Gluten-Free Taco Lovers Unite at Union Street Grill in Courtenay

union street grill tacos wpGluten-free taco lovers unite! Four things you need to know about your beloved taco!

Let’s get one thing out of the way. Tacos are delicious.

While that is salivatingly so, there is more to a taco than just its great taste. Here are some interesting fun-facts that you should know about this iconic Mexican dish. Just be aware that you might get a little hungry …

Before we get started, know that Union Street Grill sources its soft tacos from Abuelo’s Corn Tortilla Factory in Courtenay! Learn more about these authentic, locally made tacos and tortillas HERE!

1 Tacos are old, like really, really old.

While there is debate over when exactly the first taco was created, most experts agree that the first taco was invented somewhere between 1,000 and 500 B.C. Back in those days, the tortilla was used as an edible spoon to scoop up all the tasty ingredients.

2 There is a right time to eat tacos.

Despite the fact that most of us will eat tacos for lunch or dinner—or any time of day—Mexican people feel differently about when tacos should be eaten.

According to Mexican tradition, seafood tacos are meant to be eaten at lunch, while antojitos are meant to be eaten at dinner.

3 There is a specific day to celebrate tacos.

As important as routinely eating tacos every week is, we aren’t talking about Taco Tuesday here. (Hey, that’s today!) There are actually designated celebratory days that promote the consumption of tacos each year.

In Canada and the United States, the national day to celebrate tacos is October 4. In Mexico, Dia del Taco (Day of the Taco) is celebrated on March 31.

Be sure to add these important taco loving dates to your calendar each year. There’s no reason why you can’t celebrate both!

4 Taco means “light lunch”

The word taco can be roughly translated into the popular meaning of “light lunch”. Seems a little odd considering that tacos are hard to resist, but we aren’t ones to judge.

Our fabulous fish tacos will certainly satisfy all your lunch cravings! We also serve them for dinner, along with our grilled prawn tacos.

Both of these popular items can be found on our famous gluten-free menu as well.

Union Street Grill loves tacos so they serve them seven days a week! If your mouth is watering, call 250.897.0081 to make a reservation. Or, just stop by! Click to learn more about Union Street Grill.

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NEWS! March 20, 2017: Union Street Re-Opens with Sleek New Design

Comox Valley posted Mar 20, 2017 at 11:00 AM

“Union Street Grill & Grotto is elevating the downtown Courtenay dining game. The Downtown Courtenay restaurant re-opened Monday, March 20 with a brand new look that paves the way for a new upper floor and a rooftop patio that, pending approval, will create the City of Courtenay’s first rooftop dining space.

“Building this new floor and possibly opening a rooftop patio changes the game in terms of what we offer our diners,” says Emily Cummings, one of the managers of the Union Street Grill & Grotto. “We’re so excited for this! Rooftop lounges are such a big city luxury – imagine sipping cocktails with your co-workers at lunch while you bask in the sun and watch the action buzzing on Fifth Street. We’ll be the only place in downtown Courtenay offering this kind of dining experience.”

A longtime favourite of Comox Valley locals – renowned for its made-from-scratch dishes, longtime support of local producers and vast selection of gluten-free options – Union Street Grill & Grotto has been serving up lunch and dinner in downtown Courtenay for more than 19 years.

Union Street Grill closed for renovations on February 16 and re-opened on Monday. During this first stage of renovations, the full-service dining section of the Grill underwent a sleek redesign and the foundation was laid for the addition of a second floor and, perhaps eventually, the rooftop patio.

Cummings says that future stages of the renovation will focus on revamping the Grotto to reflect the updated Union Street style, adding a second floor dining area and expanding the children’s play area.

“We want to create the best family-friendly dining experience in Courtenay,” she says, adding that they offer a wide selection of kid-approved menu options. “We don’t feel you should have to choose between enjoying an evening on the town and finding a sitter to entertain your kids. Sizzling-hot grill fare, great drinks and good times – we want to make sure your whole family can be there to enjoy it.”

Union Street Grill & Grotto is located at 477 Fifth Street in downtown Courtenay. The family-friendly, fully licensed restaurant offers a diverse lunch and dinner menu seven days a week, along with its popular gluten-free and take-out menus.”