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Sandwiches are a quick and easy way to get all your nutrients. Jimmy John’s serves a variety of sandwiches using French and wheat bread. What makes these sandwiches so delicious is the use of fresh meat and vegetables.
But can you still eat Jimmy John’s on a gluten-free diet?
Fortunately, you can. Substitute the bread with a lettuce-wrapped “Unwich”. Same great taste but without the bread. And avoid those ingredients in your sandwich that are not listed as gluten-free.
Try Jimmy John’s Gargantuan Unwich, a sandwich that can satiate the hungriest person. It has five types of meat and multiple veggies and sauces as toppings.
Here are some more tips and gluten-free options to order from Jimmy John’s.
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A Jimmy John’s sandwich is quick, delicious, and satisfying. No wonder it is a popular lunch for many busy corporates. Jimmy John’s bread is made freshly in-store every day.
Their french bread is no longer than four hours old. However, their bread is not gluten-free. But unlike other sandwich chains, Jimmy John’s also offers sandwiches wrapped in lettuce leaves called Unwich.
Having your sandwiches in the form of an Unwich not only removes gluten but also reduces the number of calories you consume. In a traditional sandwich, the bun contributes the majority of the calories.
Whereas, a lettuce wrap has zero calories. This is an ideal choice for those who are on a weight loss journey as well as those who are on a low-carb diet.
Jimmy John’s sandwiches come in three sizes- 16” french bread, 8” french bread, and little john- slightly smaller than 8”. Jimmy John’s has five types of sandwiches-
All of the meats and veggies at Jimmy John’s are gluten-free. So you can customize your sandwich carefreely. Here are some gluten-free sandwiches you can order at Jimmy John’s:
#7 SPICY EAST COAST ITALIAN
It is a tasty Italian sandwich made with a double serving of hand-sliced salami, Capocollo, provolone cheese, mayo, hot Jimmy Peppers, house-made oil & vinegar, oregano-basil, and fresh-sliced lettuce, tomato, and onion.
Remove the provolone cheese to make it gluten-free.
#8 BILLY CLUB
This sandwich is made with hand-sliced roast beef, smoked ham, and provolone cheese, topped with mayo, Dijon mustard, fresh-sliced lettuce, and tomato. Remove the Provolone cheese.
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#9 ITALIAN NIGHTCLUB
This sandwich is made with hand-sliced salami, Capocollo, and smoked ham, topped with mayo, fresh-sliced lettuce, onions, oil & vinegar, and oregano basil.
#10 HUNTER’S CLUB
This sandwich is made with a double portion of hand-sliced roast beef and provolone cheese, topped with mayo, fresh-sliced lettuce, and tomato. Take out the provolone cheese.
#11 COUNTRY CLUB
The Country Club comes with hand-sliced turkey breast, smoked ham, and provolone cheese. The Country Club comes topped with mayo, fresh-sliced lettuce, and tomato. Be sure to remove the provolone.
#12 BEACH CLUB
The Beach Club sandwich has hand-sliced turkey breast, provolone cheese, and avocado spread. The Beach Club comes topped with mayo and fresh-sliced lettuce, cucumber, and tomato.
#13 BOOTLEGGER CLUB
The Bootlegger Club is made with hand-sliced roast beef & turkey breast, topped with mayo and fresh-sliced lettuce & tomato.
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#1. THE PEPE
The Pepe is made with hand-sliced smoked ham and provolone cheese, topped with mayo and fresh-sliced lettuce and tomato.
#2. BIG JOHN
The Big John is made with hand-sliced roast beef and topped with mayo, fresh-sliced lettuce, and tomato.
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#3. TURKEY TOM
The Turkey Tom is made with hand-sliced turkey breast and topped with mayo, fresh-sliced lettuce, and tomato.
The Vito is a tasty Italian sandwich, made with hand-sliced salami, Capocollo, & provolone cheese. The Vito comes topped with fresh-sliced lettuce, tomato, onion, oil & vinegar, and oregano basil.
#5. THE VEGGIE
It’s a yummy Veggie sandwich, made with hand-sliced provolone cheese & tasty avocado spread, topped with mayo, fresh-sliced lettuce, tomato, and cucumber.
#1. THE J.J. GARGANTUAN
The Gargantuan contains hand-sliced salami, Capocollo, turkey, roast beef, ham & provolone cheese then topped with onion, lettuce, tomato, mayo, oil & vinegar, and oregano-basil.
#2. Little John 3
The little John 3 has roast beef, lettuce, tomato & mayo.
#3. LITTLE JOHN 5
The Little John 5 has salami, Capocollo, provolone, onion, lettuce, tomato, oil & vinegar, and oregano-basil.
#4. LITTLE JOHN B.L.T.
It is made with applewood smoked bacon, and cheese, and topped with mayo, lettuce, and tomato.
#5. LITTLE JOHN 1
The Little John 1 has ham, provolone, lettuce, tomato, and mayo.
These are just a few of the gluten-free options at Jimmy John’s. Several other sandwiches can be made gluten-free by following the tips I’ve shared below:
Everything you get inside a regular jimmy john’s sandwich, you can get all wrapped in fresh lettuce leaves. Order an Original #5 Vito Unwich without provolone cheese and mayo.
Most of the Jimmy John’s sandwiches have provolone cheese. However, according to their allergen guidelines, Provolone cheese is not gluten-free. They use gluten in their cheese to prevent them from sticking.
Opt out of the provolone cheese and you can order avocado spread instead.
If you are allergic to soy, then avoid Kickin’ Ranch and Hellmann’s Mayo inside your sandwich. Also, the mayo can be cross-contaminated since they use the same knife and mayo for bread sandwiches.
The cross-contamination measures at Jimm John’s are pretty good. The staff will clean the preparation area, change gloves, and put extra wrapping paper around your Unwich. So always inform the cashier about your concern.
Jimmy John’s tends to be busy during lunchtime. Sometimes, the line in the store goes out of the gate. In this chaos, the staff may not take extra precautions while preparing your sandwich. So, avoid this time when you have special requests.
Individual items used for your sandwich may come in contact with allergic ingredients during preparation.
In addition, Jimmy John’s uses shared equipment and utensils to prepare their sandwiches, so they cannot ensure that their food is allergen-free.
If you are highly sensitive to gluten or have celiac, inform your cashier when placing your order. Also, check out their allergen guideline each time you order since it keeps changing.
This is what people with high gluten sensitivity and celiac have said about Jimmy John’s sandwiches and their ordering experience.
This data has been collected from around the net to facilitate your gluten-free ordering experience at Jimmy John’s.
Many people have said that “the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. They cleaned the entire preparation area before preparing the Unwich to prevent cross-contamination”.
Some also said that “the staff changed their gloves and put down the extra paper as a safety measure”.
The food also comes marked as gluten-free and tastes good. Some reported that they didn’t get sick after eating there. However, the location of the store also played a role.
Some people said, “the price wasn’t worth it and they saw their sandwiches being cross-contaminated.” They also said, “the staff was unaware of gluten sensitivity”.
It all comes down to communication. Inform your cashier that nothing can be cross-contaminated and avoid adding items that have gluten. You’ll find success that way.
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Just avoid anything with tortillas or even corn. You can also request the server to change their gloves when preparing your food.
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