City Living: Allergy-Survival and Diet-Friendly Hot Spots

Some of us on the fourth floor have allergies and particular dietary needs, so we’re always grateful when we can dine at restaurants that are able to accommodate us. We love good food and luckily, we’ve found some Toronto restos that allow us to safely indulge in tasty dishes without sacrificing flavour or variety (you can only eat so many salads). Here are our top allergy and vegan/vegetarian-friendly spots in the city.
Chipotle’s Mexican Grill has two locations on Yonge Street at both the Eglinton Avenue and Dundas Street East intersections. With the option of staying in or taking your food to go, the menu includes several toppings and meals that are gluten-, soy- and lactose-free. We especially like the corn tortillas with black beans, guacamole and spicy tomato salsa. Yum.

Le Commensal is a buffet-style restaurant at Bay and Elm, specializing in vegan and vegetarian foods. It features a wide selection of hot dishes, a salad and dessert bar, and freshly squeezed and blended juices. The eggplant in ginger sauce is a must-try!

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Magic Oven is a pizzeria that can be found throughout downtown Toronto. Along with its pizzas, it offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free soups and salads with organic ingredients. They also have vegan and lactose-free cheeses, and offer specialty and organic wines and beers. Umm…yum.

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Hibiscus Organics is a café in Kensington Market that specializes in organic, vegan and dairy-, gluten- and egg-free meals. Our mouths are watering already at the thought of safely enjoying their variety of crepes, salads, pastas and desserts!

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The most well known of the bunch,  Fresh Restaurant supports a vegan, vegetarian and organic lifestyle at all three of its Bloor Street, Spadina Avenue and Crawford Street locations.We can’t get enough of their juices, salads, fresh rice bowls, black bean burrito and mushroom onion burger. If you’re new to veggie or vegan meals, definitely give Fresh a try.

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Boom Breakfast & Co. is a breakfast and lunch eatery with locations on Eglinton Avenue, St. Clair Avenue and College Street. The menu includes smoothies made with soy milk, a plethora of salads and healthy omelettes with a nice fresh fruit garnish served on the side. A great place for friends and family, their tasty selections can be enjoyed indoors or on the patio. From Monday to Friday, they have a $4.99 special of two eggs, toast, boom frites (so good) and coffee. A great deal. Like most brunch spots in Toronto, be prepared for a wait during prime brunch time. 

What restaurants are forgiving of your diets and allergies? Tweet us your allergy-survival and diet-friendly hot spots @rockitpromo.