Gluten-Free Finds On the Road!

Last week, Michael and I went on a road trip to Toronto, and we stopped at a ton of cool places on the way! Although the language barrier was a bit of a challenge in Québec, I didn’t get sick at all and actually enjoyed the opportunity to try some different places.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the places we visited and what I ate.

Pump House Brewery (Moncton, New Brunswick)
Not a ton of gluten-free options, but they have the most amazing locally-made gluten-free pizza crust. The $4 upcharge is totally worth it.

La Captive (Amqui, Québec)
We had an amazing spread of local cheeses for about $12. Just ask for no bread!

Saint-Alexandre Pub (Québec City, Québec)
Their sole gluten-free option (Toulouse-style sausage with salad) is incredible, and they have Glutenberg Blonde by the bottle (although it is pricey).

Les Salons d’Edgar (Québec City, Québec)
We loved the old-style French feel of this restaurant, and the spontaneous ballroom dancing by guests! Although we didn’t eat here, the menu looked quite gluten-friendly, with items like grilled steak and quinoa salad.

Le Saint Bock (Montréal, Québec)
This pub has Glutenberg Red, American Pale Ale, and Blonde by the bottle. Extremely cool spot, especially during a Canadiens game!

Zero8 (Montréal, Québec)
This place is a must-visit for anyone with Celiac disease or food allergens. Their restaurant is 100% free of the eight major allergens: gluten, fish and seafood, all nuts, sesame, soya, dairy, and eggs. They also mark items with mustard and sulphites on their menu, and are happy to accommodate any other allergens. Check out the review here!

Shoeless Joe’s (Toronto, Ontario)
We were surprised by how gluten-friendly this sports bar chain is, with gluten-free pizza and burgers. There is a small upcharge for gluten-free pizza ($1.99) and no upcharge for burgers.

Il Fornello (Toronto, Ontario)
This Italian restaurant serves gluten-free pasta, pizza, and the most amazing chocolate souffle I’ve ever had.

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  1. #1 by 2013Celiac on April 5, 2015 - 10:54 pm

    I appreciate the recommendations! I live in the Toronto area, and haven’t travelled since celiac diagnosis in 2013. To be honest, I am still not healthy enough for a major trip, but when I am, I really am overdue for a vacation! I’ve never been to Halifax, or Atlantic Canada as a whole, or Quebec, so a driving trip east been first on my list since I moved to Ontario!

    I notice you’ve travelled to a few places since being diagnosed, and I was wondering which cities (particularly in Canada) you find the most celiac-friendly – particularly for GF options on menus, knowledge of celiac, being able to eat out without being glutened.

    From my experience and research, the Toronto area seems quite good, although I haven’t eaten out nearly as much as normal since diagnosis, and it’s still frustrating to not see safe GF options at a lot of the pub or bar/grill places I enjoy the most. From reading your blog, it sounds like Halifax is quite good as well – it sounds like you’ve had some positive experiences!

    Thanks, and great blog!

    • #2 by glutenfree4hfx on April 6, 2015 - 9:40 am

      Thanks for the kind words! If you could e-mail me at glutenfree4hfx@gmail.com, I will certainly send you some recommendations and thoughts. It’s a bit easier that way than via a comment. 🙂 Look forward to hearing from you!

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