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Gluten-Free Restaurant Review: Yay for Jason’s Deli!

9 Comments 10 September 2012

Gluten-Free Restaurant Review: Yay for Jason’s Deli!

I do believe that I’m the last gluten-free person on the planet to visit Jason’s Deli.  Ages ago, I heard that Jason’s Deli could make any sandwich gluten-free by using Udi’s gluten-free bread.  That was fantastic news!  But I’m not really a deli person.  And the fact that the sandwiches would be made on the same line as regular sandwiches just made me nervous.

I finally did have a chance to eat at Jason’s Deli with a few friends, and I was very impressed.  First of all, they have an extensive gluten-free menu.  It’s not the regular menu with astricks next to the items that can be made gluten free. It’s a one-page menu of all of the gluten-free options.  An entire page!

There are soup options.

I highly recommend the Vegetarian Tomato Basil.

There are salad options.

The Nutty Mixed Up Salad without chicken was a vegetarian’s dream with organic field greens, grapes, raisins, apples, feta cheese, nuts, dried cranberries, and pumpkin seeds.

There are gluten-free options on the salad bar as well.  I’m not sure how you feel about the safety of a salad bar, but I wasn’t risking it.  There are too many opportunities for cross contamination for my liking.

And of course you can go full-on deli and order a sandwich on Udi’s Gluten-Free Bread.  I was impressed that the workers knew to change their gloves and to use a protective barrier between the bread and the counter.

And the sandwiches do not come on the small slices that we buy at the grocery stores.  This bread is large enough to hold a thick stack of all of the sandwich fixings of your choice.  Just check out the options in the Build Your Own Sandwich section of the gluten-free menu.

And if you were wondering, the ice cream from the soft serve machine, which comes with every meal, is also gluten free!

Jason’s Deli gets two paws up from The Gluten-Free Cat.  I’m glad to have one just around the corner from me.  Check out their other locations to see if there’s one near you.

Readers, dish!

  • Have you tried Jason’s Deli? How was your experience?
  • What’s your favorite gluten-free menu item?
  • Do you feel comfortable eating from salad bars?

Your Comments

9 Comments so far

  1. Betsy says:

    We used to eat at Jason’s at least twice a month. We have had very good experiences with them. We stopped eating there so frequently when we decided to cut back on our meat consumption.

    I have never tried their salad bar, but that salad does look good!

  2. I’ve never eaten at a Jason’s Deli, so you were definitely not the last person. LOL All those options sound really, really good, Heather. Especially right now when I’m overdue for my lunch. 😉


  3. J'lene says:

    My husband and I visited Chandler, AZ a few months ago and we tried out Jason’s Deli! I, too, was super excited to see all the gluten free options and went with the veggie sandwich and the tomato basil soup. I loved that they were not skimpy on the sandwich fixings and everything was fresh and made to order.

  4. Casey says:

    We ate there for the first time this past Sunday. They have a great gluten free menu and can make just about any sandwich on the udi’s bread. I asked my daugther to go to the to go area to ask for a gf menu for me, since there was no one there and a huge line to eat in. The manager heard the girl on the register and my daugther talking and even though he was obviously very busy he went on register to take our order and made all of my order, then made my husband and daugther’s order too. He even came to check on us several times throughout our meal

  5. I haven’t found one of these delis yet either…but you make it sound so good that I’m wishing for a reason to take a road trip soon to find one.

  6. Mindy says:

    You can also buy a huge loaf of their bread, it is Udi’s Whole Grain, for about $12 from Jason’s. Just call to see if they have any extra to sell.

  7. Debi says:

    I love Jason’s Deli! When we were still in Louisville, there was one five minutes from us. I kid you not. My first visit there once they started the gf bread was horrendous. But I went back again a week or so later and the experience was much better. That particular one took the sandwich off the usual line and prepared it on another counter and even had a dedicated toaster. We normally go there when we drive down to Louisville to see family. Chris suggested it when we were there on Saturday, but I had no idea if the bread was egg-free, too, so we passed.

    I’ve heard you can also buy the loaves of Udi’s bread from Jason’s. I haven’t tried. It’s just what I’ve heard.

    Glad you finally tried it and loved it!

  8. I still haven’t eaten at one of these – the shared prep line scared me. But if you had a good experience, I’ll definitely try it out! I’m a sucker for a good deli sandwich.

    I miss Nashville and all its gf options!

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I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, fitness fanatic, gluten-free foodie, high-raw vegan, and Mama Cat living in NYC. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. While I'm not 100% vegan, it's my favorite way to eat, and making and sharing raw foods makes me giddy. Living in the City has its joys and challenges, and I enjoy sharing my experiences with you.

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