, order online, make reservations and get directions to your local P.F. I had already ordered appetizers and was stuck. Later I also became short of breath, and had diarrhea. That would never be my conclusion because it does not make sense. Is there anything that you guys find that is a safe order when out? I’ve always had good experiences with PF Chang’s, although the last time I went, our waitress didn’t make up the “special mix” of sauces for me after I told her I was GF. <3, It's very sad, lonely, and I feel like I'm slowly losing my sanity on most days. Hi The following ingredients are used in P.F. do you think celiac was around in ancient times? I apologize but this response really confuses me. I don’t trust a lot of chicken broths or other broths. Now I’m really second guessing it. For those who don’t understand this, PF Chang’s has a different plate for their gluten-free dishes, which I love. I hope you feel better soon! I have very few places I trust. Great the manager is on top of things, too bad the cooks apparently aren’t? But again, I was starving, I was already there and for the most part, I know they take the whole gluten-free thing pretty seriously, so I gave them the benefit of the doubt. The dragon tea is quite nice to share. Finding this website was like walking into a house full of old friends and family for me. Fine. The PF Changs I went to is the one in Princeton. I gave up soy a year ago or so, but will still dabble in it once in awhile. Sensitive celiacs would certainly react to this amount of cc, especially if they don’t wash them thoroughly which, as a former waitress, I know most places never do! This just makes me sad beyond words. They would release the ingredients only to my Dr. Never quite figured out what it was, but needless to say, I gave away the $40 customer satisfaction coupon they sent, and never ate there again. Boil water, turn it off, add noodles and let soak 4 minutes. Many are located right off or close to a major highway so getting there is easy enough. Even if we could use specials glasses that worked like heat seekers that could pick up gluten anywhere. Is that a hoot. Are a disgruntled employee trashing the place? Went to PF Changs and not 5 minutes later, I feel like crap. I also take my own food in the containers I will eat it in when I go to my in-laws’ house. When we had a death in our family, they were there for us with complimentary meals and TLC. I want to thank you for everything that you have done to make me feel more comfortable about eating gluten-free. I have met so many wonderful people on your blog including YOU! With so many people in the restaurant, it is easy for them to make a mistake. It’s unacceptable, and if we have to keep our mouths closed in fear of, “soon, no one will want to bother to put those protocols in place… and we’ll be left with no place to go” then buckle up, because you’ll get your wish: everywhere, including all the restaurants we always wished would, will claim to be “gluten free” and be anything but. Thank you for your answers, wisdom, support and humor. (And the Domino’s one as well). All of you new celiac people need to understand that we (officially diagnosed Celiac people) unlike the Gluten sensitive people, have to learn to take care of ourselves, no matter what! In fact, even if just a crumb gluten coming comes in contact with your gluten-free meal, it can set off a cascade of painful symptoms in people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. They may not be serving the items they are supposed to be serving. This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. Chocolate cake isn't good unless it's warm and gooey! Thanks 4 putting into words what many celiacs feel! Spoke to management on ride home and so sorry … see me when you return. For me, it usually takes 12-24 hours for my body to reject gluten, and I mean REJECT it. The only TRULY safe place is a dedicated GF restaurant and bakery where NO gluten has ever been utilized. I haven’t braved traveling since dx last year and have no idea how to do it GF (and properly to avoid any cc at my destination). It is based in the UK and there are many, at least 100 I’d guess, maybe more, health subjects you can choose from. maybe I’ll check back in and let you know what happens! The hubs loves Chinese food (I prefer Thai) but I thought I would see how they handle the food and the many questions I would have about food prep so he could enjoy this cuisine once more. Outback, PF Changs and other rest's under their chain have GF menus. I’ve had problems at my state’s only PF Chang’s. DJFL77I, Saturday at 11:20 AM The labeling is much better, more manufacturers have modified their products to make them GF and there are LOTS more restaurants with GF menus or menu items. Mrs. Dude and I always say to each other “pick your battles” with the kids. this web page dailly and get nice information from here everyday. They assured me it was GF. After probably 3 or 4 times of going to PFs and always ordering the same thing I knew what the food was supposed to look like. I will go to PF Chang’s in Winter Park, Fl and have this far had goo experiences. :). It is of my opinion, now knowing others have experienced the same or similar problems, that this very well could be an oversight of gluten in one if the ingredients used in many if not all of the chains. I stick to Salmon/Avocado or Tuna/Avocado rolls. Soy perhaps? I’m not sure what the PF stands for in your name, but for me it now means Painful Food. Every time I see the PF Chang’s frozen food entree commercial on TV I just want to yell “WHY CAN”T YOU MAKE A GLUTEN FREE PRODUCT” for freezer/home consumption! They do an outstanding job. and after no longer eating the sweet potatoes there, my food experience has been kicked up several notches. again, we tipped well. They were ridiculously busy. Just gotta love a name like Chef Cook. That’s interesting. My first 2 times at PF Changs was wonderful no issues and a wonderful waiter. . Do not eat there. My wife does not have CD but my daughter does. Copyright © 1995-2020 Also diagnosed in 2007, the hunt was on for a public place to eat so we could meet with family and friends. Begged my husband to take to the er. They marked one box GF and so naturally that’s the one I ate. We need more 100% gluten free restaurants that are fast food so we feel less isolated. …MeOverHere. I used to eat out a lot more but have really scaled it down since my antibodies were highly elevated for nearly 1 1/2 years since going gluten-free. It really means so much! THANK YOU!!! They kept asking what can they do to make it better., Yes, on both. I’ve eaten at PF Changs in several cities: Chicago, Knoxville and Indianapolis. I suggested they leave a comment on this post to tell their side a bit, but not sure if they’ll follow up on that. I just wanted to thank you for hosting such an open, honest, funny, sad, wonderful forum where all of us Celiacs can laugh, cry, commiserate, share, and gain some support in dealing with this disease. DQ2 Celiac gene test 9/11, ALLERGY: "positive" blood and skin tests to wheat, which triggers his eczema '08, ENTEROLAB testing: elevated Fecal Anti-tissue Transglutaminase IgA Dec. '08. Maybe someone got sloppy?) have become our friends and family. Find out where and how food is prepared, and if it seems iffy, give it a miss. The first time I was SEVERELY bloated afterwards. I felt fine eating it, but I DID get stomach pain afterwards. When we traveled we even checked their website for locations along the trip. 2 comments on “ Eating Corn Free At PF Chang’s ” Laurie May 25, 2014 at 12:46 am. You have made me laugh and cry and everything in between and I'm only two weeks into your blog!!! I am not saying all celiacs should avoid it. That is sad to hear! I even told them that when they showed up at our GF Expo. Please call the restaurant and let them know. I, also, got contaminated from PF Chang’s. I’ve had okay experiences there too. Just to clear some things up with some people that obviously have no idea: there is absolutely no MSG in any of our food. I LOVE PF Changs! This is why I always tell people just because it says it’s gluten-free doesn’t mean it is and why eating out can always lead to potential issues. I just wanted to drop a quick line to say thank you. It’s a10 hour flight to Honolulu and when I got there I thought what am I going to eat. Chang’s has always been a favorite gluten-free dining spot for us. But my food did not come out on that plate. Love your blog! I asked what was on the menu that was gluten free. Literally. However, I’ve had bad experiences with both. Once I eliminated soy from my diet I don’t have any issue eating at PF Chang’s. Orland Park Crossing. We KNEW they couldn’t handle it and I think the waitress was relieved. Very good to hear all of this feedback. Brilliant post, as usual. there is strength in numbers! They also always ask if I want the fortune cookies and remind me they are not gluten-free (as if I didn’t know – but I appreciate the awareness). From everything I have read about the company and from my own experience (and many other celiacs who report good experiences there on PF Chang’s is one of them. 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