Gluten-free Food Sources?
- Dave Apr 8, 2006 06:17 PM
My SO has been diagnosed with Celiac disease meaning she cannot eat products with gluten (wheat/oat products). Unfortunately that cuts out a lot of the chow options we frequently indulge. We live in the Queen West area and are now in search of places/restos which carry gluten free foods. If anyone can help this would be greatly appreciated.
Most restaurants have gluten-free options. Just avoid ordering bread, pasta, anything with soy sauce, and most desserts. It cuts down options, but it's not impossible to avoid gluten at most restaurants.
Fressen (Queen W.), Fresh (various locations), and Vegetarian Haven (Baldwin) are examples of restaurants that explicitly indicate which dishes are gluten-free, but again, in restaurants that don't explicitly say what items are gluten-free you can simply ask.
Check the website for Toronto's vegetarian association. They have a list of restaurants that are suitable for people with various dietary restrictions.
Magic Oven on Liberty, and at Danforth and Broadview offers gluten free pasta and pizza options.
FYI, you will also want to check out kinnikinnick.com for all kinds of gluten free products!
I am originally from Edmonton, where this business is based. They are now worldwide and very popular.
As I said in a previous post, Loblaws at Queen's Quay & 24 hr Sobey's on the Queensway carry a lot of product in their Health Food sections, esp in the freezer. Sick Kids Hospital has a Specialty Food Shop, for people on special diets for allergies, intolerances, etc at 555 University Ave. website http://www.sickkids.on.ca/specialtyfo....
Bulk Barn, a bulk foods chain, carries a LOT of gluten free foods & mixes, but selection varies by location so call ahead. Feel Great Health Foods has a website with lots of gluten free foods, so click below.
Rube's Rice, basement of St. Lawrence Market -- and the stall to the side, not the central-aisle one -- had gluten-free pasta last time I was looking for such things. But I suspect any decent health-food store carries selections. Mine (Beach Wholesome Foods) has gluten-free granola/snack bars and breakfast cereals which I notice in passing, so probably lots more too.
more is better in this sort of thing, so...
I don't recall their names, but there are two health food stores almost beside each other in Kensington Market, on the west side of Kensington Ave. near St. Andrew Street.
The prices are a lot nicer than the likes of Whole Foods, etc.
Great sources for anyone with difficult dietary restrictions (new SO is gluten-free AND sugar-free! Almond meal and agave nectar for me...)
AWARD WINNING molly b's gluten free is by far the best, only open on weekends,we supply many quality stores like Whole foods. the best baked goods both fresh and frozen. bagels, pizza shells, crepes, tortilas wraps, tarts, cakes, pies, and so much more. located in the pickering markets at 1400 squires beech road. samples, demos, cooking classes and more. drop in or order in advance by email.
I was going to tout the Specialty Food Shop at Sick Kids before seeing it was mentioned above. Basically, they have everything from snack foods to pasta, cookies and even some frozen stuff. It's located in the promenade between the University and Atrium entrances.
You can buy stuff on-line and in-person.
In fact, I just checked their website and they are having a gluten-free food fair on Feb. 20. Sounds like a blast!
Sweet Lulu on Queen West, south side west of Bathurst (sweetlulu.com) offers gluten free meals - they have sauces that are gluten free, plus rice noodles. Portions are big and reasonably priced and so tasty!
Il Fornello has an "alternate menu" with wheat free/gluten free options. We go out for breakfast a lot so I usually get extra eggs and meat (if it's gluten free) and hash browns (watch for gluten in seasonings). Also we order sushi for delivery and I use my own tamari soy sauce which is gluten free - but make sure there is no panko in the sushi (this is Japanese bread crumbs - I won't make that mistake again).
Please be mindful of cross-contamination if your son is highly sensitive. I've been gluten free for 5 years now & also live in the Queen West area.
So many people I know who also have Celiac order gluten free foods from pizzarias and other restaurants and end up getting sick. All because the food was prepared in a kitchen with other foods containing gluten.
There is not one truly gluten free restaurant in Toronto and I'm sure whoever comes up with the first one will be successful.
I tend to go to Thai restaurants and feel comfortable there. I highly recommend Bulk Barn for packaged gluten free bread, cookie, cake and other mixes along with rice pasta. You save a lot compared to Whole Foods and I've also checked out the Specialty Food Store at Sick Kids where the prices are jacked up. I'm lucky because I love to cook and my mother has prepared for me old favourites such as gluten free perogies.
I find that creativity makes the difference between suffering from this and enjoying the possibilities out there.