We’re all about acronyms and these days the hottest one might just be GF. No we’re not referring to anyone’s girlfriend we’re talking about all things Gluten Free! I know what you’re thinking… the Atkins diet, South Beach diet, low-carb diet, fat-free diet, water aerobics, the shake weight, it seems there’s always a new trend when it comes to health and fitness. But for some people, gluten free is more than just a trend, but a necessary change to their diet due to gluten intolerance or celiac disease. So what exactly is gluten you may ask? Simply stated it’s a protein complex found in wheat, barley, rye and triticale. Basically all those yummy, hearty foods you love to eat? They probably have gluten. But thanks to an increased demand for all things GF, many restaurants have adopted gluten free friendly menus. That means you can indulge in foods like pasta, pizza, and breads without the uncomfortable side effects. So whether you have an actual health condition or just want to see what all this madness is about check out our picks for the best places to eat gluten free in the city!
Clive is the place to be when that burger craving strikes! But who likes a burger without a bun? Clive offers gluten free buns so you can enjoy a burger the way it was designed to be enjoyed! Clive lets you pick a beef or veggie patty, your toppings, your sauce, and any extra fixings like bacon or a fried egg. It’s a casual yet cool little burger joint with a fun decor and a funky atmosphere. Don’t leave without ordering their french fries and special clive sauce… Everyone knows you can’t have a burger without some pommes frites!
The coup is a funky little spot in the heart of the hustling bustling 17th avenue. With an extensive breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu they guarantee a great meal. Not all their menu items are gluten free but there are definitely some great options available. For breakfast we love the happy hens curry tofu scramble with kalimata olives, sun dried tomatoes, and sheep feta. Keep things GF by substituting toast for their divine rosemary hash browns. For lunch/dinner we love their stir fry with steamed broccoli, sautéed tofu, organic greens and rice vermicelli with peanut spiced satay sauce!
A hippie little place with healthy food to meet any and every type of dietary restriction. This place is entirely gluten free and vegan, with fun menu names like the “I am healthy, I am tasteful, or I am admirable.” The “I am earthy”- cashew & coconut french toast with maple syrup is a personal favourite if you’re in the mood for something sweet. Or try the enchilada lettuce cups if you want something savoury!
Heaven Artesian GF Cuisine
The only 100% gluten free restaurant in Calgary, there’s a reason this place is called heaven. It’s practically sent from the gluten free gods! This place is far from boring with a variety of international flavours and a Venezuelan flare. The decadent mac n’ cheese is perfect if you’re in the mood for some indulgent comfort food, or try their nachos with spicy chicken sausage. Feeling daring? Order the blue cheese chocolate. We’re yet to try but we can imagine it’s also heavenly!
Una Pizza + Wine
Hands down best pizza in the city! We will fight this one to the grave. Una offers all their pizzas with gluten free crust for an additional $3. Vegetarians can enjoy the 4-maggi with provolone, mozzarella, romano, and friulano cheese drizzled in truffle oil! Meat eaters try the prosciutto with provolone and arugula. I’m drooling right now… it’s seriously that good!