Original ChopShop Co. Raises Gluten-Free Questions
Judy Nichols The beet salad at the Original ChopShop Co. in Tempe might be gluten free.
You'd think a place billed as "healthy," a place that serves quinoa as a side dish, would be a gluten-friendly place.
At the Original ChopShop Co. in Tempe, you'd be right -- and you'd be wrong.
I went there for lunch the other day, with some friends from work, and standing in line to order at the counter, I was pretty excited about the menu options, because it looked like there were several things I could eat.
But I wasn't really sure, because nothing was marked gluten-free on the menu. It did say that gluten-free wraps were available as a substitute for the whole-grain variety. It didn't mention any gluten-free bread. But I was most interested in the beet salad.
It has greens, arugula, roasted beets, sour apple, goat cheese, cashews and golden raisins, and is served with a red-wine vinaigrette. It looked safe based on the menu, but anyone with a gluten allergy knows you can't go by that.
So when I got to the register, I asked the man taking my order if the salad was gluten free. He hemmed and hawed a little, mumbled something about mayonnaise, which wasn't listed anywhere in the ingredients, then said it "probably" was OK.