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A family member has just recently been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, she was already a picky eater and her favorite foods were pastas, sandwiches, burgers, breaded foods like chicken fingers, etc. She's really bummed out and finding it very difficult to come up with menu options for eating out. Are there any local restaurants or other resources that would support her gluten free diet? I think she's getting really sick of the organic health food hippie crap she's been eating and has an appointment with a nutritionist next week... but I'd like to suggest some gluten-free friendly resto options around town that she might dig...

Thanks!

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  1. Sorry to hear about the diagnosis - that can be tough.

    Do you know about Zero 8 on St-Denis? They are guaranteed gluten-free - and also cook without 7 other major food allergens:

    http://www.zero8.com/

    The problem with other restaurants is even if you are eating something that should theoretically be gluten-free, many foods can unknowingly be contaminated with something that may trigger symptoms.

    I wish you all the best on the gluten-free restaurant front! If I hear of any other options, I'll post again.

    1. Follow-up - I found a couple of good posts from the last couple of years that you might also want to check out:

      Gluten Free Montreal?
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/519051

      Vegan and gluten-free in Montreal
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/670538

      1. There's also a new place in Villeray called "Saveurs de vivre". It's located at the corner of Henri-Julien and Gounod. It's not a restaurant but they sell organic gluten-free ready-made dishes. From what I've heard, it's very good.

        1. Thanks so much everyone, your suggestions are really appreciated!

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          1. re: OliverB

            I have had really nice food at Zero8, my favourite dish being their smoked duck poutine and their gluten-free sandwiches got a thumbs up from my brother.

            Btw, my mother was diagnosed with celiac disease in her 40s and by following a strict diet actually got rid of it relatively quickly and tolerates gluten just fine now many years later.

            1. re: Plateaumaman

              Thanks a lot, that's certainly hopeful!

              She's much younger but was recently diagnosed with Chron's as well, which I think is whar the Celiac developed from...

              1. re: Plateaumaman

                Was there tonight and their sandwiches were no longer available. While it wasn't a very memorable meal for me (I also made the mistake of ordering something called "chicken supreme," which should have warned me off anyway), my friend who has several food allergies loved it. The whole experience was nice, even if it was only for my friend who had the liberty to order anything on the menu.

            2. There is a new place on the Plateau called the Sain Bol
              it's on Fabre, corner of Laurier
              it's Bio and gluten free for some of the dishesMay be you gould give it a try .

              1. I'm not celiac but had to look at gluten free pasta and bread for health reason and Ezekiel bread are a very good alternative.
                They're widely available in Montreal too.
                http://www.foodforlife.com/
                The bread doesn't taste too organic or green either, so it might be a good alternative for your friend when she want to eat a sandwich!