Oh man, just looking at the picture of this delicious burger from Burger Bus makes me want to fly back for another one! I was lucky enough to travel this June to Vancouver and eat my way around the city. If you find yourself in this beautiful city, you have to check out some of these delicious and tummy-friendly places to eat!
1. Burger Bus
If you are avoiding gluten, you MUST find the Burger Bus at the corner of Robson and Hornby downtown. This was the most delicious, soft, fluffy gluten-free bun I have ever had the pleasure of eating… oh my. This bun totally tasted like normal bread – and the guy who runs the bus wouldn’t even give me the name of his supplier… it’s a well-protected secret! This lovely piece of foodie heaven has both gluten-free and regular wheat buns plus an incredible burger menu featuring local and organic ingredients. The day I visited, I choose to try both the organic angus burger as well as the organic bison burger with tomato, organic mixed greens, and cilantro lime mayo (I shared of course!). The Burger Bus also offers chicken, lamb, and veggie burgers so everyone on your team can enjoy something they love. If you’re working a low FODMAP diet, try to resist the fried onions as they may cause you some digestive distress.
2. The Wallflower
The lovely writers of the Gluten-free Vancouver blog sent me a recommendation to try this restaurant complete with an edgy vibe and a long list of menu items free of both gluten and lactose (Horray!). So if you’re one of my fellow low FODMAP people check out the delicious good-for-your-belly choices like the Baked Mac & Cheesey, Grandma’s Fried Chicken, or the Vegan Poutine! And you absolutely need to try the Chocolate Peanut Ice Cream Sandwich – oh what a treat!
3. The Granville Market
I spent a few hours at the Public Market on Granville Island. It had many gluten-free options that are clearly identified. It was fun to walk around and taste little treats like elk pepperettes, spicy nuts, and macaroons … mmm what fun!
And finally, my last meal was at Tavola. A neighbourhood gem, just down the street from my best friend Andrea. I have been blessed with this amazing friendship since I was nine years old and of course, it was lovely to have a delicious Italian meal on a patio before I headed back to Ontario with Drea and her husband Jef. The staff at Tavola were very lovely when I mentioned I had a couple foods I was avoiding and helped me navigate the menu. Although I splurged on trying the Burrata (a real temptation for me!) we shared a variety of dishes that maybe weren’t completely low FODMAP – watch out for garlic – but fit the bill and did nicely including the spaghetti with a simple tomato sauce and gluten-free corn pasta and both the fish of the day and risotto of the day specials. It’s one of my biggest pet peeves when chefs add cream to a risotto, which is just wrong. The authentic stuff is just supposed to have a little parm my friends. Eat up!
If you’ve visited a foodie spot that offers delicious gluten-free, or close to low FODMAP dishes send me an email at: email@example.com. I’d love to share your recommendations with our readers.
Much love & good eating,