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)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.