The Old Triangle Welcomes Celiacs, Too

Visited On: October 12, 2013
Gluten Free Menu: Yes (included with regular menu)
Server Knowledge:
Server Attitude:
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)
902- 492-4900
Website:
http://www.oldtriangle.com

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  1. #1 by Dave Klein on October 15, 2013 - 7:57 pm

    As always, I gotta ask, sorry 🙂 Any word on whether those GF pizzas were cross-contaminated? Are they baked in the same oven as the regular pizzas?

    • #2 by glutenfree4hfx on October 15, 2013 - 8:07 pm

      Hi Dave! No worries, always good questions 🙂 Like most non-dedicated kitchens, The Old Triangle makes every effort to prevent cross-contamination but can’t guarantee a 100% gluten-free product since there are gluten-containing items in their kitchen. I always emphasize that I have an actual gluten intolerance (versus a food preference) which helps ensure that my food is prepared with no cross-contamination. Hope that helps!

  2. #3 by Dave Klein on October 16, 2013 - 3:39 pm

    It helps…….somewhat 🙂 In my restaurant sampling experience, the phrase “we make every effort to avoid cross contamination” can mean anything from “we train our staff and bake all GF pizzas using GF-dedicated ovens and utensils, but the simple fact that we do bake other items in our kitchen means we have to put this disclaimer just to protect ourselves, even though we all know there’s almost zero chance of any cross contamination”….to, “yeah we use the same oven for everything, but we try not to bake the GF pizzas at the same time as the regular ones.”

    In other words, it’d be good to get *specifics* from them as to what precautions, exactly, they take (dedicated oven? dedicated utensils? staff training?), rather than just “taking their word for it” 😉 Anytime I go to a restaurant, I make sure they tell me exactly what they’re doing to prevent any cross contamination.

    • #4 by glutenfree4hfx on October 16, 2013 - 3:48 pm

      Absolutely, and I find that the answers and level of care taken by restaurant staff can vary with each visit. I ask tons of questions, too, but I don’t elaborate on them in each post (with a few rare exceptions) to ensure that our readers take equal care if they visit a place that we’ve reviewed. I’d hate for someone to read a post, assume that everyone at that place is very aware of Celiac needs, and then get sick as a result. I think people are more careful than that, but I like to be careful too. 🙂

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