Of course it makes zero sense to travel to Austin, Texas in July. Yet, I just did! It was my mom’s birthday this weekend, so I braved the scorching temperatures and mosquito attacks and ate myself gluten-free silly in the Celiac Capital of the World. And thanks to ATX Gluten-Free, I made a discovery of epic proportions: My favorite sub shop can be enjoyed by the intolerant. Woooooot! (Okay, second favorite but Delaware Subs is still loving that gluten.)
While I hit the usual spots that are totally gluten-free friendly (Frank, Guero’s) and braved the very, very, very, not gluten-friendly (Chuy’s, Threadgill’s), I made a few new discoveries this trip. One, is that the Omni Hotel has a pool on the roof! Thanks, Ginger. Oh, and they also offer gluten-free toast and the like at their breakfast buffet. Two, Alamo Drafthouse has a gluten-free designation on their menu, and they serve up a gluten-free beer! Three, the new’ish Whole Foods on S. Lamar is the most amazing store in the entire world. And four, Thundercloud Subs has just satisfied my year-and-a-half longing to walk into a sub shop and order a delicious turkey and cheese sammy. Lookee.
Seriously, next to standing slack-jawed in the world’s best Whole Foods staring at a huge aisle filled with gluten-free goodness, having a sandwich at Thundercloud Subs was my most best gluten-free moment in Austin.
Here’s how it went down: I was all, “So, I hear you have a gluten-free bun.” The dude: “Yeah.” Me: “I would like that please.” Dude: (Just stares.) Me: “Oh, with turkey and provolone.” Dude shuffles off to get the gluten-free bun from its magic sealed bag, and asked me if I wanted him to use a fresh cutting area. Ummm, yes I do, slacker. He fixed it all up, I got my turkey and cheese on, and damn if it wasn’t a tasty, soft, gf bun. (Incidentally, I’ve never had a bun like it before and don’t know where it came from. Anyone in the Austin area know?)
I’ve really, really, really, missed sandwiches, as I just can’t fall in love with making my own sandwich at home on gf bread. I want that fresh-baked bread and deli sandwich (with gluten-free deli meat, natch) that a pro puts together. It’s just better. Thanks, Thundercloud. Even if you do employ hipsters with attitude, I’ll still stop by whenever I’m local.