This past weekend I visited my good friend in Sudbury, Ontario. It was so nice to have a girls weekend together; chatting, shopping and exploring her hometown that I had never visited before. She had told me that the weekend was going to include many food adventures, and I was happy for that! Of course the restaurants we ate at were either gluten free or had gluten free options.
The Laughing Buddha was the restaurant we went to on Friday evening. It is a casual, intimate spot, with wooden tables and chairs. The menu includes items such as sandwiches, pizza, salads and different dips and bites for appetizers. I loved the assortment of different pizzas, however it made it difficult to choose which one I wanted! The pizzas had a gluten free crust option for an additional $1.77, so of course I opted for that. I had the ‘Llama Rama’ pizza, which included: ham, pepperoni, bacon, red onion, green pepper, mushroom, mozzarella and cheddar. The crust was a thin crust, so it made it easier for me to eat the whole plate of pizza…I was so hungry! I really enjoyed my meal at The Laughing Buddha. The service was pretty good, and there wasn’t a long wait to get our food. The pizza was still piping hot once it came to the table and I loved the amount of meat they put on the pizza, there was a hefty amount of toppings. I also liked how fresh everything tasted on the pizza, the veggies seemed freshly sliced, and the bacon on the pizza tasted very fresh (not that packaged crumbly bacon). With my pizza I sipped on a margarita…which was delicious, and the price was amazing – $4. If you’re a beer connoisseur (and not allergic to gluten), this is the place to go, they have a very large beer menu, from beers all around the world. I did wish they had a gluten free beer option though!
On Saturday night we went to The Hour Glass Restaurant & Lounge. As soon as I stepped into the restaurant I knew I would love it. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but I did, and luckily my judgement was correct. I loved the decor and atmosphere of this little restaurant. There was a mix of new and old, with brick and funky artwork. What came next was even better…a complete dedicated gluten free menu. Every menu item had the alternative to be made gluten free, even the battered fish and chips. I ended up ordering the ‘P.L.T’, a spin off of the good ol’ B.L.T, made with prosciutto instead of bacon. It was really delicious and I believe it was made on O’Dough’s bread. I had a side caesar salad with my sandwich, and I’d have to say it was probably one of the best caesar salads I’ve had. The lettuce had the right amount of dressing, with a perfect balance of tangy and sweet. The cheese was freshly grated parmesan, on top of the salad was a single piece of crispy bacon, and within the salad were these enormous salty capers, it was just delicious. I really wish I had room for dessert, because all of the dessert items were made in house and were gluten free, such as cheesecake (*drool), tiramisu, and a pecan brownie sundae. Typing these desserts is stirring up a huge sweets craving! I really wish The Hour Glass was in Toronto, but I guess I’ll just have to visit Sudbury again and come with a bigger appetite.
On Sunday we were going to visit Crumbz Bakery, a dedicated gluten free bakery. However, it was unfortunately closed for the day. I think I would have been very indecisive if we had gone though, because the assortment of baked goods sounds crazy…coffee cake, butter tarts, stuffed cookies, cinnamon buns, pies…oh my…Check out there website, it sounds amazingly delicious – I can’t wait to visit the next time I’m in Sudbury.
So, if you were thinking of travelling to Sudbury and you have a gluten allergy, there are enough gluten free restaurants to visit!
Thank you Sudbury for providing a great gluten free adventure!