I did a very New Jersey thing last night – saw Bon Jovi play live at Giants Stadium (I refuse to call it MetLife Stadium) with a pre-show tailgate in the parking lot. My best friend from college came up from Washington DC just for the show. I’m not equipped with the tools to have a full-on barbecue, so we made it easy on ourselves. Our pre-game picnic included:
- A bottle of sangria;
- A Gluten Free cupcake for me and a Sugar Free cupcake for her (we’re party animals) from House of Cupcakes ( wp.me/p1N36Q-dk
- I had Buy One, Get One coupon); and
- Dinner from Muscle Maker Grill.
Muscle Maker Grill sounds like it should be a uniquely Jersey chain, but you can find one or two in Oklahoma, California, and Texas. I always have had good experiences there, but I had not gone since attempting the wheat free lifestyle. We picked it to provide our tailgating fare because – why else – I had a Buy One Get One Entree coupon.
Anyway, we scoped out the menu online ahead of time (I’ve made this pretty standard practice before going out to eat). It was easy to find nutrition information, but Muscle Maker Grill hasn’t made the allergen info as readily available as I have seen at chains like Friendlys ( wp.me/p1N36Q-5c
) or Cold Stone Creamery ( wp.me/p1N36Q-9H
). I decided to opt for the Italiano salad with Grilled Chicken, as the menu clearly labeled their balsamic vinaigrette as gluten free.
When we arrived at the stadium and eagerly opened our meals, however, I was dismayed to find croutons. Why use gluten free dressing if you are just going to add bread?
No big deal, I just picked the croutons off and dug in. However, I couldn’t go too much further after finding some extra protein that I definitely did *not* order in my meal.
You might not be able to see, but that black speck has legs.
So I most likely won’t be going back to Muscle Maker Grill.
The night was hardly a bust, though – both my Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcake AND Bon Jovi rocked.