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ACAI, POKE, GRAIN, & MORE: THE HEALTHIEST BOWLS TORONTO HAS TO OFFER

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DIANA GHIDANAC

APR 30, 2019

If there’s one trend we’re happy to commit to it’s having every delicious ingredient in our meals married together in bowl form. And these days, almost every restaurant has at least a few menu items that are served up in a bowl.

Whether it’s a rich and creamy acai creation, or a filling post-workout grain bowl you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered no matter where you are in the city. So to help you out, here are the best places in Toronto to get your bowl game on.

If you love your greens with a side of good-for-you protein, then head to one of FLOCK’s five locations to get your fix. While they’re considered a rotisserie joint, their mouth-watering Greens bowls are what put them on our radar. Even better, most of their options are vegan, vegetarian, gluten-, and dairy-free. The Power Flock is a hot ticket item featuring a to-die-for white-miso dressing. But, if we’re being honest, all of their selections are so delicious, you’ll be more than satisfied with any bowl you order.

Calii Love

Restaurant

This beach-lovers paradise, with four downtown locations, was originally known for its super-fresh poke (and we can definitely vouch for it being some of the best in the city), but you won’t want to miss on their smoothie, salad, and breakfast bowls, either. Choose each dish based on how you’re feeling — Grateful, Blissful, Amazing, Hopeful, the list goes on. Yes, these are the actual names on their menu, and it’s all in hopes that you’ll be leaving full, with a smile, and vibing off their positive energy.

Impact Kitchen

Restaurant

Expect healthy, wholesome food and protein-packed dishes at this plant-powered eatery. Impact Kitchen is a gluten-free kitchen committed to serving clean, minimally processed paleo and vegan dishes for any time of day. Plus, they’ve got your pre- or post-workout fuel covered with savory Power Bowls filled to the brim with nutrient dense ingredients (hello Roasted Roots bowl). Oh, and their locations in Liberty Village and Adelaide also make them a great choice for a casual meal with your crew.

Always dreaming of your next vacation? Yorkville Village is the spot to go when you’re between destinations. The menu at Palm Lane is inspired by the chef’s world travels, with unique flavours from Asia, Europe, and The Americas. Try out one of their signature bowls like the Bombay, Seoul, Santorini, or Azteca, and get ready to globetrot by way of your taste buds. But, if you’re the type who likes to call all the shots, you can also make your own bowl with over 70 ingredients to choose from.

Hailing from Vancouver and landing on the streets of Yonge and Richmond, Tractor Foods is a cafeteria-style restaurant with fresh, locally- and sustainably-sourced food that you’ll be dreaming about long after you’ve left the building. Their tasty bowls are made with a base of power greens and/or brown rice, and two market sides (choose between the likes of curried cauliflower, kimchi, southwest quinoa, or lemon kale, among others). We understand it may be hard to pick just two sides, but that just means you have an excuse to come back!

Conveniently situated in the heart of downtown on Elizabeth St., Poke Guys is one of the best options for poke-on-the-go. For first-timers, we’d recommend trying one of their signature dishes (don’t sleep on the A Hui Hou Bowl), but if you’re feeling adventurous, you can also build your own — their pickled ginger is a must-have! No worries, if you need some suggestions, either. The people behind the counter are always super-friendly and always happy to help.

Mad Radish is serious about healthy eating and making sure it tastes good, too. Everything on the menu is approved by a nutritionist and cooked with chef-driven techniques — think smoked mushrooms, spicy braised chicken, and fiery roasted broccoli. You’re bound to be wowed by their unique flavour combos, scratch-made dressings, and comforting warm bowls and strews. And their menu rotates seasonally, so you’ll want to circle back to Yonge and Eglinton soon to see what new items they’re cooking up.

If you’ve got an appetite for healthy food, one of Fresh’s four locations is about to be your go-to bowl spot. Sure, you can get everything from smoothies to burgers, pancakes and salads at this plant-based cafe, but their bowls are real stars of the show. Each delicious combination comes packed with fresh veggies, vegetarian-approved proteins, and is topped with a special house-made dressing. And even if you get a large size, we urge you to order their sweet potato fries or onion quinoa rings as a side. Trust us — they’re crowd favourites for a reason.

Kupfert & Kim

Restaurant

This meatless and wheatless restaurant in Bay, Spadina, and First Canadian Place has become a hot destination for thoughtfully-crafted and creative gluten-free and vegan meals that people can’t get enough of. Seriously, if you’ve got a friend who doesn’t think healthy food can taste good, bring them along the next time you visit, and order the Cauliflower Tahini or Oaxaca bowl. They won’t even believe their meal is missing the meat. When you’re craving something sweeter, rest assured they’ve got rich, fruit-filled smoothie bowls that will do the trick.

A surf shop might seem out of place in Toronto but don’t let the lack of waves in the city stop you from entering this healthy bowl haven. This hidden gem in Leslieville serves freshly-roasted coffee, plus smoothie and acai bowls that will have you dreaming of beach-side coasts. Born and raised in Brazil, the shop’s founder grew up surfing and eating acai, so you can be certain what they serve is as authentic as it gets.

FUEL+

Restaurant

Probably one of the best ways to start your day is with a smoothie bowl from Fuel+. They’ve got over 20 different flavours, and they’re all plant-based, gluten-free, and contain no artificial flavours, colors, or sugars. And if you’re looking for something specific, they separate them by category — high protein, antioxidant, or detox. But if you can’t decide (we get it) you can’t go wrong with the Breakfast Chocolate, Peanut Butter Protein, or Vanilla Peanut Butter Protein bowl. For a berry-lovers choice, the acai bowl is a no-brainer. Check them out in the Village or Canary District.

Toronto might not be the most tropical of places, but we still like to pretend we’re in Hawaii whenever we step foot in North Poké. And there’s a lot to love about this place aside from the uplifting atmosphere. All of their fish is delivered daily to ensure peak freshness and each type gets its own special marinade, which is really what sets them apart. Their bowls might look small at first, but rest assured, they pack in tons of delicious and filling ingredients. So head to Kensington Market or the Eaton Centre for your next poke fix.

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