I’m doing a research project for school that will hopefully help me give some advice to the small family-owned restaurant that I work for on how to better accommodate the gluten-free community in our area.
In my experience working there, we don’t often have people ordering things without the bread. Not to say it doesn’t happen, but the occasion is rare, which leads me to believe that a lot of people who are gluten-free would rather go somewhere that offers alternative bread products.
What do you think? Would you rather go somewhere that the food is good and order something without the bread, or do you tend to choose places with gluten free substitutions?
A good burger is a pleasure. A good GF bun is a treat. Still, I’d go with the burger alone if I was sure that it was prepared by knowledgeable staff who have done their best to avoid cross-contamination.
I have been Celiac for over 7 years, and personally, I prefer lettuce wraps. I just don’t eat that much bread anymore, even if it is gluten free. I’m also concerned that the burger patty itself is gluten free.
I haven’t found a GF bun that’s really good enough to bother with. I got so accustomed to not eating bread during the years that GF wasn’t available that I don’t really want it anymore. A lettuce wrap is fine, or a knife and fork (to quote an old Jimmy Buffett song, “I like mine with lettuce and tomato!”).
If a restaurant says, “We have gluten-free buns!” I might eat one, if I’m hungry enough to want bread to fill me up, but otherwise, I’ll decline. There’s no need for me, or the restaurant, to spend extra money on something that I won’t finish. Although there are a few exceptions, most GF breads are simply not that good.