|Visited On:||February 28, 2013|
|Gluten Free Menu:||No|
|Variety of Gluten-Free Options:||1/2|
|Overall Gluten-Friendly Rating:|
|Price Range:||$10-$30 per person, plus drinks, tax, and tip|
Last month, I decided to meet Mike in town and try out The Hart & Thistle in Historic Properties. Although it’s a brewery, it distinguishes itself as a gastropub, meaning the food is supposed to be higher quality and prepared fresh. I thought that this boded well for gluten-free options. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
When I arrived, we grabbed a booth and looked at the menu. Mike was already into their handcrafted beer and had decided what he wanted to order based on a Foursquare recommendation: the clubhouse sandwich with fries ($13). I told the waiter that I had a gluten intolerance and his response was, “Oh, that sucks.” I shrugged it off and asked him about gluten-free options. He recommended any of the salads, the chili, or the Thai beef noodle dish. (In hindsight, there seemed to be some omissions. The house-smoked salmon appetizer should have been fine, without the garlic toast. Likewise, they had several steaks that a chef should be able to modify.) I went with a Caesar salad minus the croutons ($9) and a cocktail.
The cocktail was the first disappointment. It was extremely sour and extremely strong – I actually made Mike finish it. The Caesar salad was good, with a homemade dressing and plenty of bacon and Parmesan, but it wasn’t enough for supper. Mike’s clubhouse was not bad, although the ingredients were unevenly distributed, leaving half the sandwich with only chicken and the other half with only bacon.
Since there were no gluten-free dessert options, Mike had another craft beer while I had some water. Overall, there were too few gluten-free options, and even the regular food is below the quality that is advertised. I went home hungry and probably won’t be back to the Hart & Thistle again.
The Hart & Thistle
1869 Upper Water Street (Historic Properties, Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Web Site: http://www.hartandthistle.com/