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The Bickford Flexitarian

Posted by Josh Wise / Listed on July 4, 2013 / review policy

Bickford Flexitarian TorontoThe Bickford Flexitarian has recently opened in the space once filled by linuxcaffe. In just over a year (377 days to be exact) the space has been completely transformed and now offers a full lunch and breakfast to go along with a full selection of grab-and-go coffee and teas.

Bickford Flexitarian TorontoThe bright restaurant is very tastefully decorated with a rustic decor and great collection of some very cool century-old photos. All sourced from the Toronto Archives, their selections showcase the history of the neighborhood and their corner - just steps from the old Garrison Creek, the remnants of the Harbord Bridge and kitty-corner from Bickford Park.

So what the heck is a flexitarian? you ask (as did I). Typically this refers to a person who tends towards vegetarianism, but occasionally opts for high quality often locally sourced meat.

Bickford Flexitarian TorontoThis menu is designed for all types of diets with options for those who like vegetarian, gluten free, raw, or high quality meat options. At the Bickford, there's something for everyone. They've built a brand new induction kitchen that is well equipped to pump out orders from their modest menu to their 25-seat cafe.

Bickford Flexitarian TorontoFirst out was the blackened chicken, spinach and goat cheese omelet ($8.25). This two-egg omelet was very tasty with some great flavour combinations. The chicken had a little spice, not an overwhelming blackened Cajun taste, with a good portion of spinach and mild goat cheese. This was ordered with a raw apple slaw ($3.75), a sweet side with some mild vinegar and citrus finish.

Bickford Flexitarian TorontoThe 5 spiced pate panini ($6.75) is a vegan option with pickled cucumbers, shredded carrots, kimchi, red onions and a vegan aioli. The spices from the pate were an interesting contrast to the bolder pickled ingredients and kimchi. This is a very light and tasty sandwich, but if you're coming with a big appetite this may not be enough.

Bickford Flexitarian TorontoFor your classic breakfast needs The Bickford Flexitarian offers a trusty fried egg sandwich ($6.75). This comes as two eggs served with a heirloom tomato, pickled onions, mixed greens, cheddar and an aioli dressing. The eggs are free-run and sourced from nearby Gasparro's. This sandwich is a solid option for those looking for a classic and fresh take on an old faithful.

Bickford Flexitarian TorontoWe also ordered the heirloom tomato, fresh dill and aged cheddar omelet ($7.50). While served a little on the salty side, the omelet's subtle dill flavours meshed well with the cheddar.

Bickford Flexitarian TorontoAt The Bickford Flexitarian, the dishes we ordered all felt a little dainty in portion size and plating, but are made with high quality ingredients and priced quite appropriately. These dishes are not your greasy hang-over curing eggs and bacon, but rather feel like an energizing and fresh start to a productive day. The Bickford also offers a full selection of smoothies, juices, and delicious pastries and desserts, available for many different dietary needs.

Bickford Flexitarian TorontoRegulars of the old linuxcaffe will be put at ease with some familiar faces as owner Kyle Debouvrie and partners took over the space where they once worked. Already open a few weeks, the restaurant is still testing out their menu, new kitchen and service. They plan to have a grand opening event shortly and are looking to add a front patio, liquor license and full dinner to their corner.

Bickford Flexitarian TorontoPhotos by Marni Wolf

Discussion

22 Comments

gl / July 4, 2013 at 10:58 am
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Uh, pretty sure the expression is 'Kitty Corner' not 'Kiddy corner'

Also, 'Flexitarian' is nothing but another word for Omnivore (person that eats everything)
nick d replying to a comment from gl / July 4, 2013 at 11:20 am
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both catty-corner and catercorner also acceptable.
Gaelan D'costa / July 4, 2013 at 12:48 pm
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People tend to say they are 'Omnivores' if they eat anything or are nondiscriminatory in their enjoyment. They usually aren't trying to lean one way or another in their eating habits.

People tend to say they are 'Flexitarian' if they learn towards certain dietary habits but for whatever reason are willing to bend/break them (or maybe people who strive for a certain dietary habit but often break it.)

So yes, kind of the same in outcome, but a world of potential difference in intent.
Capmandu / July 4, 2013 at 01:10 pm
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Best Wise/Wolf review yet!
AC / July 4, 2013 at 02:13 pm
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Errr...$3.50 for those small treats? Even if they're gluten-free, the white rice flour they're using wouldn't justify that kind of mark-up. For the price of one, I can make batches of my own goodies.
Trevor / July 4, 2013 at 03:54 pm
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Not sure what the fuss is about. Food looks pretty standard.
tim / July 4, 2013 at 07:12 pm
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AC, obviously it's cheaper to make stuff at home. Also, sky is blue and water is wet.

Trevor, stop drinking that haterade.
Nicole replying to a comment from tim / July 4, 2013 at 08:25 pm
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Yes. And Yes. Tim FTW.
Philip replying to a comment from AC / July 4, 2013 at 10:08 pm
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Completely agree. I remember going to the linuxcaffe and paying something like $3 or so for a peppermint tea, then realizing I could buy a box of the stuff at Loblaws for less than what they charged for a tiny cup. I'm pretty sure that kind of absurd markup is what led to the downfall of that place, and will possibly lead to the same with this place.

The first thing ordered (the omelette) could have AT LEAST included an Americano for that price.

I find it funny that the same people in the 'Occupy' protests, complaining about the distribution of wealth, among other things, can at the same time justify paying $12 (omelette and apple thing; if that's it in the picture, looks like nothing more than canned fruit neatly arranged on the plate) for a simple breakfast when instead they can buy many groceries and eat many more meals at home for the same price.
Ryan replying to a comment from Philip / July 4, 2013 at 10:44 pm
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What the hell you talking about?
Philip replying to a comment from Ryan / July 4, 2013 at 10:56 pm
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Depends, what are you referring to?
Tim replying to a comment from Philip / July 5, 2013 at 02:33 am
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You aren't just paying for the food. You are paying for the food, plus the wage of the person who made and served the food, plus the overheads of the cafe.

Ultimately, you are paying for atmosphere, service, and an over all experience.

You can buy 24 beers for the price of 2 pitchers at a bar. Hell, the price you pay for the box of tea from the grocery store is way more than the grocery store pays for the box of tea.

All businesses charge mark ups.

But, you want to go the bar, or eat out sometimes. Comparing the price of food at not-your-home to the price of food out is like comparing apples and oranges.

Why don't you wait until someone comes over to your house to eat your home-made, inexpensive food, and then writes a review about it on their blog. Then, you can make all negative comments on the blog post you want.

In the meantime, you are sitting here like a dick criticising an attempt to grow the options and economy of the city of Toronto. Stop it.

Also... Occupy? WHAT?
Tim replying to a comment from Philip / July 5, 2013 at 02:35 am
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Correction:
"Comparing the price of food at not-your-home to the price of food out is like comparing apples and oranges."

should read

"Comparing the price of food at not-your-home to the price of food at home is like comparing apples and oranges."
robg / July 5, 2013 at 03:36 am
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Actually Tim, it should read:

"Comparing the price of food out to the price of food at home is like comparing apples and oranges."

Vsg / July 5, 2013 at 04:07 pm
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Since you order two egg dishes, it would have been nice if you actually ordered one of the vegan options. So much for being flexible!
misa / July 7, 2013 at 11:38 am
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As a long-time vegan, I am delighted to see more healthy vegan options in non-vegan restaurants! Can wait to try this place.
E.B / July 8, 2013 at 10:42 am
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I'm curious about their high quality meat, since you didn't review any of those dishes. As someone who mostly eats veg but occasionally opts for local meat, I want to hear about their meat other than chicken. Is it local, delicious, decently priced? Beef, rabbit, pigeon?

Oh, and we're in Canada so don't forget the 'u' in neighbourhood! :)
MIranda / July 8, 2013 at 02:49 pm
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Stopped by this place for lunch recently, it's pretty awesome. The eggplant 'bacon' is incredible.
Diane Labelle / July 9, 2013 at 11:33 am
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"This menu is designed for all types of diets with options for those who like vegetarian, gluten free, raw, or high quality meat options."
I found it pretty interested that they put a lot of varied meal in their menu so like that they can joint a lot more people!
[url=http://menu-plus.ca]Diane Labelle [/ulr] / July 9, 2013 at 11:38 am
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"This menu is designed for all types of diets with options for those who like vegetarian, gluten free, raw, or high quality meat options."
I found it pretty interested that they put a lot of varied meal in their menu so like that they can joint a lot more people!
The Food Canon / January 16, 2014 at 09:22 pm
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The best thing about this cafe is the coffee....I am surprise that no one has mentioned that. And I have compared it with others...this will be my regular haunt.
Sarah / May 23, 2014 at 06:42 pm
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Visited the Flex on the weekend and have to say - it was the best brunch I've ever had. I eat animals sometimes but prefer to eat mostly plants so the flex has a ton of amazing options. The write up and photos DOES NOT do it justice. A friend and I shared raw tacos, a raw banana crepe and an omelette. Everything was delicious. The taco shell was made out of dehydrated yellow pepper, corn and avocado. Hello healthy. Hello best start to a sunny day. We will be back. We will tell our friends. Maybe even our enemies. The only downfall is, it's not open for dinner. Sigh...

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