Wednesday, July 24, 2024

The Authorized Nomads Gluten Free Information to Ottawa (2023)


I’ve now spent two years within the Nationwide Capital Area, with one 12 months in Aylmer in Quebec, and one 12 months in Ottawa. Whereas this information focuses totally on Ottawa, I’ve included just a few spots ‘throughout the river’ on the Quebec aspect, as there are some celiac-friendly treats there that aren’t to be missed.

As lots of you understand, I’m disabled now with a spinal CSF Leak, a situation I’ve been affected by since 2017. Because of this, I can not drive round stuffing my face as I used to after I traveled the world. Presently, I can also’t go to a neighborhood spot and eat exterior, as a result of my standing / sitting time may be very slim; most of my time is spent in mattress. I need to give an enormous due to Christopher and Elizabeth for being my meals angels. Elizabeth is a neighborhood celiac who introduced over treats, instructed new spots, and despatched over a few of the pictures beneath. Christopher patiently drove to celiac spots across the area with no grumbling in any respect, bringing over meals since I can’t go and get issues myself. I like residing in Ottawa, however not one of the Quebec spots ship right here. So with out the generosity of my meals mates, I wouldn’t have been capable of full this information.

As with the opposite celiac guides on this website, this checklist will likely be a residing tree the place I plan so as to add new spots as I stumble throughout them. With a 12 months in Ottawa below my belt, although, I used to be able to put collectively the most effective of the gluten free eats I’ve discovered to date. In any case, there are different spots on the town that I’ve but to strive!

My 2023 gluten free information to Ottawa

I’m dividing this publish into two most important sections: devoted gluten free services in Ottawa, after which the eating places and stalls that aren’t 100% GF however that may safely accommodate celiacs.

There are various eating places that provide gluten free choices, however not all defend in opposition to cross-contact. Some will not be even conscious that these dangers have to be addressed for celiac clients. Whereas sure, typically you’ll see a celiac say “oh I’m not that delicate” and declare they’re comfortable with utilizing shared fryers, the fact of this autoimmune illness is that even when asymptomatic ingesting gluten will hurt the physique finally. It’s not a danger celiacs can take.

Whereas Ottawa has far much less celiac-safe spots as Montreal, it does have a slew of fantastic bakeries, meals vehicles, and extra for gluten free diners to take pleasure in. I do want that Canada was typically as accommodating as another nations like the UK, the place due to adjustments of their meals rules, allergens are virtually all the time clearly marked on menus and eating places can usually simply accomodate the wants of celiacs. Hopefully someday.

Nonetheless, you gained’t go hungry right here and whereas our choice could also be slimmer than Toronto, Montreal, or New York, what you’re going to get continues to be scrumptious.

Observe: As I’ve acquired some emails since publishing this information asking about how individuals obtained on this checklist / asking why x or y spot isn’t on the checklist, I need to reiterate: every part on this information was paid for by me, none of it was sponsored, and the checklist was cobbled collectively from my very own analysis. In case you’re new to Authorized Nomads please see my About Web page for particulars about sponsorships and collabs; I don’t do both. Nothing unsuitable with those that do, in fact! However the website was began in 2008, and as a substitute of doing press journeys and sponsored content material, I made cash creating merchandise my readers requested for like celiac translation playing cards in a number of languages, and maps of meals. Now that I’m disabled, my Patreon can also be what helps help me.

Let’s get to it!

Devoted (100%) gluten-free eating places, stalls, and bakeries in Ottawa

Strawberry Blonde Bakery (most important location in Westboro, at 111 Richmond Rd, Ottawa, ON K1Z 6V9 Canada). This vegan, nut-free, kosher, and gluten-free bakery now has two areas in Ottawa, and loads of treats to select from. They do customized desserts as properly; see beneath for the one my brother and his spouse obtained for me. They’ve additionally obtained a enjoyable seasonal menu that rotates primarily based on holidays, and year-round staples of various cookies, cupcakes and mini-cupcakes, brownies, nanaimo bars and extra. They ship nationwide, and ship inside the Ottawa space. You could find them on Instagram right here

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Me just a few years in the past with my completely fabulous gluten-free, soy-free, vegan birthday cake from Strawberry Blonde. It was a chocolate cake with vanilla icing, adorned (in fact) with Hitchhiker’s Information to the Galaxy references as a result of I used to be turning 42.

Gutsies (2297 St Joseph Blvd, Orléans, ON K1C 1E7 Canada) This store and bakery has introduced in a few of the unimaginable gluten free items from Montreal and Toronto, and sells them alongside native fare and their very own scrumptious baked items and soups/meals at their retailer. They’ve contemporary bread, pastries, and muffins/treats, in addition to a comparatively giant dry items part and fairly just a few freezers that home onerous to search out gadgets in Ottawa. I’m an enormous fan of their rooster soup with basmati rice, freed from components that anger my mast cells. Natasha, who based Gutsies after her daughter Maya was identified with celiac illness, was even type sufficient to bundle the soups in smaller containers in order that it wasn’t heavy for me to carry with my spinal CSF leak.

The frozen pizza dough that they promote is among the many finest I’ve ever tried in 20 years of celiac-ing, and when you get there early sufficient they could even have some ache au chocolat and croissants left from La Marquise Sans Gluten in Montreal so that you can eat as you head dwelling. (If not, they’ve them frozen so that you can make at dwelling, as a substitute.) Oh, and don’t miss one in every of their very own banana chocolate muffins, if that flavour is to your style. They’re decadent. You could find them on Instagram right here and Fb right here.

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Inside Gutsies’ location in Orleans

2 Sprinkles (previously 5 Cupcakes) (On-line and at markets) Beforehand 5 Cupcakes, this family-owned gluten free bakery lately went by way of a rebrand and is now 2 Sprinkles. I’m an enormous fan of their namesake sprinkle donuts, beneath, that are baked not fried. They’ve additionally obtained chocolate brownies, pizza buns, cookies, crispy calzones, and superb breads with flavours like herb garlic and onion cheese. Their menu will likely be increasing as the brand new iteration of the bakery unfolds, however search for their cupcakes after they do come again as they had been fab. In case you order on-line, you may choose up at no cost at Lansdowne farmers markets weekly, however in addition they provide supply inside the Ottawa space. You could find them on Instagram right here and Fb right here.

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Sprinkle donuts from 2 Sprinkles

Voila Gluten-Free Bakeree (4055 Carling Ave #2, Kanata, ON K2K 2A4 Canada) Pretty family-owned bakery that makes baked items not just for celiacs, but additionally for many who keep away from dairy, eggs, peanuts, nuts and tree nuts. They give attention to utilizing pure sweeteners, and attempt to purpose for low sodium and low sugar. Bagels, bread, savoury and candy pies, tarts, muffins, cupcakes, and rather more on provide. You could find them on Instagram right here and Fb right here.

Spring Chips (55 Byward Market Sq., Ottawa, ON K1N 9C3 Canada) Superb “potato twister” spirals, much like those I might take pleasure in in Thailand again after I was residing there a decade in the past. Spring Chips is one other family-owned stall, and over the course of my potato-filled adventures, I’ve had an opportunity to fulfill each dad and son who run the stall in shifts. Actually scrumptious, a candy household, and so they make their very own seasoning (gluten free!) to prime their freshly fried potato spirals. They’re on the Christmas market at Lansdowne, but additionally at Byward market, and the CFL video games at TD stadium, in addition to some festivals. You could find them on Fb right here, and Instagram right here.

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Sure, I’m actually that completely happy to be consuming a potato twister.

Farang Thai (On-line and at markets) Because the title suggests, this spot is run by a non-Thai individual—farang means foreigner in Thai. Don’t let that cease you, although, as a result of their meals may be very tasty, the co-owner is celiac, and he and his associate has been to Thailand many occasions to maintain researching and enhancing on his recipes. The satay rooster is a favorite, however they’ve additionally obtained one in every of my most well-liked drinks, a candy pandan leaf tea. They’re often at 613 Flea market in Lansdowne, however you may verify their occasions web page for after they’re attending and for every other pop ups they’ve occurring. Additionally they do frozen meals when you’re right here for some time. All gadgets are 100% GF! You could find them on Instagram right here and Fb right here.

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© 2023 Farang Thai

Chicha Canada (Markets in and round Ottawa) Chicha, a naturally-gluten drink from South America, is available in many types. It may be created from corn, rice, quinoa, cassava, and extra—although corn is the commonest and well-known model. It may be fermented into alcohol, or loved as a creamy, scrumptious drink in the summertime warmth. Historically an indigenous drink, chicha has been consumed within the Andes for hundreds of years. In some nations like Colombia, it was villainized following colonization, however is lastly making a comeback.

It’s the non-alcoholic rice-based model from Venezuela that Chicha Canada’s Fernando Gonzalez makes and serves in compostable cups or glass mason jars. He’s obtained rotating flavours, and the consistency is akin to a thicker horchata, a rice-based drink from Mexico. His stall is a newcomer on the markets, and your entire menu is gluten free—even the Oreo model beneath (he makes use of gluten free Oreos!). Chicha can also be dairy free. It’s fairly a deal with, and even the plain model is sugary sufficient to take pleasure in by itself. Add the maple syrup or Oreos and also you’ve obtained one thing to fulfill even the sweetest of candy tooths. You could find CC on Instagram and Fb too, the place he shares which markets he’ll be at in Ottawa.

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GF oreos and a thick creamy ‘milk’shake created from rice. Can’t go unsuitable!

Gluten free eating places in Ottawa, by delicacies:

These are spots that aren’t 100% gluten free, however educated about celiac illness and cross-contact. With the case of The Souvlaki Shack, it’s 95% gluten free, and superb.

Mediterranean and Italian

The Greek Souvlaki Shack (258 Financial institution St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1X4, Canada). After I known as to substantiate what was gluten free right here, the girl I spoke with confirmed that the proprietor makes all of the gluten free pita himself, and that just about every part on the menu was protected for celiacs—together with the fried calamari. What a deal with! This spot has no web site or social media to talk of, however they’re on UberEats when you wished to verify the menu earlier than stopping in. The gyros with gluten free pita introduced me again to the various Saturdays I used to get Marathon souvlaki with my grandpa pre-celiac prognosis, and each single factor I’ve tried from there was scrumptious. A phrase of recommendation: get some additional tzatziki on the aspect to dip your french fries in for additional oomph. The spinach pie (spanakopita) is not gluten free, nor are the opposite gadgets made with phyllo. However every part else is, and with a devoted fryer you gained’t have hassle discovering one thing you’re keen on. You should definitely point out celiac while you order.

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Picture of the gluten free gyro with lamb, and the fries with feta. Fryer is protected for celiacs! Picture from my good friend Elizabeth.

La Dolce Vita (180 Preston Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K1R 7P9, Canada). This restaurant is Gluten Free Licensed from the GFFP (The Gluten-Free Meals Program), that means all of their gluten free choices — AND THERE ARE SO MANY — are celiac-safe. If you’d like Italian meals, it is a nice guess. I’ve additionally put it within the “pizza” part beneath, however along with pizzas you may go for pastas, entrees, lasagna, gnocchi and extra. Full GF menu so that you can drool over, right here. You could find them on Instagram right here.

Ottavio (56A Gréber, Gatineau, QC J8T 3P8, Canada) Ottavio is over in Gatineau on the Quebec aspect of the river, however its menu is clearly marked for a number of allergens and it’s among the many safer locations to seize a meal in case you have a automotive and a choosy household who wants some selection to select from. You could find them on Instagram right here.

Aroma Meze (239 Nepean Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K2P 0B7, Canada) Many gluten-free choices, completely scrumptious, and a considerate menu divided by seasons, and celiac mates say it is a good spot for a sit-down meal. As talked about, I can not sit down or go to eating places, so I’ve not but tried it. But it surely got here so closely really useful that I wished to incorporate it. There’s additionally gluten free poutine with a devoted fryer for the french fries, in addition to GF pitas. You could find them on Instagram right here and Fb right here.


Social Thai (399 Financial institution St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1Y3, Canada) This spot is educated about celiac illness, can accommodate many dishes and make them gluten free, and is a favorite for native celiacs. You could find them on Instagram right here.

Siam Bistro (1268 Wellington Avenue West, Ottawa, ON K1Y 3A5, Canada) this was the primary Thai place I attempted in Ottawa, and it was scrumptious. They’re conscious of cross-contact, can clarify what’s gluten free for celiacs, and have loads of conventional Thai dishes to select from. You could find them on Instagram right here.

Talay Thai (511 Financial institution St. Ottawa, ON K2P 1Z5, Canada) Their menu gadgets are marked for gluten (utilizing a inexperienced coronary heart, a pleasant change!), and educated about cross contact. Make sure you point out celiac illness / gluten allergy, so that they know to take additional precaution. Pad thai, fried rice, yellow curry, and a few appetizers: all gluten free. Pink curries / inexperienced curries will not be. You could find them on Instagram right here.

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Pad thai, ©2023 Talay Thai

Inexperienced Papaya (256 Preston St Ottawa, ON, K1R 7R5 Canada). This Thai restaurant has just a few outposts to select from however I’ve solely eaten on the Preston avenue franchise. They had been capable of accommodate my celiac wants, and conscious of CC dangers. You could find them on Fb right here.


Sadly, many Vietnamese spots are actually utilizing soy sauce of their meat marinades, and a few of my outdated haunts are not protected. Listed here are two I nonetheless dine at:

Genuine Vietnamese Pho Home (3 areas, all exterior Ottawa metropolis middle) Don’t miss their bánh hỏi, a DIY platter with rice wrappers and grilled meat and herbs with pickled veggies, hủ tiếu, phở (the phở tái nạm sách is my fave as I like beef tripe!) NOTE: the is menu marked “gluten pleasant” so this isn’t a celiac-driven eating expertise, however many dishes from Vietnam are naturally gluten free (as I element in my Saigon meals information). You could inform them that you’re celiac, so that they prepare dinner the bánh phở noodles in separate water to the egg noodles, for the soups. Bun noodles are cooked upfront individually, and protected. Additionally double verify the marinade for the meats. You could find them on Fb right here.

La Maison Pho (Aylmer) (4 Rue Belmont Aylmer, QC J9H 6J5, Canada) educated about celiac, gluten free gadgets clearly marked on their take-out menu in retailer, together with their summer season rolls /gỏi cuốn (rooster will not be marinated in any soy sauce), phở, rice vermicelli dishes (bún thịt nướng) and extra. You could find them on Instagram right here and Fb right here.


T.F.T – that meals truck (2160 St. Joseph Blvd, Ottawa, ON, Canada). Coming from Montreal, I’ve some robust opinions about poutine. On the Ottawa aspect, That Meals Truck (T.F.T) is well the most effective poutine I’ve tried. They use St. Albert’s curds and have an important gravy, and the fries are completely crispy whereas nonetheless being tender inside. They’ve a devoted fryer, and most of their menu could be made gluten free so when you crave grilled rooster sandwiches, burgers, or onion rings, all are attainable right here. In case you’re in Ottawa with out wheels, they’re on Uber Eats too. In case you do have wheels, they’re throughout the road from Gutsies. You understand what to do. You could find them on Fb right here.

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So as to add to the goodness, that is correctly LAYERED poutine, the place there’s additionally cheese below a few of the fries. That’s the way in which it’s alleged to be. ©2023 TFT

Patate Lou Lou (29 Chemin Eardley Aylmer, QC J9H 4J9, Canada). Throughout the river is my favorite poutine within the space, at Patate Lou Lou. Sadly it’s not that accessible when you don’t have wheels, so it’s below # 2 right here on the information. You’ll have to ask for his or her gluten free gravy, which additionally comes with St Albert’s curds. They’ve devoted fryers for the fries, and in addition a vegan sauce choice. You could find them on Fb right here.

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Patate LouLou’s medium poutine, with gluten free gravy.

The Nice Canadian Poutinerie (a number of areas) Individuals in Ottawa additionally swear by The Nice Canadian Poutinerie, however I’m actually not the most important fan of the gravy. Nonetheless, when you’re not a poutine purist like me and need to strive many alternative choices (like Philly cheesesteak poutine or candy Sriracha poutine), that is your finest guess. You could find them on Instagram right here and Fb right here


YKO Rooster BBQ (the placement at 263 Dalhousie Avenue Ottawa, ON K1N 7E3 Canada) There are two outposts of YKO rooster, I’ve solely tried the one at 263 Dalhousie and whereas they could be related taste-wise, I’ve solely tried the .com one! The co-owner, Ramata, will not be solely acquainted with celiac illness, however trains her workers in cross-contact and was very responsive after I requested questions on preparation and contamination. The opposite outpost is run by her household.

The rooster is implausible, smokey and tender and juicy inside, and the aspect dishes are all gluten free as properly—and scrumptious. Just about every part is protected on the menu, besides the beignets. However because the beignets are made on a stovetop, the opposite gadgets which can be fried like french fries are okay for us celiac to take pleasure in. I often go for a half-chicken with sides to have leftovers for the following day. Don’t miss the plantains, please. They’re a superbly candy accompaniment to your rooster. You could find them on Instagram right here.

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Screenshotted from YKO Rooster’s web site


Pizza Nerds (2 areas). For many who need to strive pizza at a spot that isn’t devoted, it is a good choice. They’ve obtained ingenious flavours, a scrumptious cauliflower crust, and data of celiac illness. They hold these pizzas in a separate space and prepare dinner them on a pan in order that the pizza doesn’t contact the floor of the oven. I attempted their Queen Elizabeth goat cheese and basil pizza, although I requested for no sauce because of my mast cell points. They had been capable of accommodate, and very nice about it to. You could find them on Instagram right here.

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I obtained the spicy honey on the aspect since this was take out. Very tasty!

La Dolce Vita – (see above, below Italian)

Johnny Farina (216 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1L7 Canada). Regardless of the title, Johnny Farina does have gluten free pizza (and pasta) choices, workers are educated about celiac and can prepare dinner and serve/reduce pizzas with separate utensils if knowledgeable of getting the situation. Not my favorite GF pizza on the town (that will be Pizza Nerds!) however tasty and many non-pizza choices for everybody else. You could find them on Instagram right here.

Pizza Keep Gold (360 Elgin St., Ottawa, ON, K2P 1M8, Canada—Google maps lists it as 380, however their very own website says in any other case) I’m a skinny crust type of girl, but when deeper dish pizza piques your fancy, Pizza Keep Gold’s gluten free choices are decadent and scrumptious. This spot began up through the pandemic and has turn out to be widespread. It serves Detroit-style pizza, that means that it’s sq. and with a big excessive crust —not the pies we’re used to right here, however a enjoyable change if you need it! Fryer is shared with the rooster breaded gadgets so don’t go for something fried right here. However the GF pizzas are ready in a separate space, with their very own chopping boards, utensils, and pans, and cooked individually. You could find them on Instagram right here.


Thali Ottawa (136 O’Connor St, Ottawa ON K2P 2G7 Canada). Thali serves actually superb meals, and although it’s not low cost it stays among the finest Indian spots I’ve tried on the town. Objects which have gluten are clearly marked on the menu; the remainder is ours to take pleasure in. After I ate there the pappadum and pakora had been protected too, as nothing with gluten was fried of their fryer, nevertheless it’s all the time good to substantiate. Their sister restaurant Coconut Lagoon is an alternative choice when you favor the menu there, or need one thing additional decadent like butter lobster masala. Each menus are the brainchild of Chef Joe Thottungal, who has achieved an exquisite job of bringing his visions to life. You could find them on Instagram right here and Fb right here.

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© 2023 Thali Ottawa

Taj Indian Delicacies (3009 Carling Ave. Ottawa, ON K2B 7Y6). They serve vegan, halal, vegetarian and gluten free choices, and are a advice from the Ottawa Celiac Affiliation. When ordering, be sure to point out you’re celiac! They’ve a copious menu, however all the time verify fried merchandise are gluten free too as shared fryer standing could change. You could find them on Instagram right here and Fb right here.

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© 2023 Taj Indian Delicacies. Rooster biryani

East India Firm (210 Somerset Avenue West, Ottawa, ON, K2P 0J4 Canada). This restaurant has an in depth menu and beneficiant parts of biryani, a few of which have paneer (a rarity in that dish), in addition to their mains. In contrast to many Indian eating places within the metropolis nowadays, their mains include rice on the aspect. Their menu for his or her downtown Ottawa location clearly marks for gluten, however as with Coconut Lagoon and Thali, please notice that the wheat image denotes UNSAFE dishes—there’s no line by way of that wheat. You could find them on Instagram right here and Fb right here.

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© 2023 East India Firm

Sona Indian Kitchen (1183 Hunt Membership Rd Unit 104, Ottawa, ON K1V 8S4). A relative newcomer to Ottawa, this restaurant opened in 2023. The restaurant may be very conscious of cross-contact points, and might substitute as required. Observe that whereas the menu may be very clearly marked for gluten free gadgets, their fryer is shared and not protected for celiacs. Sadly you’ll have to skip these poppadoms. They’re on Fb right here.

Indian Punjabi Clay Oven (4055 Carling Ave, Kanata, ON, K2K 2A4 Canada). Additional afield, however an important choice in case you have a automotive. This spot is one other one really useful by the native celiac affiliation, as they’re very acquainted with cross-contact and what it means to be strictly gluten free. I’ve had paneer dishes and rooster biryani to nice success, however their menu has many extra choices so that you can take pleasure in. You ca discover them on Instagram right here.

Latin American and Mexican Meals

La Casita Nica (740 Financial institution St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3V4 Canada). Nicaraguan-style tamales (nacatamales), pupusas, and different corn-based choices, situated within the La Chingadera Mexican grocery store on Financial institution avenue. Having spent years residing in Mexico, it was enjoyable to strive a really completely different tackle the tamale. Their pork nacatamal has bitter orange within the corn masa, and potato and onerous boiled egg contained in the neatly-wrapped bundle, alongside the meat. You could find them on Instagram right here and Fb right here.

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Vegetarian Nicaraguan-style tamales (nacatamales).

Casa Mexico (226 Preston St. Ottawa, ON K1R 7R2, Canada) La Casa Mexico’s new Preston avenue location has the identical gluten free menu choices as their different spots additional afield. There’s a motive I liked residing in Oaxaca a lot: many dishes had been naturally gluten free, and superb. Corn tortillas abound right here, as do slow-cooked favorites like barbacoa and tacos al pastor. Lacking are the costs from Mexico, in fact, however that’s anticipated. You could find them on Instagram right here.

Gooneys Sandwichworks (360 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, ON K1P 1C8, Canada) Scrumptious gluten free arepas with a wide range of fillings on their menu, and freezers with gluten free empanadas. You’ll be able to select from all-day breakfast arepas, or the much less eggs extra meat and cheese choices on their lunch and dinner menus. They’re on Instagram right here and Fb right here.

La Cabana (848-B Merivale Highway, Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 5Z4, Canada). La Cabana’s speciality is pupusas, a savoury flatbread from El Salvador made with masa (corn) or rice flour that resembles the arepa. It’s El Salvador’s nationwide dish, and a scrumptious one at that—I used to eat this quite a bit in Montreal after I was first identified a few years in the past since there have been much less GF choices again then. It’s naturally gluten free, and so tasty. La Cabana’s pupusas are GF as properly, one thing clearly marked on their menu. You’ll be able to ask for a rice flour choice when you favor, although their main pupusa is the normal masa (corn) flour base. It’s also possible to discover them on Instagram right here and Fb right here.

La Fiesta Latina (565 Somerset Avenue West, Ottawa, ON K1R 5K2) They grabbed an important area title too! Many of the menu is gluten-free, and tacos and tortillas are 100% masa harina and never flour. Educated about celiac illness. You could find them on Instagram right here.

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©2023 Fiesta Latina

Chamos Grill (511 Lacolle Means, Orléans, ON K4A 5B6, Canada) is a Venezuelan restaurant that gives many alternative gluten free corn-based choices, from arepas, empanadas, and tacos to hearty most important dishes from a cross-section of Latin American nations. Very conscious of cross-contact/celiac wants; when you order supply your bag may have a gluten free sticker on it to indicate that they handled your meal in a different way to the remainder. This spot was began by a Syrian-Venezuelan couple who provided take out arepas and empanadas through the pandemic. In 2023, they expanded their menu and their area into one thing extra; it’s additionally a bar and occasion area.

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©2023 Chamos Grill. Pic is of their mini arepas platter.

Gluten free baked items (for 100% GF bakeries, see above)

Little Jo Berry’s (1305 Wellington St. W, Ottawa, ON, K1Y 3B1, Canada) LJB will not be a devoted facility, however their gluten free gadgets are baked in a separate a part of the kitchen, one that’s cleaned and verified for cross-contamination. As they’re not 100% GF, they will’t assure security, however I’m very delicate and haven’t had points at this bakery. Their gluten free donuts had been my birthday “cake” final 12 months, and superb. They generally make extravagant treats like this gluten free terrarium, with matcha and chocolate sponge cake, gummies, mint, chocolate mousse, and extra: You could find them on Instagram right here.

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Little Jo Berry’s gluten free terrarium. Fairly and scrumptious.

Rocket Scone This scone firm is an enormous hit for celiacs and non-celiacs alike. The majority of their choices are with gluten, however they do make a candy and a savoury gluten free choice every week. The proprietor’s husband is celiac and she or he makes the GF scones at dwelling, cautious to keep away from any cross-contact. And the GF scones are a distinct form to the common ones to keep away from errors. Obtainable at completely different farmers markets within the metropolis in Carp, Westboro, Lansdowne, and Orleans; their Instagram feed is the place they publish the week’s scones and their present location. I’m an enormous fan of their amaretto poached pear, however you actually can’t go unsuitable.


Kiko Sushi (349B Preston st, Ottawa, ON, K1S 1V6 Canada) Information about cross contact abounds, and so they have a large gluten free choice as properly. Their rice is completely seasoned and the fish is contemporary. You could find them on Instagram right here.

Sushi Haru Haru (181 Rue Principale, Gatineau, QC, J9H 6J9 Canada). Among the best rated sushi spots within the space, this was my go-to when I lived in Aylmer, Quebec. Very contemporary fish, a stunning Korean household who owns the spot and who had been completely happy to accommodate my extra meals restrictions over and above celiac. Gluten free soy sauce is on the market, the rice vinegar they use is gluten free, and so they make their very own spicy sauce and it too is gluten free. The Korean meals choices are not gluten free, however when you’ve obtained some non-celiacs in your midst, they could take pleasure in these choices. I often obtained their salmon sashimi combo, beneath, however all of their sushi is implausible.

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At all times contemporary and scrumptious at Haru Haru! If solely they delivered to Ottawa.

Ten Fish (1149-B Financial institution St., Ottawa, ON K1S 3X4 Canada) A really cute family-owned sushi store not removed from Lansdowne and the Entire Meals. Self pick-up menu on their web site right here that marks out which of the maki rolls are gluten free—see the hover over the rolls. They’ve gluten free soy sauce obtainable for many who want it, and their spicy sauce can also be gluten free. I often follow their sashimi or nigiri.

J:Distinctive Kitchen (381 Cooper St, Ottawa, ON, K2P 0P8 Canada) Very educated about celiac and cross contact, and engaging sushi. Costly however their fish high quality exhibits you why. It’s billed as “Vancouver type sushi” in Ottawa, however you will discover your normal faves right here both means. They’re on Instagram right here and Fb right here.

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Sashimi combo, ©2023 J:Distinctive Kitchen

Pubs and Diners

Little Mac’s (991 Wellington St W, Ottawa, ON, K1Y 2Y1, Canada). Fried /southern meals, from the titled mac and cheese, to fried rooster, waffles, ribs, french fries, and extra. Additionally milkshakes! Whereas the menu doesn’t disclose that it’s gluten free, it’s virtually fully gluten free—a celiac’s ldl cholesterol paradise. The one factor not gluten free is that they’ve common buns, however you may ask for the GF bun while you order. They put together the wheat buns on a separate griddle to the remainder of the (GF) menu. Ensure you talk that you’re celiac while you go or reserve. You could find them on Instagram right here.

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All gluten free! Picture from Elizabeth.

Wilf & Ada’s (510 Financial institution St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1Z4 Canada) This was a breakfast-only spot, nevertheless it was revamped a decade in the past to supply a brunch menu that features favourites like avocado eggs, mariposa duck (below their “eggs benny” part, made with Hollandaise sauce), and typical breakfast staples. Most of their menu could be made gluten free, workers is educated about celiac restrictions and wishes, and their dishes are crafted with a give attention to native farms for his or her substances. They’re on Instagram right here.

Ice Cream

Sure, in my household ice cream is a delicacies sort—and sometimes a meal.

The Merry Dairy (102 Fairmont Avenue -corner of Gladstone, Ottawa, ON, K1Y 1X6 Canada) They’re educated about celiac illness, and serve essentially the most superb ice cream. My brother is rightfully obsessive about this spot, and he made positive I used to be too after I moved to the realm. After I’ve gone in individual and point out that I’ve celiac, they open a brand new tub of ice cream and get a brand new clear scoop to make sure no cross contact. The gluten free housemade waffle cones are among the many finest I’ve ever had, and their flavours rotate with the season. Honey lavender, contemporary mint (made through neighbourhood mint trade, the place locals convey contemporary mint and get ice cream credit score) and salted caramel are amongst my picks However actually, there’s nothing unhealthy right here. The scooping menu and pint data are clearly marked for gluten free, soy free, and vegan choices. Observe that their vibrant waffle cones are not housemade nor gluten free, so be sure to ask which one to get. You could find them on Instagram right here and Fb right here.

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My puny arm with a large gluten free waffle cone and contemporary mint ice cream from Merry Dairy

Moo Shu Ice Cream (477 Financial institution St. Ottawa, ON K2P 1Z2 Canada) One other unimaginable ice cream spot, with ingenious flavours and clearly-marked gluten free choices, in addition to gluten free waffle cones. Flavours change month-to-month. Don’t miss lime leaf and mint (I’m predictable I do know), or Hong Kong milk tea — each are superb. You could find them on Instagram right here and Fb right here.

Cassis Residence-Made Gelato and Sorbet (No official web page however it’s situated at 68 Principale St, Gatineau, Quebec J9H 3M6, Canada) Open 12-9pm on weekends and 2pm-8pm on weekdays. No gluten free cones, however gelato itself is predominantly gluten free and so they have used a brand new scoop after I point out I’m celiac. Their mojito, black sesame, and yuza flavours are all implausible, in addition to all of the others.

Stalls and Meals Vehicles Outdoors of City: Stittsville

Jimmy’s Waffle World (5862 Hazeldean Highway, Stittsville, ON, Canada, K2S 0N9) – virtually fully gluten free, with savoury and candy waffles alike, and poutine and fries from a protected fryer. They actually have a waffle poutine. Comply with it up with a delicate ice cream dessert (with gluten free cone, in addition). You could find them on Instagram right here and Fb right here.

The Unique Souvlaki Meals Truck (1619 Stittsville Most important Avenue, Stittsville, ON, Canada; previously Greek Wagon Ottawa) There are various gluten free choices within the type of platters, salads, and fries—together with gluten free gravy for poutine and a protected fryer. You could find them on Instagram right here.

Smokin R&Rs BBQ (1441 Stittsville Most important St. Stittsville, ON, ) slow-cooked meat, poutines, sandwiches, briskets, and extra. A lot of the menu is gluten free, with a protected fryer. The mac & cheese, sadly, will not be for celiacs. You could find them on Instagram right here and Fb right here.

Even additional afield

A quick notice about spots which can be out of city however obtainable if timing permits:

The Bean Sprout GF is a stunning family-owned enterprise in Toronto that makes gluten free, nut free Chinese language meals, together with stir fries, dumplings, spring rolls, egg rolls, steamed buns, and rather more. Additionally they provide menus for soy free, corn free, and egg free gadgets, when you want them. All gadgets are delivered frozen, with cooking instructions on their website. Whereas they’re primarily based out of city, they do pop ups right here in Ottawa each few months. You’ll be able to comply with them on Instagram or verify their website for the following pop up within the space. I’m an enormous fan of their rooster dumplings, that are nice steamed but additionally do properly in an air fryer. For the soy free menu, they use coconut aminos instead. I refill every time they’re on the town!

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Beansprout GF’s rooster dumplings

Riz Gluten Free can also be Toronto-based, however sometimes does Ottawa pop ups, and are additionally bought at a wide range of outlets on the town (at Gutsies, Voila, and so on). They’ve wonton soups, dumplings, curries, and stir fries all gluten free and dairy free.

And at last, not a pop up however a spot I extremely advocate when you journey to the Gatineau Hills: a B&B known as La Violette in Wakefield, Quebec that I stayed at for my brother’s marriage ceremony final 12 months. It’s such a fairly space, the mattress and breakfast has two cozy and cozy rooms, and also you’d be remiss to not keep there for the breakfasts alone. Natalie, who runs the B&B and cooks the breakfasts, was capable of make protected and scrumptious gluten free meals for me and tailor them to my extra meals restrictions. It’s usually booked out, however when you’re within the space and desire a night time someplace particular, I extremely advocate it.

Retailers in Ottawa with naturally GF merchandise or GF specialty gadgets

I believed I’d add some element about the place I purchase merchandise as a celiac, for these sticking round a little bit longer.

What to do in Ottawa

Most of my time right here has been spent in mattress, as my spinal leak persists. Whereas I’ve had an opportunity to see a few of the enjoyable festivals—Tulip pageant, poutine pageant, and extra—within the years earlier than I moved right here, my radius now could be fairly small. So I wished to share some posts from others who’ve skilled extra within the metropolis than I’ve, and assets for individuals who need to go to:


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