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The top 10 gluten free brunch in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / August 10, 2014

gluten free brunch torontoThe top gluten-free brunch in Toronto is important to know about if you've got celiac disease, or avoid the wheat protein for other reasons. Brunch is a beloved weekend ritual, for many Torontonians, but the often wheat-heavy meal (with all that toast, pancakes, waffles and benny biscuits) often kept those going gluten-free from participating with gastronomic gusto. Now, nothing will hold you back.

Here are my picks for the top gluten-free brunch in Toronto.

Something about a BBQ smokehouse doesn't scream brunch or gluten-free, but don't be fooled: Barque is a great place for both. The rubs on all the meat are gluten-free and with some navigation, there are lots of gluten free options. Try the scrambled eggs with pulled pork or the summer strawberry salad.

Starving Artist
A full waffle menu may not scream 'gluten-free to most, but those in the know head to either of the two Starving Artist locations (on Lansdowne and St. Clair West) for brunch and order the gluten-free or potato waffles instead of the typically-wheat ones, which means basically anything on the menu is available gluten-free.

Cardinal Rule
They've already won hearts (including ours) for their vegan brunch options, but did you know there are just as many gluten-free items as well? It makes for a truly flexitarian experience, so vegan, veggies, gluten-free and whole-hog eaters can enjoy brunch side by side. Everything is clearly marked on the menu too, so you don't have to ask awkwardly. They even have gluten-free French toast.

Lola's Kitchen
Church Street regulars have been long fans of Lola's for their breakfasts and bennies. Their menu feature gluten-free toast for the classic breakfast, the brunch bowl and the curried tofu scramble and a gluten-free granola.

Kensington Cornerstone
The Kensington Cornerstone has been a 'cornerstone' for gluten-free brunch for a long time, and with good reason: The entire menu is gluten-free, giving diners a full range of choices. Come with an appetite for the big breakfast platter, and the pancakes are a knock out.

Hibiscus Cafe
The entire menu was designed gluten-free at the Hibiscus Café in Kensington so there isn't the slightest worry about a mix-up, or missing out on some flavour element. The sweet and savoury buckwheat crepes are wonderful, or try one of the soup or salad options but it's also vegan so those hankering for bacon and eggs should look elsewhere.

This all day diner is a classic breakfast hot spot at either location. They have gluten-free brown rice wraps available for the quesadillas, or have any of the many items served on corn tortillas, plus the granola is now gluten-free too.

Sadie's Diner
Any of Sadie's wonderful breakfasts are available with gluten-free toasts, the buckwheat pancakes can be totally gluten-free, and both of the rancheros dishes are served with corn tortillas. Already sensitive to dietary restrictions, they get that business clear with diners right away, and let you get down to the business of good eating.

E.L. Ruddy
This Dundas spot features a great from-scratch breakfast menu sure to delight. While not everything on the menu is gluten-free, ask the server to help point out the GF available and you'll find plenty of things to satisfy your tummy. The basic breakfast is great, and you can get cornbread instead of plain old toast, a tastier substitute anyway.

Doug's Public Kitchen
Doug McNish, of Doug's Public Kitchen, has been offering a sunday brunch at the restaurant and vegan culinary hub to rave reviews. The menu is gluten-free and vegan; try the tofu scramble platter with chili, potatoes, gluten-free toast, miso butter and tempeh bacon, or Doug's Triple Decker Brunch Club Sandwich.

Did I miss any? Leave your favourite gluten-free brunch spot in the comments.

Photo of Starving Artist by Jesse Milns



gfgirl / August 10, 2014 at 08:36 am
The Belljar on Dundas West has gf eggs bennie and gf waffles with pulled pork! Excellent brunch spot for those who are gluten free!
Lauren / August 10, 2014 at 08:49 am
Lady Marmalade on Queen E also offers gluten-free toast and all meats are GF.
jp / August 10, 2014 at 09:56 am
I would add Villa's egg Benny to this list. They are in bloor west village and have lots of gf options.
f-erenc szabo / August 10, 2014 at 10:21 am
Not a sit-down place, but deFloured is a wheat-free bakery at 1250 College near Lansdowne.
Catherine / August 10, 2014 at 11:33 am
Karine's all day breakfast in Village by the Grange!
The most friendly family-run breakfast/lunch place in town. Great prices (with $5 menus) and fresh fruit with every dish. Everything on the menu has GF, vegan and veggie options. I bring all my visitors to Toronto there so they can experience something outside of the tourist bubble downtown.
jameson / August 10, 2014 at 01:38 pm
this list is pretty ridiculous not to have karine's
Serious / August 10, 2014 at 02:02 pm
Can we also try to be egalitarian and include a list of the top 10 gluten-full brunch in Toronto?

I'm actually being serious.
david / August 10, 2014 at 02:23 pm
What gluten free place is the photo from?
Nadia replying to a comment from Serious / August 10, 2014 at 03:20 pm
@Serious because it's so tough to find reviews of gluten-full places on this website, you mean? I think you're looking for this list:
Serious replying to a comment from Nadia / August 10, 2014 at 03:49 pm
Yes, but which of those have the *most* gluten? I want numbers. :-)
Justin / August 10, 2014 at 05:35 pm
Celiac disease is so IN right now.
Jordan / August 10, 2014 at 06:30 pm
I had the best food at Lola's- Delish! Cant wait to go back!
Elvis / August 10, 2014 at 11:26 pm
The Beet!!! in the Junction :)
Carmen / August 11, 2014 at 10:31 am
I miss Chococrepe's gluten-free crepes :(
Stacey replying to a comment from david / August 11, 2014 at 10:44 am
The photo is from Starving Artist
nice. / August 11, 2014 at 02:36 pm
Ah the gluten allergy.

The allergy 1 in every million had until 2009 and the media got a hold of it and ran with it.
Michael / August 18, 2014 at 08:36 pm
Why are you promoting the spelt pancakes at E.L Ruddy in an article about gluten free brunches? Spelt, as you should be aware, is WHEAT. Wheat, of course, is not gluten free. This is such an obvious glaring mistake in an otherwise good piece.
terry / October 11, 2014 at 09:00 am
Hanks on church also had lots of GF options especially toast
Anti-michael replying to a comment from Michael / October 12, 2014 at 01:48 pm
They're not, dingus. Nothing in THIS article promotes spelt pancakes at E.L. Ruddy as a gluten-free option.

In the spearate E.L. Ruddy article, which you might note is a review of the restaurant IN GENERAL, they mention spelt pancakes as well as the gluten-free options, both of which you can get there.

They make no attempt to confuse you, confused though you might be.
Rose / October 26, 2014 at 09:38 am
Oh BlogTo, do your homework. Cornerstone no longer serves brunch.
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