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Flat Top Grill In Bloomington, Il

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Well, this place was great. It is a make your own stir fry. They have two seperate flat top grills, one for regulars, another for allergy people. Our waiter came with me every step and got gluten-free sauce from the back (they wouldn't keep it on the same station as the other stuff) let me taste it and then mix two different sauces for me. The grill was cleaned and then they cooked my food. It was so good and tasted wonderful. I recommend them if anyone is near Bloomington IL. Ask for Vinny :P

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i know there is one in Evanston i wonder if they are also as gluten friendly???glad to hear you had a great meal, nice to feel normal from time to time huh???

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I was at the Flat Top Grill in downtown Chicago and it was nice. The server was very nice about making sure my food was gluten-free and I had the right sauce. It is getting easier all the time to eat out. I still like Noodles and Co. the best, though for fast food. They are all over and the buttered rice noodles with chicken, tomatoes and broccoli and parmesan cheese is the best. I sure wish there was one near my home, but I live in a remote part of northern Wisconsin. I will say that everyone I came into contact with in Chicago was VERY nice, I loved it there. Barbara

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I've been in the one in Bloomington! I only had a drink :( They did say that they could do gluten free though! Small world....I used to live in Bloomington, and we visit my in-laws up there at least once a month. I'll try the food next time!

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cgilsing---I actually live by Decatur out in the country in Oakley Township. I was glad that Flat Top was there. It sure did feel good to eat what everyone else was eating. :lol: We eat out every Sunday night after church with some couples. That is challenging for sure. Been glutened by cc already. Thinking of bringing my own next time.

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Wow, I will have to try that. I've never heard of Flat Top Grill. I live in Springfield but visit Evanston often (was there 2 weeks ago) and Bloomington whenever I need to go for work, or something like that. I will definitely keep it in mind! Thanks.

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I just went to the Flat Top in Bloomington last night and as soon as I saw the way everything was prepared, I was extremely skeptical. This morning, I woke up and I definitely was glutened there. If you think about it, it's a haven for cross-contamination. Someone has gluten-containing noodles in their bowl, and then all the tongs for the vegetables that they use touch the noodles, contaminating the tongs and the vegetables once the tongs go back in place. Also the "allergy" side of the grill gives a false sense of security. Someone could come in and have a bowl full of noodles and gluten, but have a nut allergy so they use the allergy stick and it goes right onto the allergy side of the grill. Then someone with celiac comes in and gets their stuff cooked in the same spot. If you really think about it, eventually, everything that gets cooked on the normal side of the grill will also get cooked on the allergy side just because people will have different allergies, but will have dishes that contain other people's allergies. I will never go there again. I feel terrible and can't even go to class today. I wrote them a letter explaining all of this. Tell me someone else thinks that they aren't as safe as they claim to be and I'm not the only one?

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I've been too nervous about cc to attempt to go to Flat Top. It's a very busy place (at least the one by me), and it just seems like it would be too easy to mix stuff up. I'd rather take my chances at a steak house.

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