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!
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.
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.
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.