I often get questions from readers looking for recommendations about where to dine gluten-free in destinations that I haven’t visited (or, at least, haven’t visited since being diagnosed with celiac disease). I make the same suggestion to all of them, which is to check out the Gluten-Free Guidebook Group on Facebook. The great thing about this group is that it has a discussion board where people can ask questions and share recommendations. I’ve been impressed by how helpful people are, and I’m grateful to everyone who has contributed their time to the group.
One popular destination that people often ask about is Paris, a place I haven’t visited in the past five years. Fortunately, reader Ellen Maycock has, and she shared her very helpful suggestions with the Facebook group. She was enthusiastic about one Parisian restaurant in particular:
I’m just back from Paris. I highly recommend a totally GF restaurant, in Montmartre! It is Des Si et des Mets, located at 63, rue Lepic in the 18th. Metro stops Abesses or Blanche, phone 01.42.55.19.61. I had two excellent meals there. What a treat to be able to order *anything* from the menu! Our waitress one evening said she was a celiac. I don’t know if they speak English, but they were extremely friendly. (You might want to bring a small dictionary to translate the menu.) The *entire* restaurant is gluten-free, so you don’t need to worry about cross-contamination. The prices are moderate for Paris â€” you can get a very nice 3-course meal for 26 euros.
Ellen also had some helpful general recommendations for celiacs who visit Paris:
If you have any cooking facilities, you’ll be in good shape. There’s a great organic market every Sunday morning on the Blvd. Raspail. I found GF items in the Monoprix (major grocery chain), and in some health food stores. I was told about good bread in Naturalia, but didn’t try any.
I was anxious about dealing with GF in Paris â€” my first trip there after my diagnosis in January â€” but I felt very well (better than in the States).
Other readers have written recently to share their gluten-free discoveries. One couple, Lynne and Ernie, passed along a terrific recommendation for the Niagara region:
Cafe Amore (211 Martindale Road in St. Catharines, Ontario) is our favorite restaurant. They have rice pasta and all the sauces are gluten-free. They have gluten-free desserts and amazing dinner rolls. They are all very aware of cross-contamination issues and are more than helpful when it comes to ordering a safe gluten-free meal. This is a place that is worth spending time at while visiting the Niagara area.
Another reader, Nadine, wrote to share a couple of discoveries she’d made:
I have a recommendation for a restaurant in La Jolla, California: George’s at the Cove. I had a fish taco that was out of this world delicious. It was one of the restaurant’s specialties and my server told me it was gluten-free. Also, there is a bakery in the small town of Bristol, New Hampshire: Cornucopia Catering and Bakery. It bakes gluten-free breads and pastries. It’s the only bakery for miles and their products are worth the trip. I’ve had their cinnamon buns and a pecan bread, which were fantastic.
One more recommendation came from my friend Danyael Halprin, a journalist who lives in Calgary. She told me about a dedicated gluten-free restaurant called A Tasty Menu. Its offerings include plenty for vegans and vegetarians, and the lactose intolerant. There’s also a special menu for kids.
A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has contributed suggestions and recommendations. Please keep them coming!
Ehm. Sorry to break the bad news, A Tasty Menu, has been closed for about 2 month now.
They are looking for a buyer to carry on the only 100% GF restaurant in town.
We’re not a restaurant, but we’re the next best thing- Calgary’s only 100% GF meal delivery service.
Copper Pot Creations is owned and run by a celiac chef and offers pickup in the retail store or free delivery within city limits. Some of the offerings include Bombay Chicken, Thai Green Curry Beef, Penne Bolognese and Shepherd’s pie to name a few. Meals are frozen and ready to heat in the oven or microwave.
I just found your wonderful blog. If you need any more information on France I am a celiac living in Rouen in the Normandy region. I have traveled around a lot and have found some great restaurants all over France! You can also check out my blog for some of my travel experiences.