Hub Restaurant: Amazing Gluten Free Burgers with a View

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Who doesn’t love to sink their teeth into a hot, juicy burger fresh off the grill? When I lived in Vancouver, I frequented a restaurant two blocks away that did amazing gluten free burgers. When I moved to New Westminster and that restaurant closed down, I was convinced I’d never again find a burger that measured up. But it turns out that thick, flavourful, gluten free burgers are no further away than Hub Restaurant in New Westminster Station!

Gluten Free Options at Hub:

The burgers: Their house-made burger patties don’t use breadcrumbs (or any gluten) as a binder, so they’re gluten free. They’re also thick, juicy, and perfectly spiced. If you’re in the mood for a basic burger, the Hub Burger will definitely satisfy. My personal favourite is the Yankee Burger, which comes with smoky bacon and a mountain of cheddar. For a bit of a kick, try the Crack Burger. Just make sure to ask for no onion rings.

The buns: Where there’s gluten free burgers, there’s gluten free buns! But they’re not limited to being paired with a burger. Hub’s sandwiches and wraps are also available on the gluten free buns.

The sandwiches and wraps: Hub is extremely accommodating when it comes to gluten free modifications to their sandwiches and wraps. The crispy chicken sandwich and crispy fish wrap can be done without breading, and can be served on a gluten free bun. If you see a sandwich you like, all you have to do is ask about a gluten free option!

The wok squid: This succulent appetizer can be made gluten free. Just ask for no breading.

The chicken wings: Although they’re normally dusted with flour, the chicken wings can easily be made gluten free.

The salads: Most of the salads don’t contain gluten, but watch out for things like wontons and panini crisps. These can be left off for gluten free diners.

The salmon: The salmon is paired with quinoa and seasonal vegetables, which makes it a fresh gluten free choice.

The beef: Hub offers two different beef entrees that can be made suitable for gluten free diners. Just make sure to let your server know you’re gluten free, because modifications may be necessary.

The fries and yam fries: These are “proceed with caution” dishes. Although the fries and yam fries are not battered, they are cooked in the same deep fryer as gluten-containing ingredients. This means that cross contamination is possible, and could affect people with severe Celiac disease. If you don’t want to risk it, I suggest the Hub salad instead.

The drinks: Hub is known for its selection of craft beer, but they also offer Omission Pale Ale, which is a gluten free beer from Portland. If you’re not into beer, they have a range of cider and other drinks to sip on.

What to Watch Out For:

The pasta: Hub doesn’t carry gluten free noodles, so the mac and cheese and cajun fettuccini are off the menu for gluten free diners.

The flatbread: It sounds fresh and delicious, but unfortunately, it’s not gluten free.

The poutine: Although cheese curds and crispy bacon might sound tempting, the gravy is not gluten free.

The onion rings: Hub is more than willing to leave the batter and breading off of their items. But unless you’d like a plate of fried onions, it doesn’t make much sense to ask for gluten free onion rings. Of course, if you do want a plate of onions, there’s no judgement here!

The caesars: Hub offers a variety of caesars, but they’re made with Worcestershire sauce, which usually contains gluten. If you don’t mind an alteration in the flavour, you can request a caesar without Worcestershire.

The Service:

I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive before my first visit to Hub, because their menu only made a small reference to gluten free buns. But since then, I’ve been consistently impressed with their knowledge and willingness to accommodate gluten free diners. They train their staff on gluten free modifications, and make sure to let customers know that cross contamination could occur in the deep fryer. On a recent visit, they let me know that brand new servers may not be as familiar with gluten free modifications, but that they always have someone on duty who is. On very busy nights, service can be a little bit slow, but that’s to be expected when the restaurant is full.

The Restaurant:

Hub is located right in New Westminster Station, just by the platform. It’s a lofty, modern space, with large windows overlooking the river. Seating ranges from large semicircular booths, to bar seats, to longer tables with bench seating. They can accommodate large or small groups, and you can make reservations directly through their website. But the best seats in the house are available in warm weather, on their incredible patio. The distinctive red umbrellas can be seen from the Quay and the River Market. From your perch high up in New Westminster Station, you get a prime view of the river, the bridges, and the nearby market. All that and delicious gluten free eats!

The Verdict:

Don’t let the menu fool you! Hub has gluten free options aplenty, and all you have to do is let the staff know about your dietary needs. The staff is friendly, the space is beautiful, and the location can’t be beat.

Happy burger devouring!

 

If this is your business and your gluten free options have changed, please let me know! My goal is to provide the most up to date information on New Westminster’s gluten free choices.

Wild Rice Market Bistro: Gluten Free Dining Made Easy and Stylish

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love Chinese-style cooking. I just can’t get enough of the crisp vegetables, tender rice, marinated meats, and tangy sauces. But because wheat is often a main ingredient in soy sauce, it can be hard to find Asian dishes to satisfy gluten free diners. Wild Rice Market Bistro on the Quay combines unique, Chinese-inspired flavour with fresh, local, organic ingredients. It’s gluten free dining done right!

Gluten Free Options at Wild Rice:

The vegan curry: This richly-flavoured curry is gluten free, and served on a bed of fragrant jasmine rice. If you’re craving protein, you can add chili tofu, chicken, or prawns. It’s a very generous portion, so you won’t leave hungry!

The Asian chicken wrap: It’s wrapped in rice paper instead of a tortilla, so it’s gluten free. It’s stuffed with chicken, tomatoes, blue cheese dressing, and buffalo sauce. I love wraps, and this one exceeded my expectations.

The garlic prawns: Who can say no to garlic prawns on a bed of cilantro turmeric rice? It’s delicious, and completely gluten free.

The chicken wings: Unlike many restaurants that coat their chicken wings in batter, Wild Rice offers gluten free wings. Just make sure to let the server know you need the gluten free option, because the menu does mention batter.

The yam fries and polenta fries: Who doesn’t love a good yam fry? Especially with roasted garlic mayo. The good news is that the yam fries are gluten free! If you’re in the mood for something a little different, the polenta fries are also gluten free.

The salt and pepper squid: Squid may not be at the top of everyone’s food list, but based on how much I miss sharing a plate of succulent calamari, I think it’s up there for me! Jalapenos add a little spice to this gluten free dish.

The sweet chili chicken and fries: This is a sweet and spicy gluten free option for people who may be missing chicken and fries.

The sauteed kale and mushrooms: This starter is both vegan and gluten free.

The kale caesar salad: The cashew tofu dressing, roasted garlic, and a balsamic reduction might just make kale worth eating!

The butternut and kabocha squash soup: This rich and hearty soup is gluten free. Just make sure to order it without the crispy onions, as these are not gluten free.

The chocolate cake: Yes, gluten free chocolate cake. Your eyes do not deceive you! It’s topped with chocolate sauce and a scoop of good old vanilla ice cream.

The Callebaut chocolate pyramid: If you’re not in the mood for cake, there’s a second gluten free chocolate option. Rich Belgian chocolate and pears poached in red wine will definitely make you want to save room for dessert.

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Gluten free Asian chicken wrap

What to Watch Out For:

The soy sauce: Since many of the dishes are Chinese-style, soy sauce is a main component in some of the dishes. Anything labeled with “sweet soy” is not gluten free. If you have any questions about the sauce on a particular dish, just ask one of the staff members!

The wontons: Wontons are a common ingredient in many Chinese dishes, but unfortunately, they’re not gluten free.

The dumplings, buns, spring rolls, and potstickers: They look and sound delicious, but the casings of these Chinese mainstays are not gluten free.

The Service:

Wild Rice prides itself on catering to a wide range of dietary restrictions while maintaining a unique and fresh flavour. Their menu is, by far, the easiest menu to navigate, because all of the gluten free options are clearly labeled. The staff members know the menu quite well, and are able to explain any modifications needed to make your favourite dish gluten free. The last time I was in, the server explained that the gluten free Asian chicken wrap has pan fried chicken instead of deep fried chicken, and made sure that was OK before entering the order. Since modifications may be necessary, it’s a good idea to let the staff know that you’re gluten free. Although the kitchen is not a 100% gluten free environment, they are careful to avoid cross contamination.

The Restaurant:

Wild Rice is conveniently located in the River Market on the Quay. Large windows look over the waterfront, giving diners a lovely view of the river and mountains. In warm weather, there’s also a large patio area. Concrete and a shiny open-concept kitchen give off an industrial vibe, which is relieved by warm wood tables, colourful paper lanterns, and local artwork on the walls. It’s a popular place on weekends (especially sunny weekends), so reservations are recommended. You can make reservations directly through their website, or by giving them a call.

The Verdict:

If you’re looking for a wide selection of fresh, delicious gluten free food, then Wild Rice is definitely the place to go. Their unique dishes, convenient location, knowledgeable staff, and easy to navigate menu make it a dream for gluten free diners. It’s a great place to enjoy a cocktail, meal, and a view.

Happy chilling!

 

If this is your business and your gluten free options have changed, please let me know! My goal is to provide the most up to date information on New Westminster’s gluten free choices.

Angelina’s Restaurant: Best Gluten Free Breakfast in New Westminster

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One of the best breakfasts I ever had was a slightly crisp pannekoek the size of my plate, smothered in melted gouda, sliced mushrooms, and chunks of perfectly-cooked bacon. You might not believe it, but I didn’t discover this breakfast until after I found out I couldn’t have gluten! Angelina’s Restaurant on the Quay proves that authentic Dutch breakfasts don’t need to contain gluten to be exceptional. (Or egg-ceptional)

Gluten Free Options at Angelina’s:

The pannekoeken: They’re very proud of their gluten free pannekoeken, and it shows. The other gluten free pannekoeken I’ve tried have been closer to doughy pancakes. But the ones at Angelina’s are thin, slightly crisp, and have that proper “bubbly” texture. They’re cooked separately from the pannekoeken that contain gluten, so there’s less risk of cross contamination. You can order the pannekoeken with a variety of sweet or savoury toppings. My personal favourite is the bacon, mushroom, and cheese (with your choice of cheese).

The toast: If you’re in the mood for a more traditional breakfast, gluten free toast is part of their bread selection. It’s not mentioned on the menu, but it is available. Just ask one of the friendly staff!

The breakfast platters: There’s only one word to describe the breakfast platters at Angelina’s: EPIC. They come with your choice of meat (the meat options are all gluten free) or a vegetarian option, 2 eggs, roasted potatoes, fresh fruit, and gluten free toast. And the meat is not limited to a mere two or three strips of bacon, oh no. The few times I’ve been hungry enough to order the platter, the bacon covered more than half of the plate! It was the only instance in recorded history where I’ve been unable to finish all the bacon put in front of me.

The fruit bowl: If you feel like a lighter breakfast, try the fruit bowl. It’s legendary! I haven’t found a fruit bowl yet that can match Angelina’s for variety of fruit and freshness.

The omelettes: The 3-egg omelettes are gluten free, and are also served with roasted potatoes, fresh fruit, and toast.

The hash: The ingredients in the hash don’t contain gluten, but make sure to order it without hollandaise, and with gluten free toast.

What to Watch Out For:

The hollandaise: The hollandaise sauce is made from a mix, and contains gluten.

The waffles and French toast: They may look delicious, but the waffles and French toast are not gluten free. Try a gluten free pannekoek with a fruity topping and whipped cream if you’re looking to indulge your sweet tooth.

The Eggs Benedict: This breakfast classic has hollandaise and English muffins, so it’s not safe for gluten intolerant breakfasters.

The Service:

The staff is quite knowledgeable when it comes to gluten free breakfast options. On my first visit there, I mentioned that I was gluten free, and the server ran over the menu in detail, listing what I could have and what wasn’t safe. Although the restaurant is not a 100% gluten free environment, they are aware of the potential for cross contamination, and cook the gluten free items separately to try and prevent it. The service is unfailingly friendly and attentive, even during the busiest hours.

The Restaurant:

With its convenient location right on the Quay, Angelina’s is a very popular spot for breakfast. If you go on a weekend, especially around brunch, be prepared for a bit of a wait. But the food is absolutely worth waiting for! Since their focus is breakfast and lunch, they’re open from 6:30 AM until 2:30 PM Monday through Friday. To accommodate later breakfast-seekers on weekends, they stay open until 3:00 PM.

The restaurant itself is rather small, which is why there’s often a wait for a table. However, it’s bright and clean, with large windows, and fresh flowers on the tables year-round. In warmer weather, they often set up a few tables outside, so you can enjoy a view of the river as you eat. Dutch-style decorations are dotted here and there, adding personality and charm.

The Verdict:

Angelina’s is a bright, cozy place to enjoy an exceptional gluten free breakfast. Their pannekoeken are amazing, their breakfast platters epic, and the service is fast and friendly.

Happy pannekoeking!

 

If this is your business and your gluten free options have changed, please let me know! My goal is to provide the most up to date information on New Westminster’s gluten free choices.

Old Spaghetti Factory: Gluten Free Pasta in Downtown New West

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Before I found out I couldn’t have gluten, one of my favourite meals was a heaping plate of rich, flavourful pasta, washed down with a pint of beer. Spaghetti, rotini, penne, it was all good! When my diagnosis put an end to that, I started experimenting at home. But I’m a lazy chef, and missed having someone else make pasta for me. I didn’t have to miss it for long! The Old Spaghetti Factory has gluten free options that have resurrected my love of pasta-filled nights out.

Gluten Free Options at Old Spaghetti Factory:

The green salad: This might seem like an obvious one, but lots of restaurants hide gluten in salads with things like croutons and dressings that contain gluten. At Old Spaghetti Factory, the ranch, 1000 island, and house-made Italian dressings are gluten free. The Italian dressing is tangy and bold, so I highly recommend it!

The pasta: The gluten free pasta option is corn penne, cooked slightly al dente. I’m a fan of corn pasta, because it tends to be lighter and less chewy than many rice pastas. This pasta can be ordered with the following gluten free sauces:

  • Marinara
  • Mushroom sauce
  • Mizithra cheese
  • Cheesy baked tomato chicken pasta
  • Seafood alfredo
  • Red Thai curry
  • Seafood marinara
  • Pesto

I usually get the “Manager’s Favourite,” which is two different sauces over a plate of pasta. My most-ordered combination is mushroom sauce and mizithra cheese. The button mushrooms are tender, and the mizithra cheese is salty and rich. If I’m feeling a bit fancy, my other go-to gluten free dish is the red Thai curry with chicken or prawns.

The grilled meat: If you’re in the mood for something hot off the grill, Old Spaghetti Factory has that covered too. They offer steak or lemon garlic chicken breast. Just make sure to specify it’s the gluten free option, because both come served on a bed of pasta.

The ice cream: You’re never too old to enjoy ice cream! Old Spaghetti Factory’s signature spumoni is gluten free, so go ahead and indulge.

The drinks: Although beer is an off-limits menu item, they have an extensive array of beverages that are safe for thirsty gluten intolerant people.

What to Watch Out For:

The soup: All the meals include either soup or salad as a starter, but the soup is not gluten free. Stick with the green salad to be safe.

The caesar salad: It might be tempting to order a caesar salad without croutons as a starter, but unfortunately, the caesar dressing is also not gluten free.

The meat sauce: Both the regular meat sauce and the spicy meat sauce contain gluten. If you’re feeling carnivorous, I recommend ordering chicken pasta.

The free bread: Each table is served a loaf of warm sourdough bread with butter. It looks delicious, it smells delicious, but it’s absolutely 100% not gluten free! I just enjoy it vicariously through my table mates.

The Service:

No matter how many times I’ve gone to Old Spaghetti Factory, I never cease to be impressed at how careful the staff is when it comes to gluten free. They always verify that gluten free requests are due to an allergy, and let you know if the gluten free dish will take longer than their normal service time. Once, the manager even came out to assure me that they would take every precaution to avoid cross contamination! This level of care ensures I’ll always be back for more.

The Restaurant:

In some ways, stepping into the Old Spaghetti Factory is like stepping back in time. This is especially appropriate in New Westminster, with its abundance of heritage buildings and status as the oldest city in Western Canada. Stained glass, polished wood, and deep red carpets create an atmosphere of cozy antiquity. If you’re lucky, your table might even be located in the refurbished trolley car in the middle of the restaurant!

Old Spaghetti Factory is known for their all-inclusive meals. When the menu says “It’s all included,” they mean it. The price of the pasta includes a salad starter, your main course, ice cream for dessert, and tea or coffee. (As well as bread for your gluten-eating companions.) It’s great value for gluten free people on a budget.

The Verdict:

The Old Spaghetti Factory is a fun, casual place to enjoy a consistently good gluten free meal. They have gluten free options to suit a wide variety of tastes, they’re careful and knowledgeable, and you’ll always leave full and satisfied.

Happy spaghetti twirling!

 

If this is your business and your gluten free options have changed, please let me know! My goal is to provide the most up to date information on New Westminster’s gluten free choices.