8 Healthy Spots To Grab Lunch In Toronto
To find a lunch that truly satisfies you but won’t lead you right into a mid-day carb coma, a little planning ahead is key. Toronto has just as many quality healthy lunch spots as it does sinfully decadent ones, and for non-cheat days, there’s no need to feel deprived of exciting options.
These 8 lunch spots are well-loved for their clean and flavourful menu options.
Calii Love is a bowl lovers’ heaven. Superfood-packed, California and Hawaiian-inspired poke bowls or salad bowls are named after feelings (ie – grateful, invincible, joyful, etc.) and range from $11.95 – $15.95. There are plenty of vegan, kosher, and gluten-free options including fish and meat, so your mindful meat-eating friends can join. Grab a bowl to go, or eat in one of the many locations, and end lunch with an adaptogen-rich latte. Get ready to get hooked on that Calii life!
This spot may be best known for its vegan donuts, but Bloomer’s does a full lunch and dinner menu which is totally organic, GMO-free, and vegan. Choose from a small but fully-loaded lunch menu of salads, bowls, bean burgers, sandwiches, and some more decadent options like poutine, tempeh wings, and mac ‘n cheese. Save your trip here for a healthy-ish day and get a birthday cake donut to-go.
The Beet has been mainstay in the junction for 10 years, offering an organic, sustainable menu with a more elevated take than the average eco-friendly eatery. There are as many options for carnivores as there are for vegans here from Tempeh falafel tacos to flat iron steak on a bun. There is also a full list of beer and cocktails and an indulgent weekend brunch you’ll want to come back for!
Bolt keeps it simple, super-clean, and convenient. You’ll find four vegetarian bowl and salad options, and daily offering of soups and stews, plus a regular rotation of smoothies and cold-pressed juices. Expect a light, protein-packed lunch choice your body will love you for.
Hibiscus is a cozy family-run vegetarian cafe in Kensington market and it’s the perfect repose from a busy day. Fuel up with the signature 42-ingredient salad (with quinoa, kelp, sweet potatoes, broccoli, tofu, etc. etc.) or one of the savoury buckwheat crepes. Can’t make it to the market? Hibiscus just opened a new space in Assembly Chef’s Hall!
Comfort food gets a paleo-inspired spin here at Simple Kitchen. The selection of simple boxes, salads, and bowls make for a fully-loaded plant-based lunch for those unafraid of cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles. Or, go for a bone broth and a grass-fed burger on an Unbun. Stop in and get some ingredients for dinner at the simple market, or eat in and have lunch with a glass of Kombucha on tap.
Quick service meets upscale at Away Kitchen, the sister restaurant to Awai in Bloor West Village. The menu here is totally plant-based and ethical, but you can definitely expect more ambience inside than the average quick lunch stop. Linger over a dairy-free pizza or oyster mushroom wellington or share some cashew cheese fondue with a colleague as you catch up on work.
This casual King West located District Eatery offers a slightly-cleaner take on pub fare. On the extensive menu of sharing plates, expect to see plant-based options like a vegan cheeseburger and meatloaf, zucchini-noodle pasta dishes, and a few other dishes for herbivores who maybe expected to be relegated to a plate of fries. Pints of beer can be swapped for a glass of kombucha on tap, too.
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