As we headed to the California Coast, on our drive home from a trade show in Anaheim, we stumbled upon a Freebirds for lunch. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the food tasted delicious with some pleasantly bold flavors. The menu selection is quite similar to Chipotle or Qdoba, but with their own twists. Both Tony and I got bowls, and I opted to try the Calabacitas Tempeh as my “meat” as I was curious on their vegan option – it was quite good, and better than I remember Chipotle’s vegan option.
My one complaint was the portion sizes. They describe their bowls as “hefty” on their website, but what we were served was quite light indeed. I’m not a big person by any means, and could have easily eaten dessert (if they’d had a dairy-free option!) after that meal. Without the cheese and sour cream it was a bit meager, pricier than the competitors, and adding guacamole wasn’t free (in fact it was quite the upcharge).
That all said, I wouldn’t hesitate to eat at a Freebird’s again if we were traveling. Not only was the food and service good, they also have an Allergen Guide (scroll down, it’s after all of the nutrition info), which notes many dairy-free and vegan-friendly options. Please note that their allergen guide does not note which items are gluten-free specifically, but does note wheat-free.
See the Freebirds website below for locations, phone numbers, and online ordering.