Ever spend $20 for lunch for just one person? I just did.
European Street, known for their lunch sandwiches, dessert case and beer selection has locations in Riverside, Beaches, San Marco and Beach Near University. Recently they have started serving Gluten-free and vegan options.
They get their gluten-free bread from Cookie Momsters so you can have pretty much any of their sandwiches on the menu in addition they have vegan cheeses, hummus platters, salads, etc.
I had a roast beef sandwich with Gluten-free bread, house chips and pickle. The bread was a little small which made eating the sandwich a bit messy. But the roast beef was a little warm and juicy. It was a tasty sandwich.
For dessert I had the double chocolate gluten-free and vegan cheesecake to go.
Besides being disappointed with a small bun, my meal was not bad. But DEFINITELY not worth $20.
How did I spend $20? I had nothing special- no cheese, special sauce, add-ons etc.
- Diet coke $2
- Plain roast beef sandwich $7.50
- Gluten-free bread $1.50
- Dessert was $6
- Tax and tip $3.19
The cashier obviously has learned to deal with negative reactions to their prices because she just smiled and said “it costs a lot to be good to our bodies.” I wanted to scream! You think I am choosing to eat gluten-free? You think I am on a diet? No, I have to eat gluten-free for life. The fact that restaurants can get away with charging more and taking advantage of people that HAVE to avoid food allergens is rediculous. Jason’s Deli doesn’t charge more for their sandwiches that are gluten-free. Bonefish in Mandarin doesn’t charge more for me to have gluten-free bread on the table. It is going to be a long time before I consider going to European Street again. Maybe if they drop the $1.50 charge for gluten-free bread I will reconsider.
*Please Note: After reading comments and calming down after some initial emotions to the reaction by the cashier I have decided to change my title from Gluten-Free Rip-Off to Gluten-Free Options, But at a Price.