Jason’s Deli Gluten-Free Spotlight
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May 13 2013

Jason’s Deli Gluten-Free Spotlight

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Yeah, it is every bit as spectacular as it looks!

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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.

Have you dined at Jason’s Deli?  Please share your experience with us below.

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jessica.pepin.73 Jessica Pepin

    We have a Jason’s deli in Gainesville fl! My friend worked out there and told me they had gluten free bread. So I made the drive and was shocked when i saw it was a normal size loaf! Soooooo happy. And its awesome. Best bread I’ve had yet and passing along the info to gluten free friends :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jessica.pepin.73 Jessica Pepin

    We have a Jason’s deli in Gainesville fl! My friend worked out there and told me they had gluten free bread. So I made the drive and was shocked when i saw it was a normal size loaf! Soooooo happy. And its awesome. Best bread I’ve had yet and passing along the info to gluten free friends :)

  • Steve

    Jason’s has some great GF soups, too.

  • Steve

    Jason’s has some great GF soups, too.

  • lombadesign

    I STILL miss deli sandwiches on a soft French roll. I feel like I can make my own sandwich on sliced Udis’ at home just fine. Or better yet on the bread I make myself. But I still haven’t had the deli rolls I’ve now missed for 8 years. Dutch Crunch, soft French, hell, even sour French which I never cared for would be a treat. I try Against The Grain’s but I feel like I’m paying 3X for mostly huge pockets of air. I also miss healthy hearty sprouted breads. I also miss Judy’s breadsticks with sesame seeds. Until they figure those out…

  • fulltimestudent

    I STILL miss deli sandwiches on a soft French roll. I feel like I can make my own sandwich on sliced Udis’ at home just fine. Or better yet on the bread I make myself. But I still haven’t had the deli rolls I’ve now missed for 8 years. Dutch Crunch, soft French, hell, even sour French which I never cared for would be a treat. I try Against The Grain’s but I feel like I’m paying 3X for mostly huge pockets of air. I also miss healthy hearty sprouted breads. I also miss Judy’s breadsticks with sesame seeds. Until they figure those out…