VTV Intern Adara Doherty shares with us one of her favourite hidden gems, The Beet in the Junction. Have you been…?
Strolling down the streets of The Junction, you can’t help but experience one of the trendiest communities in the West End. Better known for its arts community and historical past, The Junction is home to a unique restaurant that feeds the plethora of hungry locals craving an alternative and healthy meal.
Don’t be tricked by the misleading TD entrance, The Beet is a great spot to hangout while sipping on a Mill St. Organic pint or indulging in one of its many complex, nutrient packed smoothies. The hippy-like atmosphere is refreshing and comfortable – makes you feel right at home. Oh, and nothing “beets” the cathedral high ceilings of their single washroom – probably one of the coolest in the city.
The menu was designed by certified nutritionist Michelle Vella and homeopathic doctor Heather Olser while keeping a healthy heart in mind. With everything from sustainable interior design to 100% biodegradable packaging, The Beet truly stands behind its green environmental initiatives. The menu items are 100% organic including their mouthwatering Buenos Dias wrap – Avocado, spicy black bean spread, quinoa, pico de gallo and raw Quebec cheddar cheese. Did I also mention it is gluten and wheat free? With a strong socially responsible message and support of local farmers, you will feel not only good about what you’re putting in your body but also where it is coming from.
A must try dish for any Toronto vegan is the organic housemade burger. The one that specifically comes to mind, despite my non-vegan pursuits, remains the Tofu Burger. For the price of $13, you get a hearty homemade tofu patty on a freshly baked kamut bun, topped with lettuce, tomato and house mayo – also served with sweet potato fries. The best part is the mayo and ketchup are made in-house, certifying them organic and preservative-free. Wash down that Tofu burger with Toronto based Kombucha Tonica, which tastes more like a wine-spritzer with undertones of green tea. Very refreshing!
The vibe is something that is familiar and makes you remember the simple things in life. Perhaps it’s the warm feeling you get knowing you’re supporting local and fair trade food items. I can’t complain that the The Beet is waking up the socially-conscious activist in all of us.
The Beet | Toronto restaurant, in The Junction | Website