One of the most wonderful things about Toronto is the abundance of independently owned eateries around every corner. Visitors to this beautiful city often remark about the lack of chain restaurants and the availability of local, sustainable and organic foods. Having so many choices of where to dine makes it easy to eat healthfully, and having a vast number of establishments in business help keep prices reasonable.
Whether seeking out a vegan, vegetarian or “combination” eatery (so carnivores and veggie folk can co-exist peacefully). Toronto offers a range of choices to satisfy any taste and budget. From basic breakfast fare to the fanciest dinner, every eating style is easily accommodated in Canada’s largest city. Zoe’s in the King West neighborhood is a favorite of many locals. It’s a bakery/cafe that’s open for breakfast, lunch and brunch. They offer a huge variety of sandwiches and salads, with breakfast entrees starting at just $5. Lunch ranges from $9.95-15.95 and many healthy options are available including plenty of vegetarians and some vegan choices as well as meat and seafood. The menu is quite creative, and offers the option for fresh-packed takeaway to enjoy at one of the city’s beautiful outdoor spaces.
Camro’s Organic Eatery on Hayden St. is 100S vegetarian, but even meat eaters rave about the food. This restaurant has a rather unique system in that they offer a set menu that rotates each day, and the customer can choose as many or a few items as they like. A two-item combination plate is $9.56 while a four-item platter is $14.03. The most surprising (and creative) thing about the restaurant is
that all the food is inspired by the cuisine of Persia.
Speaking of ethnic food, Ethiopian choices abound in Toronto, and it’s difficult to find food which is healthier or more affordable than what’s offered at the many eateries serving this type of cuisine. Nazareth on Bloor Street is a solid favorite and has been called a “hidden gem” because it’s one of the few restaurants where two people can get a huge dinner for under $10. Sometimes the line can be out the door, but according to those who have dined here, it’s completely worth the wait.