Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide
Sharman Hnatiuk is a gluten-free girl who enjoys eating and exploring her way through her hometown of Edmonton. As an ambassador of Alberta Pork and Taste Alberta, Sharman organizes Swine and Dine and Prairie on the Plate dinners at restaurants across the city. You can stay up to date on her adventures at @thispiggystale and www.thispiggystale.com.
An expanded version of this post, Ultimate Guide to Gluten-Free Eating in Edmonton, originally appeared on www.linda-hoang.com in April 2019.
Devise your bite by bite plan
From hole-in-the-wall eateries to fine-dining restaurants, more and more Edmonton chefs are accommodating patrons in search of gluten-free goods. Edmonton’s GF dining scene has certainly come a long way in the last 10 years; in neighbourhoods across the city, a diverse assortment of wheat and gluten-free ethnic foods, bakeries, and bites can be found. Have a Celiac or gluten-free friend or loved one who hates feeling restricted by dining options? Check out this list of Edmonton eats where taste and quality never feel compromised for either dining party:
Celebrate Gluten Free
Yelo’d Ice Cream and Bake Shoppe
Mamenche’s is a hidden gem with great-value prices in the Central McDougal neighbourhood. This family-run, El Salvadorian restaurant serves up some of the city’s best corn-based tamales and cheese stuffed pupusas (cornmeal flatbread) to the lively sounds of Latino music.
King Noodle House
Tucked away in a Millwoods strip mall, this south-Indian restaurant is another family-run hidden gem that has been serving up food from Kerala for over 15 years. Celiacs can rejoice with Masalaz’s plethora of gluten-free options including their buffet which includes masala dosas, rice and lentil based idly and vadas, and coconut flavoured curries.
Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
Otto Food and Drink
Otto Food and Drink is a welcome addition to the Norwood neighbourhood that serves up a simple menu of sausages, sides, and tasty beverages. Chef Furgiuele has transitioned from selling hisFUGE brand of sausages at local farmer’s markets to FUGE at Otto. Most sausages, like the Italian fennel, are served gluten-free with a small side of sauerkraut and pickles.