Review: BJ's Brewhouse - Celiac Disease
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Jun 27 2010

Review: BJ's Brewhouse

Today we took my dad out to celebrate a belated Father’s Day and birthday. We decided to give BJ’s Brewhouse a try, as it is right up the street and they had just added gluten-free pizza to their menu. I wrote an article a few weeks back talking about the new pizza and other gluten-free menu items.

There are a couple things I want to point out about this menu. There is a note at the bottom of the menu that says “Items marked with F share fryers with other products that contain gluten.” The items marked with F are all of the appetizers, so stay clear of those. While I was disappointed that there was not a true gluten-free appetizer choice, I was pleased to see that BJ’s understood the importance of cross-contamination and noted it on the menu.

Jon ordered the gluten-free cheese & pepperoni pizza for $9.95. The pizza crust is an herb-infused 10″ thin crust that can be topped with your choice of toppings. **Meatballs are not gluten-free. Jon was nice enough to share his pizza and allow me to have a bite. I was super impressed! The pizza crust was awesome! If I hadn’t known it was gluten-free, I would never have guessed it. I think it may be right up there with Zpizza!

As much as I wanted a pizza, I just had one at Zpizza the other night, so I opted for the garden medley salad with grilled salmon. The salad came topped with fire-roasted red peppers, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, feta cheese and balsamic vinaigrette. I asked them to add avocado, too. The salad was great, but the salmon was overcooked. I loved the flavor combinations. I asked for the dressing on the side, as I always do, and it didn’t really need it with the avocado and feta cheese. The server and manager offered to get me a new piece of salmon, but I declined. They ended up taking it off of the bill. My dad ordered salmon and his was fine, so hopefully mine was just a fluke.

My step mom, Christy, ordered one of BJ’s giant stuffed potatoes. While Christy doesn’t have to eat gluten-free, her meal happened to be on the gluten-free menu, so I wanted to share it here. I couldn’t believe the size of the potato!! I took a picture of it with my Blackberry in the picture so you can get an idea of the size.

While there weren’t any desserts on the gluten-free menu, the Kids Sundae appeared to be gluten-free. On the reverse side of the gluten-free menu, BJ’s has an allergy list for all of their menu items. The sundae doesn’t have any wheat listed and after speaking with the server about the ingredients, we ordered it for Jon. He inhaled it in under 2 minutes, so there is no picture. That is a teen boy for you!

We really enjoyed our meal at BJ’s and will be heading back in the future. I can’t wait to give one of those potatoes a try and then a pizza, too!

Have you had a chance to try the pizza at BJ’s? What did you think?

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!


  1. Judy Watters says:

    I just experienced BJs pizza Sunday night. I had ordered sausage and mushrooms and they made a mistake and brought a pepperoni and sausage. But they caught their mistake and had already put in another pizza and brought me the mistake to eat on until the right one was done. I shared my first one with my husband and our friends. None of them are gluten free and every one of them loved the pizza. Last night my daughter got in from the Netherlands and I took her to BJs as fast as I could. She is also gluten free and we enjoyed a ham and pineapple. Awesome. I would like to buy this pizza bread already made. Manager told me they get the bead sent into them from corporate. Any ideas where I could get it?


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