With more conscious food-lovers on the rise, we wanted to provide a hand-picked list of ethical, locally sourced restaurants in Toronto and the rest of Canada for you to try out.
Here’s our picks listed from priciest to least pricey:
RUBY WATCHCO –rubywatchco.ca
730 QUEEN ST EAST, TORONTO, ON
Ruby Watchco supports only local growers and producers. The eggs, dairy and grains are delivered by the farmers themselves! They like to call it Market Inspired Comfort Food.
Ruby Watcho supports only local growers and producers. The eggs, dairy and grains are delivered by the farmers themselves! They like to call it Market Inspired Comfort Food.
CAFÉ BELONG – cafebelong.ca
550 BAYVIEW AVE, TORONTO, ON
Building relationships with farmers is what Café Belong is all about. The entire operation, whether it be dinner or grab and go catering, has all been done by local Canadian organic growers. They aim to provide a sense of ‘belonging’ to the environment during your visit – “an awareness of our environment, how it nourishes us, and what we must do to have this relationship continue”
GLOBE BISTRO – globebistro.com
124 DANFORTH AVE, TORONTO, ON
Canadian, Comfort Food, Fusion Cuisine.
With the motto of “Think Global. Eat Local!”, you can expect their passion for local movement is found in their locally sourced ingredients. They offer something for everyone, even weekend brunch from 11AM. Globe Bistro represents fine dining with ethical standards.
ME & MINE
1144 COLLEGE ST, TORONTO, ON
American, Canadian, Comfort Food, Fusion Cuisine.
Serving only fresh and local food, this couple creates new twists on your favourite meals. Rated one of the top 10 Best farm-to-table restaurants in Toronto, it is the place to go when craving your grandmother’s cooking with an ethical, but still funky, approach.
BEAST – the beastrestaurant.com
96 TECUMSETH ST, TORONTO, ON
Canadian and Fusion Cuisine.
Celebrating local farmers and producers, the chef Vivian Scott who spent much of her career cooking under Jamie Kennedy, offers dinner and brunch for meat lovers in particular – you can even reserve a “whole animal” dinner using all of the BEAST for you and your friends. Weekends are when you can get a sweet taste of specialty doughnuts with flavours posted the morning of on their Twitter page.
Living in or visiting Ottawa and want to find the best ethical restaurants and bakeries? Ethical Tree features the best fair trade, organic, vegan, vegetarian, and woman-owned restaurants to make ethical eating easy! ethicaltree.com
Living in or visiting Vancouver, BC? Enjoy an ethical meal at:
- Ethical Kitchen – ethicalfoods.ca
- West Restaurant – westrestaurant.com
- Cibo Trattoria – cibotrattoria.com
- Fable Kitchen – fabekitchen.ca
- Aphrodite’s Organic Café & Pie Shop – organiccafe.ca
Living in or visiting Calgary, Alberta? Enjoy an ethical meat at:
- The Coup – thecoup.ca
- The Weal – theweal.com
- Notable – notabletherestaurant.ca
- Raw Eatery & Market – thecollectiveraw.com
- Blue Star Diner – ca
If there’s one belief that all these restaurants stand behind it’s that you should be proud of where your food comes from!
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