|Visited On:||October 12, 2013|
|Gluten Free Menu:||Yes (included with regular menu)|
|Variety of Gluten-Free Options:||1/2|
|Overall Gluten-Friendly Rating:|
|Price Range:||$10-$20 per person, plus drinks, tax, and tip|
One of my first (and worst) gluten-free eating experiences was at The Old Triangle in Moncton, where they basically refused to serve me so I ate martinis for lunch. Subsequent visits to the Halifax, Charlottetown, and Glen Arbour locations, however, went much better, so I decided that it was time to review their flagship Halifax pub.
We arrived at suppertime on a busy Saturday night and were lucky enough to snag a table in the dining room where a local band was playing. A server greeted us right away and suggested Clancy’s beer for a beverage. I said that although that sounded like a great idea, I am gluten intolerant so it wouldn’t be my choice of beverage! She quickly pointed out their other gluten-free beverage options: Propeller sodas, several local ciders (including Bulwark and Tideview), and La Messagere beer. (They usually carry Glutenberg but are out of stock right now due to the trade dispute. It should be back by the end of the month, though!) I opted for a sparkling raspberry Tideview cider while Mike had a Propeller IPA.
While we waited for our drinks, we checked out the menu options. Their standard menu has a gluten-free section on the back page. This offers gluten-free diners a quick and easy glance at what is available, but there’s also a note stating that they can do many of their menu items gluten-free, so if you want something specific, just ask. They offer gluten-free burgers, breads, pastas, and pizzas. As well, most of their salads and entrées can be made gluten-free. Even though anything deep-fried is off the menu for Celiacs, there are still plenty of other options.
After some internal debate, I ordered the Marguerite Pizza ($15) while Mike ordered the Belfast Cheeseburger ($13). Our meals took a little longer than I expected to arrive (although it might have seemed really long because I was starving!). However, they were well worth the wait. When the server dropped our order off, she also confirmed that my pizza was gluten-free, which I always appreciate. The pizza looked amazing and tasted just as good. Often, a margherita pizza ends up being basically a cheese pizza. This one was worthy of any Italian pizzeria, with fresh tomatoes perfectly placed on each slice, plenty of fresh basil, a delicious homemade sauce, and just the right balance of mozzarella and goat cheeses. The crust was thin and crunchy – you’d be hard-pressed to tell that it was gluten-free.
As for Mike’s burger, it was pretty standard, but featured plenty of toppings and was perfectly cooked. It’s definitely on my list of things to try! The gluten-free chocolate torte on their dessert menu is also on that list, since we were both too full to try it this time.
The Old Triangle might not be your first thought for a gluten-free meal, but if you’re looking for a fun pub atmosphere where you can be well fed and watered, I’d definitely recommend it.
The Old Triangle
5136 Prince Street (Downtown Halifax)