Thursday, November 8, 2012

South St. Burger & Co. Gluten Free Burgers

Finding fast  food restaurants that offer gluten free items is not an easy task.  Most have gluten in everything from the patties, to the buns and fries.  For someone like my son, who cannot consume gluten, stopping somewhere on short notice for a quick bite to eat is often a difficult task.

This is why I was happy to learn that South Street Burger & Co. had taken steps to make their restaurants welcoming and safe for gluten free consumers.

  In addition to using hormone and antibiotic free beef in their patties, they are also gluten free.  So are the grilled chicken breasts, pulled pork topping, mayonnaise, guacamole, and most of their burger toppings.

 The best part?

 All Canadian locations now have O'Dough's certified gluten free buns available.  O'Dough's products are not only gluten free, but they also don't use genetically modified ingredients. 

To reduce the risk of cross-contamination, the South Street Burger & Co. locations in Canada have added separate toasters, knives and cutting boards for gluten free items, and require staff to change gloves when handling gluten free orders.  Click here for the company's statement regarding this matter.

In addition, the fries served are New York Fries, which are also gluten and preservative free.  However, it is still important to ask about how the fries are cooked to avoid cross-contamination. 

At the restaurant  that we went to, the server confirmed that there was in fact a separate fryer for the french fries, and one just for the onion rings.  Upon further questioning, (because I've learned my lesson in the past), he did inform us that if the restaurant was not busy in the evening, staff would shut down one of the fryers.  Therefore, there was the possibility that fries could be cooked in the same oil as the onion rings.  Since there's no way of knowing if the oil has been contaminated, we didn't allow our son to have any fries.  For me, it was too risky.  Just a small amount of gluten can make my son sick.  Having separate fryers is a good thing, and if I was at a location where they could promise that no onion rings had ever been cooked in the same fryer, I would order the fries for my son.

We ordered a family meal, since fries aren't off limits for my husband or myself.  Two regular burgers, two small burgers, two large sides and four drinks for $29.99. 

What I like about their burgers, aside from knowing that the beef is free of hormones and antibiotics, is that there are a variety of fresh toppings to choose from, so your burger is customized the way you want it.  That's why there are cucumber slices in my son's burger.  To each his own, I guess.

My son's kid-size hamburger, on a gluten free bun.

The food was great.  The burger was a good size and one burger was satisfying enough for my husband.  The gluten free bun tasted like a real bun, with a soft texture, not the spongy, cardboard like buns I've had in the past.  My three year old son was so excited to be able to eat a hamburger at a restaurant that he actually ate both of the small burgers.  Yes, TWO hamburgers.  He put the second one down for a few minutes and my husband made the mistake of trying to clear it away.  My little one said, quite loudly, "I'm not finished.  I'm just taking a break!"  He ate every last bite.  It was the first time he wasn't stuck just eating the patty at a burger joint, and he wasn't leaving anything behind!

Polishing off burger number two
We enjoyed our visit, and left happy and full.  I did have my eye on a milkshake, but decided to postpone it for our next visit.  We will definitely be back!

We visited the following location:

South St. Burger & Co.
2215 Steeles Ave. W.
(416) 514-1412

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South St. Burger & Co. provided me with vouchers to try their gluten free offerings.  No other compensation was received, and they did not influence my review in any way.  The opinions in this review are mine, and are based upon our visit to the restaurant location mentioned above.


  1. Hope you dont mind, but we just shared your blog link with our facebook page! thanks for the great write up, and so you know, our fries ARE gluten free, and the store's practices of shutting down a fryer has now been corrected. So glad you confirmed before someone got sick. thanks again!

  2. Thank you for your comment, and of course I appreciate the link back to my site.

    I also want to thank you for the quick resolution to this problem. It's great to know that I can treat my son to a burger and fries in your establishment, especially since the food is of such great quality.

    Now we have even more reason to return.


  3. Going now! After reading your reviews I"m really really excited! I'll report back with my findings :)

    1. I hope you like it as much as we did! Much better burgers than most places, and they promised that the fryer issue has been taken care of. Let me know, and thanks for leaving a comment!

  4. So glad I found this. I had thought I reacted to their fries in the past so I have been just buying the burger and making my own fries at home (which leaves me with a cold burger).

    1. That's no fun! I was happy to hear back from management of that particular location confirming that they've corrected the practice. Hopefully that's true of all locations because with the burger, bun and fries all gluten free, it's a great place to eat.

      Thanks for the comment!