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Hot Dining: Editor’s Pick: Top 5 Gluten-Free Glories

Celiacs and gluten-intolerant diners can feast freely without cross-contamination fears at these savvy Winnipeg restaurants:

Canada’s first vegan burger joint, Boon Burger Café, dishes up hefty flavours between fresh baked, rice-flour buns. Discover sweet and spicy sensation the buddha burger—a chickpea patty smothered in curry ‘mayo’ and piled high with cucumber, tomato, red onion and a dollop of peach chutney. 79 Sherbrook St, 204-415-1391.

At authentic Mexican joint La Bamba Restaurant, most menu items are available sans gluten. We love enchiladas de mole—tender shredded chicken rolled up in corn tortillas, slow simmered in chocolate sauce and sprinkled with queso fresco. Osborne St, 204-415-5713.

Gluten-free pizza, pasta and beer appear on the menu at Mona Lisa Restaurant. Try the amatese calabrese pizza made with earthy mushrooms, artichokes, Romano cheese and spicy house-made sausage. 1697 Corydon Ave, 204-488-3687.

The menu at Dessert Sinsations Café is a breeze to navigate with icons pointing to diet-friendly dishes like grilled chicken breast stuffed with apple, mascarpone and chorizo served with roasted veggies and brown butter sauce. The dessert case is always stocked with spectacular gluten-free sweets. St. Mary Ave, 204- 284-4661.

Perch at Bistro 7 1/4’s chef’s table for an up-close view of the open-kitchen action. Moules et frites reign supreme here. Choose from numerous flavours including a savoury broth of tomato, white wine and garlic with a generous side of house-made mayo for dipping. 725 Osborne St, 204-777-2525.


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