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The hardest thing when suffering from coeliac disease or following a Gluten Free diet is obviously finding somewhere to eat. Here are our suggestions of places particularly friendly if you're looking for somewhere.

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Accent European Lounge
Edmonton, Alberta View On Map
This was our first time dining at Accent European Lounge so as I always do when dining out at a new restaurant I called the restaurant beforehand to see if they accommodate eating as someone with Celiac disease and having to have a gluten free meal. The young lady on the phone knew at once what Celiac Disease meant and let us know that the Accent European Lounge definitely had options for us. We decided we would then go with the flow and decide once we were at the restaurant and what was presented to us what we would eat. The waitress once I identified that we were celiac with a gluten free requirement for eating, was able to go over the menu with us give us a few options and let us know that the chefs were knowledgeable and able to make adjustments to most entrees on the menu. We decided to go with the special of the evening - it was a "New York Tenderloin with a Peppercorn sauce and a side of vegetables" - once the waitress checked with the chef she came back out and let us know that the sauce would have to be omitted because of a gluten thickener but that the rest of the dish would be ok. So we stayed with that order. We were not disappointed - the steak was done medium rare with a tasty seasoning. We were pleasantly surprised with the awesome vegetable side to accompany our steaks - roasted potatoes, broccoli, zucchini, carrot, pepper, cauliflower and a lovely little fresh tomato cucumber garnish. The vegetables were cooked very well, and seasoned nicely. It was a great steak and awesome dish. Beautifully presented.
Recommended By: @HighonlifeandGF / highonlifeandglutenfree.blogspot.com On: 2013-05-25

Block 1912
Edmonton, Alberta View On Map
This is a very cute and trendy coffee house on Whyte Avenue, totally set up so that groups of all sizes can enjoy chatting and sampling the delicious fare. As it was later in the evening our group of theatregoers decided to stop for coffee/tea and sweets. At first Kevin and I were only going to get a couple cups of Soy Chai Latte but as some of the group came back to the table with yummy desserts we were wondering if we should go and take a look to see if Block 1912 had any sweets to accommodate Celiacs ;) Well when our friend Steve came back to the table with a delicious looking chocolate cake and then announced to us "know what this is also Vegan and Gluten Free they told me" well then of course we had to try a piece for ourselves. So Kevin went up to see what they had that evening, and brought back to the table a piece of heavenly (and rich) chocolate cake, and a hot mixed berry crumble. The chocolate cake was not really sweet - which was nice, and very smooth and rich, I could not finish my piece and it would have been good getting half the slice - delicious. Definitely will go back to the Block 1912 and see what other tasty fare would be on the menu for Celiacs and Gluten Sensitive folk.
Recommended By: @HighonlifeandGF / highonlifeandglutenfree.blogspot.com On: 2013-05-25


Lazia
Edmonton, Alberta View On Map
We had a delicious supper at Lazia. We did call before we went to the restaurant we had noticed that on their website only a few items were marked so we call to inquire if there were more options available, and yes we were assured that we definitely could be accommodated with a number of items on the menu. So this was good to hear. When we were seated we let our waitress know that as Celiac we would need to be eating Gluten Free - she showed no hesitation in knowing what we were talking about and went to get us what Lazia has put together for a Gluten Free Menu. On this menu there were more items - including appetizers - that were not marked on the internet site. First we ordered the Mussels - which came in a Cherry Tomato White Wine sauce, they were delicious - in the sauce was also shaved carrots, cherry tomatoes and peppers - very nice.

Kevin had the Alberta Boneless Shortrib ... with mashed potatoes and vegetables ... the meat was very tender and the sauce very tasty. The vegetables in both dishes were very fresh and cooked to just right - still having just a bit of crunch to them. And the cherry tomatoes in our mussel dish and Kevin's Shortrib dish were not mushy .. loved that. I decided to have the KL Seafood Pot - that comes with a side order of white rice, it was delicious. The sauce in the seafood pot was just a bit spicy, I spooned it on to my white rice and it was so yummy.
Recommended By: @HighonlifeandGF / highonlifeandglutenfree.blogspot.com On: 2013-02-23


Rio Vida Bakery
Edmonton, Alberta View On Map
My guys was recently at Rio Vida Bakery to pick up some awesome perogies that Najah makes there and he came home with something new for us to try. Najah is serving soups now as well. She has a deal on for 5 bowls (good sized bowl) of soup and 5 buns for $19.95. Kevin brought these home and we popped them into the freezer - today I remembered to take one to work with me (with one of her yummy onion cakes instead of a bun, I admit I have become addicted to her green onion cakes - will have to try the buns it came with another day ha ha) and at lunch popped it in the microwave here - for first 3 minutes - gave it a good stir and then for another additional two minutes.

Oh my - I have to honestly say this Chicken Vegetable soup I had today is one of the best soups I have tasted. It is just full of vegetables and lots of chicken, and has a vibrant and warm flavour (if you can call a flavour warm ha ha) - seriously DELICIOUS! It is a great deal - a good sized bowl of soup and a bun for appr. $4.00 - can't beat that for a take out soup. The soup froze very well and heated up nicely.

We shall be new regulars to enjoy all her soups - can not wait to try the next flavour ...
Recommended By: @HighonlifeandGF / highonlifeandglutenfree.blogspot.com On: 2013-02-23


The Elk & Oarsman
Banff, Alberta View On Map
I was very excited to find that The Elk & Oarsman actually have a separate two page (!!) gluten free menu. I usually go to the Elk and Oarsman on a Tuesday night for steak night. The first time I went I got my steak on gluten free bread however they charged me $3 extra for this so from then on I have just asked for no bread. It's a bit hit and miss on whether your steak is cooked to the right temperature but overall it's a good cheap meal ($8 for a steak sandwich).

One night I ended up at the Elk and Oarsman on a night other than Tuesday so I decided to get the Lamb Shank... and it was delicious - the meat fall off the bone and had so much flavour. I would definitely recommend checking out The Elk & Oarsman not only for the food but for the great atmosphere.
Recommended By: @sydgfadventures / glutenfreezones.com On: 2012-11-04


Cilantro & Chive
Ponoka, Alberta View On Map
Fun, fresh menu with seasonal ingredients and lots of gluten free items that are well marked on the menu. In addition, gluten free bread or pasta can be substituted where appropriate.
Recommended By: Karlym09 On: 2012-10-05


Lit Italian Wine Bar
Edmonton, Alberta View On Map
We went on a Thursday evening and the Wine Bar was full but did not feel too crowded. We were seated just inside the front entrance - a long drapery from the second floor ceiling down to the floor backed the diners at our table from the entrance side. As our group made reservations a head of time our waiter was aware of our gluten free requirements, and was pretty accommodating - we were brought complimentary bowls of popcorn to our table - which went quickly and was quite tasty, kind of a nice light alternative to the usual bread at the table.

We all ordered a different plates - one plate in common with a few of us was the calamari -I loved the way it was prepared - not the usual plate of small individual rings but in slices of squid that were dusted with cornstarch, slightly spiced and lightly deep fried to a golden crispy texture. For our mains we chose two of the salads on the menu - on and eye catching bed of mixed greens.

I think that the Lit Italian Wine Bar would be a lovely place to go for light meal, a great glass of wine and conversation. I will definitely go back.
Recommended By: @HighonlifeandGF / highonlifeandglutenfree.blogspot.com On: 2012-05-26


Soda Jerks Restaurant
Edmonton, Alberta View On Map
We had a great experience right from walking in, it still gives me a little shiver of happiness when I walk into a restaurant for the first time and when I mention being a celiac or having to eat gluten free - all the staff are accommodating and knowledgeable right from the hostess to the waiters and waitresses - it makes for an enjoyable dining experience right from the front door. This was the kind of experience we had at Soda Jerks, our hostess didn't hesitate or miss a beat when we inquired about how we go about eating gluten free at Soda Jerks - she confidently said that our waitress would be able to explain and assist us in making sure our meals were safe.

So our burgers - we decided to go with the "Build your own" burger idea ~ which is a superb selection I think most people would be hard pressed not to be able to build a burger or sandwich of their liking, the large and varied selection actually makes it a challenge of what you can put together.

So a two thumbs up for Soda Jerks Restaurant - West End - for an enjoyable experience from the service, drinks and delicious food ~ a definite add to somewhere not only that we will recommend but that we shall be visiting for the nights when we just have to have "an awesome burger".
Recommended By: @HighonlifeandGF / highonlifeandglutenfree.blogspot.com On: 2012-02-10


Eddie Burger & Bar
Banff, Alberta View On Map
Almost every night of the week in Banff there is a food special on at one of the pubs/restaurants. Now you would assume that $6 cheese burger night at The Eddie wouldn't be coeliac friendly. However I was assured that The Eddie had gluten free burger buns and sure enough having a quick look at their website not only do they have gluten free buns but the beef patty was also gluten free.

So I headed on down to The Eddie and ordered a gluten free cheese burger. The burgers came out and whilst mine looked smaller than my friends glutenous one I was just happy that they had gluten free buns! The verdict - the bun wasn't bad (not the best but definitely not the worst I have had) and overall the burger was yum!
Recommended By: @sydgfadventures / glutenfreezones.com On: 2012-01-29


Press'd Sandwiches
Edmonton, Alberta View On Map
Press'd Sandwiches introduced a gluten free sandwich option at the Edmonton City Center Mall location starting on January 9th. The location on Jasper Avenue and 112 Street had already been serving a gluten free option, but it took a little more time for the City Center location to come up with a safe gluten free sandwich without risk of cross-contamination. After a campaign using social media as a source of input, Press'd City Center decided to create one of their signature sandwiches each day with a limited number of them safely created as gluten free.

I was able to take advantage of this on their first day, heading down to City Center Mall and getting one of their Club Press'd sandwiches on gluten free bread. You can order either a half or a full sandwich order... the half size sandwich being the size of gluten free bread (which is naturally smaller), and the full order being two sandwiches. The sandwich was prepared in a separate area in Press'd, on the opposite end and very clearly away from the area where the other sandwiches (and breads) are handled and made. The club sandwich had the addition of tomato, lettuce and cheese topped over ham, turkey and bacon. I ordered the full order, and found that it provided me with more than enough to eat. With the advances being made in creating gluten free bread today, the quality of the bread was great, and the sandwich was delicious.
Recommended By: @HighonlifeandGF / highonlifeandglutenfree.blogspot.com On: 2012-01-29


DeLux Burger Bar
Edmonton, Alberta View On Map
Well I know a while back I wrote how much we truly enjoy the 142nd location of Delux Burger - while our first encounter at the West Edmonton Mall location left something to be desired ... well things have changed since then and I thought I should update my post and rewrite a review on Delux Burger Bar in West Edmonton Mall (WEM). The WEM location has an added benefit over the 142nd street one for the fact that they had the room to be able to put in a dedicated fryer - therefore they have a much larger selection than at the other location now. It's nice that they have an awesome MENU printed up with all these selections now - that because of being so different than the paper on the table menus it helps reinforce to the waiters and waitress' that you are ordering from the Gluten free menu and gives a bit more ease of mind when ordering in such a busy establishment. We have eaten at the WEM location more than once - have retried the burgers there which I am happy to say have come along way from our first taste test and have traveled to the juicy and tasty burgers that we so love from the 142nd street location, it's been great - and the added plus - we can order FRENCH FRIES!!! Both the Sweet Potato (Yam) Fries and the regular French fries can be ordered because of the dedicated fryer and they are awesome. Homecut style fries that are crispy on the outside and melt in your mouth soft on the inside. It is funny but before I was diagnosed I wasn't a big fry eater - but it is surprising what you can crave when it becomes a little harder to attain - and these fries are delicious. I would definitely comment that the WEM location has come a long way since I first sat down to try a burger there - and their service is timely and always have had an awesome wait and serving staff - they are attentive and friendly ... A definite plus to the dining at Delux Burger Bar ... at either location. :)
Recommended By: @HighonlifeandGF / highonlifeandglutenfree.blogspot.com On: 2012-01-29


High Level Diner
Edmonton, Alberta View On Map
We have been to this diner in the past and the experience eating there always leaves us with a great experience and a desire to come back. They are very coeliac friendly - have truly undertaken the "art" of accommodating those who require eating gluten free. They have not only separate a separate "Celiac Breakfast & Brunch" Menu but also a "Celiac Lunch and Diner" Menu - as well as being accommodating for their special "Turkey Tuesdays", "Thursday Ukrainian Diner" and the "Sunday Prime Rib Diner".

We decided to choose from the Lunch and Diner menu today - and I spied that they had "Home cut Fries" (made in a dedicated gluten free fryer) so I choose their "Gluten Free Diners Clubhouse" with the side of the Home cut Fries. It was very good, they brought me heinz ketchup (as their locally made brand is not gluten free) and I enjoyed my clubhouse and fries. Tasty. The fries were really great, not greasy perfectly fried and just a little crunch to them.

And though they do not have a dedicated "wheat free" kitchen - they use dedicated gluten free fryers and toasters and take the care and attention needed as I have not felt ill after eating at the Diner. I recommend if you like the artsy, antique, bistro feel of a great place to eat - High Level Diner would be a good stop.
Recommended By: @HighonlifeandGF / highonlifeandglutenfree.blogspot.com On: 2011-12-14


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!
Recommended By: @HighonlifeandGF / highonlifeandglutenfree.blogspot.com On: 2011-12-07


Matahari
Edmonton, Alberta View On Map
This evening I had a craving for Asian or Vietnamese dining - After taking a look at a couple gluten free reviews on-line - I decided we were going to try out Matahari restaurant on 124th street. When we walked in I immediately loved the ambiance - the cement fish pond with the koi fish added something unique - the seats that were set in a wooden boat - cool - and the fact that you could reserve a private room and area was a nice add as well.

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.
Recommended By: @HighonlifeandGF / highonlifeandglutenfree.blogspot.com On: 2011-12-07


Nourish Vegetarian Bistro and Tea House
Banff, Alberta View On Map
This cafe is fabulous. We went there twice during our week in Banff. The food is awesome and we would consider coming all the way back to Banff just to eat here. The kiwi chef knows her stuff allergy-wise. My husband and I both have Coeliac disease and there was plenty to choose from. It was a real treat being able to eat gluten free nachos in a restaurant!
Recommended By: gutan096 On: 2011-02-19


Magpie and Stump
Banff, Alberta View On Map
This was our second visit to Magpie and Stump, and once again, WOW!!!! This time, I realised that they also have Gluten Free options; perfect for members of our family who are coeliac... nice to know we could still go there on a trip with our extended family too!

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".
Recommended By: Michayne On: 2011-01-22


Pizzeria Prego
Edmonton, Alberta View On Map
Pizzeria Prego is a small independent pizza shop located near Southgate mall. Almost everything on their menu can be made gluten free. They use Kinikinick pizza crusts for their pizzas and have a large selection of gluten free toppings (including sausage and meat products). Read More...
Recommended By: @gfreeYEG / glutenfreeedmonton.com On: 2010-11-16


The Creperie
Edmonton, Alberta View On Map
When it comes to gluten free restaurants, The Creperie is probably at the top of every Coeliac's mind. Located in the heart on downtown Edmonton (10220 103 Street Northwest), The Creperie serves up the most comprehensive gluten free menu in the city. Read More...
Recommended By: @gfreeYEG / glutenfreeedmonton.com On: 2010-11-16


The Dish and the Runaway Spoon
Edmonton, Alberta View On Map
The Dish, and it's catering companion The Runaway Spoon, have a full gluten free menu that includes everything from pasta dishes, roasted lamb stew, sweet potato shepards pie, a variety of sandwiches and salads and even feature a gluten free brownie with toppings for dessert. Read More...
Recommended By: @gfreeYEG / glutenfreeedmonton.com On: 2010-11-16


La Crema Caffe
Edmonton, Alberta View On Map
A recent trip to the St. Albert Farmers Market had us stumble across a gem of a place called La Crema Caffe. La Crema Caffe is a boutique Italian cafe with a nice gluten free menu including quiche, soups, salads and pastries all served at a separate counter to avoid cross-contamination. After speaking with staff, I learned that the gluten free menu is inspired by the owner who has Coeliac himself. Read More...
Recommended By: @gfreeYEG / glutenfreeedmonton.com On: 2010-11-15




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