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Hot Dining

By Janice Hudson

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Downtown at Gio on Market Street, Chef Bee Choo Chair gives traditional recipes an inventive new twist. Her version of poutine includes fried polenta fingers topped with duck confit, red wine jus, and blue “Cheez Whiz.” Open for lunch and dinner, Gio has a curated wine list and a creative mixed drinks menu.


Photo: Timothy Richard

Photo: Timothy Richard

As the weather turns chillier, cozy up in a booth at Stayner’s Wharf Pub and Grill. The menu here has plenty to keep you warm, including steak and chicken dishes, plus local fare like pan-fried haddock and curry-crusted salmon. Most evenings offer live music, too.



There’s a new executive chef in the kitchen at Seasons by Atlantica on Robie Street. Chef Daniel Orovec is passionate about showcasing local ingredients on his new menu, which includes seafood favourites such as bacon-wrapped scallops and seafood linguini with saffron cream. “It’s about supporting local food and letting good ingredients shine on their own,” he says.


Photo: NS Tourism Agency

Photo: NS Tourism Agency

On Lower Water Street, McKelvie’s takes fresh seafood to new creative heights. Try the maple-roasted bacon wrapped scallops or the lobster poutine with hand-cut fries. The crunchy haddock is another top seller, with creamy BBQ sauce and garlic mashed potatoes.

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Specializing in thin crust, New York Italian-style pizza for over 20 years, Salvatore’s Pizzaiolo in The Hydrostone has doubled its seating capacity thanks to a recent renovation. The restaurant kept its signature Italian-style décor and stucco walls, but it now has a sleek bar area serving local brews on tap.

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With chef Renée Lavallée at the helm, The Canteen on Ochterloney Street in Dartmouth serves up a flavourful array of sandwiches, salads, and take-out meals featuring fresh local ingredients. The bread is baked on-site, including gluten-free options.

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Specializing in Chinese cuisine since 1984, Great Wall, located downtown on Bedford Row, boasts robust Cantonese and Szechuan dishes such as Kung Po shrimp and Singapore vermicelli. Owner Patrick Wong also offers tasty Dim Sum on Sundays from 11:30am to 3pm.

6 Edmonton Restaurants for Gluten Free Diners

No need to go hungry in Edmonton if you need to eat gluten free! Here are 5 diverse dining options in Edmonton with plenty of gluten free selections.

No need to go hungry in Edmonton if you need to eat gluten free! Here are 6 diverse dining options in Edmonton with plenty of gluten free selections.
Photo Courtesy of Craft Beer Market

1. Narayanni’s
This South African-Indian fusion restaurant serves mouthwatering made-from-scratch foods prepared with just the right amount of a tantalizing blend of spices. All of the entrees are gluten free — as are a selection of soups, salads, appetizers, and desserts — and there is an excellent selection of vegetarian and vegan options, too.

• Narayanni’s, 10131-81 Ave., 780-756-7112, narayannis.com
• Map and reviews

2. Gluten Free Diner
Their name makes it obvious that this a welcoming spot for those needing to eat gluten free, and the food is equally no-nonsense! Enjoy favourite comfort food dishes like burgers, sandwiches, and all-day breakfast creations like pancakes and waffles. Everything is prepared with gluten free ingredients in a gluten-free facility.

• Gluten Free Diner, 10015-82 Ave., 780-757-8570, gfdiners.com
• Map and reviews

3. Noorish
Hipsters and yogis love to gather at this health-and-wellness joint, which serves up organic, fresh foods and superfood elixirs. Every dish — except for one — is gluten free and vegan, and absolutely bursts with flavour with salads, noodle bowls, and “burger” variations adorning the menu. Even carnivorous types will be satisfied going meat-free for a meal here. If you’ve saved room for dessert, don’t pass up an opportunity to try the Divine Kiwi Lime Pie. The elixir beverages are likewise addictively delicious and packed with nourishment and replenishing ingredients.

• Noorish, 8440-109 St., 780-756-6880, noorish.ca
• Map and reviews

4. Highlevel Diner
This cozy diner has extensive Celiac Breakfast and Brunch and Celiac Lunch and Dinner menus for you to indulge in their fresh, homemade comfort food. Celiacs can also enjoy weekly specials including the locally famous Ukrainian Plate on Thursdays (with gluten free pyrogy), Fish and Chips and (gluten free) Beer on Mondays, and the Sunday Night Prime Rib Rib Dinner.

• High Level Diner, 10912-88 Ave., 780-433-1317,  highleveldiner.com
• Map and reviews

5. CRAFT Beer Market
Most dishes at this beer restaurant — which are upscale twists on favourite comfort foods like burgers, pastas, flatbreads, and soups — can be prepared with gluten free breads, buns, and/or pastas to accommodate celiacs. Even better? All of their breads are made in-house, except for their brunch breads which are made at the local Popular Bakery. Quench your thirst with one of six varieties of gluten free beers, brewed in international breweries.

• CRAFT Beer Market, 10013-101A Ave., 780-424-2337,  edmonton.craftbeermarket.ca
• Map and reviews

6. Remedy Cafe

Known as the place in the city for a great mug of chai tea, there’s plenty of Indian full meal items to enjoy that can all be made with gluten free wraps, rice, or pita. Looking for something light? There’s an assortment of gluten free squares, cakes, muffins, bagels, and cookies to snack on.

• Remedy Cafe, three locations in Edmonton, remedycafe.ca

Gluten-Free Ottawa Guide: 10 Capital Restaurants Dishing Gluten-Free Comfort Food



Gluten-Free Ottawa Comfort Foods: The Works MEC Burger

Gluten-free Ottawa restaurants continue to grow in number and quality, but finding gluten-free comfort food in Ottawa still takes some digging. Well, we’ve done the work for you. For those with celiac or gluten sensitivity, here’s our list of some of the best gluten-free comfort foods available in restaurants across the city. Now you don’t have to stomach yet another salad while your dining companions dig into a generous portion of lasagna.

See the list of gluten-free Ottawa comfort foods »


Hot Dining: Now Open—La Bamba Café and Lounge

Mexican eatery La Bamba has opened a new sister restaurant, La Bamba Café & Lounge, in the heart of downtown Winnipeg. This day and evening spot evokes a festive, urban ambiance with vibrant red and orange walls and cozy lattice archways. The menu features the same authentic, scratch-made Mexican fare found at the Osborne Village location, like shredded chicken enchiladas simmered in chocolate-laced mole sauce and a smoky new favourite: chipotle beef. This new opening marks another menu change for La Bamba—both locations are now entirely gluten-free. Olé!  285 Portage Ave., 415-6344.

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: (more…)

Hot Dining: Best New Restaurants 2011: Unburger

With gourmet toppings; fresh, locally sourced ingredients; healthy twists and a stylized interior, Unburger pushes the all-American cuisine to 21st-century heights.

From the divine burger mash-ups to the street-chic decor and down to the printed Unburger philosophy cards slipped in each napkin holder, every detail has been precisely executed in this Osborne Village eatery. (more…)