Ahh, yeah, it’s about time a burger joint loaded up on gluten-free buns in the greater Los Angeles area. I’m tired of bringing my own bun to every greasy spoon, chain, and friend’s house. Sure I’m prepared to go protein style, and I usually do, but when I see a gluten-free bun on an actual menu, well, my heart grows two sizes larger.
What made this discovery especially exciting was that I stopped by The Counter on Wilshire Boulevard with my toddler, in hopes of having a mom and me lunch date. I had zero expectations about gluten-free, I just knew that my little dude would eat a cheeseburger, and hopefully not go batshit crazy in public. (Wrong, on both counts.) Still, when I was presented with my order form that The Counter is famous for, imagine my surprise when a bun option was gluten-free. Wheeeeee!
Yes, I checked that sucker, and anxiously awaited my first restaurant burger with bun in a year.
I took a bite, and promptly ditched the bun and went protein style. Why? Well, part of it has to do with my anti-bread stance. I’m kind of tired of faking it, and just opt to skip the bread rather than find a shoddy substitute. The other part had to do with the fact that this bun was pretty dry. I’m guessing they keep a gluten-free stash and I’m the only person who came in to order it, and it was past its sell-by date.
Still, I’m grateful that a burger joint is making the gluten-free effort. It makes me feel like a norm again! If only for a moment. And how much better is it to just check gluten-free on a menu, then ask for a protein burger and have the waitress assume you have an eating disorder? LOTS.
Even though The Counter bun was not as amazing as their stackable ingredients, I will keep going back, just like Rihanna to Chris Brown. I too, know pursing gluten-free buns on burgers is not great for my health. But I have great hope that someday that dry, gluten-free bun will transform into a soft, delicious, party in my mouth.