Edmonton pubs with gluten-free eats that delight

Enjoying some snacks while out at a pub with friends can be a challenge when you’re eating gluten-free, simply because many bar snacks, by nature, are breaded. But, celiacs and those with a gluten sensitivity no longer have to pass on the wings, thanks to these Edmonton bars, lounges and pubs with gluten-free options on the menu.

Central Social Hall

100-10909 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 3L9

This downtown bar and lounge keeps their kitchen open till 2 a.m., making it ideal for a late night snack. Their menu has multiple gluten-free options, including appetizers and main dishes, such as spicy chicken tacos, kettle chips and dip, and poutine. They even offer some classic pub favourites, including wings and nachos, as gluten-free dishes, meaning you never have to pass on appies when you’re out with friends. Plus, every gluten-free item on the menu is helpfully labelled, so you never have to guess.

Craft Beermarket

10013 101A Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0C3

Their Korean satay lettuce wraps are an excellent gluten-free appetizer that is big enough to satisfy the hungriest pub-goer; plus, it’s healthy, with turkey skewers, rice, marinated vegetable slaw and pieces of butter leaf lettuce to wrap it all up. The Baja fish tacos can also be made gluten-free, by substituting corn wraps or lettuce wraps for the regular flour shells. Craft Beer Market also offers a gluten-free version of their popular flatbreads, including Tuscan veggie, gaucho chicken and prosciutto arugula.

The Bothy Wine & Whiskey Bar

5482 Calgary Trail NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 4J8

This Scottish pub has gluten-free entrees, such as herb-infused salmon with vanilla clam butter, crushed baby potatoes, vegetables and garlic aioli and Bothy buco – a beef, brown onion and tomato ragu with mashed potatoes and zucchini. They also serve appetizers, including lamb lollipops with pureed garden peas, mint and Parmesan and a beet salad with pecans and chevre coulis. The mixed tomato salad with fresh bocconcini and arugula is also a great option. Plus, they offer several gluten-free dessert options, including vanilla bean crème brulee and black forest panna cotta.

Arcadia Bar

10988 124th Street, Edmonton, AB T5M 0H8

This vegan bar also offers plenty of gluten-free goodies, making it a haven for those who normally can’t enjoy pub grub. With tasty treats such as Popcorn or Glory, Nelson’s Freedom Nachos and Kale Chips for Doomed Youth, people with celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity will never feel like they’re missing out on a great night. The Che Gordita, created from locally made white corn tortillas filled with falafel, corn, onions, lettuce, salsa and melted cheese, is also a great gluten-free snack or meal.

The Underground Tap & Grill

10004 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1R3

There are tons of gluten-free options on the big menu at Underground Tap & Grill, all helpfully labelled. Appetizers, such as vegetable pakora, adobo buffalo duck wings, blackened sirloin tips, wings and poutine with duck confit, cheese curds and homemade duck gravy, will ensure your gluten-free friend won’t go hungry during girls’ night out. There are also several gluten-free salad choices on the menu, plus entrees, including polenta gnocchi, curry chicken stir-fry atop rice, pad Thai, sirloin steak, wild salmon and Cuban stew.

MKT Fresh Food | Beer Market

8101 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 3X8

If you crave one of MKT’s sandwiches, such as the pulled pork sandwich or the clubhouse, but can’t eat wheat, you can request a gluten-free bun or bread for an extra $1. Some of their appetizers, such as the wings and nachos, can also be made gluten-free, in addition to several gluten-free salads. For entrees, try the steak frites. Bonus: Almost all of their side dishes, including the Century slaw, creamed corn, French fries and mashed potatoes are gluten free. For dessert, indulge in a float created from Dad’s Root Beer and locally made Pinocchio vanilla bean ice cream.

Original Joe's

8404 109 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 1E2

This laid-back pub has a separate gluten-free menu to make ordering easier. Almost all of their sandwiches and burgers can be made gluten-free, with some slight adjustments. The applewood salmon club, in particular, is delicious, with salmon, avocado, peppered bacon, lettuce, tomato and red pepper aioli. Under appetizers, the Long Beach fish tacos can be made gluten-free (with romaine boats instead of wraps), and so can the wings, nachos, short ribs, sweet potato fries and hummus (with fresh veggies instead of naan bread). Most of the salads are also gluten-free, including the delectable Thai chicken salad.

The Next Act Pub & Grill

8224 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 4E6

There may not be a ton of options for celiacs here, but the Next Act Pub deserves a mention simply because they offer poutine with gluten-free gravy (they also have a vegan option). Poutine is a tricky item for gluten-free eaters, because gravy is usually thickened with flour. But, Next Act manages to top their homecut fries and fresh cheese curds with a gluten-free version that is yummy, ensuring no celiac has to go without comfort food ever again.

The Pint

100-10125 109 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 3P1

Their somewhat chaotic menu makes things a little easier by letting diners know how to make some of their items gluten-free. For example, their list of 40 flavours of wings denotes which sauces are gluten-free – seven pepper, sweet chili, red hot, extra hot, honey mustard, maple, salt and pepper, garlic, and parmesan and herb all qualify. Their tacos can be made with corn tortillas, while the Asian lettuce wraps are A-OK, as long as you order them with sweet chili sauce. You can even get a gluten-free bun for your burger, for an extra $2.

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