for people age 18-35, living in the Edmonton area, looking for good restaurants to eat gluten free

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Louisiana Purchase

We finally made it out for the first dinner club meeting of the year and it was a smashing success. A total of 13 people made it, with only 5 of us being diagnosed Celiacs and the rest being friends/family of Celiacs. Louisiana Purchase did a fabulous job of accommodating our special gluten free diet. Allyn (the manager) was great at listening to our concerns and did a great job throughout the evening.
When we were ready to order they were able to modify just about everything on the menu to be gluten free (with the exceptions of 3 of the soups, 2 appetizers and 2 of the entrees), and even pan fried or baked items that they normally do in the fryer. It is important to let your server know that you need a gluten free meal every time, so that they know to modify your meal if necessary and to cook it in a non-contaminated area.
The night started out great with gluten free dinner buns from Kinnikinnick (they do not normally keep these on hand, but had them ordered specially for us!). A few of us brave souls decided to try the appetizer special, alligator cubes on a skewer with hot sauce on a bed of black beans. The overall consensus was positive. If you didn't know that it was alligator it would probably just taste like a pork/chicken blend, but with a little more texture. The entrees came out, and they all looked great! I personally had the Chicken Lafitte, an absolutely fabulous dish with chicken and smoked salmon with a herb cream cheese & roasted red bell pepper sauce. It was served with delicious seasonal vegetables and your choice of potatoes or rice. I also sampled some of the Pecan Pork Medallions from Nick's plate. They were so tender! Jenny's Natchez Shrimp were also a great choice. At the end of the meal, a chocolate lover's dream appeared in the form of Natalie's birthday cake. Both the flourless chocolate cake and the strawberries with a balsamic sauce are gluten free.
Louisiana Purchase is a great Celiac Friendly choice that I highly recommend. Your taste buds will thank you! (Warning: Louisiana Purchase is a Cajun style restaurant, so many of the menu items are spicy).

Lousiana Purchase is located at 10320 111 Street. Call 780-420-6779.


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