Don’t Do Without – A Celiac’s Guide to Safe Takeout!

One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned since being diagnosed with Celiac disease is that if I am craving a food, I can either make it at home or find a reasonable take-out solution with a little bit of research. This is really valuable at busy times of the year, like in the weeks leading up to Christmas!

Here are our top ideas so that you can satisfy your cravings with some gluten-free goodies.


What You’re Craving

Eating In

Taking Out

Burgers and Fries There are a ton of gluten-free hamburger and bun options at your local grocery store. We recommend all-beef burgers on an Udi’s bun with whatever toppings you like! Fries are super easy to make at home, too – here’s our favourite recipe. Gourmet burger chains like Relish, Cheese Curds, Flip Burger, and Krave have plenty of gourmet gluten-free burgers. The latter two also have gluten-free French fries!
Chinese Food Making Chinese food at home is pretty easy, especially if you’ve got gluten-free soy sauce (which is easier to find than ever). Here are some great recipes to put on your menu:

Just make sure to use gluten-free ingredients!

Fan’s in Dartmouth is our favourite gluten-free Chinese food source. We’ve heard that Jean’s off Spring Garden Road has some excellent options, too.
Fish and Chips This one is also easier than you might think. We’ve got recipes for both pan-fried and deep-fried fish, as well as French fries and a unique oven-baked recipe. For takeout, Evan’s Fresh Seafoods and Catch of the Bay at Masstown Market (open seasonally) are excellent spots for Celiacs.
Pub Food You can make pretty much anything you want at home, and it’s probably easier than you think. Mozzarella or zucchini sticks, wings, and potato nachos are all perfect party foods! The only place I have found that does great gluten-free pub food is in Freeport, Maine. If you ever find yourself there, be sure to check out Linda Bean’s Topside Tavern!
Pizza Our favourite bake at home pizza is Sabatasso’s from Costco. Two large frozen pizzas are $12.99. Plus, they only come with cheese so you can add your own toppings. Udi’s also offers a delicious pizza crust, as well as some frozen options. (We’ve got a post all about pizza here!) Top picks for pizza takeout in HRM include Piez Bistro (Dartmouth), Morris East (Bedford West and downtown), and Odell’s (also downtown). Odell’s does donairs too, usually on Friday!
KFC This year, the market has been flooded with gluten-free breaded chicken. Pinty’s EatWell, M&M Meats, and even the President’s Choice brand all have chicken nuggets, filets, and burgers. Make some homemade sauce (like this honey-garlic recipe, or these buffalo wing sauce recipes) and you’re all set. Sadly, KFC itself doesn’t have many gluten-free options. Even their mashed potatoes contain gluten! Instead, make yourself a delicious gluten-free popcorn chicken bowl at home.


Do you have a gluten-free substitute for your favourite treat? We’d love to hear it!


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  1. #1 by Mhiran on December 4, 2014 - 4:55 pm

    I have enjoyed the fish at Masstown but wasn’t aware of Evan’s Fresh Seafood and didn’t thought that Chinese takeout was simply not a possibility so am excited to hear about Fan’s – I’m looking forward to checking them out! Thank you!!

    • #2 by glutenfree4hfx on December 4, 2014 - 5:15 pm

      You’re welcome! Hope you enjoy 🙂 I too had given up on Chinese until I saw that the CCA had a banquet at Fan’s. Such a nice treat.

    • #3 by tribaljenJenniferP on December 5, 2014 - 12:07 pm

      Another Chinese food option is Hong’s Kitchen in Sackville… They make everything fresh to order and are willing to make most things gluten free, as long as it doesn’t compromise the end result. We had fantastic sweet and sour chicken from there the other night (their regular stuff is gluten free), and another dish with beef and veg in a ginger garlic sauce.

      • #4 by glutenfree4hfx on December 5, 2014 - 12:09 pm

        That is good to know! I’ve seen their sign about the chicken but wasn’t sure about anything else. Will be sure to check it out, thanks!

  2. #5 by Dave on December 4, 2014 - 4:58 pm

    Oh, man…how did I miss the mozzarella sticks recipe??? :0 Where did you find these “Southern Homestyle” GF cornflake crumbles?

    I’d never heard of that Sabatasso’s pizza, so I looked it up. From some of the sites I looked at, it seems that various Costcos in the US (and possibly Canada) have phased out that brand in favour of Udis…so if it’s a real favourite for you, you should probably check with your local Costco and make sure they’re going to keep carrying it–and if not, stock up 🙂

    • #6 by glutenfree4hfx on December 4, 2014 - 5:16 pm

      Haha that was posted a long time ago, maybe that’s why! I believe they came from Pete’s in Bedford.

      Apparently this Sabatasso is the same as Freschetta, a US brand getting rave reviews. As long as they stock some kind of pizza that’s OK with me 🙂

      • #7 by Dave on December 5, 2014 - 7:24 pm

        Thanks. Just got some Pane Riso GF rice bread crumbs and am going to attempt the mozza sticks this weekend. I am so psyched! (did I mentioned how much I used to love mozza sticks before I was diagnosed?? lol)

      • #8 by glutenfree4hfx on December 5, 2014 - 7:41 pm

        Good luck! They were one of the first things I learned to make since they were the biggest thing I missed. I’ve seen those breadcrumbs but haven’t tried them, hope they are good! I have been saving the ends of bread and making crumbs and croutons out of em. 🙂

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