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Nov 27, 2007 08:01 PM

Argh! Low carb diet -- any place that caters to that?

I gotta avoid: liquor, caffeine, white bread, regular pasta, rice, potatoes, fried foods, high fat dairy and processed foods. It's a foodie nightmare. Most places have things I can eat (like salad at a pizza joint), but I have to pick and choose. Is there a restaurant in Toronto that actually does this sort of diet really well? I was at Café Vert a few weeks ago and had their quinoa eggplant dish. While it fits the criteria, it wasn't very tasty.
Any help would be appreciated.

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  1. Haven't been so can't vouch for how well they do it but Live Oganic Food Bar, which specializes in unprocessed foods, would by definition offer meals with those criteria.

    The most difficult part for me would be giving up wine, beer, caffeine and french fries. Good luck with the diet!

    Live Organic Food Bar
    264 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R1V7, CA

    1. I have been eating this way for about a year. Haven't found any restaurants that specifically cater to this, like you said, you pretty much have to pick and choose what to order. I find the hardest thing about eating in restaurants is the amount of sugar that's added to everything.

      I don't know if you are aware but there is a low carb store at Yonge and Lawrence called "Low Carb Grocery" They have a lot of products that are not available generally in Canada such as Dreamfields pasta, various low carb baking mixes and cereals.

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      1. re: paper_bag_princess

        Never heard of this place. Sounds interesting. I'd be keen to try the low carb baking.

        1. re: paper_bag_princess

          I love this store, you can check out the website too and order online. My favourite products are the wraps and pita breads

          1. re: paper_bag_princess


            Low Carb Grocery
            170 Esna Park Dr, Markham, ON L3R, CA

            1. re: paper_bag_princess

              I too have never heard of this place...thanks for posting!!!

            2. Any good steakhouse will meet your needs: start with a chopped onion and tomato salad (dress yourself with oil and vinegar) or some smoked salmon or a beef carpaccio; go on to a great big steak with a caesar salad - and you won't notice the missing taters, breads and dessert.

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              1. re: Bigtigger

                Thanks but steak is a high fat food, so it's also forbidden. See how tricky this gets?

              2. Many places have entrees that come with potatoes or rice, you can just ask them to hold the carb. When Low-carb first appeared on the scene, I'd go to an Asian restaurant and asked them to hold the rice, they'd go "No rice???" with eyes as big as saucers. But now they're used to it and may even give you some more veggies as substitution.

                1. Many of the menu items at fresh would fit your criteria. I prefer the food/atmosphere at the bloor location.
                  Also a few doors east there is a great takeout counter at the back of noah's. Healthy soups, lots of whole grains and legumes.