Gluten-free Edmonton: A #nimatested Dining Guide
My name is Devonne Skuba and I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2013 shortly after the birth of my second child. I live in Edmonton, the capital city of Alberta, Canada and have found so many delightful places (with Nima by my side) that I can trust to be gluten-free. I am a Nima community member and love to post all the gluten free things I find as I go here and there, living my best, healthiest life without gluten. Follow me on my Instagram page @devomomma. If you reside in or are visiting our beautiful Northern Canadian City, try some of my favourite places and let me know what you think.
Location: 10142 104 St. NW
#nimatested Dish: The OGG
Notes: Located on a busy street in downtown Edmonton, Ono Poke Co. offers healthy and fresh poke dishes. Good for a quick and light lunch!
Location: 8230 Gateway Blvd. NW
#nimatested Dishes: Carnitas Al Pastor, Mojo Pollo, Acapulco Shrimp Cocktail, and Horchata Panna Cotta.
Notes: Located just off trendy Whyte Avenue, El Cortez is boisterous, fun and a great spot for a dinner out and drinks with friends. We also ordered the Fire Roasted Salsa and Guacamole without testing, because they provided chips not fried in a gluten-contaminated fryer. And unfortunately we got a gluten found result for the Mojo Pollo — the kitchen couldn’t figure out where the gluten was coming from in this dish.
Location: 11603 – 104 Avenue NW (tested)
#nimatested Dish: Honestly, everything: two types of fish and chips, fries, and onion rings.
Notes: This restaurant is not fancy, and they’re not trying to be. They serve pub style GF food, focused on English-style fish and chips. Prepare yourself for greasy fingers!
Location: 11940 – 104 Avenue NW, Building 6 (Brewery District)
#nimatested dish: Mixed Olives, Whole Wings (avoid Peri-Peri Crusted Wings), Fries (previously also ate the ½ chicken and sampled all the sauces)
Notes: The chain’s outpost in Edmonton’s new brewery district offers a surprising array of delicious GF options. And a Coke Free Flow machine – because who doesn’t love those things?!
Tip: Do not order the Peri-Peri Crusted Wings as the manager informed us that the spice rub may contain gluten, despite what the menu says.
Location: 16934 – 107 Ave NW
#nimatested Dish: Chilli-Cheese Fries and Classic Poutine (Yes, two orders of fries!)
Notes: Nestled in a strange spot in a mixed-commercial development, this small, family-owned restaurant offers a full-menu of GF options. Yes. The full menu. Great for a quick and indulgent bite of Canadian comfort food!
Location: 15213 Stony Plain Rd
#nimatested Dishes: Chocolate Brownie, Vegan Donuts, and Cheese Buns (other favourites include bagels, bread, cupcakes and preordered birthday cakes)
Notes: A quaint, pink and frilly dedicated GF bake shop featuring the types of treats your mom made.
Location: 10940 – 120 St. NW
#nimatested Dishes: Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting
Notes: Kinnikinnick is a venerable provider of gluten-free staples around North America, and this is their home base and only brick and mortar location. Offering many gluten-free options from other manufacturers, they also have their full product line including fresh baking and boxed grocery items. Everything here is safe, and they are extremely allergy-aware for those with non-gluten allergies.
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