|Visited On:||December 6, 2013|
|Gluten Free Menu:||Options listed with regular menu|
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|Price Range:||$10-$15 per person, plus drinks and tax|
Over the past few years, Michael and I have been making the rounds of the gourmet burger places that have been popping up all over Metro. (You can see a summary of our finds here.) Last week we finally got a chance to visit Flipburger, which now has locations in downtown Halifax and Clayton Park.
We visited the downtown Halifax location just before a Mooseheads game. Like many other burger places, you order at a counter, have a seat, and then grab your food when your number is called. Although most of the tables were occupied, we didn’t have to wait at the counter at all. The person waiting on us was very knowledgeable about gluten-free options. All of their classic burgers (beef, vegetarian, or chicken) are gluten-free, and can be served on a gluten-free bun for a $2 upcharge. As well, all of their signature burgers are gluten-free or can be adapted as necessary. As for the sides, the French fries are the only gluten-free option. They are done in their own fryer, while everything else (Flip Chips, sweet potato fries, and onion rings) are done in another fryer. (As far as I know, this is the only one of Metro’s burger places that offers gluten-free French fries.)
With all this in mind, I ordered the blue cheese and bacon burger on a gluten-free bun, with a side of fries ($10 plus $2 upcharge). I also upgraded to a 5 ounce glass of wine for $4.00. Michael got their special of the day, the Happy Heart Attack burger. This burger was definitely not gluten-friendly, as it included battered, fried back bacon; gravy; breaded pickles; and about ten more toppings. He also got French fries and a fountain pop (total combo price $10.26).
We grabbed a seat and it wasn’t long before our food arrived. I dug in right away while Michael tried to figure out how to eat the mountain on his plate. My burger was excellent. The patty was nice and juicy, with just the right amount of toppings in the right proportion. The gluten-free bun was really good: it fit the patty perfectly and was nice and light. It did crumble a bit, but far less than some of the other buns I’ve encountered. The French fries were shoestring-style (my favourite!), cooked perfectly, and seasoned perfectly. I loved having a small glass of wine to go with the meal, too. Michael enjoyed his burger just as much, although he found that the taste of the beef got lost amidst all the other toppings on the burger. We both agreed that we would love to come back and try out some of their other burger options.
If you’re in the Clayton Park or downtown Halifax area, and looking for a fast gluten-free meal that’s not fast food, Flipburger is the place to go!
1565 Argyle Street (Downtown Halifax)
Web Site: http://www.flipburger.ca