Yum Yum: Guide to Eating Gluten-Free

Okay, we get it, you’re gluten-challenged. Who isn’t these days? Now,
just ’cause
 your bod can’t tolerate one little protein doesn’t mean you have to
sit at home eating seeds by yourself
while your friends are out consuming white flour like it’s going out of style
(it is, btw
). We equal-opportunity eaters here on the fourth floor have put
together this helpful little Toronto gluten-free guide for you Celiacs
sympathizers, so get out there. Live your life.


Betcha didn’t know this place was ENTIRELY gluten-free,
did ya? This Kensington Market neighbourhood eatery boasts an extensive menu
that doesn’t compromise taste or selection. 
Sourcing all their breads from
Molly B’s Gourmet Organic Gluten-Free Kitchen,
you can indulge in one of their massive pulled pork sandwiches without a worry
in the world. We can’t wait for the sunny weather to be back so we can stake
out a place on their prime people-watching patio with a pitcher of their Spiked
Peach Ice Tea (try saying that 10 times fast).

Queen Mother Cafe
As if you needed another reason to love this Queen Street
staple, the Queen Mum has tailored a menu that can easily accommodate gluten-free requests. Their famous Pad Thai can
be cooked with a gluten-free soy sauce, making it a delicious dish that doesn’t
discriminate. The Khao Soy Gai is an
awesome, spicy, broth-based dish that can be made Celiac-friendly by substituting
the egg noodles for rice. Don’t want to be one of those high-maintenance customers making substitutions? Try the
quinoa salad, as is. The high protein grain is a must-have in a diet sans wheat, and the Queen Mother has perfected its execution in a simple, 
but filling, salad.

Karine’s Vegan,
Vegetarian & All Day Breakfast

OCAD’s best kept secret is Karine’s breakfast. Contrary to what their name might suggest,
they aren’t exclusively vegan (you can get sausage, peameal or regular bacon.)
Don’t be fooled by their modest presence in the Village on the Grange food
court, Karine’s serves up some serious breakfast on some sassy Fiestaware. If you’ve ever eaten at their matriarch
location, Maggie’s on College Street, you’re familiar with the heaping portions of
garlic fries and fresh fruit. The best
part of Karine’s (besides being called “gorgeous baby” by the ladies
behind the counter) is that this all day gluten-free breakfast will only set
you back $5.

Heady Brew Company

Alright kids, you can put down the cider. Thanks to founder Robert Cundari, gluten-free beer is creeping up on the craft beer scene in the GTA. Five years in the making, Heady Brew Company’s
Honey Citrus gluten-free beer is readily available throughout the city.  Check their Facebook page and Twitter for
updated locations!
The Burger’s Priest
Oh  yeah, that’s
right. Toronto’s best burger has a
gluten-free bun upon request. We’re
gonna let these babies speak for themselves. 
(Vegans beware: The Option contains cheese.)

So there you have it, little gluten-freegans. Don’t say we can’t take you anywhere. 

Yum yum: National Burger Month

It was recently brought to our attention that May has been dubbed National Hamburger Month, so in the name of research, we spent the month looking for our favourites burgs in the city. We love a good eat on the fourth floor and (almost) nothing can beat an all-star burger. If you have a craving, head to one of these spots.

Sustainable ingredients, quality flavour
This casual, cozy resto has two excellent burgers on their menu (along with some other mouth-watering, scrumptious items like the curry club wrap). Their burgers are made with certified organic beef, and topped with fabulous condiments like brie, spinach and roasted red peppers.

Image via blogTO.

Quirky Burgers

South St. Burger Co.
Very few quick-service resto’s can match up to the greatness that comes out of the kitchen at South St. Starting with their great service, their epic burgers are incomparable simply because of the huge variety of toppings available: chipotle BBQ sauce, olives, blue cheese, mango chutney and spicy ketchup are a few of our faves.

Image via Toronto’s Best Burger.

Best new burger
The Burger’s Priest 

Located off the beaten path (at Queen and Coxwell), The Burger’s Priest offers simple hamburgers with a twist. To be a true connoisseur of their burgs, order from the secret menu. Try the newest concoction, Judgment Day, in honour of the Rapture. On your trip, expect fresh ground beef, a soft bun and simple, classic toppings, all griddled to perfection.

Image via Yapping About Food.

Gourmet Burgers

The Harbord Room, referred to by NOW magazine as “the hottest bite in town”, sure knows how to cook a burger. The naturally-raised beef burger is a culinary dream. Seriously, just ask this guy. Served on a yummy Fred’s Bread egg bun, the combination between the beef, sharp cheddar and caramelized onions are sure to please every single one of your taste buds.

Image via WebLocal.
Unexpected – who knew?
Known for it’s tapas-style menu, Origin has one of the greatest burgs we’ve tried yet. This tasty bite is crunchy on the outside, moist on the inside, and is brilliantly contrasted with creamy avocado, smoked mayo and arugula. Mmm-mmm, good.

Image via HelloToronto.
Boss’ favourite
Best BBQ around town. Get the ‘animal burger’. Two mustard seared 3 oz. patties, American cheese, sauce, lettuce, pickles, caramelized onion. Apparently as good as an In-n-Out, if that’s your thing. It’s definitely ours.

 Image via The Beef Whisperer

So, whether you are into quirky toppings, holy hamburgers, or gourmet renditions of this American classic, we sure hope you enjoy your next trip to any of these resto’s for a piece of happiness in a bun. Got a beef with one of our choices for best? Tweet us what you think is better (@rockitpromo).