When we arrived, the hostess assured me that they could make gluten free food and pointed out all the things that could easily be made gluten free on the menu. I ordered gluten free/dairy free corn tacos (one beef taco for my 7 year old and a fish taco and chicken taco for me) and a hamburger-no bun. If you have ever been with me when I order I basically say we are gluten free and dairy free about 5 times and double check to make sure it can be made gluten free. I know it can seem like overkill to anyone who is with us--but I have found that it is usually more effective than telling them once.
When the food came it looked delicious--the tacos piled high with lettuce and chicken with glistening red salsa and creamy rice and beans. While eating the rice and beans I noticed that tortillas with the fish and chicken taco looked lighter colored and flatter from the yellow tortilla of the beef taco. "Are these tacos gluten free?" I enquired--pointing to the fish and chicken tacos. Our busy waiter stopped for a second to look down at my tacos and said "Oh, no, they are not. I ordered the corn tacos but they gave you the flour tacos." Hmm. Bummer. I actually hadn't touched the flour tortilla tacos so it wasn't a disaster, but it was a huge disappointment.
I guess I need to go back to my allergy cards--which seem to work better than verbally telling the waiter. Sometimes, I have asked to speak to the chef directly--which, again, seems overkill to everyone with me--I know--but seems one way to prevent this kind of mistake.
The Spot has gluten free bread but our experience was disappointing and I would caution anyone who has a reaction to gluten to be careful when eating at The Spot to double check anything they are served--or just stick with the rice and beans and cooked salsa.
***Also, I called ahead to the Spot in Burlington, Vermont to check if they had a gluten free menu because I know that our gluten free/dairy free diet can be a lot for a restaurant to handle. If a restaurant already has a gluten free menu, it becomes simpler to order and a little easier to know that we will get gluten free/dairy free food. When I called they said they had a gluten free menu--but when I arrived they said they did not. I hesitate to write a negative review of any restaurant who is trying so hard to accommodate gluten free diners by serving gluten free bread and corn tortillas but this was such a disappointment I would like to let them know in writing and hope that they can do better next time.