I like to spend a fair amount of time in Edmonton, so the more gluten-free nooks and crannies I can add to my dining repertoire up there, the better. It was for this reason I was so excited at the prospect of a proper burger when my friend Stephanie suggested reLISH for dinner prior to a girls’ night in.
reLISH is a brand-new addition to 124th Street, having opened on July 18 (we went in the 20th and again the 21st). The red-and-white funky decor and enthusiastic staff give it a fun, friendly vibe. (Plus, the beer and wine available on its menu take it another notch up from your standard burger joint). We saw families dining there, as well as groups of young adults and couples, and I’m sure their take-out option will also be very popular.
We’d checked the website, so we knew that all of our friends would be well taken care of: Julie could get a vegetarian burger, Stephanie could get hers without cheese and I’d be safe eating any burger except one that featured crumbled bleu cheese. It was great to see that they could provide gluten-free buns! reLISH has you look over a menu at a table, order at the counter and pick up your meal at the counter again about ten minutes later – each burger is cooked to order. You have a choice of Angus beef, turkey or veggie patties – between the three of us, we tried each twice – and a variety of topping options and sides. reLISH has a different Signature Burger in each city, and reLISH Edmonton’s speciality is called The Roxy, in a bittersweet tribute to the popular live theatre venue just next door which burned down in January. It features roasted garlic hummus, tomato bruschetta, and feta cheese as well as your standard lettuce and tomato. Other recipes include such mouthwatering treats as L.A. is my Lady, with sliced avocado, roasted peppers, basil pesto and creamy goat`s cheese; and Le Nordique, which features Brie cheese, back bacon, caramelized onions and grainy Dijon mustard.
When I asked the staff about the fryer, they were very knowledgeable and forthcoming – in fact, the second day we went, I didn’t even have to ask before one staff member explained to me that they have a shared fryer. I skipped the fries for this reason both days and had a side Caesar salad, with no croutons, instead. The girls assured me that the fries were great, and the Caesar was good as well. But the real stars here are the burgers – with inventive topping combinations and large portions, as well as a gluten-free bun that really holds up, they’re both delicious and filling.
We got the opportunity to speak to the store franchisee, who shared that his wife has Celiac disease and that they’re proud to be able to cater to special dietary needs. The three of us felt well-fed and taken care of both times we visited and relish giving reLISH our seal of approval.
And, the best news? There are four reLISH franchises coming to Calgary starting next year.
Rae Lemke Sprung participated in our Voice of GFYYC program and curated for us for a week, so we asked her to compile some of her experiences into a blog for us! Just as she started to get really into food, she got smacked in the face with the Celiac disease diagnosis that runs heavily in her family. Over the past year and a half, she’s been looking for the best gluten-free stores, resources and restaurants in Alberta and we are so thrilled for her to be a part of our gluten-free community.
Interested in writing a guest blog for Gluten Free Calgary? Please contact us for information about this opportunity!