I was thrilled when I discovered Udi's gluten free bread. It toasted up so well that you couldn't tell it was gluten free. It also made brilliant grilled cheese sandwiches. I am still not a fan of cold sandwiches made on gluten free bread (too dry and crumbly) but eat it eagerly at Whole Food Market in Belmar where I get Udi's bread for the "Green Mountain" sandwich (pesto, sundried tomatoes, portobello mushrooms, and cheese).
I even bought a bunch to give to my sister who lives in rural Wisconsin and has trouble finding gluten free products (note: we are both gluten intolerant, not celiac). She LOVED it. I think she almost cried the first time she made toast and it was so good.
Then along came Rudi's gluten free bread. I first tasted it at a gluten free expo at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in the summer of 2010. They were giving out whole loaves of bread to take home. I got a white loaf and my hubby nabbed a cinnamon raisin.
Uh oh! This bread is good. And I love cinnamon raisin bread. Udi's doesn't have cinnamon raisin bread. Then I noticed that the slices seem slightly larger - closer to a regular sandwich size. And I wasn't bothered with those pesky holes that kept showing up in Udi's bread.
Now I feel torn between the two companies. I will buy whatever product I have a coupon for, or is on sale, but what should I do when I can't get a discount? I am still very grateful to Udi's because they have bagels and pizza crust and cinnamon rolls and muffins and now COOKIES! So why do I feel guilty when I buy a loaf of Rudi's bread instead?
Gluten-Free Dining and Foods
- Abrusci's (gluten free Italian menu) Applewood
- Basil Docs (gluten free pizza) Multiple Locations
- Beau Jo's (gluten free pizza and beer) Multiple Locations
- Big Bill's Pizza (gluten free pizza) Centennial
- Blue Bonnet (gluten free menu) Denver
- Blue Sky Cafe (gluten free bread, pancakes, more) Lakewood
- Bonefish (gluten free menu w/ flourless brownie!) Multiple Locations
- California Pizza Kitchen (gluten free pizza)
- City O'City (gluten free pizza & bread) Denver
- French Press (gluten free "petal" wraps) Lakewood
- Le Central (gluten free bread and it's yummy!) Denver
- Noodles and Company (gluten free menu) Multiple Locations
- Olive Garden (gluten free penne) Multiple Locations
- Oven, The (gluten free pizza) Lakewood
- Panzano (gluten free menu & chef) Denver
- PF Chang's (gluten free menu) Multiple Locations
- Rheinlander Bakery (gluten free baked goods) Arvada
- Rioja Denver (gluten free desserts) Denver
- Romano's Italian Restaurant (gluten free pizza) Littleton & Highlands Ranch
- Skinny Crisps Crackers
- Snooze (gluten free menu) Multiple Locations
- Sweet Tomatoes (lots of non-gluten food choices) Multiple Locations
- The Bundt Shoppe (gluten free cake) Castle Pines
- The Rock Wood Fired Pizza (gluten free pizza) Multiple Locations
- Udi's Cafe (gluten free pizza and sandwiches) Multiple Locations
- Virgilio's Pizzeria (gluten free pizza) Lakewood
- Watercourse Foods (a few gluten free options but no bread) Denver
- Whole Foods (a whole section of gluten free items)
- Yard House (gluten free menu) Lakewood