Gluten free may seem like a dining death sentence but in our great culinary city, there’s a plethora of choice. So whether you want to go all the way raw/sugar-free/gluten-free/vegan/organic or just try some of the city’s hottest restaurants without getting a stomach ache, check out some of the best gluten free options in Toronto.
Italian is usually off limits for celiacs. The Italian diet is nothing without wheat: bread, pasta, pizza. But even one of the best Italian restaurants in the city now offers gluten free options. So dig into that Bucatini all’Amatriciana without concern.
Vegan comfort food might have been an oxymoron just a few years ago, but now it’s de rigueur. So load up on tofu rancheros or poutine, put on a pair of stretchy pants and dig in!
Our new "Bacon Cheeseburger"! Also, you can now upgrade your side to Mac 'n "Cheese", Chili "Cheese" Fries, &more! pic.twitter.com/4Aq0xucGzw
— The Hogtown Vegan (@Hogtownvegan) May 2, 2013
LIVE Organic Raw Bar
Not to be outdone by other gluten free restaurants, LIVE is also organic, vegan, sugar free and raw. Voted one of the top five vegan restaurants by NOW Magazine, expect a delicious gourmet meal. LIVE has been open for 10 years, so it’s stood the test of time. Check out their cooking classes too.
This brunch joint is known for waffles with magical powers to cure hangovers. Great news is these magic waffles are gluten free too. So those who overdid it on the gluten free beer on Saturday night can nurse their alcohol-drenched headaches with gluten free waffle bennies topped with caramelized bacon the morning after.
The Beet Organic Café
The Beet is housed in an old TD bank. Don’t be confused by their signage which is a mix of whimsical window decals and TD Canada Trust branding. Owned by a Certified Nutritional Practitioner and Homeopathic Doctor, the nutrious and delicious menu offers plenty of gluten free options. They also have a great patio!
— TheBeetOrganicCafe (@TheBeetCafe) December 12, 2012
These cupcakes are made of moist cake topped with monster swirls of sweet fluffy icing. And now you can get your red velvet cheesecake or any other flavour gluten free. Is your mouth watering yet?
Bunner’s Bake Shop
Say goodbye to dense, flavourless baked goods. Bunner’s started at farmers’ markets and became so popular the girlfriend/boyfriend duo were able to open their own place. Try their gypsy cookies, which is what they’re really known for: oats, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and chocolate chips. Get there fast though. They are about to publish a cookbook so line-ups are sure to follow.
For more gluten free options check out Gluten Free Ontario.
Please note that cross contamination is possible in any kitchen. Those with severe gluten allergies should be cautious when eating outside the home.