Last verified 4/11
Reminder: You must take the responsibility of being vigilant by always reconfirming the GF status of a menu item and addressing cross-contamination issues each and every time.
Rubio's website includes Allergen information that lists menu items containing the top 8 allergens (wheat is one). It also contains a brief list of component items that contain gluten.
Beneath the gluten-containing lists it states: "Due to contact when preparing menu items, it is not possible for Rubio's to guarantee any meal completely free of these allergens and food products.The following are cooked in a shared fryer: Beer-Battered Fish, Tortilla Chips, Churros, Rice, Chicken Bites and Chicken Taquitos.
The following warning was emailed in August 2004 from Erin Alden, a Rubio's Guest Rep. in 2004, but it is probably still relevant:
"As part of preparation, both our rice and chips are cooked in fryers that may be used to cook breaded fish, churros (wheat product), Zangos (wheat product) and Taquitos (wheat product). Additionally, our flat grills used to heat flour tortillas (possibly with cheese), are also used to heat corn tortillas (possibly with cheese), vegetables and lobster/shrimp products. Another factor to be aware of is that our marinade for our chicken and beef products also contain wheat derivatives and are cooked on the same char grill as our grilled fish."
"If you have further comments and would like to talk to one of our Guest Service representatives, please call our toll-free Guest Service line at 1 (800) 354-4199, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm."
"Just a note about Rubios. Cross contamination is an issue there. The rice is fried in the same oil as flour containing items. I got sick there several times before realizing this. Perhaps this was peculiar to the one we ate at, but I would be sure to check." Amy t Listserve, 10/07
There are many locations of Rubio's throughout the San Diego area. Please refer to the phone book or their website for a locations nearest you.