Final up to date on October 19, 2023.
I’ve now spent two years within the Nationwide Capital Area, with one yr in Aylmer in Quebec, and one yr in Ottawa. Whereas this gluten free information focuses totally on Ottawa, I’ve included a couple of spots ‘throughout the river’ on the Quebec aspect, as there are some celiac-friendly treats there that aren’t to be missed.
As with the opposite celiac guides on this web site, this record might be a residing tree the place I plan so as to add new spots as I stumble throughout them. With a yr in Ottawa beneath my belt, although, I used to be able to put collectively the very best of the gluten free eats I’ve discovered to this point. In spite of everything, there are different spots on the town that I’ve but to attempt!
My 2023 gluten free information to Ottawa
I’m dividing this publish into two major sections: devoted gluten free amenities in Ottawa, after which the eating places and stalls that aren’t 100% GF however that may safely accommodate celiacs.
There are a lot of eating places that provide gluten free choices, however not all defend in opposition to cross-contact. Some usually are not even conscious that these dangers should be addressed for celiac prospects. Whereas sure, typically you’ll see a celiac say “oh I’m not that delicate” and declare they’re happy with utilizing shared fryers, the truth of this autoimmune illness is that even when asymptomatic ingesting gluten will hurt the physique ultimately. 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 vans, and extra for gluten free diners to get pleasure from. I do want that Canada was typically as accommodating as another international locations like the UK, the place because of adjustments of their meals laws, allergens are virtually at all times clearly marked on menus and eating places can typically simply accomodate the wants of celiacs. Hopefully in the future.
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.
Be aware: As I’ve acquired some emails since publishing this information asking about how folks obtained on this record / asking why x or y spot isn’t on the record, I need to reiterate: every part on this information was paid for by me, none of it was sponsored, and the record was cobbled collectively from my very own analysis. Should you’re new to Authorized Nomads please see my About Web page for particulars about sponsorships and collabs; I don’t do both. Nothing flawed with those that do, in fact! However the web site 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 be what helps assist me.
Let’s get to it!
Devoted (100%) gluten-free eating places, stalls, and bakeries in Ottawa
Strawberry Blonde Bakery (major location in Westboro, at 111 Richmond Rd, Ottawa, ON K1Z 6V9 Canada). This vegan, nut-free, kosher, and gluten-free bakery now has two places in Ottawa, and loads of treats to select from. They do customized desserts as properly; see under for the one my brother and his spouse obtained for me. They’ve additionally obtained a enjoyable seasonal menu that rotates based mostly 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’ll find them on Instagram right here.
Gutsies (2297 St Joseph Blvd, Orléans, ON K1C 1E7 Canada) This store and bakery has introduced in among 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 recent bread, pastries, and muffins/treats, in addition to a comparatively massive dry items part and fairly a couple of freezers that home arduous to seek out gadgets in Ottawa. I’m a giant fan of their hen 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 sort 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 in the event you get there early sufficient they might even have some ache au chocolat and croissants left from La Marquise Sans Gluten in Montreal so that you can eat as you head house. (If not, they’ve them frozen so that you can make at house, as a substitute.) Oh, and don’t miss one among their very own banana chocolate muffins, if that flavour is to your style. They’re decadent. You’ll find them on Instagram right here and Fb right here.
2 Sprinkles (previously 5 Cupcakes) (On-line and at markets) Beforehand 5 Cupcakes, this family-owned gluten free bakery not too long ago went via a rebrand and is now 2 Sprinkles. I’m a giant fan of their namesake sprinkle donuts, under, 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 might be increasing as the brand new iteration of the bakery unfolds, however search for their cupcakes after they do come again as they have been fab. Should you order on-line, you possibly can decide up totally free at Lansdowne farmers markets weekly, however in addition they provide supply inside the Ottawa space. You’ll find them on Instagram right here and Fb right here.
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 in addition for many who keep away from dairy, eggs, peanuts, nuts and tree nuts. They concentrate on utilizing pure sweeteners, and attempt to intention for low sodium and low sugar. Bagels, bread, savoury and candy pies, tarts, muffins, cupcakes, and way more on provide. You’ll 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 get pleasure from 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 satisfy 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 high their freshly fried potato spirals. They’re on the Christmas market at Lansdowne, but in addition at Byward market, and the CFL video games at TD stadium, in addition to some festivals. You’ll find them on Fb right here, and Instagram right here.
Farang Thai (On-line and at markets) Because the title suggests, this spot is run by a non-Thai particular person—farang means foreigner in Thai. Don’t let that cease you, although, as a result of their meals could be very tasty, the co-owner is celiac, and he and his accomplice has been to Thailand many instances to maintain researching and enhancing on his recipes. The satay hen is a favourite, however they’ve additionally obtained one among my most popular drinks, a candy pandan leaf tea. They’re often at 613 Flea market in Lansdowne, however you possibly can test their occasions web page for after they’re attending and for some other pop ups they’ve occurring. In addition they do frozen meals in the event you’re right here for some time. All gadgets are 100% GF! You’ll find them on Instagram right here and Fb right here.
Chicha Canada (Markets in and round Ottawa) Chicha, a naturally-gluten drink from South America, is available in many types. It may be comprised of corn, rice, quinoa, cassava, and extra—although corn is the most typical 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 1000’s of years. In some international locations 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 all the menu is gluten free—even the Oreo model under (he makes use of gluten free Oreos!). Chicha can be dairy free. It’s fairly a deal with, and even the plain model is sugary sufficient to get pleasure from by itself. Add the maple syrup or Oreos and also you’ve obtained one thing to fulfill even the sweetest of candy tooths. You’ll find CC on Instagram and Fb too, the place he shares which markets he’ll be at in Ottawa.
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 lady I spoke with confirmed that the proprietor makes all of the gluten free pita himself, and that nearly every part on the menu was secure 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 in the event you wished to test the menu earlier than stopping in. The gyros with gluten free pita introduced me again to the numerous 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 further tzatziki on the aspect to dip your french fries in for further 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 bother discovering one thing you’re keen on. Remember to point out celiac once you order.
La Dolce Vita (180 Preston Road, Ottawa, ON, K1R 7P9, Canada). This restaurant is Gluten Free Licensed from the GFFP (The Gluten-Free Meals Program), which 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 under, however along with pizzas you possibly can go for pastas, entrees, lasagna, gnocchi and extra. Full GF menu so that you can drool over, right here. You’ll 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 when you’ve got a automotive and a choosy household who wants some selection to select from. You’ll find them on Instagram right here.
Aroma Meze (239 Nepean Road, Ottawa, ON, K2P 0B7, Canada) Many gluten-free choices, completely scrumptious, and a considerate menu divided by seasons, and celiac associates say it is a great place 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 beneficial 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’ll 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 favourite for native celiacs. You’ll find them on Instagram right here.
Siam Bistro (1268 Wellington Road 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’ll 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, in order that they know to take further precaution. Pad thai, fried rice, yellow curry, and a few appetizers: all gluten free. Purple curries / inexperienced curries usually are not. You’ll find them on Instagram right here.
Inexperienced Papaya (256 Preston St Ottawa, ON, K1R 7R5 Canada). This Thai restaurant has a couple of outposts to select from however I’ve solely eaten on the Preston road franchise. They have been in a position to accommodate my celiac wants, and conscious of CC dangers. You’ll find them on Fb right here.
Sadly, many Vietnamese spots at the moment are utilizing soy sauce of their meat marinades, and a few of my outdated haunts are now not secure. Listed below are two I nonetheless dine at:
Genuine Vietnamese Pho Home (3 places, 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 really 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 should inform them that you’re celiac, in order that they cook dinner the bánh phở noodles in separate water to the egg noodles, for the soups. Bun noodles are cooked upfront individually, and secure. Additionally double test the marinade for the meats. You’ll 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 (hen is just not marinated in any soy sauce), phở, rice vermicelli dishes (bún thịt nướng) and extra. You’ll 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 sturdy opinions about poutine. On the Ottawa aspect, That Meals Truck (T.F.T) is well the very best poutine I’ve tried. They use St. Albert’s curds and have an amazing 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 in the event you crave grilled hen sandwiches, burgers, or onion rings, all are doable right here. Should you’re in Ottawa with out wheels, they’re on Uber Eats too. Should you do have wheels, they’re throughout the road from Gutsies. You realize what to do. You’ll find them on Fb right here.
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 in the event you don’t have wheels, so it’s beneath # 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 likewise a vegan sauce possibility. You’ll find them on Fb right here.
The Nice Canadian Poutinerie (a number of places) Individuals in Ottawa additionally swear by The Nice Canadian Poutinerie, however I’m actually not the largest fan of the gravy. Nonetheless, in the event you’re not a poutine purist like me and need to attempt many alternative choices (like Philly cheesesteak poutine or candy Sriracha poutine), that is your finest guess. You’ll find them on Instagram right here and Fb right here.
YKO Hen BBQ (the situation at 263 Dalhousie Road Ottawa, ON K1N 7E3 Canada) There are two outposts of YKO hen, I’ve solely tried the one at 263 Dalhousie and whereas they might be related taste-wise, I’ve solely tried the .com one! The co-owner, Ramata, is just not solely acquainted with celiac illness, however trains her employees in cross-contact and was very responsive after I requested questions on preparation and contamination. The opposite outpost is run by her household.
The hen is improbable, smokey and tender and juicy inside, and the aspect dishes are all gluten free as properly—and scrumptious. Just about every part is secure on the menu, besides the beignets. However for the reason that beignets are made on a stovetop, the opposite gadgets which can be fried like french fries are okay for us celiac to get pleasure from. I often go for a half-chicken with sides to have leftovers for the subsequent day. Don’t miss the plantains, please. They’re a wonderfully candy accompaniment to your hen. You’ll find them on Instagram right here.
Pizza Nerds (2 places). For individuals who need to attempt pizza at a spot that isn’t devoted, it is a good possibility. They’ve obtained ingenious flavours, a scrumptious cauliflower crust, and information of celiac illness. They hold these pizzas in a separate space and cook 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 as a consequence of my mast cell points. They have been in a position to accommodate, and very nice about it to. You’ll find them on Instagram right here.
La Dolce Vita – (see above, beneath 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, employees are educated about celiac and can cook dinner and serve/minimize pizzas with separate utensils if knowledgeable of getting the situation. Not my favorite GF pizza on the town (that might be Pizza Nerds!) however tasty and many non-pizza choices for everybody else. You’ll 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 web site says in any other case) I’m a skinny crust sort 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 throughout the pandemic and has turn into widespread. It serves Detroit-style pizza, which 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’d like it! Fryer is shared with the hen 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’ll find them on Instagram right here.
Thali Ottawa (136 O’Connor St, Ottawa ON K2P 2G7 Canada). Thali serves really 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 get pleasure from. After I ate there the pappadum and pakora have been secure too, as nothing with gluten was fried of their fryer, however it’s at all times good to substantiate. Their sister restaurant Coconut Lagoon is another choice in the event you favor the menu there, or need one thing further decadent like butter lobster masala. Each menus are the brainchild of Chef Joe Thottungal, who has performed a beautiful job of bringing his visions to life. You’ll find them on Instagram right here and Fb right here.
Taj Indian Delicacies (3009 Carling Ave. Ottawa, ON K2B 7Y6). They serve vegan, halal, vegetarian and gluten free choices, and are a suggestion from the Ottawa Celiac Affiliation. When ordering, ensure you point out you’re celiac! They’ve a copious menu, however at all times verify fried merchandise are gluten free too as shared fryer standing could change. You’ll find them on Instagram right here and Fb right here.
East India Firm (210 Somerset Road West, Ottawa, ON, K2P 0J4 Canada). This restaurant has an intensive menu and beneficiant parts of biryani, a few of which have paneer (a rarity in that dish), in addition to their mains. Not like many Indian eating places within the metropolis as of late, 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 observe that the wheat image denotes UNSAFE dishes—there’s no line via that wheat. You’ll find them on Instagram right here and Fb right here.
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 could be very conscious of cross-contact points, and might substitute as required. Be aware that whereas the menu could be very clearly marked for gluten free gadgets, their fryer is shared and not secure 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 amazing possibility when you’ve got a automotive. This spot is one other one beneficial 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 hen biryani to nice success, however their menu has many extra choices so that you can get pleasure from. 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, positioned within the La Chingadera Mexican grocery store on Financial institution road. Having spent years residing in Mexico, it was enjoyable to attempt a really completely different tackle the tamale. Their pork nacatamal has bitter orange within the corn masa, and potato and arduous boiled egg contained in the neatly-wrapped bundle, alongside the meat. You’ll find them on Instagram right here and Fb right here.
Casa Mexico (226 Preston St. Ottawa, ON K1R 7R2, Canada) La Casa Mexico’s new Preston road location has the identical gluten free menu choices as their different spots additional afield. There’s a motive I beloved residing in Oaxaca a lot: many dishes have 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’ll find them on Instagram right here.
Gooneys Sandwichworks (360 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, ON K1P 1C8, Canada) Scrumptious gluten free arepas with quite a lot 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 Street, 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 rather a lot 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 possibility in the event you favor, although their major pupusa is the normal masa (corn) flour base. You can even discover them on Instagram right here and Fb right here.
La Fiesta Latina (565 Somerset Road West, Ottawa, ON K1R 5K2) They grabbed an amazing area title too! A lot of the menu is gluten-free, and tacos and tortillas are 100% masa harina and never flour. Educated about celiac illness. You’ll find them on Instagram right here.
Chamos Grill (511 Lacolle Method, Orléans, ON K4A 5B6, Canada) is a Venezuelan restaurant that provides many alternative gluten free corn-based choices, from arepas, empanadas, and tacos to hearty major dishes from a cross-section of Latin American international locations. Very conscious of cross-contact/celiac wants; in the event you order supply your bag could have a gluten free sticker on it to indicate that they handled your meal in another way to the remainder. This spot was began by a Syrian-Venezuelan couple who supplied take out arepas and empanadas throughout the pandemic. In 2023, they expanded their menu and their area into one thing extra; it’s additionally a bar and occasion area.
Gluten free baked items (for 100% GF bakeries, see above)
Little Jo Berry’s (1305 Wellington St. W, Ottawa, ON, K1Y 3B1, Canada) LJB is just not 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 have been my birthday “cake” final yr, and superb. They often make extravagant treats like this gluten free terrarium, with matcha and chocolate sponge cake, gummies, mint, chocolate mousse, and extra: You’ll find them on Instagram right here.
Rocket Scone This scone firm is a giant 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 possibility every week. The proprietor’s husband is celiac and he or she makes the GF scones at house, cautious to keep away from any cross-contact. And the GF scones are a special form to the common ones to keep away from errors. Out there 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 a giant fan of their amaretto poached pear, however you really can’t go flawed.
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 recent. You’ll find them on Instagram right here.
Sushi Haru Haru (181 Rue Principale, Gatineau, QC, J9H 6J9 Canada). Probably the greatest rated sushi spots within the space, this was my go-to when I lived in Aylmer, Quebec. Very recent fish, a stunning Korean household who owns the spot and who have been blissful to accommodate my further meals restrictions over and above celiac. Gluten free soy sauce is accessible, 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 in the event you’ve obtained some non-celiacs in your midst, they might get pleasure from these choices. I often obtained their salmon sashimi combo, under, however all of their sushi is improbable.
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 Complete 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 accessible for many who want it, and their spicy sauce can be gluten free. I often persist with their sashimi or nigiri.
J:Distinctive Kitchen (381 Cooper St, Ottawa, ON, K2P 0P8 Canada) Very educated about celiac and cross contact, and attractive sushi. Costly however their fish high quality exhibits you why. It’s billed as “Vancouver fashion sushi” in Ottawa, however you will discover your regular faves right here both manner. They’re on Instagram right here and Fb right here.
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 hen, waffles, ribs, french fries, and extra. Additionally milkshakes! Whereas the menu doesn’t disclose that it’s gluten free, it’s virtually solely gluten free—a celiac’s ldl cholesterol paradise. The one factor not gluten free is that they’ve common buns, however you possibly can ask for the GF bun once you order. They put together the wheat buns on a separate griddle to the remainder of the (GF) menu. Be sure you talk that you’re celiac once you go or reserve. You’ll find them on Instagram right here.
Wilf & Ada’s (510 Financial institution St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1Z4 Canada) This was once a breakfast-only spot, however it was revamped a decade in the past to supply a brunch menu that features favourites like avocado eggs, mariposa duck (beneath their “eggs benny” part, made with Hollandaise sauce), and typical breakfast staples. Most of their menu could be made gluten free, employees is educated about celiac restrictions and desires, and their dishes are crafted with a concentrate on native farms for his or her substances. They’re on Instagram right here.
Sure, in my household ice cream is a delicacies kind—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 certain I used to be too after I moved to the realm. After I’ve gone in particular person 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, recent mint (made by way of neighbourhood mint trade, the place locals convey recent 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. Be aware that their vibrant waffle cones are not housemade nor gluten free, so ensure you ask which one to get. You’ll find them on Instagram right here and Fb right here.
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’ll find them on Instagram right here and Fb right here.
Cassis Dwelling-Made Gelato and Sorbet (No official web page however it’s positioned 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 improbable, in addition to all of the others.
Stalls and Meals Vans Outdoors of City: Stittsville
Jimmy’s Waffle World (5862 Hazeldean Street, Stittsville, ON, Canada, K2S 0N9) – virtually solely gluten free, with savoury and candy waffles alike, and poutine and fries from a secure fryer. They also have a waffle poutine. Observe it up with a tender ice cream dessert (with gluten free cone, in addition). You’ll find them on Instagram right here and Fb right here.
The Authentic Souvlaki Meals Truck (1619 Stittsville Principal Road, Stittsville, ON, Canada; previously Greek Wagon Ottawa) There are a lot of gluten free choices within the type of platters, salads, and fries—together with gluten free gravy for poutine and a secure fryer. You’ll find them on Instagram right here.
Smokin R&Rs BBQ (1441 Stittsville Principal St. Stittsville, ON, ) slow-cooked meat, poutines, sandwiches, briskets, and extra. A lot of the menu is gluten free, with a secure fryer. The mac & cheese, sadly, is just not for celiacs. You’ll find them on Instagram right here and Fb right here.
Even additional afield
A short observe about spots which can be out of city however accessible 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 way more. In addition they provide menus for soy free, corn free, and egg free gadgets, in the event you want them. All gadgets are delivered frozen, with cooking instructions on their web site. Whereas they’re based mostly 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 test their web site for the subsequent pop up within the space. I’m a giant fan of their hen dumplings, that are nice steamed but in addition do properly in an air fryer. For the soy free menu, they use coconut aminos as an alternative. I top off at any time when they’re on the town!
Riz Gluten Free can be Toronto-based, however often does Ottawa pop ups, and are additionally bought at quite a lot of outlets on the town (at Gutsies, Voila, and so forth). They’ve wonton soups, dumplings, curries, and stir fries all gluten free and dairy free.
And eventually, not a pop up however a spot I extremely suggest in the event you journey to the Gatineau Hills: a B&B known as La Violette in Wakefield, Quebec that I stayed at for my brother’s wedding ceremony final yr. It’s such a fairly space, the mattress and breakfast has two cozy and comfy 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 in a position to make secure and scrumptious gluten free meals for me and tailor them to my further meals restrictions. It’s typically booked out, however in the event you’re within the space and need a night time someplace particular, I extremely suggest it.
Outlets in Ottawa with naturally GF merchandise or GF specialty gadgets
I assumed I’d add some element about the place I purchase merchandise as a celiac, for these sticking round slightly longer.
- The primary spots are chain grocery shops like Loblaws, IGA (on the Quebec aspect), Metro, Canada’s Superstore, Farm Boy, and FreshCo, which is able to all have gluten free merchandise and snacks so that you can top off on.
- For center jap substances which can be naturally gluten free, I head to Adonis Grocery store. I get my Zaatar spice there, which I take advantage of in nearly every part. Additionally a very good possibility: Al Raheem.
- For Asian substances, head to Lim Bangkok Grocery or for an even bigger retailer with extra choices (when you’ve got a automotive), a lot of banh pho and coconut milk and curries to select from at T&T Grocery store.
- For South Asian substances and spices, choices I’ve sampled embody Bombay Spices, Silk Street Meals, and Vaishali’s Superstore.
- For nice Italian-made gluten free pasta and gluten free flour choices, head to Nicastros High-quality Meals.
- For pure meals / natural meals and spices, Complete Meals Market and Herb & Spice are my go-tos.
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 among the enjoyable festivals—Tulip competition, poutine competition, 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:
- Ottawa Tourism’s record of enjoyable free actions for every season, in addition to their occasion calendar for all of the goings on you gained’t need to miss.
- From The Planet D, 33 issues to do in Ottawa
- Ottawa Tourism’s “My Native” guides, the place residents voted for the very best winter actions, museums and artwork galleries, climbing trails, actions for households, and extra.
- With a automotive, you’ve obtained ample time to discover the Ottawa Valley. Right here’s a listing of what to do on this lovely a part of the area.
- And in the event you favor a motorbike, Ottawa by Bike is a superb useful resource of pathways, exploration, and surprise on two wheels.
- The Nationwide Capital Fee additionally has a touchdown web page for all of the superb parks and heritage buildings within the space.
- Tourisme Outaouais from Quebec has a listing of Gatineau sights and meals.
- Festivals Ottawa has occasions huge and small so that you can select from, and you’ll peruse by way of their calendar in case your dates are agency.
- And in the event you’ve obtained non-celiacs amongst you and wished some meals for them, Eater has a listing of the very best meals round Gatineau and Ottawa right here.
As lots of you understand, I’m disabled now with a spinal CSF Leak, a situation I’ve been affected by since 2017. In consequence, I can not drive round stuffing my face as I used to after I traveled the world. Presently, I can also’t go to an area spot and eat exterior, as a result of my standing / sitting time could be very slim; most of my time is spent in mattress.
I need to give a giant because of Christopher and Elizabeth for being my meals angels. Elizabeth is an area celiac who introduced over treats, instructed new spots, and despatched over among the pictures under. 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 really like residing in Ottawa, however not one of the Quebec spots ship right here.
So with out the generosity of my meals associates, I wouldn’t have been in a position to full this information.