Here's an extensive breakdown of deliciously healthy restaurants in the city

Jan 4 2019, 7:14 pm

It’s the time of year that everyone is resolving to up their health game. Which is a noble pursuit, for sure.

But you want to make sure that while you’re nourishing your physical self with healthy foods, you’re also nourishing your soul with meals that taste good.

It’s a good thing that healthy and delicious don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Trying to decide if your body is a temple or an amusement park? At these spots, it can be both.

Keto

High fat, low carb. The Keto diet doesn’t include sugar, legumes or grains. This way of eating forces your body to burn fat instead of carbohydrates for energy. Read: Ketosis. Carbs are hard to avoid, but these restos are helping you meet your ketosis-goals.

B. Good 

This spot offers salads that are packed with plant and animal proteins, beef and turkey burgers that can be ordered without buns, and chicken sammys that you can get without bread. Just make sure you inquire about sauce ingredients so you’re not getting sugar where you don’t expect it.

Address: Multiple. Find your closest here

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IQ Food Co.

 

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IQ focuses on whole-food nutrition, seasonal ingredients and local food sourcing. They’re also super knowledgable about what food combinations can help customers to feel best, so don’t hesitate to ask for suggestions as you build your meal around a filet of salmon or scoops of creamy avocado.

Address: Multiple. Find your closest here

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Copacabana

You know it to be true: Copacabana is a meat fest. Sticking to a keto diet is easy here. Simply load up on animal proteins and avoid the starchy side-options. This is a great option for a more special-occasion meal.

Address: 230 Adelaide Street West
Phone: 647-748-3211

Flock Rotisserie and Greens

The name says it all. Flock’s rotisserie chickens are raised without hormones or antibiotics, they’re free-run and halal. Your juicy, roasted chicken can be accompanied by a variety of different side-salads. Again, just inquire about the sauce options and you’ll be Gucci.

Address: Multiple. Find your closest here

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The Simple Kitchen

 

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This Roncesvalles spot serves menu items that cater to pretty much everyone. For the keto-folk, they’re offering up simple and supreme keto waffles made with almond flour, coconut oil, and almond milk. Another noteworthy feature of this spot is their “simple market,” which features health-food brands that can be hard to come by in Canada. Think SunPotion, Vital Proteins and Bulletproof.

Address: 73 Roncesvalles Avenue
Phone: 416-534-5091

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Burger’s Priest

Yes, really. You can still enjoy your fast-food fix at The Priest… just order your burger bunless. They’ll wrap it up in lettuce for you, which leaves you with a high-protein, high-vegetable meal without all the extra sugars from the bread.

Address: Multiple. Find your closest here

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Burrito Boyz

This is another easy spot to hit when you’re on-the-go. Burrito bowls are a fav for all… even those not on a keto diet. Go hard on the protein and vegetables, get no starch and inquire about sauces, and you’ll be good to go. Extra guac, please!

Address: Multiple. Find your closest here

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Wilbur Mexicana

This place offers up fresh salads and offers greens as a sub for rice in their burrito bowls. Go heavy on the avocado, load up on fresh veggies and savour the steamy, juicy meats this spot’s serving up. It’s sure to hit the spot.

Address: 552 King Street West
Phone: 416-792-1878

The One That Got Away

 

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This fish and chips place offers a grilled salmon option, which is great for those avoiding carbs and deep-fried foodstuffs. You can enjoy your fish with a side of greens, or, as we would recommend, enjoy it on top of the greens and make yourself a little seafood salad. Yum.

Address: 581 King Street West
Phone: 647-351-6153

Address: 2392 Bloor Street West

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Paleo

Based on the diet presumed to be eaten by early humans, this way of eating emphasizes meats, fish, veggies and fruits while eliminating grains, dairy and most processed foods. It’s sorta-kinda similar to Keto, but focuses more on food types instead of macronutrient profiles. Some prime spots offering Paleo plates are:

Kupfert and Kim

 

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Meatless and wheatless, this spot cares about what people put into their bodies. Their whole menu is vegan, but they earn a spot under this section because they offer a “paleo bowl,” which caters to the grainless needs of this diet. Featuring hemp and sunflower balls, sauerkraut, lemon tahini sauce and horseradish chimichurri, this food will make you feel good.

Address: Multiple. Find your closest here

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Impact Kitchen

Impact is a gluten-free kitchen with paleo and vegan options, and everything looks mouthwatering. Paleo chicken and waffles, steak and eggs, power bowls with added salmon, flank steak or chicken, bone broth… plus a variety of sweet paleo treats to finish your meal. We can’t get to this spot fast enough.

Address: 573 King Street East
Phone: 416-306-1986

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Flock Rotisserie and Greens

 

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As mentioned above, freshness is essentially this spot’s brand. Enjoy juicy chicken, flavour-packed salads and fresh sides including beets, roasted sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli. This kind of lunch will add some pep to your step for the rest of the day.

Address: Multiple. Find your closest here

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The Simple Kitchen

Simple and supreme paleo waffles, scrambled egg plates, grass-fed burgers (with paleo un-buns), and paleo ketchup, ranch dressing and honey mustard are all available at this spot. Stock up on Kombucha and Lee’s Ghee while you’re in.

Address: 73 Roncesvalles Avenue
Phone: 416-534-5091

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B.Good

This spot’s quick lunch options feature whole foods that fit paleo-needs. Enjoy seasonal ingredients like apples and butternut squash over bowls of leafy greens, and flavour-packed sandwiches that you can get sans-bun.

Address: Multiple. Find your closest here.

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Antler

 

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Antler serves up meat-focused dishes that aim to connect Canadians with the great outdoors. Foraged sides complement the protein-packed mains, served in a space with an easy, not-trying-too-hard class about it. Just steer clear of the pasta or burger bun and you’re out of the woods.

Address: 1453 Dundas Street West
Phone: 647-345-8300

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Bolt Fresh Bar

Bolt offers fast and fresh fuel to busy Queen West shoppers. Bowls filled to the brim with fresh vegetables and healthy fats, and smoothies packed with juicy fruits and brain-health boosting nuts and seeds, Bolt enables you to shop-til-you-don’t-drop.

Address: 170 Queen Street West
Phone: 416-588-8103

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The Beet

 

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This Junction spot’s eggs and meat are certified organic, and they do their darnedest to source their ingredients locally. Their menu changes based on seasonal availability, but right now you can enjoy multiple breakfast items (just request them bread-free,) roasted brussel sprouts and delicious salads (sans-grains.)

Address: 2968 Dundas Street West
Phone: 416-762-0777

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Fresh

This spot has taken the health-food world by storm. Fresh has a menu specifically for those with allergies to gluten, which you can use a starting-point in choosing your paleo meal. You may need to swap away rice here or there, but overall the space is very accommodating and you’ll always end up with something delicious.

Address: Multiple. Find your closest here

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Vegan

This way of eating (and for many, living) includes the total elimination of animal products from the diet. That means no meat or fish, and also no eggs, no dairy, and no honey. What does it include, then? A whole lot of yum. There are a heck-ton of spots in the city catering to plant-based diets.

Fresh

 

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If you’re not paleo, you can opt for the regular menu at this iconic vegan institution. Burgers, wraps, sandwiches, tacos, and big bowls of plant-based goodness are at your fingertips, and you can sip on an MCT matcha or superfood smoothie on the side.

Address: Multiple. Find your closest here

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Grasshopper

This spot’s serving up fresh eats and delicious drinks. Enjoy Japanese curry, spicy shishito peppers and wasabi avocado dip with rice crackers. Wash down your meal with a turmeric latte, a kinako latte or a refreshing kombucha. Yep. Uh huh.

Address: 310 College Street
Phone: 647-340-3666

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Planta

 

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You know it and love it. This is the spot to hit for a special occasion or brunch date because the menu is pretty posh, and it’s ultra-Instagrammable to boot. Creative takes on burgers, pizzas, bagels and lox will fill your tummy with flavourful veggies. But hopefully not too much, because you’ll want to indulge in a chocolate terrarium for dessert.

Address: 1221 Bay Street
Phone: 647-348-7000

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Kupfert and Kim

A classic. Waffles? Check! Bowls? Check! Hot drinks? Check! Sweets? Check! Everything you need, K&K are offering. Sit down and relax or take your food to go — either way, you’ll feel fuelled up to take on the day after eating here.

Address: Multiple. Find your closest here

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Hello 123

 

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Little sister to K&K, Hello 123 is a sit-down-stay-a-while type of spot. Pulled pineapple sliders, watermelon ceviche, avocado toast, and kimchi burgers are all mouthwatering items you’ll find on the menu. But if there’s one thing we must recommend, it’s Tyler’s Tempeh Sandwich. Sourdough, tempeh, tomato, avo, beets, carrots, arugula, coconut bacon, red onion, aioli, a side salad and roasted home fries. You’re welcome.

Address: 1122 Queen Street West
Phone: 416-532-3555

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Bloomer’s

Oh baby. Bloomer’s is the stuff when you want a sweet-fix, but if you’re opting for more “healthy” choices, they’ve got you. Bowls on bowls on bowls. And, you ought to consider their poutine, because it’s made with mushroom gravy and sunflower seed cheese so it’s essentially salad.

Address: 873 Bloor Street West
Phone: 416-551-0532

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One Love

This unassuming spot across the street from Bathurst Station is more than meets the eye. Pop in for some of the most stellar vegan pumpkin roti maybe ever, and “feel all right.” Make sure you’re not in a rush when you come by, because the vibe is chill and the staff take their time, making your food fresh on the spot.

Address: 854 Bathurst Street
Phone: 416-535-5683

Alternity

 

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Nestled between Yorkville and The Annex, Alternity is a high-vibe cafe that is serving delicious whole-food, plant-based options with a side of deep presence. Come for the flavours of coconut curry, Ethiopian stew, turmeric truffles and cherry rose cheezecake… stay for the magick.

Address: 333 Bloor Street West
Phone:  647-347-0070

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Nutbar

Stepping into this “superfood snack cafe” is like striking vegan gold. Breads slathered with nut butters and fruit or avocado and delicious smoothie bowls are on the menu. This is also one of the spots where you can find medicinal mushroom lattes in the city. Enjoy a hot elixir infused with chaga, lion’s mane, reishi or cordyceps. To your health!

Address: 1240 Yonge Street
Phone:  416-519-2700

Address: Assembly Chef’s Hall – 111 Richmond Street West

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Rosalinda

 

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Rosalinda is perfect for everything from a lunch meeting to a dinner date to a birthday brunch. Even if your company isn’t vegan, everyone at the table is guaranteed to enjoy. With flavour-packed taco, bowl and share-plate options, how could they not? Make sure you save room for churros.

Address: 133 Richmond Street West
Phone:  416-907-0650

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Ital Vital

This little spot is tucked away in Kensington Market, and is it ever worth seeking out. Fresh veggie dishes packed with intense flavours are slammed onto your styrofoam to-go container until you think it might break. One “lunch” will easily last you three meals, and the price is right. Pro tip: Go early in the day to snag some macaroni pie.

Address: 134 St. Andrew Street
Phone:  416-599-9141

Live Organic Food

Plant-based, organic, gluten and refined-sugar free, this is true health-food. Kimchi pancakes, taro root poutine, and sweet potato “tempura” sushi are just some of the dishes that offer super healthy takes on comfort-food classics.

Address: 264 Dupont Street
Phone:  416-515-2002

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Vegetarian Haven

 

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This Baldwin Village gem claims to serve “Asian-inspired vegan perfection,” and we can’t disagree. You can get vegan tempura prawns here. If that’s not amazing, what is? Though this spot does incorporate some mock-meats, it’s still quite vegetable-focused. A little elevated, this place is a great option for a date with someone who isn’t vegan.

Address: 17 Baldwin Street
Phone:  416-621-3636

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