Anyway... I noticed on the menu chalk board over the ordering counter a note to "ask about gluten free options". It's nothing for which I personally adjust my diet, but I certainly have several friends who have quite a difficult time finding favorite foods, only gluten free.
In addition to the story I was writing, co-owner Jim Pileski suggested I do a taste test. I agreed, of course. He presented me with two double cheeseburgers (no, I did NOT attempt to finish both--it was a taste test, not a binge fest...) One was housed on their regular bun, the other on a gluten free bun they have custom made from a bakery in Pennsylvania.
I felt pretty confident I could spot the imposter... After all, splenda does not taste like sugar. Rice pasta resembles not the slightest approximation of regular pasta. Meatless meatballs taste like something scooped up from the ground and mushed into brown orbs. And tofurkey puts the foul in fowl.
As you have probably guessed, I actually selected the WRONG burger as gluten-free. Mr. Pileski just laughed, and said, "yes, we have several customers return it, saying, 'I asked for one with a gluten-free bun...' They are shocked to find out that it really is." So there you have it. I actually thought the gluten-free bun tasted and looked better than the original.
Gluten-phobes rejoice! Here is a burger you don't have to wrap in romaine. And beyond the fact it can be ordered gluten free, it is definitely one incredibly delicious burger. Based on the two images in this post alone, can you guess which burger is gluten-free? I'll post the answer in the comments tomorrow.
25-36 Jackson Ave, Long Island City (at 44th Dr.)