Eating & Drinking

MUST-TRY GLUTEN-FREE: 5 top spots from Ottawa Magazine’s 2013 Eating & Drinking Guide

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The hottest fad in food product labelling or a lifesaver for those suffering from celiac disease? Whatever your reason for hopping aboard the G-F train, Anne DesBrisay suggests these five retailers as good station stops.



The dessert counter at Simply Raw Express. Photography by Amelia Johnston
The dessert counter at Simply Raw Express. Photography by Amelia Johnston

Lazy Pickle
Why a place that makes everything from scratch calls itself Lazy is a puzzle, but given that Lazy Pickle is first and foremost a deli — with a full g-f menu and pantry — we get the Pickle part. Great soups, chili and, soon, pizza. 1809 Carling Ave., 613-695-6001.

This theatrical little pizza chain (three and counting) has partnered with Finally Gluten Free Foods (112 Nelson St.) to offer a remarkably good crust. Check the website for locations.

The Daily Grind
With the exception of a few of the beers on offer, everything is g-f at this little hipster hangout on the hem of Chinatown. The Daily Grind‘s kitchen looks to the Deep South and the Caribbean for inspiration. 601 Somerset St. W., 613-233-2233.

Simply Raw Express
Completely g-f, utterly plant-based, mostly raw, but some stuff cooked, Simply Raw Express works mostly for takeaway. Raw tacos, pad thai, lasagna, and their famous house “Cheezecakes.” 998 Wellington St. W., 613-234-0806.

In the maze of the Kanata Centrum Mall, we find a promising young restaurant with a small plates menu that caters to those with a gluten allergy. Though it leans in Mediterranean directions, Aperitivo looks locally for its raw materials. 655 Kanata Ave., Unit L2, 613-592-0004.