Sans Gluten: Cardinal Rule (Toronto)
Cardinal Rule is an awesome restaurant. Their brunch is my favourite, and was my favourite even before I was diagnosed with Celiac. I am happy to feature them in a new series I am doing on Gluten-Free living called "Sans Gluten". This will cover restaurants, recipes that work for me, and anything else that comes up like tips for eating out or feeding your friend who just found out she's Celiac, or whatever!
Cardinal Rule is at the base of Roncesvalles Ave in Toronto. I used to live super close, and we ended up there most weekends for brunch. When I started seeing a naturopath and had to cut out eggs, gluten, dairy, almonds, tomatoes, chocolate, citrus, and soy, I arrived there for dinner in near tears, unable to think of anything I could eat. They sat down with me and went through the entire menu line by line giving me options for swapping out foods and substituting dipping sauces.
I am well known there for always walking in and getting the Breakfast Pie and a side of fruit salad. My first bite of breakfast pie and I never looked back. Why change what works, right?
For people with Celiac Sprue who need to be careful about any cross contamination of food, the kitchen and wait staff are really well versed on contamination issues. There is a separate deep frier for the gluten free items and they are careful about contamination in the butter for your toast, etc. As always, you should mention to the waiter or waitress that you have celiac, and there is always a risk in kitchens that also serve gluten, but I haven't had a problem!
Here is a link to the menu, but these are my favourites:
Breakfast Pie. Latkes, eggs, onions and whatever the filling is that weekend (filling determines if this is Gluten Free or not) in a bacon crust. A CRUST MADE OF BACON. I am not joking people, this exists. It comes with greens, but I always substitute for fruit salad since lettuce is my enemy. I requested this substitution so many times that they finally added it as an option on their menu. You are welcome.
Quinoa Coconut Pancake. One huge pancake made with Quinoa and Coconut flours, which you can get with real maple syrup (worth it!), and the topping of the day. It's super yummy, I pretty much get this when for some reason I can't have the Breakfast Pie (like we came to late and other people ate it, or it contains gluten). Sometimes I order a side of bacon with it.
Classic Breakfast (sub in Gluten Free Bread). Sometimes I get this just because I like to order toast in a restaurant like a real person. Plus, the potato latkes are super delicious. Also, bacon.
We still sometimes drive to eat here from Hamilton. It's too good not to! Also, they have bottomless coffee and almond milk to put in it. Perfection! GO THERE.