Gluten-Free Leprechauns Get Lucky on Vancouver Island

Lucky for the gluten-free and celiac community in Victoria and across Vancouver Island, we have a pot pourri of St. Patrick’s Day restaurant options from gluten-free cupcakes, fresh-squeezed juices to tinted Bard’s Beer.

Gluten Free St Patricks Day Victoria

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Big Wheel Burger – The only thing better than a Big Wheel Burger is two Big Wheel Burgers! Lucky for Victoria – Big Wheel Burger has two locations to serve us !Delicious! Real! Fast Food!  Both Big Wheel Burgers boast dedicated, gluten-free deep fryers and prep stations. Best of all, you can watch your burger being prepared – and can quiz kitchen staff on just how carefully they are attending to your order read more …

341 Cook St 250-381-0050 and 703 Vernon Ave • 778-265-5140

Bitez Sandwich Bar

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Bitez Sandwich Bar – When news of Bitez Sandwich and Espresso Bar reached The Celiac Scene,  we asked owner Doug Kobayashi for a personal tour of his operation and we were mightily impressed. With written assurances from his suppliers that ingredients for the wraps, buns, meats and toppings are gluten free; a separate gluten-free prep section; well-trained staff read more … 310 Goldstream Avenue, Colwood • 250-474-2828

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Joint Pizzeria – The Joint Pizzeria and Deli has been serving the gluten free with integrity for more than ten years. Almost every pizza can be made to be gluten-free, dairy-free or vegan! Staff are fully informed and can advise diners about  gluten-free pizzas, toppings and how to modify meals to suit additional sensitivities. Take and Bake option:  your gluten-free pizza can be par-baked (for either pickup or delivery), then cooked at home or  read more … 1219 Wharf Street, Victoria • 250-389-2226

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La Fogata Latina is British Columbia’s ONLY Colombian restaurant. Their homestyle Latin-American offerings are hand-made with only the freshest local ingredients. Enjoy corn flour arepas, deep-fried cassava and plantains, empanadas, pupusas and Colombian music. Diners have been known to spill out into the sidewalks and start dancing. Open to midnight on Fridays, 3am on read more … 749 View Street – Victoria • 250-381-2233


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Noodle Box – Voted #1 Take Out in Vancouver, Victoria is where this wildly popular eat-in / take-out resto got its start as a humble food cart. With locations across Vancouver Island, BC and Alberta, expect fun, high energy staff – and diners – on the same page for safe and delicious gluten-free food! Line up to order, NoodleBox is where to see and be seen! Standard Protocol – every read more … See Island Locations


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Olive Grove Restaurant – Mentored by the founder of the Victoria Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association over 20 years ago, The Olive Grove is proud to be the first restaurant in Victoria to have offered a separate celiac-friendly menu! They have mastered the art of serving the gluten free, their family and friends with a comprehensive ‘Celiac Menu’ that offers a full gamut of  read more … 4496 West Saanich Road, Victoria • 250-479-9361

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Pirate Chips – has two dedicated gluten-free fryers to serve their gluten-free and celiac customers. Not only that, the Buckaneers have the buns to serve us gluten-free burgers, oyster burgers and halibut burgers. Enjoy New Grist Gluten-Free Beer.  Tuesdays: Kids Under 8 Eat Free. Wednesdays: All-You-Can-Eat Gluten-Free Cod Fish & Chips. Gluten-lover menu and so much read more … 75 Front Street, Nanaimo • 250-753-CHIP

Rock Cod Cafe

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Rock Cod Cafe – What do you get when a commercial fisherman owns a seafood restaurant? “Food that is fresh, makes you feel good and reminds you of home! The perfect place to warm your soul!” Rock Cod Cafe saluted by Shaw TV and You Gotta Eat Here! It’s not just the food that gives Rock Cod Cafe its great reputation. Owner Jacob Hökanson commits, “If the ocean is going to look after me, it’s my obligation to read more … 1759 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay • 250-746-1550


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Route 14 Sooke – is the iconic neighbourhood pub where everyone knows your name – and the server has your favourite Bard’s Beer – ready for you – before you even sit down. If you’re visiting Vancouver Island for the first time – Route 14 Pub is your last chance to dine gluten free before you read more … 6686 Sooke Rd, Sooke • 778-352-1414

Taco Revolution Red Arrow Duncan

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Taco Revolution – is Vancouver Island’s only 100% gluten-free food truck! Tacos once found only under the hot Mexico sun are now available at a street, market or festival near you! Handmade from scratch with ingredients sourced to be gluten free. Find them via The Celiac Scene Events Page.  Read more …

The Uncommon Carrot

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The Uncommon Carrot is a gluten-free zone, perfect for the health-conscious and completely safe for celiacs, their family and friends! Offering fresh juices and smoothies, clean-eating foods – to eat in – or to go,  ‘UC’ is dedicated to offering vegan, dairy-free and nut-free options read more … • 2000 Townsend Rd (right behind Route 14), Sooke • 250-514-4484

Sante Gluten-Free Cafe

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Sante Gluten-Free Cafe – Hanna Kofman is a foodie first and a celiac second.  Quality is her priority. Sante Gluten-Free Cafe was establish in March 2010 because Hanna was adamant that the local or visiting gluten-free, their family and friends had a right to enjoy delicious food, in a completely safe environment. With careful research and the season’s best, freshest produce, Sante read more…  2630 Quadra Street, Victoria • 250-590-7174


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Six Mile Pub – The 160 year-old View Royal pub that served the Gold Rush now sets the gold standard for gluten free. Pub fare created with culinary flare, Six Mile is proud to serve ‘SIX-Nature’ chicken wings, deep-fried halibut and – wait for it –  safe french fries & yam fries cooked in a dedicated deep fryer! Menus are updated with the seasons, safe for celiacs and delicious for read more … 494 Old Island Highway, View Royal • 250-478-3121

Wild Poppy Bakery & Bistro

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Wild Poppy Bakery and Bistro – is a must-visit destination for anyone with any connection at all to gluten free – and if you love fabulous baking in general. 100% gluten and peanut free, and delicious by any standard, Wild Poppy offers an absolutely scrumptious array of gluten-free cheese cakes, cookies, fruit tarts, granola and everything you could ask for in a deli. Heaven on earth read more … 541 1st Avenue, Ladysmith • 250-924-8696

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Union Street Grill

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Union Street Grill A must-experience gluten-free menu for locals and tourists alike! Union Street Grill’s recipe is simple and effective – provide the Comox Valley with three essential ingredients: good food, good drinks and good times. This happening hot spot is completely gluten free except for outsourced ‘gluten’ burger buns, tortillas, focaccia and potato-rosemary bread. Only gluten-free flours are used on site. Dedicated deep fryer read more …  477 5th Street, Courtenay 250-897-0081

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Using The Celiac Scene as your guide on Vancouver Island. Ask the right questions, call ahead and collaborate with your chef or server. There is every reason for you to be able to negotiate a gluten-free free meal, wherever you go!