New quick-service restaurant Breadless brings more than lettuce wraps

A new, healthy and fast-casual concept is making its debut in Detroit this week. Like the name implies, Breadless makes low-carb, healthy sandwiches wrapped in greens instead of between bread or on a bun.

There’s more to it, though. The greens are carefully chosen for their nutritional content and for being the right size and sturdiness to act as the case for the vegan and meaty sandwiches made at Breadless. The pastrami sandwich, for example, which has havarti cheese, shredded cabbage, pickles, red onions, spicy ground mustard and a house-made Reuben sauce is wrapped in a thick collard green leaf.

The “Chardi B” sandwich has a colorful frond of swiss chard engulfing sliced ​​chicken breast, pepper jack cheese, tomatoes, pickles, onions and a cilantro-avocado sauce.

All of Breadless’ sandwiches can also be made into bowls. Different than a salad, these bowls are chopped and topped and then baked in an oven for a few minutes so that it’s the ingredients of a warm, melt-y sandwich, but in a large container instead of on a bun.

Breadless also makes their own bagged snacks: jicama chips, carrot chips and “caulipop,” which is cauliflower, garlic, salt and olive oil. To drink there’s house-made cactus matcha tea and pomegranate green tea, plus bottled cold press juices and boxed water. All of the packaging and straws are eco-friendly. The menu has options for those who eat vegan, keto, gluten-free and halal.

The sandwiches at Breadless in Detroit are wrapped in sturdy kale, collard green or swiss chard.

Co-founder and CEO Marc Howland said he was inspired to start Breadless, which is off East Jefferson near the Rivertown-Warehouse District, because he wanted to bring healthy, fast food to more neighborhoods.

“I grew up with a single mom trying to raise two kids by herself. She really was a super mom but she really didn’t have a lot of time to cook, so the options available were just a lot of fast foods so that’s a lot of what we ate growing up,” said Howland, who attended Brown University, has an MBA from Harvard Business School and worked on Wall Street before becoming an entrepreneur.

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