Organic Sandwich Company, New to Boulder, Offers Gluten-Free SandwichesBy Evan Sandsmark -
If it were ever the case that a food item would be forever wiped from the face of the earth, and we could select one item that could be protected against elimination, we would probably choose sandwiches (or in our case gluten-free sandwiches). Sandwiches are almost infinitely variable and are appropriate for nearly any occasion, so despite the large number of sandwich shops in Boulder – despite the number of good sandwich shops in Boulder, ones that have plenty of gluten-free options – we were still delighted to learn of the imminent opening of Organic Sandwich Company in Boulder. The menu looks amazing, the location is superb, and there are plenty of gluten-free options.
First, here are the relevant details about Organic Sandwich Company and its opening. The store is located on 16th and Pearl, placing it near Snooze, and a block east of the exclusively pedestrian part of Pearl Street. The restaurant will begin operations on January 26th, but the event will be private and only open to the family and friends of the founders, Marcy Miller and her sister Bonnie. The following day the restaurant will open to the public, but the first two days of business, the 27th and 28th, will be low-key; in other words, the shop will open with a two-day soft launch, during which employees will continue to be trained and customers will be offered a discount. On the 29th the shop officially opens with no qualifications, when business as usual (insofar as this phrase applies to new enterprises) commences.
Obviously, we haven’t tried anything at the Organic Sandwich Company yet, but the menu gives us every reason to expect a satisfying first visit. There are at present 11 sandwiches listed, excluding menu items “for the little ones,” and all of them sound amazing. The menu incorporates the main sandwich meats – turkey, salami (soppressata), ham (thinly sliced prosciutto), and roast beef – but they have some vegetarian and vegan options as well. The menu thus ranges from hearty roast beef sandwiches with mustard-horseradish aioli to lighter offerings, like the Beetnik, made with roasted red and gold beets, pea shoots, and a house-made feta walnut spread. We presume that the 11 sandwiches listed on the menu are open to some variation, and so a vegetarian sandwich could be made vegan by removing the cheese, for instance, and perhaps other substitutions are possible, although in truth we wouldn’t want to deviate too far from the originals, which are expertly conceived.
One necessary substitution, of course, is gluten-free bread for regular bread. The GF bread is a ciabatta made by the locally owned Etalia, and simply by offering this bread, there is a gluten-free version of every sandwich. Basically, then, the entire menu is open with the possible exception of the soup of the day, although this too is often gluten-free. (Just ask an employee if you are interested.) The shop will also offer a number baked goods, many of which are gluten-free. The regular bread on the menu is skillfully chosen – baguettes, pretzel loafs, and multigrain loafs are well matched with the various kinds of sandwiches – so we won’t pretend there aren’t inherent limitations to eating gluten-free at a sandwich shop, but overall we’re happy with our choices, and we’ve heard good things about Etalia’s ciabatta.
This is especially true of Organic Sandwich Company because whatever you choose, it will be made with high-quality ingredients. As the shop’s name implies, virtually every component of every sandwich is organic, and the few items that can’t be organically sourced are hormone and antibiotic free. They are also committed to working with local farmers and purveyors, and will use recyclable and compostable materials in the restaurant. These practices don’t necessarily distinguish the shop in a place like Boulder, but they are good commitments just the same, and they give you one more reason to stop by Organic Sandwich Company when they open their doors next week.Read Next Article » Slaughter-Free, Gluten-Free Cheese from Gita Nagari Farm
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