Ike’s Place Sandwich Shops: A West Coast Haven for Special Diets

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This is the sandwich shop of my dreams. When it comes to gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan, there are options for everything at Ike’s Place (also known as Ike’s Love & Sandwiches). And the best part is there’s no upcharge for special diet requests!

Ike's Place Sandwich Shops (locations throughout California) offer gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free options for practically everything on their massive menu!

Special Diet Values at Ike’s Place

Beyond the menu above, Ike’s Place has vegan cheese and a vegan version of their famous “dirty sauce” available, both at no extra charge. The regular “dirty sauce” is dairy-free, but it contains egg. They also have vegan meat options and suggested plant-based sandwiches. And the staff informed us that all of the breads they use, including the gluten-free option, are dairy-free. They are also egg-free and vegan, but the wheat bread contains honey.

I was excited to visit Ike’s Place, because it had been a while since we’d found a good sandwich spot for our dietary needs. The prices did seem a little high at first, but then we received our order. Tony got the gluten-free and I got a wheat-based bread. Both were MASSIVE sandwiches served on hefty sub-style rolls. Fortunately, we had just finished an 8 mile walk, so we had voracious appetites.

Ike's Place Sandwich Shops (locations throughout California) offer gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free options for practically everything on their massive menu!

Unless otherwise requested, the sandwiches at Ike’s Place are served hot. This turned out to be perfect for special diet swaps. Tony’s gluten-free bread was nicely toasted for optimal texture and a good flavor fit. And the dairy-free cheese on both of our sandwiches melted in, making it hard to distinguish from dairy cheese.

We visited the Monterey location (my picture below), but Ike’s Place now has dozens of locations in California. They’ve also begun expanding outside of California, into Northern Nevada and Arizona.  And they have convenient online ordering available for every location via the website below.

Ike's Place Sandwich Shops (locations throughout California) offer gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free options for practically everything on their massive menu!

Where to Find Ike’s Place Sandwich Shops

They have locations throughout California, and have recently expanded into Northern Nevada. I expect locations will continue to pop up in other states.

Website: ilikeikesplace.com

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

6 Comments

  1. Hi. I just placed an order for the Go Sharks as a vegan order through Uber Eats for the Dublin, CA location. They called me to advise that the wheat bread is not vegan. The vegan options that they gave me were French, sourdough, and Dutch crunch.

    • That’s interesting. I’ve been to three different locations and all said that all of their bread choices were vegan. I’ve put in an inquiry to Ike’s central. Just waiting on a response.

    • I think I see where the confusion was! All of there breads are dairy-free. They are all vegan too, except the wheat bread contains honey. So if you keep strictly vegan (no honey) then the wheat bread might not be suitable.

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