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

Monday, January 07, 2008

A Tasty Menu

Hey all! Just wanted to let you know that there is a new gluten free restaurant in Calgary, so if you're ever down south, you should check it out!

It is called "A Tasty Menu: Gluten Free Cuisine", and I hear it has some seriously delicious goodies! The owner, Barb, is a Celiac, and it would be awesome if we could all support her effort! By letting people know that there is a market for gluten free restaurants, we increase our chances of getting even more places willing to cater to us!

The address for a Tasty Menu is:

105-4202 17th Ave SE
Calgary, AB

If you get a chance to check it out, please post your comments here!

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This restaurant is fantastic!!
Tasty pizza, burgers and fries, and even great desserts (cake, pie, brownies, and cheese cake are the ones I've tried so far). And it's all gluten free!
The location is a little strange, but the excellent food and service make up for it.
They also offer take out pizza, and if you call ahead you can pre-order a batch or two of their amazing cheese buns. Definitely worth a visit...or two or three :)

3:56 p.m.

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Carolyn,

we are looking for students affected by celiac for a focus group discussion; if you (or other students in the greater Edmonton area) read my comment, and are interested in more background info, please send me an email,

-bodo.

+++++++++++++++++++++++
> Bodo Steiner, PhD
> Assistant Professor
> Department of Rural Economy
> 515 General Services Building
> University of Alberta
> Edmonton, Alberta
> T6G 2H1
>
> Phone: 780-492-0819
> Fax: (780) 492-0268
> E-mail: bsteiner@ualberta.ca
> http://www.ualberta.ca/~bsteiner

5:13 p.m.

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Carolyn,

Thank you so much for posting about "A Tasty Menu"! I have had customers from Edmonton telling me they found out about us via a blog, and I can only guess that it must be yours.

We hope to see you sometime soon. Let me know if you like chocolate cake :)

Renata
Manager, A Tasty Menu

9:16 p.m.

 
Anonymous Sally said...

I visited A Tasty Menu on the weekend. The prices are reasonable and the staff friendly. I ordered the homemade soup, hamburger with poutine fries. The cheese buns are made from scratch on the premises and it was excellent. Reservations are recommended on the weekends. They are closed Monday & Tuesday. Menu is online at www.atastymenu.ca

Sally

4:38 p.m.

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been there twice. The food is excellent. There is a wide range of menu items, including appetizers, burgers and dessert. You may need to make a reservation on the weekends. But I was headed out of town and wanted to know if they would do a pick-up. I phoned ahead and ordered and the time we got there the food was ready to go. Awesome place to go.

6:15 p.m.

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We ate here last week and it was great! My 6 year old daughter loved the thin crust pizza.
Thanks for an awesome meal with no gluten concerns!!!!!

10:19 a.m.

 
Anonymous C Pancucci said...

Hi Carolyn,

I visited the restaurant yesterday along with around 7 family members (5 of them coeliacs) and what a treat it was.

The area was a bit strange admittedly, and their 8pm closing time a slight drawback, but the food and service made up for it.

Build your own pizza. Burgers with home-made cheese buns. Fries with no need to ask what their fried in. The food was simply delicious and if only they were located in britain I would visit more often!

10:46 a.m.

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This place is AMAZING!!!!
I love the food, and they have
the best Burgers in Calgary....and their cake and buns are to die for!!
I eat there at least twice a month if not more :) definitely give it a shot and you will become an addict!

6:20 p.m.

 
Blogger aims said...

I've eaten here twice and the food is great!

It is so wonderful to be able to sit down in a restaurant and not worry about anything on the menu.

The owner is very friendly and chatty and really cares about serving good gluten-free food. She isn't a professional cook - but she's a good one!

1:24 p.m.

 
Blogger aims said...

Hey Carolyn

I was wondering if you would like to help launch a campaign for Fair Labelling Practises in Canada.

Last night I used Loblaws No Name Reduced Fat Cream of Mushroom Condensed Soup on my pork chops. There is no gluten listed on the label. However - within an hour I was sick and am still ill the next day.

I called Loblaws - the number given on the label - and talked to a woman who asked for the barcode. I gave her it and the one from the mashed potatoes box that I had also used. She said there was no gluten in either product.

Then I asked if there was a chance for cross contamination. She told me that the soup was made on a line that also used gluten in other products.

I'm too ill to be furious - just more resigned.

Anyway - I asked her what could be done about it. She told me to call Canada Food Inspection Agency at 1-800-442-2342.

The woman there passed me on to Fair Labelling Practises Program at 1-800-667-2657. All I got was an answering machine so I left a request that they call me. However - I also got an address.

Fair Labelling Practises Program
1124 Finch Ave. West
Unit 2
Toronto, Ontario
M3J 2E2

I was told by the woman at Loblaws that they are not required to label the fact that the product is made in a facility that also uses gluten.

We need to write to the Fair Labelling Practises Program and to our MLA's and to whoever else we can think of to get this changed. That woman also told me that Canada has very low standards in labelling laws as compared to the US and Europe.

Could you use your blog to get others involved in this? Obviously we need to make a stand for ourselves because our own government is not.

Thanks Carolyn.

1:38 p.m.

 
Blogger aims said...

(hoping to not inundate you with information)

I received a call this afternoon from a gentleman at Canada Food Inspection Agency. He inquired whether the product I had eaten was labelled 'gluten-free'. It was not. So not much they could do about it.

However - he did inform me that I should go to Health Canada website and look at what it had to say about food labelling. Changes have been proposed and it is supposedly in the works. I asked him what I could do about having my say in this. He suggested writing my MP. I also think a letter to everyone concerned and Prime Minister Stephen Harper is in order.

Here is the link that I found on the Health Canada website.

http://healthycanadians.ca/pr-rp/cfli-icepa_e.html

2:03 p.m.

 
Anonymous Vanessa McLearn said...

This place is amazing! My daughter and I both have Celiac's, and it has been a very long time since we have been able to go out and have a carefree meal together. We live in Edmonton, but will stop in every chance we get! We will be driving through this weekend, and I think it just might be the highlight of the entire trip :-D Any chance they'd consider opening A Tasty Menu in Edmonton?...hmmm...something to think about ladies! Highly recommend this great little place for both gluten free and gluten eaters alike!

10:56 p.m.

 

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