Dietary delights: Toronto’s Gluten-Free Restaurants
By Taline Loschiavo
Toronto is populated with some terrific restaurants that cater to gluten-free individuals—so you can indulge, worry-free, without compromise on taste or variety. Whether you’re looking to dig into Thai cuisine or grab a post-workout snack, we have you covered.
Almond Butterfly Café
Multiple Locations; https://www.almondbutterfly.com/
From the get-go it seems near impossible to not love a café called Almond Butterfly. Its two locations—Dundas Street West (Trinity-Bellwoods) and Harbord Village (Annex)—offer a wide selection of scrumptious gluten-free bakery offerings, from double chocolate cookies to vegan energy balls to cinnamon buns. Both locations also offer gluten-free sandwiches and bagels, a definite rarity when it comes to gluten-free fare. Who doesn’t love a good bagel in the morning? Try their cream cheese veggie breakfast bagel, an easy, healthy standout for busy individuals on the go.
Multiple Locations; https://freshplantpowered.com
The Fresh chain of restaurants may be known for its vegan food and chic hipster aesthetic, but did you know that they have a separate gluten-allergy friendly menu? You can safely enjoy a wide range of entrees, from their fresh bowls, to a Beyond Meat “cheese” burger to unwraps—a wrap served on a bed of lettuce. As amazing as their entrees sound, don’t sidestep Fresh’s appetizers. They offer nachos, poutine, and daily soups, as well as cornbread and hummus, a comforting fan favourite that never fails to please.
Multiple Locations; https://www.impactkitchen.ca/
Choosing Impact Kitchen feels like you’re doing your nutritional intake a huge favour; their health mantra and dedication to wholesome, organic ingredients allows you to rest easy knowing that you’re getting only the best to fuel your day and lifestyle. They are a gluten-free kitchen featuring entrees like the power breakfast which creatively packs eggs, salsa fresca and roasted sweet potato into one giant bowl; or the Paleo chicken and waffles, complete with jalapeno mayo and maple syrup. Inside one of the three locations, you’ll find baked goods like banana bread and almond protein brownies—perfect for those 4 p.m. hunger pangs. The restaurant also offers sipping bone broth, an amazing takeaway option for those who want a warm drink while simultaneously being conscious of their gut health.
The Riz on Yonge
3321 Yonge Street; http://www.rizonyonge.com/
The Riz on Yonge is a classy experience—the restaurant pairs its opulent all-white interiors with celiac Safe, authentic Asian cuisine, making it the perfect spot for a date night, or a family gathering…sharing is ideal here! Their gluten-free menu features calamari, dim sum, spring rolls, curry dishes and so much more. The restaurant, located north of Yonge and Lawrence, even serves all-you-can-eat lunch from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.—just want you need on those days when you’re ravenous.