I first wrote about my experience at Jason’s Deli about 1.5 years ago. I don’t think about going there much, but that is going to change now. Yesterday my mom, Hannah and I went shopping and out to lunch to celebrate Mother’s day. Jason’s Deli was close to the mall and not very busy when we arrived, so we decided it would be a nice choice. Though I knew they had gluten-free options, I took the time to speak with a knowledgeable employee to ensure that my food would be handled safely. Not only was I pleased to hear about the precautions in place, I learned of a secret I wish I had known a long time ago.
I know what you are thinking…that isn’t a secret, it says right on the Jason’s Deli menu that they serve Udi’s Gluten-Free bread. Well, they don’t just serve it, they sell it. This isn’t your ordinary Udi’s Gluten-Free bread. Nope. The bread slices are roughly twice the size of the “normal” sized slices you find in the loaves sold in the grocery store. Not only that, but there are 11 servings in this package compared with 7 servings in the smaller package (the smaller bread). The larger loaf of bread sells for $11.99 at my Jason’s Deli location and yes, I left with loaf.
After perusing the menu at length, I settled on a Chicken Salad Sandwich with Baked Lays and a side salad. The chicken salad is simply mayonnaise, pineapple and almonds and is out of this world! I have never had chicken salad with pineapple in it, but it is a brilliant combination.
After the gluten-free sandwiches are made, they are wrapped in brown paper before they are passed down the line to avoid possible cross-contamination.
It is so nice to eat a sandwich that was the size of a regular sandwich! The bread is lightly toasted and serves as a great base for the chilled chicken salad. I can’t wait to go back and have this again!
If the sandwiches and other gluten-free options aren’t enough to put a smile on your face, then just hold on for dessert. Jason’s Deli offers free ice cream! All – chocolate, vanilla or swirl soft serve are gluten-free (no cone).
Yeah, it is every bit as spectacular as it looks!
My small side salad was created from the extensive offerings on the salad bar. I did avoid the few items towards the end (sliced almonds and feta cheese) that were close to non-gluten-free toppings to be safe. The salad bar was very clean, but nuts right next to granola and other gluten containing toppings is a little too close for comfort for me.
Jason’s Deli has a drive-thru window and catering options available. I recently attended an MIT dinner meeting where Jason’s Deli was served. They provided a gluten-free baked potato bar for those who follow the gluten-free diet. The baked potatoes were huge and toppings included grilled chicken, cheese, butter, sour cream, bacon and scallions.
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