- Edmonton City Centre
- Londonderry Mall
- Southgate Centre
- Kingsway Garden Mall
- The curries are all gluten free
- There is a vegetarian sauce that is gluten free that can be had with the following items:
- Stir Fry (no peanut sauce)
- Pad Thai
We have tried the green and yellow curry dishes which have a nice kick and taste great.
Gluten Free Eating in Toronto
Eatings out in an unfamiliar city trying to find gluten free friendly options always seems difficult. After all, it can sometimes feel frustrating finding where to eat gluten free in our own city of Edmonton.
Here are some places to try out while visiting Toronto:
|South St. Burger on lettuce with several toppings|
and guacamole on the side
Multiple locations including: Yonge Street, north of Eglinton Avenue
South St. Burger is a concept from New York Fries! Fantastic burgers! This concept has not made it to Edmonton yet, but there is one in Calgary. They do not have gluten free buns, but they will put it on a bed of lettuce for you. Here is the catch, we all know New York Fries are gluten free! However, South St. Burger serves up onion rings :-( So there can be cross contamination in the fryers. We were told the onion rings are done in separate fryers but we didn't wish to take the chance because we were travelling and didn't want to be sick on the road. South St. Burger has over 25 toppings to choose from including some unique ones like goat cheese, guacamole, garlic mayonnaise, and mango chutney.
Here is a must have while staying at a hotel or even walk in. Pizza Pizza is the sister company to Pizza73 here in Edmonton. The big difference is that Pizza Pizza has a gluten free crust! It is an additional $3.25 on a medium pizza, but atleats they have it! You also get a discount for pick-up, so it worked out to just over $11.00 for a two topping medium pizza. This is one of out must haves everytime we visit Toronto because Pizza Pizza has great pizza. Pizza73 could learn a thing or two from Pizza Pizza who has had this gluten free crust available since 2008.
Duff's Famous Wings
1604 Bayview Ave (South of Eglinton)
558 College St. West (West of Bathurst)
9360 Bathurst Street, Vaughan
|The wings at Duff's|
1640 Bayview Ave.
Located just a few store fronts over from Duff's, Hollywood Gelato's is one of the best Gelato places in Toronto. Gelato itself is gluten free, however you have to be cautious of the specialty flavours. All teh fruit flavours here taste great and will be gluten free. Be cautious when choosing the chocolate bar flavoured gelato's as you need to know your chocolate bars and which one is gluten free. All their gelato is made in house so if you have any questions about ingredients, they should be able to show you.
|Gluten free Alaskan pollock bites|
In comparison, these Pollock Bites were tasty but did not turn out as well as the Dr. Praegers fish sticks. Based on their size, I think the pollock bites would make a great late night snack or treat for the kids with some tartar sauce.
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|Our typical order at Kyoto with gluten free soy sauce|
Kyoto has two locations: one downtown at Jasper and 109 St., in the plaza with the Save-on-Foods; the other is across High Level Bridge on 109 St., by the university. We stick to the university location because they have great service and their staff are understanding when accommodating gluten free substitutes.
At Kyoto, you can order any sushi roll that does not have tempura (or eel). For rolls with tempura bits, you can substitute cucumber. Kyoto also supplies gluten free soy sauce, which is fantastic because it saves you from bringing your own.
This is our typically order at Kyoto:
- Mexican (substitute tempura bits with cucumber)
- Rainbow Roll (substitute tempura bits with cucumber)
- Occasionally, a Spicy Salmon or Tuna
Road trip? Well your first stop is probably Red Deer for breakfast or lunch.
First Stop, Red Deer
We typically stop off at the Wendy's at Gasoline Alley, where you can order their Chili, Baja Salad, or baked potato. Their beef patty is gluten free as well, but you need to bring your own bun. Red Deer is a big town and will have most of the familiar chain restaurants. If you are willing to drive around a bit, I'm sure you'll find a Boston Pizza for some gluten free pizza.
Gluten Free Eats in Calgary
We had some suggestions from our readers, however this is where we ended up visiting while in Calgary
Zen 8 is a nice sushi restaurant located in downtown Calgary. Although we were there for a special reception, they were able to handle special ordered sushi rolls with no tempura. Their volcano sauce was gluten free, however you need to bring your own soy sauce.
|Gfree pizza in the foreground and gfree|
grilled cheese in the background
Located in the Kensington district of Calgary, this vegetarian restaurant had gluten free written all over it. They have everything from gluten free grilled cheese sandwiches to gluten free pizzas. Although it's on the pricey side, it was a nice tasting meal, and great to scarf down a grilled cheese sandwich!
|A baby scoop with coconut, white|
chocolate chips and raspberries
1130 Kensington Road NW
Up for a little treat? Spoon me is a cute little yogurt shop similar to a Kiwi Kiss here in Edmonton. The yogurt is gluten free, and they spoon fresh fruits or other toppings. For under $5, you can have a baby-size cup with three toppings. The baby-size was big enough for two to share.
As we have mentioned before at Gluten Free Edmonton, Boston Pizza carrys a gluten fee pizza crust made by Kinnikinnick. Boston Pizza locations can be found all over Calgary for an affordable pizza made great.
|Nellie's Gluten Free Breakfast Sandwich|
(Sorry for the poor quality pic, left my
camera in the and had to settle for
1414 Kensington Road Northwest
Nellie's is an awesome breakfast restaurant with six locations across in Calgary. We tried out the Kensington location where they keep Kinnikinnick bread in stock from Safeway's gluten free section. Most of the menu was okay to eat, and they are able to substitute wheat bread with the gluten free bread they have on hand. Nellie's is a local favourite, and we saw why. The meal tasted great and wasn't terribly expensive. They also didn't charge extra for the gluten free bread.
12th Avenue SW
Although we didn't eat at the restaurant lounge in Hotel Arts, we did attend a wedding the hotel catered, and they accomodated many dietary restrictions. The raw bar was recommended to us by a friend with Celiac who lives in Edmonton. Hotel Arts is located in the heart of downtown Calgary.
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Meat Shop Location: 18469 TWP Road 484
Owner: Nicola & Alan Irving
We first tried their sausages at the St. Alberta Farmers Market. We spoke with one of the owners Nicola who stood behind a gluten free sign and answered all our questions, including which sausage should we try and whats the best way to cook these bad boys! Nicola was really helpful, and I would imagine her husband and staff who operate their booths at the downtown and Strathcona market are just as helpful!
Two products we've tried out and loved:
- English Cumberland Sausage
- Pork Beerstick
#101, 12 Perron Street, St. Albert, AB. Tel: (780) 459-7022
Careit Urban Deli - 2 locations
5236 199 Street, Hemingway Plaza NW, Edmonton, AB. Tel: (780) 486-1123
9672 - 142nd Street, Crestwood, Edmonton, AB. Tel: (780) 488-1110. www.careit.ca
Eat Local First
5032 129 Avenue, Edmonton, AB.
Ed's Gluten Free Speciality
#117 - 9303 34 Avenue, Edmonton, AB.
10b Perron Street, St. Albert, AB.
4345 - 50th Street, Edmonton, AB.
We first came across CheeCha potato puffs through an office mate of Abisaac's. She was sharing her new found treat with her co-workers. Low and behold...they had a super yummy line of Gluten free CheeCha puffs.
The first conversation Abisaac & I had about CheeCha potato puffs went something like this
Abisaac: Yes they are and they are not made out of a bunch of chemicals either
Amanda: Hmmm they must be really high in carbohydrates and fat
Abisaac: Nope they're actually very low in carbs (2 cups is only 15grams of carbs) and they're cholesterol free and have zero trans fats
Amanda: Wow! They must completely lack flavor (aka: taste like dirt)
Abisaac: No not at all! They're really well flavored and they come in a variety of different flavors.
Amanda: Well they must be only available in the USA then, right?
Abisaac: Actually CheeCha's are from a family based business in Calgary, Alberta.
Amanda: Holy! That almost sounds too good to be true.
Sampling CheeCha's at Bonnie Doon
with the Celiac Association
I have been hooked ever since. My personal favorite flavor is the Sea Salt and Spiced Black Pepper, but honestly they have a bunch of other flavors and they're each very tasty.
As someone who has both Type 1 diabetes, needing to count my carbohydrates, and Celiac disease I have come to love the variety of flavors available from CheeCha's. Generally speaking gluten free foods are very high in carbohydrates therefore making eating sometimes feel like a diabetic nightmare. I have often told people that the low carb count of CheeCha's enables me to have a "salty" snack that is gluten free and even at times the amount of CheeCha's I can eat (for only 15 grams of carbs) is too much for me. I know! I couldn't believe it either.
Our love of CheeCha potato puffs led us to become "CheeCha Champions". We do not work for the company, but we share our love of their products with others in hopes of spreading the word and speaking their praises.
Where do you buy your gluten free CheeCha Puffs in Edmonton?
* CheeCha potato puffs are available in both gluten free and non-gluten free varieties. Be careful (as always) to read the packaging to ensure you are picking up the correct ones
|Gluten Free Edmonton at the Celiac Association booth|
We were so pleased to see some of our fans who follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter, come out to see us and gather more information on Celiac Disease. It was truly a pleasure to see you guys!
The Celiac Association has a wealth of information about Celiac Disease, the gluten free diet, and a schedule of seminars and classes they offer. Community events like this one are helpful to those newly diagnosed as well as those who have been living gluten free for years, to become more familiar with the association and the resources that are available to help.
During this event, Gluten Free Edmonton was able to provide some of our gluten free living tips such as; where to eat gluten free in Edmonton, where to shop gluten free in Edmonton and some of the various gluten free products that we love, that can be found in Edmonton. We also had the opportunity to share and sample a personal favorite of ours, Gluten Free CheeCha Potato Puffs and even gave away coupons for some free bags.
Click here to check out the Celiac Association - Edmonton Chapter website to find out about their upcoming events.
|Top tier of the non-gluten free wedding cake|
Check out this article and let us know about your tips when eating out:
Eating out with food allergies: "Eating out with food allergies: A little planning and communication can make a meal in a restaurant safe"
|Copper Pot's 5 Meals|
Copper Pot Creations is a gluten free brand devoted to creating meals that help people with food allergies. Their facility is dedicated to being 100% free of the most common food allergens in Canada, including gluten, wheat, eggs, dairy, casein, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, sesame, fish, and shellfish.
Copper Pot Creations recent change to selling only gluten free meals was inspired when their head chef Chris was recently diagnosed with Celiac disease and Type 1 Diabetes. As a family business, Copper Pot Creations is now devoted to helping others in similar situations.
Copper Pot Creations has been operating a business in Calgary for a few years and are now selling five products wholesale to retailers around Alberta, including Edmonton. Their products can be found in stores located in Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Medicine Hat, Canmore, and Okotoks.
In Edmonton you can find their products at:
- Chicken Cacciatore
- Bombay Chicken
- Penne Bolognese
- Shepherd’s Pie
- Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie
Gluten Free Edmonton - A Celiac guide and resource for gluten free information in Edmonton, Alberta
|Just a sample of Bulk Barn's organic |
and gluten free aisle
A few months after our Celiac diagnosis, Bulk Barn opened its first Edmonton location at South Common. We initially went out of curiousity, to scope out some snacks and treats, not thinking we would be able to purchase much. To our surprise, Bulk Barn has expanded its product line to keep up with demands. They now have a line of organic and gluten free products.
Bulk Barn does carry gluten free products such as:
- Gluten free brownie mix - bulk
- Gluten free vanilla cake mix - bulk
- Banana cake mix - bulk
- El Peto Line
- Rizopia Pasta
- Enviro Kids
Many bulk bins also have special recipes or cooking instructions. This comes in handy especially when you purchase something like the gluten free brownie mix.
Ingredients recipes are all tear away pieces of paper to take home with you!
A bonus is the commitment of cleanliness Bulk Barn has at its stores. While shopping at the South Common location, staff were constantly wiping down containers, vacuuming the shelves, and changing scoops.
Bulk Barn is no longer a hidden gem to shop gluten free, it's a must shop!
|The Vitamin Farm|
The Vitamin Farm
68 Edmonton City Centre Nw
Edmonton, AB T5J 2Y7
|Selection of gluten free products|
Freezer just behind the camera
The best thing about The Vitamin Farm is their freezer full of Glutino frozen lunches – perfect for the days you forgot your lunch at home, or just don't feel like leftovers!
|Screenshot of La Messagére beer website|
The below comment was left on a previous article about gluten free beer found in Edmonton:
I have tried La Messagére beer and found it a good enough pilsner. It's also available at Metro downtown - but I'm not sure I'd recommend eating here if you are looking for GF food.
What other gluten free beers have you found in Edmonton?