Vancouver Cheap Eats: Gluten Free

Dec 19 2017, 4:27 pm

Everyone seems to be going gluten-free these days. While “diet” and “restriction” aren’t exactly words in our vocabulary, more and more people are waving wheat goodbye. So if your grocery list includes tamari, amaranth cereal, and spaghetti made from rice, Vancity Buzz and Chowmenow found some cheap eats that are going to be right up your gluten-free alley.



Gluten free doesn’t have to mean flavor free! You can still indulge your sweet tooth, so get Scandilicious with their gluten-free waffles for $5.

JJ’s Trucketeria


This food truck’s serving a ‘Market Bowl’ that’s not only gluten free, but uses local produce from the farmer’s market. It’s filled with brown rice, chickpeas, grilled paneer cheese, cilantro, tomato chutney, sour cream and their famous “Fraser” sauce, all for $5.

East Cafe

east cafe

Celiacs and vegans rejoice! This classic sandwich is gluten-free, animal-free, and just $4.95.

El Sol de Acapulco

el sol de acapulco cafe

A blend of both Mexican and El Salvadorian cuisine, this sunny spot serves plenty of healthy options that are well within your $5 budget. Try the grilled chicken or veggie corn tamales wrapped in a banana leaf for $3. There are also tacos for $2.50, nachos or quinoa soup for $5, and pupusas for $3. You guessed it: all gluten-free.



If you think we’re talking Smak when we say the entire menu is gluten-free, you’d be right. Like we’ve said before, Smak is guilt-free, gluten-free, and waste-free — even the packaging is compostable! If you’re on a $5 budget, it’s a great place to come for breakfast. Choose from five types of oatmeal that range between $3.36 to $4.65. There are also various pastries for under $3 and a quinoa multi-seed bread toasted with almond butter for $2.50.

Where do you gorge on gluten-free? Add your favorite spots to Chowmenow and sign-up to be a Chowster for tasty finds under $5.

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Photo Credits: @ShinyTomato, East Café Facebook page, El Sol de Acapulco Café Facebook page; Vancity Buzz

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