Good Grub Subs…Gluten Free Sub Sandwiches

 

That’s right, you heard me. That’s not a type-o. Gluten Free Sub Sandwiches!! What are the first things you mourn after finding out you have to go gluten free? For most people it’s pizza and beer and SUBS! No more Subway, no more Firehouse. There is just nothing like a good juicy Italian sub full of ham, salami, pepperoni, Provolone cheese and Italian dressing. And when I was diagnosed and trying to come to grips with everything, I went back for that delicious Firehouse Italian sub “one last time” for about 6 months!

So when I started to hear rumors of a local sub shop serving gluten free subs I knew it must be too good to be true. When I googled “gluten free subs Atlanta”, Good Grub Subs popped up. And, to my extreme delight, I found out that they aren’t even 8 miles from my house! I had no excuse not to hop in the car and give them a try. I loaded up the hubby and the kid and we took off for lunch.

Right when you walk in you can tell that the ordering experience here is a little different than you are used to. To the first timer it may look overwhelming. But the staff is very helpful and will come around the counter to help you if you’ve never been in before. Along the wall as you come in is the sandwich board and underneath are a bunch of laminated menus filed under different headings…soups & wraps, veggie subs &wraps, specialty subs & wraps, salads, kids and of course gluten free. You choose your menu, take one of the dry erase markers and check the items you would like including any sandwich toppings. It might seem labor intensive but I think it makes the whole process much easier. You can order at your own pace and not worry about shouting out what you want while hovering over the counter.

The absolute best thing about this place is the level of care that they put into preventing any cross contamination for Celiacs. The owner’s father has Celiac so they are very educated on the dangers of cross contact. If you or someone in your party orders from the gluten free menu they will prepare that sandwich first. They change their gloves and prepare everything on an entirely separate counter with completely separate ingredients. So, note, they are not just changing their gloves and dipping into the same meats and cheeses. They have completely separate meats and cheeses that are only for the gluten free sandwiches! They use all Boar’s head meats and cheeses. The bread they use is a secret but I know the owner would tell you if you come in and ask. I do know the vendor they use and the bread is some of the best I’ve had. It’s completely gluten free and 100% safe. They do currently toast the sandwiches in the same oven with gluten filled bread. However, they use a fresh piece of tin foil with every gluten free order so your sandwich never touches the rack. They will be investing in a separate oven soon. Once your sandwich is complete, wrapped up and handed to you they will begin the rest of the orders. This process does take a little longer than just running into Subway and leaving 3 minutes later. But it is worth every bit of the time it takes.

Good Grub might be a little out of the way for most people outside of Forsyth County. But, I guarantee you that you will not be disappointed in making the drive. I literally cried the first time I ate there. I was so excited to not only be eating a sub sandwich, but one that tasted REAL! It tasted just like that Firehouse sub I loved and missed so much. Only better.

It is now one of our favorite places to eat. We have recently switched my 8 year old son over to the gluten free diet. For a child, this is especially hard. But we can go to Good Grub and he doesn’t even notice the difference in the bread. He loves the way the menu system is set up because it makes him feel grown up and he can place his own custom order. The owner Alan and his staff are always friendly and remember us whenever we come in. They talk to us like old friends and I watch as they talk and laugh with all of their customers. This is a great family owned business that I truly believe in. We need more people like Alan that are taking the right, safe steps to offering gluten free meals to the public. They would love to expand and open a new more centralized location one day. But it’s going to take loyal customers to support their business and show them that the gluten free community is active and can move mountains.

Good Grub is located at 5905 Atlanta Hwy, Ste 104 Alpharetta, Ga. 30004. All but 2 of their sandwiches are available gluten free. They also have the occasional gluten free milkshake and some of their salads are also gluten free. If you are ordering a salad you will need to specify that you need it to be gluten free. That way they will pull your meats and veggies from the dedicated gluten free counter. They also have a couple of brands of gluten free potato chips and currently have a huge assortment of Lucy’s gluten free cookies in individual sized bags. Please treat yourself and take a little trip to Alpharetta this weekend. Tell them I sent you ;)

Gluten Free Cupcakes – Gluten Free Cutie

I came across an incredible find this past week. We were driving through downtown Historic Roswell and as we were sitting at a red light, I just happened to look over to my left and what do I see in big bold letters? GLUTEN FREE CUTIE. It was a cupcake shop and I love cupcakes!! Luckily, there was no one behind me because I whipped the car back as fast as I could and into a parking space. I was so excited because I actually had my camera with me for a change (I’m horrible about that!) and knew I could do an impromptu review. The sign said they closed at 5:00 and it was already 4:30 so I was rushing. I went to the front counter and asked if the gentleman there was the owner. He said yes and introduced himself as James. I told him that I was a photographer and have a gluten free blog and asked if it was ok if I took some quick pics. He said sure, so I ran back out to get the family and my camera. I’m sure James thought I was a crazy person because I was babbling and nervous. I have enormous social anxiety issues so it was a huge deal for me to ask to take pics and write about their shop.

Since I was rushed (FYI, the owners did not rush me at all, I was just trying to be considerate of the time) these pics do not do everything justice. This is one of the cutest shops I’ve been in. It definitely fits its location. It has tons of southern charm and you feel like you are walking into a cross between your Granny’s front porch and an old ice cream parlor. James told me his wife Natalie used to be in design before opening the shop and you can definitely tell that she knows what she is doing. Every detail is charming and inviting, down to the porch swing, mason jar chandelier and the old screen door that is the entrance to the kitchen. You can actually watch the ladies making the cupcakes (his wife Natalie was in the kitchen baking away for the next day) and it’s like watching your mom bake when you were a kid. I was hoping they’d come out and ask if I wanted to lick the spoon.

They also have a candy section along one wall and it has so much great stuff for kids and grown-ups alike. They have jelly beans, licorice, lollipops, homemade caramels and more. The caramels are made with coconut milk so they are dairy free as well. I bought one but unfortunately my 8 year old got to it first. I didn’t realize until we had already left or I would have gotten another. I REALLY wanted that caramel!

I will be totally honest and tell you that I’m not into frilly cupcakes. I am very simple and like vanilla birthday cake type cupcakes and red velvet. I don’t need crazy flavor combos and elaborate toppings. But I wanted to jump in with both feet and order something that I might not normally try. It was closing time so they only had 4 flavors left. The boys jumped immediately on “The Camp Out” which is chocolate cake, chocolate ganache center, toasted marshmallow topping with a chocolate dipped mini graham cracker. It’s basically a smores in a cupcake. Those boys LOVE smores! I hate marshmallows so I didn’t have a taste. But I know it must have been good because when the baby “accidentally” pushed my hubby’s plate onto the floor, he employed the 5 second rule and still devoured the whole thing. I tried the “Mint Chocolate Chip” which is chocolate cake, mint chocolate ganache center with faux mint buttercream frosting. Sounds fancy right? Well, it was and it tasted amazing! Maybe there is something to this new world of creative cupcakery. Mine tasted just like an Andes mint. The topping and inside were so creamy and the cake just fell apart in your hands. But not in that really bad gluten free baked good kind of way. It wasn’t dry and crumbly. It was so moist that it literally melted in your hands. This is definitely one to be eaten with a fork. It was sooooo good!!

As we were eating James sat down at the table with us and we listened to the story of why they opened Gluten Free Cutie. As a baby, their daughter Savanna had many symptoms of autism. James said that he has a family member with an autistic child so they had some idea that she might be on the spectrum. They did a lot of research and went to a local doctor that works closely with autistic children and treatments. After allergy testing they found she is allergic to gluten, dairy and artificial dyes. When they changed her diet to eliminate the things that were poisoning her body she was a changed child. She started sleeping through the night and her behavior was calmer and she was more communicative. It’s amazing what a miracle going gluten free can be for so many people and children.

I love that they have opened this bakery to give other kids with Celiac, Autism and food allergies a place to get a special treat. We are in the process of trying to have my son officially diagnosed with Celiac and it’s a very long and frustrating road. I am so excited that I have a place to take him that allows him to feel normal. There is nothing in this shop that I will have to say no to. He can have anything he wants!! My 6 month old, who we will probably start out on a gluten free diet, also has a milk allergy. She can eat here too! The bakery is 100% gluten, peanut, soy, egg and artificial dye free. And most of their options are dairy free and vegan as well. Since I am not a great baker, I can actually pre-order cupcakes if I ever want to take something special to a school activity. If you don’t have a child with a food allergy you can only imagine how heartbreaking it is when they cannot eat birthday cake at a party, or have the same snack that their friends are sharing. Thank you Natalie and James for providing this for the gluten free community. And for actually making products that are delicious, gluten free or not!

Gluten Free Cutie offers over 15 different cupcake flavors, cake pops, whoopie pies, candy, biscuits, pudding and more. The menu changes daily so be sure to check their site www.glutenfreecutie.com before your visit to see what’s available and to read more about Natalie, James and Savannah. I would also recommend to go earlier in the day if possible because I am sure certain flavors sell out quickly. I can’t wait to go back and try their “Not So Red Velvet” and to get my hands on one of those caramels.