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Sep 22, 2011 01:00 PM

Gluten Free Dining - Calgary

Hello All,

I have recently developed a fairly severe gluten allergy, and am really starting to miss eating out! I am also a pescatarian (which may have to go, but I don't really want to cross that bridge yet). So my question - does anyone have any good suggestions for dining out gluten-free? Especially casual, everyday type places! As a disclaimer, I don't really love going out for a salad (unless it's really awesome).

We have been to Ed's and Double Zero several times in the last little while, just because they're easy. Both are enjoyable, but I'd like to discover a few more places. Tried Dairy Lane, but while they offer gluten free buns, all their veggie burgers contain gluten. I've also been underwhelmed by the Coup, but may have to give it another chance.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions! I hate being the "problem" customer (and thus am still struggling with this allergy) at restaurants, so I do try and do my research ahead of time.

Dairy Lane Cafe
319 19 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 2J2, CA

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  1. If you like indian food there's lots of options for vegetarian/pescatarian and gluten free. My favourite is Taj Mahal but there are lots of others. I was at Original Joe's and they have a gluten sensitive menu you can ask for but it's mostly regular stuff ("ask for it with no bread") and not much for a pescatarian.

    The Coup
    924 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R, CA

    Original Joe's Restaurant & Bar
    3690 Westwinds Dr NE, Calgary, AB T3J 5H3, CA

    Taj Mahal
    4816 MacLeod Trail SW, Calgary, AB T2G 0A8, CA

    Ed's Restaurant
    202 17 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 1H4, CA

    Double Zero Pizza
    751 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1E3, CA

    1. Lots of places that are very accommodating to gluten-insensitive folks (either a separate menu or knowledgeable staff), here are some we've come across:

      - Cactus Club
      - Cassis Bistro
      - Open Range
      - Una
      - Ox and Angela
      - Notable
      - Joey's
      - LOTS of Vietnamese restaurants (Lemongrass, Pho Phuong Vi, etc.)
      - Ruan Thai

      Cactus Club Cafe
      7010 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2H 0L3, CA

      Ruan Thai Restaurant
      1324 11 Ave SW #101, Calgary, AB T3C 0M6, CA

      Cassis Bistro
      2505 17 Ave SW, #105, Calgary, AB T3C 1J2, CA

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      1. re: dknight

        Thanks for the tips! Knowledge is the most important thing - I've had a couple instances of getting partially gluten free meals (I guess that's what happens when it's also a "fad diet"), and ending up very ill.

        I am really looking forward to checking out Cassis Bistro.

        Cassis Bistro
        2505 17 Ave SW, #105, Calgary, AB T3C 1J2, CA

        1. re: CoffeeGal43

          Cassis is great! One of our faves.

          Also, checked out Borgo for lunch this weekend and they had gluten-free penne as an option for all of their pastas and their seafood bites were gluten-free.

          Charcut is also very accommodating for gluten-insensitivity, even made their duck fat poutine without flour, so a thinner sauce put still delicious!

      2. See this thread for GF breakfast places:

        I was recently at Milestone's and noticed they had a lot of GF items, including a GF burger.

        Gratitude Cafe offers many GF items (all vegetarian or vegan


        Jelly Modern Donuts just started making a few GF donuts.

        Japanese cuisine might be a good option, though be careful of the soy sauce (can contain gluten) or bring your own certified GF sauce.

        The District also has all their GF items labelled on their chalkboard menus (with red dots).

        I think I heard that Boston Pizza does a GF crust if you request it.

        I heard that Charcut caters to people who follow the Paleo diet (ie: no grains) so I'm sure you'll find some GF options there.

        That's all that's coming to might that hasn't been mentioned by anyone else!

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        1. re: cellophane_star

          Thanks! I did see that thread on breakfasts, but I just skimmed it as I'm not really one to go out for breakfast.

          I heard the awesome news about Jelly last week - life without gluten just got better!!

          1. re: cellophane_star

            I just wanted to add that I did try Jelly's gluten free doughnut last week - and they are delicious!! They were very up front about the fact that while they use gluten free ingredients, they may have come into contact with gluten, which I appreciated. I did have a mild reaction, but it was worth it for such a yummy treat.

            I would also highly recommend checking out Big Star Bakehouse, which just opened this weekend. Delicious bread and treats from a fully gluten-free bakery!!

            1. re: CoffeeGal43

              Awesome! Jelly seems very willing to accommodate their customers, which is nice.

              I just thought of another place: Kingsland Farmer's Market. I'm a big fan and they have may vendors selling GF items. The Primal Grounds booth sells GF baked goods and soups, Sunrise Bakery sells pies with GF crusts and M for Macaron sells (naturally GF) macarons and small desserts in a jar (like sticky toffee and lemon meringue pie)... not to mention all the good naturally GF produce & meats!

          2. Surprisingly Cheesecake Cafe has a separate gluten free dining menu that you have to ask for. Not sure how long they've had it around but it surprised us last time when they offered it.