The Beet is the spot for herbivores, carnivores and those with dietary restrictions to unite. Dining is made easy here with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options or substitutions. There is also a stunning list of dishes featuring local and certified organic meats, eggs, cheeses and produce. Choose from all-day breakfast items like huevos rancheros or a gluten-free breakfast sandwich. Appetizers include gluten-free mac and cheese, salads, wraps, bowls, burgers and sandwiches. There’s also a menu for the kiddies and vegan Daiya cheese for substitution. Diners can take pride in grabbing a bite at an eco-friendly space that only imports Certified Fair Trade goods.
*Note: this is not a gluten-free facility; please inform the waiting staff upon your arrival if you have an allergy.
Looking to go wheatless and meatless? Kupfert & Kim is your saving grace: a quick-service spot, every dish here is gluten-free and vegan. Using sustainable and minimally processed ingredients, Kupfert & Kim offers healthy all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner options. The menu features salads, grain bowls, smoothies, desserts, local roaster Reunion Island Coffee, tea and kombucha on tap. Produce here is delivered fresh daily (local and organic when possible) and everything is made from scratch. This includes sauces, nut and seed butter, pickles and baked goods. Diners can also take pride in eating at an eco-friendly establishment where all waste is composted or recycled. All takeout materials are biodegradable – bring your own container for a discount on your order. Favorites include the Oaxaca, curry bowl, K&K waffle, or burger on a bed (menus vary by location).
Multiple locations, see website for details.
iQ Food Co., now serving Toronto at five locations, is a walk-up service type spot with a sustainably sourced and seasonal menu. Most of the items are from local farms and purveyors, but diners can check out their ‘local list’ on the website for specifics on what produce is from where. iQ is all about fresh ingredients with dishes made from scratch. It offers breakfast and lunch in the way of snacks like chia seed pudding, smoothies and salads. There are also coffee, tea and baked goods. Everything here is gluten-free with the exception of a few items on the snack menu. Vegan diners can enjoy smoothies, baked goods and a few items from the snack menu; favorites include the ‘100k’ box (seasonal) and ‘lima’ box. Please note: this is not a guaranteed gluten-free facility, so please let iQ know if you have an allergy upon ordering.
Live Organic Food Bar is known for their flavor-packed vegan cuisine and raw bar. However, it’s also a gluten-free, preservative-free and refined sugar-free space. This makes dining that much easier for those with intolerances, allergies and dietary restrictions. Many of the dishes are also nut and soy allergy-friendly, which are easily distinguished by ‘NF’ and ‘SF’. Live highlights the beauty of high-quality, non-GMO plant-based ingredients and organic produce from sustainable, local (when available) farmers. Choose from a selection of appetizers like kimchi fries and guac toast, salads, burgers, burritos, hot bowls and wraps. Mains include pizza, samosas, tacos and noodles. There are also smoothies, fresh organic juices, kombucha, beer, wine, cocktails and desserts. Favorites include the pad thai, zucchini manicotti with cashew dill ‘ricotta’, nachos, and black bean burrito.
Fresh has been a long-time competitor on the Toronto health scene, serving up vegan dishes made from scratch since 1999. There are now four locations across Toronto. Everything here is made without the use of any animal products, including dairy, eggs and honey. However, raw honey and chyawanprash – a cooked mixture of sugar, honey, ghee (clarified butter), gooseberry jam, sesame oil, berries, herbs and spices – are available as smoothie add-ons. There’s even a menu dedicated to those who are gluten-free with options like appetizers, dips, burrito bowls, tacos, salads, brown rice bowls, brunch (hello, gluten-free pancakes), desserts, smoothies, shakes and juice. Please note, this is not a gluten-free facility so there is no guarantee for those who have a severe allergy. If you love Fresh just as much as we do, there are four cookbooks to choose from for testing out your favorite dishes at home.
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