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Success with Find Me GF?


  • SoFloCeliac
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    SoFloCeliac

    Has anyone had any negative experiences with places you’ve found having a high rating on Find Me GF? It’s typically my go-to in order to vet places – but thought i’d get others experiences.

  • kjanderson
    kjanderson
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    kjandersonkjanderson

    I just used it for our trip to Mackinac Island. We went to the highest rated place and although they talked like they knew what they were doing, they didn’t and I was super sick for the next 24 hours. But, I also went to one of the lowest rated places and I got spectacular and safe service from a dedicated GF kitchen. So, I think I’ll use it as a good place to start, but not take it too seriously. It really is too bad, because the concept is awesome.


  • Dezmae
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    Dezmae

    I use it, and havent had any problems with the places I’ve been to so far. I’m still cautious tho.


  • sparkles
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    sparkles

    I use the app all the time when I travel. I have found some really great places that can accommodate my needs that I otherwise wouldn’t have discovered. I only go to places that are rated highly and that have comments that mention Celiac disease specifically and that the person had no issues. When I leave reviews I always mention that I have Celiac and if I had a reaction or not.


  • jsullivanCD
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    jsullivanCD

    It has been a Godsend to me! The reviews are usually spot on. I do not eat at the place unless it has several good reviews. I have found many great restaurants through this app.


  • Hulagirl_Tiki
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    Hulagirl_Tiki

    I use this and Yelp. I find on Yelp there are a lot of non-celiac GF people, or people that state oh that have GF options but didn’t actually eat GF. Find Me Gluten Free is not as easy to sort and search as Yelp, so I use the two to cross reference. I have had success with this method and also mix in chain restaurants with the local places to get a few places in on trips that I truly feel safe at. I wish the App had a better way to search and sort out multiples of chain places in cities. Most cities have dozens of Chipotle locations, but I won’t eat there anymore as they have such a high cross contamination risk and instances of it.


  • Snowflakes
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    Snowflakes

    Anyone can post to FindMeGlutenFree. So one really still needs to do one’s own due diligence.

  • kjanderson
    kjanderson
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    kjandersonkjanderson

    Word of caution: A few months ago I had a run-in with the “clever minds” behind Find Me Gluten Free (FMGF). I posted an honest review of a restaurant I visited and made me sick. I wasn’t even snarky, just explained what happened, what I ate, the symptoms. My review was deleted and I got a message from FMGF who said my experience was not possible because this was a reputable restaurant.

    I contacted FMGF offices directly and they then went on to explain that if negative posts about gluten-free businesses were allowed then it would affect the entire industry. Huh?

    They put me in touch with the restaurant owner who refused to tell me where their ingredients were sourced and then dismissed my complaint.

    Turns out that this restaurant is a BIG DONOR to FMGF.

    All I can say is research everything yourself and then ask more questions about where ingredients are sourced (look for dedicated gluten-free processing facilities) and then know that trust is a funny risky thing for us celiacs.

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