Above-table shot of colourful salads, millionaire-blogger holding a trendy cold-pressed juice, and ANOTHER perfectly-placed avocado on toast pic. If this sounds like your Instagram feed, you can make that a delicious reality! We have updated our previous list of healthy TO spots to give you the (organic, dairy-free) scoop. Feast your eyes on these eight health-conscious Toronto restaurants.
Hibiscus | 238 Augusta Ave.
Located in Kensington Market, this friendly and family-run cafe makes rich soups and salads, buckwheat crêpes and dairy-free ice cream. A perfect spot to bring your vegan friends for major brownie points. Speaking of brownies, did I mention that Hibiscus also offers a variety of gluten-free and vegan baked goods to satisfy your sweet tooth?
Kupfert and Kim | 100 King St. W.
“Fast food should not mean bad food” is their mantra. This wheat-less and meatless, vegan and gluten-free restaurant prides themselves on serving delicious food with quick service. Some of the highlights include an all-day breakfast menu, stocked with house-made granola, waffles and more! They offer organic smoothies and a wicked lunch and dinner menu which includes a killer cauliflower tahini.
The Beet | 2945 Dundas St. W.
Herbivores and carnivores unite! Voted “Best Take-out in Toronto” from Toronto.com, this spot in the west end makes your relationship with your vegan girlfriend a delight. She can enjoy a Vegan Green Lentil Veggie Burger while you can feast your grubby paws on a Grilled Skirt Steak Sandwich, where your animal was only fed organic feed, and thankfully NOT pumped with antibiotics or growth hormones. For you health-conscious Torontonians, nothing “beets” that!
Oats & Ivy | 127A, 171 Liberty St.
Located in the heart of Liberty Village, our neighbour Oats & Ivy is the perfect spot for a quick lunch date during your work day. Feel good eating health conscious food, that’s guilt-free. Pair “High Five” an organic, cold-pressed juice with a delectable Pesto Squash lunch box and their Wild Mushroom Soup (pictured below). Order it online and have it delivered right to your office, to be the envy of all of your co-workers.
Daily Press Juicery | 200 Queen St. W.
The Daily Press Juicery’s cold-pressed juices require a hydraulic press that extracts live enzymes and nutrients, so you can enjoy more benefits of fresh and organic fruits and veggies. Daily Press also offers three delicious salads-to-go, Super Curly Kale, The Classic and Under The Sea, perfect for the busy-bee like yourself. But pick up your salads early, since many tend to sell out in the morning. But don’t worry, they make them fresh, throughout the day. Mmm.
Lola’s Kitchen | 634 Church St.
This hidden gem is located steps away from Yorkville and the Village. Offering only naturally-raised local meats and fresh organic veggies. Share a delicious Veggie Sharing Plate with beet puree, roasted cauliflower, candied walnuts, sweet potato and more. Or try a savory Quinoa Risotto (pictured below) with winter squash, kale and truffle oil. The relaxed atmosphere makes it the perfect date spot.
Grasshopper | 310 College St.
Some people assume vegan and vegetarian food isn’t flavourful, but at Grasshopper they beg to differ. Their meatless pulled “pork” banh mi is their delicious staple dish drizzled with a sweet ‘n tangy BBQ sauce, with pickled danikon, carrots and cilantro. They offer a killer combination of juices too! Enjoy a tangy cucumber/chilli lemonade or a pear/ginger juice. Their “soup of the day” is always a refreshing option for those opting for a lighter lunch.
Harvest Kitchen | 124 Harbord St.
A personal favourite of mine, Harvest Kitchen is a great place for delicious alternatives to many comfort foods with their certified organic ground beef, seafood, free-range eggs, chicken and local veggies. Their chicken and avocado salad is as pretty as it is tasty and their classic burger just tastes divine (free of hormones). Not to mention that they have a sweet rooftop patio that’s always bumpin’. Check out their daily special for wondrous creations.
(Photo courtesy of Lola’s Kitchen)