The Best (And The Rest) of 2012

2012 has been a pretty exciting year for gluten-free folks. There were lots of new developments and lots of people learning what gluten-free is all about. According to the Google Zeitgeist 2012 for Canada, gluten was the number three search in the “What is?” category!

Yesterday, we also celebrated our second birthday. We’ve had a great time reviewing restaurants, trying new recipes, and interacting with our readers. We’re looking forward to a fantastic gluten-free 2013!

To wrap things up, here are some highlights from 2012.

Best Overall Restaurant

It’s a tie between The Bicycle Thief and daMaurizio. Both places offer a fantastic atmosphere and great gluten-free options. You can read the review for The Bicycle Thief here and daMaurizio here. (Since our review, The Bicycle Thief has started offering gluten-free kettle chips as an alternative to bread, as well as handmade gluten-free pasta.)

Best Local Spot (Bedford/Sackville)

Finbar’s wins this one hands down. I love their nachos, and they are now carrying Glutenberg Blonde beer! Read our review here.

Best Local Spot (Downtown Halifax and Dartmouth)

The Wooden Monkey is one of the most gluten-friendly places we’ve ever visited, and now they’re in downtown Halifax and downtown Dartmouth! You can read a review of the Halifax location here. We plan on checking out the Dartmouth location in the new year.

Best Brunch

We love the brunch at jane’s on the common, although unfortunately today will be their last day in business. If you’re feeling nostalgic, you can read our review here.

Most Exciting New Restaurant

The folks at Pete’s have opened up a dedicated gluten-free eatery in the Dresden Row Market, off of Spring Garden Road. I’m ashamed to say we haven’t gotten there yet, but I promise we’ll have a review in the new year!

Biggest Disappointment

We visited The Chickenburger in Bedford earlier this year and there wasn’t a single gluten-free option as far as I could tell. The staff were unhelpful and I felt really out of place.

Biggest Redemption

One of our earliest reviews was of The Foggy Goggle, and it wasn’t positive. However, we returned there this fall and had a great experience. They even have gluten-free wings! You can read the original review here and our mini update here.

Hottest Trend

Gourmet burgers were all the rage in Halifax this year, with Cheese Curds Gourmet Burgers and Poutinerie, Relish, Flipburger, The Works, and Ace Burger Company all opening. We’ve reviewed Cheese Curds and Relish, and we plan on visiting the other three burger places in 2013.

Biggest Surprise

We stopped in at Angles Family Pub on Sackville Drive this summer and were surprised by how delicious and gluten-friendly their food is. You can read our review here.

Best New Food Items

Plenty of new gluten-free foods hit the shelves this year. Superstore started their own line of gluten-free baked products and did an amazing job. As well, Glutenberg Blonde beer hit Nova Scotian shelves in October. You might have trouble finding it, though, considering the amount we’ve been buying! You can read our review here.


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  1. #1 by Vicki Christian on January 2, 2013 - 7:43 am

    Just wanted to say “Thanks!” for your great blog. My husband was just diagnosed with celiac this summer and your blog has been a godsend for us. Keep writing! Happy New Year!

    • #2 by glutenfree4hfx on January 2, 2013 - 8:05 am

      Thanks for the kind words Vicki! Happy New Year to you and your husband. 🙂

  2. #3 by JenniferP on January 29, 2013 - 12:55 pm

    Not sure if you’ve been yet, but you should check out Il Mercato’s Bedford location. They have a lot of things on the menu other than pasta, and they always have at least one gluten free cake dessert (as well as the creme brulee and creme caramel) – the cake isn’t usually marked on the menu, but if you ask they’ll point out which one it is that day (usually something with layered cake and lots of chocolate).

    • #4 by glutenfree4hfx on January 29, 2013 - 3:12 pm

      Thanks for the tip! We’ll be sure to check it out soon and post a review. 🙂

  3. #5 by sassyred79 on April 24, 2013 - 10:54 am

    Don’t waste your time or money going to Flipburger. We went a few days ago after I phoned and asked if they had gf option for burgers. I was told they did. We got there and placed our order. Long story short, they do not have gf buns. They cut your patty up and throw it in a chinese food type takeout container on top of a pile of lettuce, tomato and mushroom. We thought there was some mistake so headed back to the counter to see where our gf burgers were. We got a blank stare followed by ‘that is gf’. I’m so mad that they didn’t even have the decency to say on the phone or when we placed our order that they do not have gf buns. I’m sorry, but saying you are gf, by way of omitting the bun is just a shitty thing to do, especially when you don’t even tell your customer that’s what you do. Never again. I’ll save my money for places that do it right, like Cheese Curds.

    • #6 by glutenfree4hfx on April 24, 2013 - 1:05 pm

      That is really terrible to hear! A pile of rabbit food does not make a gluten-free burger. 😦

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