The top 22 healthy takeout restaurants in Toronto by neighbourhood
Healthy take-out in Toronto need not be synonymous with vegetarianism, though plenty of vegan and raw establishments happily cater to clean eaters. This round-up showcases eateries where fried foods are a no-go, carbs are appreciated sparingly and every added ingredient aims to nourish.
Here are my picks for the top healthy takeout options in Toronto by neighbourhood.
Sushi or vegetarian fare are likely the best alternatives to the abundance of student friendly eateries in this neighbourhood. Try Fresh for an influx of superfoods in salad form and powerhouse bowls built on rice or soba noodles.
BLOOR WEST VILLAGE
Rawlicious is a local source for vegan offerings made from organic ingredients that are also free of gluten, dairy and refined sugars. Popular dishes include the pad Thai featuring kelp and zucchini noodles and pizzas built of sprouted buckwheat and flax seed crusts.
Impact Kitchen is a health-conscious cafeteria that doesn't count calories but rather aims to provide the most nutrient dense dishes possible. Standouts on the menu include power bowls packed with root veg mash, avocado smash, greens, salsa fresca, seed and sprouts plus a choice of lean proteins such as roasted chicken, grilled steak or salmon.
Rose Reisman and The Pickle Barrel partner together at Glow Fresh Grill & Wine Bar to champion a menu featuring light, fresh, unadulterated foods. Available for dine-in or take-away, look forward to salads and small plates plus entrees like roasted chicken, grilled salmon and black cod in a miso glaze.
The emphasis at The Goods is on clean, nourishing and delicious eating that just happens to be raw and plant based. More than anything, I like the soft sell approach this place takes to veganism, promoting that idea that even clean eating isn't an everyday thing, it's still worthwhile to do semi-regularly.
4 Life Natural Foods is an organic grocery co-op that happens to offer a pretty awesome selection of prepared foods made in house from organic ingredients. Expect to find dips like hummus and cashew curry along with ready-to-eat meals like baked perch with pesto quinoa and roasted chicken.
The menu at The Grow Op features smoothies, juices, acai bowls, salads and vegan sandwiches. Highlights include the broccoli salad with yellow curry dressing and a falafel sandwich with roasted red pepper hummus.
The Baro is the lighter alternative to fast foods on this stretch of Queen West. The menu features a multitude of signature salads featuring various greens, veggies and proteins chopped thoroughly and coated in house-made dressings.
Ital Vital adheres to the philosophies of Rastafari movement which means the West Indian menu is entirely vegetarian and free from added salts and preservatives. Orders generally consist of mix and match curries and stews featuring pumpkin, okra and callalloo over chow mein or rice and peas.
ST. LAWRENCE MARKET
Wholesome eating at Evolution Food Co. entails antioxidant-rich smoothies, breakfast quinoa bowls topped with veggies and eggs, and signature salads and grain bowls loaded with choices of chicken, tofu, tempeh, shrimp or salmon.
WEST QUEEN WEST
Bolt Fresh Bar offers a line-up of juices and smoothies along with acai bowl parfaits, soups and stews with optional brown rice or millet, and salads like the ultra popular kale Caesar studded with chickpea croutons, brazil nut cheese, tempeh, avocado and more.
YONGE & DUNDAS
Basil Box is like Chipotle of Southeast Asian fast food restaurants and offers options like short grain brown rice as a nutritious base for bowls topped with vibrant vegetables, vegan sauces and proteins including lemongrass chicken and five spice steak.
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