Canada's main export of maple syrup may well be gluten free but I think that you may struggle to survive on just that for your visit! Coupled with the fact that different languages are spoken in different areas then it might seem dauniting, hopefully we can help.
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DeLux Burger Bar
Edmonton, Alberta View On Map
We have been to both West End locations and I have to say I have never been disappointed with the burger (the guilt free gf free burger and bun) at the 142nd ave location. The burgers have always been juicy and cooked perfectly and on a soft and delicious bun, we have it with the side salad with a little of the vinegarette and it is awesome! Our West Edm. Mall experience was not even close to as good, maybe they are too busy in that location to show the same care in preparation?? We did comment on it while there, and the waiter and host were very good in saying they would research why the other burger was surperb and that our next dining experience there would be fabulous ... haven't tried it yet. The chef at the 142 ave location knows how to make a yummy satisfying gluten free burger! :) " I have to say there is a real sincere effort in customer satisfaction at the 142nd street location, my guy and I were there a couple weeks ago (we had gone to a movie in the mall and decided we wanted a burger and so traveled to the Crestwood location - it's just never disappointed us) and when I was up paying our bill the gentleman at the till asked how our meal was. We had a nice little conversation - we talked about our experience at the WEM location and he was very interested in our observations and thanked me for my honest opinion - I did not complain just simply stated the fact that their burger at this location far surpassed the one in the mall. He then handed me his card, I found out he was one of the managing partners - Jim Skagos - said if I ever have any more issues or comments please to make sure to pass them along. It is that kind of attention to care and detail that I find refreshing in todays service market and one that keeps me as a loyal patron to a business. I sincerely believe that they would look into both locations and see how the can better service, and I just may head over to the WEM location one of these days soon and give them another try ... cuz every so often just gotta have that burger!
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I do get my first "food" impression when I look at the menu and as a celiac I look for how they have accommodated allergies or sensitivities on the menu. I was pleased to see that the menu included celiac safe choices, and the fact that they used the word celiac instead of just gluten free was great also. I was excited to see that in each category from appetizers, soups to entrees they had choices under each heading that were celiac "friendly" - I was excited to order and dig in.
My son had the Cashew Nut Chicken - and though it was not marked on the menu as celiac friendly and he didn't order it so, she did ask him if he wanted it that way - this made me realize that they were very accommodating to whatever you wanted to order off the menu - that most dishes could have substitutes added or things removed to make it safe to eat.
I look forward to our next visit and trying a few more things off of the varied menu. The bill for the three of us (we had ice tea and sodas for drinks) came to just over $60 - which I found more than reasonable. Good food, great service and awesome people to be sharing it with. Matahari is a thumbs up.
Cozy Bay Fish 'N' Chips
Cambridge Suites Hotel
I am coeliac so finding restuarants that are safe to eat in when you travel can be quite difficult, especially on the first night when you are exhausted from an early start and a full day of travelling.
It turns out the the assistant manager of this hotel is also coeliac, and so the waiting and kitchen staff are all clued up on what is safe to eat and what is not. The food was really delicious and for the first time ever I stayed in a hotel without accidently being served a dish with gluten in it.
Caroline's Dining Lounge
Oliver and Bonacini Cafe Grill
East Side Marios
The owner, Luigi, also owns the wood-burning pizza restaurant across the street, Forno Antico. Over the past few years people have been coming in asking him for gluten-free pizza. However, they don't make anything gluten-free there because it's impossible to avoid cross-contamination. When Rasputin's Cafe closed after a fire, Luigi opened Caprese in its place. A few of his friends' wives had Coeliac disease and asked if he would be offering any gluten-free dishes. He decided if there was going to be some gluten-free items, it might as well be 100% gluten-free. People still asking for pizza will have to wait, there is none available at Caprese since the kitchen is too small for making it.
I read glowing reviews about the bread they make and they were well-deserved. I haven't actually tried gluten-free bread before, but after making muffins with almond and coconut flour I knew it would be tricky to get a good texture. This bread was delicious, perfectly moist and crumbly and I enjoyed my first piece of bread in over 3 years. We chose the Melenzana rolls as an appetizer, eggplant with ricotta cheese in a tomato sauce. It was nicely spiced and very flavourful. My mom ordered the Linguini Pescatore, a corn and rice blend pasta served with seafood. I ordered Principessa, veal and asparagus in a cream mozzarella sauce, with roasted potatoes and vegetables. It was delicious. Again, just a perfect amount of spice and flavour.
I wasn't going to get dessert, but when they said they had a flour-less, dairy-free chocolate cake I decided I had to try it. Surprisingly it was served without any globs of icing, and was nicely rich without being overly sweet.
For anyone in Ottawa I highly recommend going to this restaurant even if you don't eat gluten-free. The dishes tasted wonderful, true home-cooking style. And if you are eating gluten-free or have food allergies that you need to be careful with, then you certainly have to eat here at least once. I really hope we get more restaurants like this in Ottawa. Tonight was such a normal dining experience, the first time I've had that in years!
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
I was worried about traveling to Lake Louise but from every point of contact with the food and beverage manager and the manager, waiters and the chefs at the Poppy Brasserie I was reassured that they understood the impact that proper diet would have on my vacation.
I emailed the food and beverage manager a "safe" and "unsafe" foods list prior to arriving and when I contacted him at the hotel he met with me and showed me a custom menu that the chef had prepared! I chose a delicious salmon dish with risotto and spinach and he stopped by several times to ensure that everything was on track. The best part of all was that I felt great the next day so I could enjoy skiing! The meal went so well that we returned the next night and I ordered the same dish.
It's such a breath of fresh air to be able to travel and know that I won't get terribly sick from the food. It really did make our vacation special and the Fairmont's move to specialized menus is light years ahead of their competitors!
I highly recommend staying at the Fairmont if you have dietary concerns (and if you don't it's still a fantastic place). Their new menus available at all hotels/resorts called "Lifestyle Cuisine Plus" makes traveling a breeze.
Nourish Vegetarian Bistro and Tea House
Le Plateau Bistro
Magpie and Stump
This restaraunt is definitely not run of the mill or cookie cutter. The atmosphere is pub like; great solid wood construction, a little dark (but not too dark to be easily navigated by a person with disabilities), and yet (although it might not appear to be age appropriate from the outside) they do have crayons to keep your little ones happy, and a kids menu. Our daughter loves getting a table by the open-air windows, and being able to see and hear passers-by on the streets outside as they enjoy the relaxing majesty of the Banff townsite.
The food is fresh and tasty, the portions are quite large, and the price - $10 for dinner in a tourist trap town? Unreal. And, contrary to popular tradition in the cookie-cutter mexican grills that I have frequented at home, I did not run short on sour cream / salsa, or have to pay extra.
The quality of service is in keeping with the food, and so I am certain that we will return many times. Word to the wise however; later in the evening, especially during high season, it really does become a pub, with great live music; not certain if kids are still permitted but the clientele does become a little more "adult".
The Melting Pot
For dinner there was a wide range of sauces to dip your items in, and the only one I couldn't have (out of about 9 sauces) was the Teriyaki sauce. For desert they took out the gluten-filled items and gave us more fruit instead. It was delicious!
Overall the whole experience was great. I was very impressed with the server knowledge and the range of options available! I definitely recommend it to anyone in the Edmonton area for a birthday, anniversary, or romantic date night.