Eating gluten free in Toronto will be a breeze thanks to this guide from glutenfreeglobal contributor, Rachael Hunt from Gluten Freedom Inc.
b.good 100 Front St E Toronto, 573 Queen St W Toronto & 10 King St E Toronto www.bgood.ca/
With more locations popping up in Toronto and surrounding areas, b.good is gaining a lot of attention for their healthy fast food offerings. Their focus is on providing food that is real and locally sourced. They use dedicated toasters, fryers, utensils and dedicated grills, so gluten-free customers are in good hands. Gloves are always changed upon notification of an allergy, which is a small but nice bonus as it can be uncomfortable requesting this at times. Many items are seasonal, given the availability of certain produce but their gluten-free burgers and sandwiches (buffalo chicken!) are always available and their gluten-free bun is fresh and soft.
buffalo chicken sandwich on GF bun
local apple & bacon salad w/ quinoa
Il Fornello 214 King St W Toronto (and other locations) ilfornello.com/
Il Fornello is a reliable spot to satisfy your GF needs, with 6 locations across the GTA. My go-to is the King St location, great for pre- or post-show eats and a great variety of gluten-free pizzas and pastas. They go the extra mile to ensure that their allergic guests are taken care of. This is something I definitely support.
Top Picks: GF Bolognese and Diavola Pizza
Arepa Café 490 Queen St W, Toronto www.arepacafe.ca
An arepa is a Venezuelan specialty, which is essentially a flatbread made of corn flour. At Arepa on Queen St, they offer a variety of sandwich-like versions by cutting the flatbread in half and stuffing it with different ingredients. You can choose between vegetarian, chicken, steak, or pork; all are advertised as gluten-free on the menu.
La Reina Pepeida
Barque Smokehouse 299 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto barque.ca/
It’s not often that you will see a group of gluten intolerant/Celiac women go crazy over a plate of meat smothered in BBQ sauce, but this is precisely what happened when we came to Barque Smokehouse. Why, might you ask? This Celiac-friendly smokehouse is an anomaly in that all sauces, rubs, and dips are gluten-free. In fact the Texas is certified GF!
Top Picks: half-rack + side of fries
Bindia 16 Market St, Toronto www.bindia.ca/
New restaurants are setting up shop along the St. Lawrence Market strip. One of those restaurants is Bindia, a modern Indian restaurant serving some delicious gluten-free eats. Indian cuisine is typically gluten-free friendly, which is awesome because I love the bold and spicy flavours. They are very aware of rising food allergies and dietary restrictions, notifying guests through a legend on their menus. Top Picks:Lamb Curry
Insomnia Restaurant & Lounge 563 Bloor St W, Toronto www.insomniarestaurant.com/
The entire brunch menu offers gluten-free substitutions to better accommodate us. Even their "special" potatoes, slathered with a delicious secret sauce have been modified to be gluten-free.
Riz on Yonge 3321 Yonge St, Toronto www.rizonyonge.com
Riz owner, Terry Wei, has set out on a path to change things on her menu. Years ago, before the mass prevalence of gluten-free diets, Terry noticed a shift in recurring customers- several just stopped showing up. What was discovered was a rise in gluten allergies. Rather than saying good riddance, it became a passion to offer as much of the traditional Asian fare to this market. Riz on Yonge to become a fully Certified Gluten-Free establishment. A completely Celiac-safe environment for everyone to enjoy. just in case you are weary of what you are getting is actually GF (because it does look too good to be true), the serving plates are all labelled to avoid confusion. Top picks? Crispy beef.
Tabule 2009 Yonge St, Toronto tabule.ca/
This Middle Eastern restaurant is always high on my list of places to when recommending GF-friendly restaurants to followers. Their dedication to safe cross-contact prevention practices keeps celiacs near and far coming back for more.
falafel + hummus
GF laffa bread
Kupfert & Kim 100 King St W www.kupfertandkim.com/
This meatless and wheatless eatery keeps expanding and wowing customers over and over with their inventive creations that are allergy-friendly. You don’t have dietary restrictions to enjoy their healthy grub, though.
First Canadian Bowl
The Citizen 522 King St W, Toronto thecitizento.com/
The Citizen’s menu is chock-full of sports bar classics, but elevated to meet the King St. demands. Chef Jonny has Celiac Disease, and has been evolving the GF food game over the past 6 years in order to accommodate not only his dietary restriction, but to prove that you can make great tasting gluten-free food without being obvious about it.