Canada’s healthiest restaurants

Eating out doesn't have to mean sacrificing your healthy-eating goals. Try these top picks for Canadian restaurants that score high for their healthy picks

Canada's healthiest restaurants

 

B.C. and Alberta: Cactus Club Café
How chef Rob Feenie has revamped the Western Canadian chain’s offerings to include healthier fare. Learn more about the Cactus Club Café.

Victoria: Rebar
This restaurant has a fan base whose loyalty verges on obsession, thanks to dishes such as their yam-and-pepita quesadilla and the mushroom-pecan burger. If you can’t get to Victoria, the best-selling Rebar Modern Food Cookbook brings the restaurant to you. 50 Bastion Sq.

Vancouver: The Fish House in Stanley Park
A supporter of the Ocean Wise program, chef Karen Barnaby also wrote the book on low-carb dining (The Low-Carb Gourmet). Try maple-glazed wild salmon that’s grilled in a corn husk. 8901 Stanley Park Dr.

Vancouver: Vij’s
Vikram and Meeru Vij use fresh ingredients and locally sourced meat, seafood and produce at their Indian restaurant. Try the lamb “popsicles” in cream curry, suggests Best Health reader Pam Gole. 1480 W. 11th Ave.

Calgary: The Coup
This Cow Town spot serves up delicious vegetarian dishes. Learn more about The Coup.

Edmonton: HealthFare
Nutritious choices are easy at this Edmonton spot. Learn more about HealthFare.

London, Ont.: The Only on King
The menu changes seasonally to reflect the best of the local, and often organic, produce that chefs Jason Schuberg and Paul Harding celebrate. Try the seasonal vegetable salad. 172 King St.,

Toronto: Four
This Toronto eatery has banished the deep fryers and limits calories for all of its dishes. Learn more about Four.

Toronto: Fressen
This vegan eatery is in one of Toronto’s hippest neighbourhoods. Try the braised fennel with a miso-and-hemp-butter whip, or arugula dressed in a cranberry vinaigrette with pears, pumpkin seeds and seared tempeh in a crisp pappadum (an Indian flatbread). 478 Queen St. W.

Toronto: Live Organic Food Bar
Co-owner and chef Jennifer Italiano’s menu has both raw-food and cooked offerings, but all are vegan and most are gluten free. The tempeh “crab cakes” are a big hit. 264 Dupont St.

Ottawa: Toss It Up
Lunch need never be boring (or unhealthy!) again with about 10 bazillion options from this one restaurant. First, choose greens or a wrap, then add a protein, vegetables, seeds, cheese or fruit and top it off with one of 21 dressings. Twenty seats are available for eating in, but if you prefer, all orders can be wrapped and taken back to the office. 208 Sparks St.

Montreal: Bonnys Vegetarian & Organic Cuisine
Chef Bonnie Tees’ international selections are almost completely organic, and are low in fat and cholesterol. Try the vegan quinoa lemon pudding. 1748 Notre-Dame St. West.

Long River, PEI: The Kitchen Witch Tea Room
Owners Debbie and Geoff Crowther use locally sourced products whenever possible. Look for many gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan options (and try the Witch’s Special). Open from April to December. 949 Long River Rd.

Halifax: Jane’s on the Common
This East Coast spot boasts a made-from-scratch menu. Learn more about Jane’s on the Common.

What’s your favourite healthy restaurant? Share your picks in the comments.

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