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Vancouver's Essential Gluten Free Dining Guide

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Whether you're avoiding gluten for health reasons or just feel like getting on board the seemingly unstoppable gluten-free dining trend be cheered - Vancouver is positively bursting with creative - and delicious - gluten-free options. We asked Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards judge Joie Alvarez Kent to share her favourite gluten-free restaurants in the city. Here now, in no particular order, are her picks covering everything from gluten-free pasta and sandwiches to fish and chips and more.
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1. CinCin

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1154 Robson St, Vancouver
BC V6E 1B2, Canada
(604) 688-7338
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90% of chef Andrew Richardson’s classic Italian dishes are accessible to gluten-challenged diners. Warm gluten-free bread is baked fresh daily to start your meal, and housemade rigatoni and pappardelle is available with your sauce of choice. Thin-crust gluten-free pizza is wood-fired to order: try the artichoke and caramelized onion with goat cheese and Niçoise olives.

2. Edible Canada at the Market

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1596 Johnston St., Vancouver
BC V6H 3R9, Canada
(604) 682-6681
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Executive chef/owner Eric Pateman and a number of his kitchen staff have celiac disease, and it goes to follow that the lion’s share of his menu at Edible Canada’s Bistro is gluten free. With a focus on locally sourced ingredients, seasonal summer options include mushroom polenta with Blackburn cheese and Urban Cultivator microgreens, Haida Gwaii halibut with dill pollen and Long Table Gin carrot puree, and heritage Angus steak frites with smoked BC blueberry jus and bone-marrow butter.

3. Nuba

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3116 W Broadway, Vancouver
BC, Canada
(604) 336-1797
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Nuba’s Lebanese-based menu at its four locations appeals to guests with a broad spectrum of dietary restrictions, incorporating gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, and halal options. Its palette of Middle Eastern flavours is reflected in dishes such as lamb hushwie sautéed with onions and pine nuts, and mjadara, organic green lentils and rice with onions and jalapeño.

4. The Acorn

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3995 Main St, Vancouver
BC V5V 3P3, Canada
(604) 566-9001
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Chef/owner Brian Skinner was BC’s 2013 Gold Medal Plates winner, and his farm-fresh strictly vegetarian fare is also a hit with raw vegans and gluten-free diners. Notable are his gluten-free shiso and Hen of the Woods mushroom dumplings, raw zucchini linguini with mint and walnut pesto, and chocolate quinoa zucchini cake with brown butter and candied ginger.

5. The Fish Counter

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3825 Main St, Vancouver
BC, Canada
(604) 876-3474
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Instrumental in spearheading the Canadian sustainable seafood movement, chef/owner Robert Clark continues his progressive approach by being one of the first in Vancouver to feature NextJen Gluten-Free All-Purpose Baking Blend in his cooking. Developed by chefs Jen Peters and Hamid Salimian, the newly minted wheat-flour substitute is used in gluten-free batter for Clark’s fish and chips as well as crispy cod tacos served on corn tortillas. Rest assured: The Fish Counter has a dedicated deep fryer used exclusively for gluten-free menu items.

6. Chau veggie express

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5052 Victoria Dr, Vancouver
BC, Canada
The vegetarian menu at Maria Huynh’s casual east-side vegetarian eatery is well labeled with a plethora of choices for those with dietary restrictions: gluten-free and vegan as well as onion and garlic-free. Dishes incorporate Huynh’s family recipes, combining traditional Vietnamese flavours with locally sourced produce. Props for the delicately nuanced soups: Diving For Pearls is a jumble of rice noodles, tofu, and vegetables in a savoury lychee and date broth.

7. Los Cuervos Taqueria & Cantina

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603 Kingsway, Vancouver
BC, Canada
Corn tortillas are the rule, not the exception, and chef Gilles L’Heureux’s menu carefully notes which tacos are made with their wheat-based counterparts. Flavours are inspired by the five years that L’Heureux spent living and working in Mexico City. The Lomo Catinero, slow-braised pork shoulder with pineapple pico de gallo, is a tip of the sombrero to classic al pastor. Chili heads in the know ask for a serving of La Fantásma salsa made with fiery ghost peppers.

8. Chicha

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136 E Broadway, Vancouver
BC V5T 1V9, Canada
(604) 620-3963
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Chef/owner Shelome Bouvette’s modern Peruvian dishes draw upon a diverse slate of gluten-free alternatives to wheat flour. Cangrejo causa is a tower of softly whipped aji amarillo potatoes topped with crab salad, mango, and avocado; veraduras novoandinas are crispy vegetable, quinoa, and corn fritters with passionfruit sauce. Bouvette’s decadent gluten-free chocolate cake with warm chocolate sauce is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

9. Sula

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1128 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
BC V5L 3X2, Canada
(604) 215-1130
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Vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free diners get their spice fix at Sula on The Drive; dishes are clearly marked to help negotiate the numerous dining options. Fan the flames with chicken jalfrezi and lamb saagwala, then mop up the extra sauce with chickpea missi roti.

10. Campagnolo

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1020 Main St, Vancouver
BC V6A 2W1, Canada
(604) 484-6018
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Chef Nathan Lowey began experimenting with wheat-free flour blends to address the rise in gluten intolerance, making pastas that are indiscernible from their gluten-full counterparts. He’s gradually expanded his now-sizeable gluten-free repertoire; seasonal market-fresh favourites include potato gnocchi with lamb ragu, English peas, and pecorino romano as well as rigatoni with Sapo Bravo radicchio, hazelnuts, and fresh goat cheese.

11. Harvest Community Foods

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243 Union St, Vancouver
BC V6A 2B2, Canada
(604) 682-8851
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Noodle lovers rejoice! Chef Hokuto Yamanaka offers the option of gluten-friendly rice noodles with his slate of slurptastic soup bowls. Harvest’s weekend brunch menu also yields wheat-free delights—check out the green onion and cheddar waffles made with Cup For Cup Flour.

12. Bestie

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105 E Pender St, Vancouver
BC V6A 1T5, Canada
(604) 620-1175
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Currywurst, how do I love thee… let me count the ways. Chef Colin Johnson is hugely conscious of offering gluten-intolerant guests the luxury of choice; Johnson’s wife is a diagnosed celiac, and he’s well acquainted with the challenges she faces when dining out. He takes great care to ensure that the handful of Bestie’s wheat-flour menu items are cooked separately, enabling gluten-sensitive meat lovers to get their sausage on.

13. Ask for Luigi

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305 Alexander St, Vancouver
BC V6A 1C4, Canada
(604) 428-2544
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Pasta making is a delicate art honed by time and practice, and chef/owner Jean-Christophe Poirier’s handmade gluten-free tagliatelle with corn and rice flour, potato starch, and xanthan gum certainly doesn’t disappoint. Pair it with any sauce on the menu, perhaps the rustic simplicity of San Marzano tomato sauce or garlicky duck ragu.

14. The Abbey

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117 W Pender St, Vancouver
BC, Canada
(604) 336-7100
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Did someone say gluten-free chicken karaage? Much of The Abbey’s eclectic slate of progressive tavern fare is made sans gluten, including Andrey Durbach’s classic foie gras parfait. Wheat-free comfort-food favourites include roast chicken with fresh herbs, lamb shank Lancashire Hotpot, and salted caramel pot de crème.

15. Acme Cafe

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51 W Hastings St, Vancouver
BC V6B 1G4, Canada
(604) 569-1022
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Owner Peggy Hoffman’s grandmother was celiac, and her gluten-free bread recipe that’s used at Acme Café incorporates rice flour, tapioca flour, and potato starch. Music to the ears of gluten-intolerant sandwich lovers who are able to enjoy a number of the sandwiches on Acme’s menu including their hearty chicken club and the high-falutin’ grilled cheese with cheddar, Swiss, brie, and cranberry-Grand Marnier relish.

1. CinCin

1154 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1B2, Canada
90% of chef Andrew Richardson’s classic Italian dishes are accessible to gluten-challenged diners. Warm gluten-free bread is baked fresh daily to start your meal, and housemade rigatoni and pappardelle is available with your sauce of choice. Thin-crust gluten-free pizza is wood-fired to order: try the artichoke and caramelized onion with goat cheese and Niçoise olives.
1154 Robson St, Vancouver
BC V6E 1B2, Canada

2. Edible Canada at the Market

1596 Johnston St., Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada
Executive chef/owner Eric Pateman and a number of his kitchen staff have celiac disease, and it goes to follow that the lion’s share of his menu at Edible Canada’s Bistro is gluten free. With a focus on locally sourced ingredients, seasonal summer options include mushroom polenta with Blackburn cheese and Urban Cultivator microgreens, Haida Gwaii halibut with dill pollen and Long Table Gin carrot puree, and heritage Angus steak frites with smoked BC blueberry jus and bone-marrow butter.
1596 Johnston St., Vancouver
BC V6H 3R9, Canada

3. Nuba

3116 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Nuba’s Lebanese-based menu at its four locations appeals to guests with a broad spectrum of dietary restrictions, incorporating gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, and halal options. Its palette of Middle Eastern flavours is reflected in dishes such as lamb hushwie sautéed with onions and pine nuts, and mjadara, organic green lentils and rice with onions and jalapeño.
3116 W Broadway, Vancouver
BC, Canada

4. The Acorn

3995 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P3, Canada
Chef/owner Brian Skinner was BC’s 2013 Gold Medal Plates winner, and his farm-fresh strictly vegetarian fare is also a hit with raw vegans and gluten-free diners. Notable are his gluten-free shiso and Hen of the Woods mushroom dumplings, raw zucchini linguini with mint and walnut pesto, and chocolate quinoa zucchini cake with brown butter and candied ginger.
3995 Main St, Vancouver
BC V5V 3P3, Canada

5. The Fish Counter

3825 Main St, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Instrumental in spearheading the Canadian sustainable seafood movement, chef/owner Robert Clark continues his progressive approach by being one of the first in Vancouver to feature NextJen Gluten-Free All-Purpose Baking Blend in his cooking. Developed by chefs Jen Peters and Hamid Salimian, the newly minted wheat-flour substitute is used in gluten-free batter for Clark’s fish and chips as well as crispy cod tacos served on corn tortillas. Rest assured: The Fish Counter has a dedicated deep fryer used exclusively for gluten-free menu items.
3825 Main St, Vancouver
BC, Canada

6. Chau veggie express

5052 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC, Canada
The vegetarian menu at Maria Huynh’s casual east-side vegetarian eatery is well labeled with a plethora of choices for those with dietary restrictions: gluten-free and vegan as well as onion and garlic-free. Dishes incorporate Huynh’s family recipes, combining traditional Vietnamese flavours with locally sourced produce. Props for the delicately nuanced soups: Diving For Pearls is a jumble of rice noodles, tofu, and vegetables in a savoury lychee and date broth.
5052 Victoria Dr, Vancouver
BC, Canada

7. Los Cuervos Taqueria & Cantina

603 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Corn tortillas are the rule, not the exception, and chef Gilles L’Heureux’s menu carefully notes which tacos are made with their wheat-based counterparts. Flavours are inspired by the five years that L’Heureux spent living and working in Mexico City. The Lomo Catinero, slow-braised pork shoulder with pineapple pico de gallo, is a tip of the sombrero to classic al pastor. Chili heads in the know ask for a serving of La Fantásma salsa made with fiery ghost peppers.
603 Kingsway, Vancouver
BC, Canada

8. Chicha

136 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5T 1V9, Canada
Chef/owner Shelome Bouvette’s modern Peruvian dishes draw upon a diverse slate of gluten-free alternatives to wheat flour. Cangrejo causa is a tower of softly whipped aji amarillo potatoes topped with crab salad, mango, and avocado; veraduras novoandinas are crispy vegetable, quinoa, and corn fritters with passionfruit sauce. Bouvette’s decadent gluten-free chocolate cake with warm chocolate sauce is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.
136 E Broadway, Vancouver
BC V5T 1V9, Canada

9. Sula

1128 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5L 3X2, Canada
Vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free diners get their spice fix at Sula on The Drive; dishes are clearly marked to help negotiate the numerous dining options. Fan the flames with chicken jalfrezi and lamb saagwala, then mop up the extra sauce with chickpea missi roti.
1128 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
BC V5L 3X2, Canada

10. Campagnolo

1020 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1, Canada
Chef Nathan Lowey began experimenting with wheat-free flour blends to address the rise in gluten intolerance, making pastas that are indiscernible from their gluten-full counterparts. He’s gradually expanded his now-sizeable gluten-free repertoire; seasonal market-fresh favourites include potato gnocchi with lamb ragu, English peas, and pecorino romano as well as rigatoni with Sapo Bravo radicchio, hazelnuts, and fresh goat cheese.
1020 Main St, Vancouver
BC V6A 2W1, Canada

11. Harvest Community Foods

243 Union St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2B2, Canada
Noodle lovers rejoice! Chef Hokuto Yamanaka offers the option of gluten-friendly rice noodles with his slate of slurptastic soup bowls. Harvest’s weekend brunch menu also yields wheat-free delights—check out the green onion and cheddar waffles made with Cup For Cup Flour.
243 Union St, Vancouver
BC V6A 2B2, Canada

12. Bestie

105 E Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1T5, Canada
Currywurst, how do I love thee… let me count the ways. Chef Colin Johnson is hugely conscious of offering gluten-intolerant guests the luxury of choice; Johnson’s wife is a diagnosed celiac, and he’s well acquainted with the challenges she faces when dining out. He takes great care to ensure that the handful of Bestie’s wheat-flour menu items are cooked separately, enabling gluten-sensitive meat lovers to get their sausage on.
105 E Pender St, Vancouver
BC V6A 1T5, Canada

13. Ask for Luigi

305 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1C4, Canada
Pasta making is a delicate art honed by time and practice, and chef/owner Jean-Christophe Poirier’s handmade gluten-free tagliatelle with corn and rice flour, potato starch, and xanthan gum certainly doesn’t disappoint. Pair it with any sauce on the menu, perhaps the rustic simplicity of San Marzano tomato sauce or garlicky duck ragu.
305 Alexander St, Vancouver
BC V6A 1C4, Canada

14. The Abbey

117 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Did someone say gluten-free chicken karaage? Much of The Abbey’s eclectic slate of progressive tavern fare is made sans gluten, including Andrey Durbach’s classic foie gras parfait. Wheat-free comfort-food favourites include roast chicken with fresh herbs, lamb shank Lancashire Hotpot, and salted caramel pot de crème.
117 W Pender St, Vancouver
BC, Canada

15. Acme Cafe

51 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G4, Canada
Owner Peggy Hoffman’s grandmother was celiac, and her gluten-free bread recipe that’s used at Acme Café incorporates rice flour, tapioca flour, and potato starch. Music to the ears of gluten-intolerant sandwich lovers who are able to enjoy a number of the sandwiches on Acme’s menu including their hearty chicken club and the high-falutin’ grilled cheese with cheddar, Swiss, brie, and cranberry-Grand Marnier relish.
51 W Hastings St, Vancouver
BC V6B 1G4, Canada