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BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse Launches Gluten Free Pizza & Beer Today

May 25, 2010 by  
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Special thanks to FB friend Tami House for the heads up on the fact that she tried BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse’s new gluten free pizza before it was announced. After researching it and contacting a BJ’s restaurant and headquarters myself, I found that it is officially available at all BJ’s restaurants beginning today (May 26), according to an email from Director of Operations, Curt Siverling: “We are very proud to launch our Gluten Free Pizza tomorrow on our new menu. We have been educating our management teams and team members on the Gluten procedures and are ready to launch it at our locations tomorrow (May 26.) We are also introducing Red Bridge Beer tomorrow on our menus, which is a popular Gluten Free beer.”

I stopped by my local BJ’s yesterday to see if they’d make me a pepperoni one a day early and they seemed excited to get started. That corporate “pride” was certainly passed down to the manager and the employees. The ones I spoke to had tried the pizza and loved it, and all seemed very informed on the new menu and procedures. They had already slipped the new menu page into the jacket and were ready to go.

The manager assured me that there is a separate prep area, that all pizza ingredients except for the meatballs are gluten free. He personally went to the back and told me that it was to check the area since I ordered the first one they had officially made. He said the GF tools were in place, the gloves were changed, and the cooks were trained in how to handle everything to avoid cross contamination. When the pizza was delivered, he came out to assure me that all went according to plan and the food was handled properly.

BJ’s is known for their pizza, so I expected it to be great, and it did not disappoint! It was awesome. They buy the crust frozen from Venice Bakery in El Segundo, CA (there’s less chance for cross-contamination if they are not mixing up the dough in the restaurant kitchen.) It is a medium thin, crispy “herb infused” crust covered with their rich, pasty sauce and just enough cheese and pepperoni to top it off perfectly. Another exciting thing about this pizza is the reasonable price – at my location, $8.95 for a 10” cheese pizza and a nominal fee for each topping.

Crust ingredients (Thanks to some detective work by Facebook friend Janel Yeisley-Berchielli): rice flour, tapioca flour,water, potato flour, olive oil, sugar, yeast, salt and seasonings (free of gluten, soy, dairy and egg)

Their gluten free menu has a nice variety of choices in addition to the pizza – chicken dishes, soups, salads, weekend brunch, steak, salmon, and giant stuffed baked potatoes (although it needs to have their great hamburger on a gluten free bun to be perfect.)

All in all, a great pizza, and a great Gluten Free experience!

See the gluten free menu here. As stated on the menu, “please inform your server if you, or anyone in your dining party, have any food allergies.”

Use their restaurant locator to see if there’s a location near you, and be sure to check out the restaurants coming soon if you don’t see one nearby.

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49 Responses to “BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse Launches Gluten Free Pizza & Beer Today”
  1. Lynda says:

    I check and we don’t have a BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse in our area, but I celebrate anytime there’s another gluten-free change out there! If one must be gluten-free, this is a good time to be dealing with it. There are more and more options available.

  2. Nancy says:

    Thanks for that positive note, Lynda!

  3. Joann says:

    I write articles for the Sacramento Gluten Free Food Examiner and would like to post your aticle on my webpage. You will get full credit for the story, and it will be completely linked back to your blog. I just would like to spread this info to my readers as well. Please let me know ASAP if that would be o.k. with you. Thank you! Joann Mitchell

  4. Joann says:

    I forgot to ask I notice you are in Southern California, does this apply to Northern California as well?

  5. Craig says:

    Had dinner at BJ’s Sunday in Louisville. Gluten free pizza was very good! Will go back again for more pizza.

  6. Hello, As the Author of: The Autism & ADHD diet…a book all about eating GFCF..this wonderful news!!! I need to see if they can go CF, too….more and more ..just amazing!! We have one in town…I sure hope they are CF, too..this would be a wonderful establishment to add to our “go to” list!! ( I found out about it on the CD Delphi Forum!!!

  7. Christina says:

    I second Lynda’s comment. It’s exciting to see the explosion of GF options, but also a little sad that it’s necessary.

    Barrie, I’d love to read your book. Just from looking briefly at BJ’s website, I don’t think they’re CF … YET!! Since there’s now Daiya “cheese” on the market, a GFCF pizza out could be a real possibility. YAYYYYY!! My 10-y-o ASD DS will be doing his “happy dance” if that happens, as will all of us; “pizza” has been a forbidden word in our house since we went GFCF 2 yrs ago (or was it 3 years ago?).

  8. Laura says:

    A few days ago I posted that the Norman, OK, location is not GF friendly (but somehow that comment isn’t up now). I want to clarify that I stand corrected; I ended up going to BJ’s just to hang out with my family, and the waiter assured me that he could place the order with an allergy warning and the food would be prepared safely. So my lesson here is that when you call to ask about a restaurant’s accommodations, the person who answers the phone may not always know what goes on in the kitchen.

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  34. Dionne says:

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