Go gluten-free at these tasty Vancouver restaurants

There was a time not too long ago when those who suffered from gluten intolerance or Celiac disease didn’t have much choice when it came to eating out. Now, though, with a gluten-free diet that’s gone mainstream and many people opting out of eating wheat, the playing field has greatly expanded. Here are some exceptional options.

Eternal Abundance

1025 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3X1

While this wholesome, all-natural deli focuses mainly on raw and vegan options, many of their menu items happen to be gluten free and all of their desserts are safe for making sure your sweet tooth is satisfied (despite them also being sugar free). Burritos and falafel wraps come in collard leaves, “pasta” is raw zucchini noodles smothered in addictive sauce and vegetables and naturally gluten-free buckwheat pancakes are a hearty start to the day.

The Acorn Restaurant

3995 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P3

This gorgeous dining room gaining all the country’s food magazine accolades serves strictly vegetarian dishes with seasonal vegetables in starring roles. Menu items are named for their featured vegetable but this straightforward description belies the creativity and flavour burst on your plate. All appetizers are gluten free as are four of the five mains and three of the four desserts. A dinner at Acorn is your ideal gluten-free date night.

Panne Rizo

1939 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1C8

A pioneer in the gluten-free movement, this Kitsilano café has been serving up wheat-free pastries, breads and lunches since 1998. Taking their commitment seriously, this is safe bet for Celiacs or anyone who’s just looking to cut out gluten from their diet. Offering all the comfort food you’d expect from a neighbourhood café — wraps, sandwiches, mac and cheese, chicken pot pies — nothing is sacrificed by omitting the harsh stuff. Award-winning and beloved of locals, Pane Rizzo is a gluten-intolerant’s best friend.

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