Miscellanous News: Subway and Burgerville Go Gluten Free Friendly

SUBWAY Gluten Free

We heard about it first on our Facebook group page. SUBWAY has been in the gluten-free news for a couple of months by starting to provide gluten free bread (and brownies?) at their restaurants. We have yet to try the sandwiches, but have heard good things about them. They are also going to great lengths to educate their employees about gluten free issues and to prevent cross-contamination. For these things, I can only be grateful. Here’s a press release they sent us recently:

Gluten-Free goes mainstream: Oregon Subway Restaurants are first casual sandwich shop to offer gluten-free menu items

For the estimated 16 million Americans with gluten sensitivity, eating out can pose a real challenge. Now Oregonians can kick off the New Year with new choices, when SUBWAY restaurants across the state begin offering gluten-free sandwich options and gluten-free brownies as regular menu items after a successful test in Portland and Bend this summer.

Oregon is one of a handful of states to offer these alternatives, based on its reputation for mainstreaming food trends that might be niche alternatives elsewhere. When Subway’s Oregon stores had the highest average number of gluten free rolls sold during the test, it was clear that gluten-free foods are popular locally.

Gluten’s ubiquity can present a challenge for many families and work groups as they try to coalesce around a restaurant choice.

SUBWAY’s wheat-free sandwich rolls and brownies are produced in a gluten-free facility and are individually packaged. SUBWAY sandwich artists are trained to prevent cross-contamination during the sandwich-making process. For example, one employee will prepare a gluten-free sandwich order from start to finish. Other techniques include single-use knives and eliminating contact between traditional sandwich rolls and other ingredients including meat, cheese and vegetables.

Burgerville gluten free bun

Burgerville

Speaking of fast food, Burgerville, Portland’s much-loved burger chain, has come out with gluten-free buns that they are testing at two restaurants locally (25th & SE Powell in Portland and Fisher’s Landing in Vancouver). We went to one of the restaurants to check it out ourselves. As you can see from the photo above, the bun is delivered in a wrapper to help prevent cross-contamination. We were also handed a questionnaire to fill out.

After having heard so much about Burgerville from people we know, we were unprepared for how unappetizing their burgers were. The patties were overcooked. We both felt like the bun, which is produced by Udi’s in Colorado, did not compare well to the buns you can get from Jensen’s. The buns were dry, crumbly, and generally unappetizing. Of course, since the buns were being served in a package, there was no way to toast them, so I guess that would be expected.

On the plus side, the staff was extremely friendly, and the food came out fast. On the minus side, the restaurant was freezing cold. Did we mention that the burger patties weren’t very good? If you want to try them out yourself, Burgerville will be testing these buns until January 12, so you still have a few days left to try them.

Gluten-Free Travel: Two Gluten-Free Restaurants on the Road

It’s been quite a while since our trip to Los Angeles, but we still have some information that we haven’t posted. To tell the truth I don’t think I posted anything yet because we didn’t exactly gather enough information to be able to put together a full review. So today I decided to just put up what we had in a quick post.

Gluten-Free Travel Item 1: Cafe Yumm in Springfield, Oregon

Although we’re both Yumm Sauce fans, we were underwhelmed with Cafe Yumm. For those of you outside of Oregon, Yumm Sauce is a yellow curry sauce which is kind of garlicky and tastes good on just about anything. For a while Trader Joe’s was carrying it. It also happens to be gluten-free and vegan.

Gluten Free Lunch at Cafe Yum

A stop in their Springfield, Oregon branch made us feel like we were in a fast food franchise like Chipotle (evil) or Noodles & Company (maybe not so evil but still a fast food chain). That and the lackluster fare left us flat. Sorry Cafe Yumm, we used to like you better.

Times we have visited: 1 (So your experience may vary.)
Overall rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Price compared to “regular”: Same

Cafe Yumm
www.cafeyumm.com
Multiple Locations

Gluten-Free Travel Item 2: GreenGo’s in Redding, California

Editor’s Note – April 2011 – GreenGo’s in Redding has Closed. This (was) is a great option for anybody traveling between Portland and the Bay Area, because Redding is about halfway between the two. GreenGo’s “Natural & Organic Food to Go!” is something of a health food stop and also has gluten-free items. They have gluten-free bread for sandwiches, gluten-free pasta, and also vegan options. It’s kind of a friendly little place. We both had salads. All the ingredients were fresh and the food was delicious. There were a lot of people coming in and out while we were there, so it’s obviously popular with the locals. We’re definitely going to stop there again the next time we go through.

Times we have visited: 1 (So your experience may vary.)
Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Price compared to “regular”: Same

GreenGo’s
Now Closed