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Jason’s Deli May 11, 2011

I’d heard of Jason’s Deli awhile ago, but had never stopped to check it out… until some friends from down south told me how popular this restaurant is in Texas. it sounded like quite the hotspot! so I decided to finally go see for myself. and it was a great experience!

first I’ll note that if you want to go there, you may want to just print off either their allergy or gluten-free menus online (yes, they have both!), as there are quite a few options! but if you don’t, they have both at the restaurant.

as for food choices, they have several gluten-free soups (note: the fire-roasted tortilla is the only soup that is both gluten-free and dairy-free) and salads (they also have a salad bar, though I don’t dare eat from food that sits out for people to serve themselves, as I think it has a higher potential for cross-contamination).

the sandwiches are made with Udi’s bread, and in a separate area with clean utensils. they’re even willing to grill it in a clean pan if you prefer your sandwich toasted! (I forgot to double-check whether they use separate containers of toppings for the GF sandwiches, but I didn’t have any issues.) the ingredients to choose from for the sandwiches are quite extensive~ almost all of the meats (the only exception I know of is the marinated chicken, but always consult the gluten-free menu to be sure of your choices), of course vegetables and cheeses are okay, lots of spreads (including a yummy smoked red pepper cilantro aioli, which is also dairy-free), and some fun other toppings, like guacamole or pico de gallo. it’s a huge selection!

for the sides, they have the normal potato chip options, as well as potato salad, fruit and dip, chips & guac, chips & hummus, etc. plus, they have huge baked potatoes topped with different things to choose from! that’s definitely what I’m going to try next time!

they also have gluten-free kids meal items listed~ from gluten-free grilled cheese, to hot dogs, to PB&J, among others. it’s a real treat to have such choices!!

and then to top it off, they have an ice cream machine for a free dessert at the end of your meal! avoid the ice cream cones, of course, but the chocolate syrup is just fine to add!

I was very pleasantly surprised by Jason’s Deli~ not only by the vast amount of choices, but also by how they take allergies seriously and use every precaution to prevent any cross-contamination!  although I’m thankful for places that serve gluten-free sandwiches, it can be quite tricky to keep it safe for celiacs, so I don’t always trust these places. but Jason’s Deli knows what they’re doing and take it seriously. not to mention, they couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful!

so far there’s just one location in the Minneapolis/St Paul metro, and it’s in Eden Prairie, across from the mall. they’re opening a second store soon in Edina though, which will be on France, a few blocks north of 494.

all in all, it has great food with plenty of options, and it’s just really nice to have another place to go for a quick meal!


2 Responses to “Jason’s Deli”

  1. Joe Says:

    What do you make of this note?

    Note: As a service to our guests, this menu and the information on it is provided by Analytical Food Laboratories (AFL), Grand Prairie, TX (an independent testing facility contracted by Deli Management, Inc. d/b/a Jason’s Deli), combined with the ingredient and allergen data from Jason’s suppliers. Jason’s Deli and AFL assume no responsibility for its use and information (which has not been verified by Jason’s Deli). Please be advised that all of our foods are prepared in a common kitchen and that Jason’s Deli cannot guarantee that cross-contact with other gluten-containing products will not occur. As a result, we cannot recommend this for persons with Celiac Disease. Our gluten-free offerings are designed for those with minor gluten sensitivities or those who prefer to avoid gluten for nutritional reasons.

    • rebeccagf Says:

      to me, it sounds like a standard disclaimer, for legal purposes. a lot of restaurants are hesitant to release gluten-free lists of foods, for fear that someone will get sick and sue them. but obviously the restaurant also serves gluten-containing foods, and they do their best to keep it separated. so just use your best judgment, and ask them as many questions as you need to decide whether you feel comfortable enough to eat there or not.

      also, there are different menu choices you can make, depending on your comfort level. to me, the sandwiches are the riskiest, knowing that the ingredients could be shared with regular sandwiches (again, I need to confirm whether these are from separate containers for my own comfort level next time). but a safe choice would be soup, where they probably just heat it, and I can’t imagine what would be shared in the preparation of soup, with gluten-containing ingredients. the giant baked potatoes also seem like they’d be a safer choice as well. another item I’d be concerned about are the ice cream machines~ people could touch their cones on the spout, since it’s self-serve. so unless I wiped off the spout, I might veer away from those too.

      so I don’t think that the legal disclaimer is anything to worry about, but always ask the questions at the restaurant, and on the day you go (responsible people working always eases my concerns more), and then decide.

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