Taste of Kingston | Gluten-Free Dishcrawl

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

With a mix of older people and a few young ones in their twenties, the Gluten-Free Dishcrawl Kingston was once again a success on November 19th.

But you may ask, what is gluten-free? In lamest terms, being a Celiac means an individual cannot consume the substance of gluten found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye as it will damage their small intestine.

Now days, the food industry has come a long way since we were younger and most mainstream grocery stores have a line of gluten-free products in their health food section but sometimes it's nice to dine out and not worry about picking a restaurant based on your restrictions. Well that is not the case in Downtown Kingston!

The guessing game of Dishcrawl Kingston and a slight chill in the air, the Grizzly Grill was the first location of the evening. Guests gathered at the back of the restaurant in a cozy type living room atmosphere. With a warm fire to sit around and a bar steps away, this was a good chance to mingle before our meal as Chef Ryan Pitt prepped them. With hunger setting in, patience exited the room (for me at least, as a slight hunger headache settled in) and we were directed to our table at the front of the restaurant where our platters swiftly came out of the kitchen. The food was delightful and presentation was well executed in terms of keeping it simple but highlighting each portion served. The maple pepper bacon was most definitely my favourite!

Once done, we bundled up and made our way to The Works Gourmet Burgers just down the street. General Manager Evan Cheetham dubbed "Easy Cheesy Cheetham" was full of life as he greeted the group as we took our seats. He introduced The Works new menu which featured some fabulous new items and classic ones too. The look of the menu was spectacular with keeping with the brand of the franchise. We were treated to two assortments of burgers with gluten-free buns where one of which had avocado. Ah hello it was amazing! A gluten-free Magnum's cider was graciously paired with the meal as well. Talk about Manager with the most, get it? Host with the most!. Ha! I crack myself up sometimes.

With satisfied tummies and freebie shake for our next visit (mmm strawberry), a brisk ten minute walk brought us to Frankie Pestos on Ontario St. An Italian eatery, this was my first visit to the restaurant and it was very welcoming but Italian and gluten-free? Yes, it is possible! Frankie Pestos did a great job at incorporating traditional dishes such as pasta and serving it gluten-free. As a Celiac, an individual should be treated like every other client and not stand as an advocate. Asking for food without gluten should be effortless and restaurants in Downtown Kingston are very accommodating to medical conditions and allergies. 

Sipps Coffee and Dessert Bar was the perfect place to end the evening. The group was spoiled with a marvellous looking flourless turtle cheesecake. Silence took over the room as everyone indulged in their first few bites and sipped on warm bevies. This place is must for a first date, study spot or emerging yourself in cheesecake heaven.

Despite the cold walks from each restaurant, learning about gluten-free foods was an eye opener and a treat.

Come experience your own culinary adventure!

Scrumptious details of the dishes from our gluten-free crawl:

The  Grizzly Grill | 395 Princess St, Kingston, Ontario

Beet and Goat Cheese Salad 
Sliced beets, pecan crusted goat cheese, maple pepper bacon, arugula and persevered red onions dressed with a citrus vinaigrette.

Grilled Lamb Chop
Mixed greens with a citrus vinaigrette, honey Dijon mustard sauce, simple grilled lamb chop.

Yellow Fin Tuna
Grilled yellow tuna served on a delicious tomato arugula quinoa.

{The Grizzly Grill}

The Works Gourmet Burgers Kingston | 289 Princess St, Kingston, Ontario

Waldork Salad
Leafy spring mix, red onions, chopped beets, ripe avocado, walnuts, grilled pear, crumbly blue cheese, balsamic vinaigrette.

Tony Nirvana
Fresh avocado, beachhouse sauce, sun dried tomatoes and feta cheese on all beef patty with a gluten free bun.

Growler Five-0
A chicken burger with field mushrooms, smokey BBQ, cheddar and double smoked bacon on a gluten free bun.

{The Works}

{The Works}

Frankie Pestos Italian Eatery | 167 Ontario Street, Kingston, Ontario

Caesar Salad
Housemade dressing with romaine lettuce and fresh parmesan shavings.

Penne Pasta
Gluten free penne tossed in a house tomato sauce, white wine, garlic, chopped basil, mussels.

Pizza
Gluten free pizza dough with basil pesto, roasted red peppers, kalamata olives, balsamic onions, goat cheese.

{Frankie Pestos Italian Eatery}

Sipps Coffee & Dessert Bar | 33 Brock St, Kingston, Ontario

Cheesecake
Flourless turtle cheesecake with a walnut base, gluten free snicker doodle cookie baked with coconut flour.

{Sipps Coffee and Dessert Bar}

To accommodate my tree nut allergy, I was given the best tasting lemon tart I've ever had thus far. 

{Sipps Coffee and Dessert Bar}

Oh and wait!

There is a 2 for 1 ticket giveaway on FRIDAY for the Twelve Days of Christmas Kingston Dishcrawl!

Enjoy!

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