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saltnpepperwhat Apr 19, 2011 12:49 PM

What kind of restaurant is "Fresh"?
Is it like a casual café place that serves only veggie food?
Is it worthy of a meal there (travelling with a vegetarian, visiting T.O.)?

  1. Herb Apr 20, 2011 04:09 AM

    Not a fan of Fresh (or Fresh for Juice for Life, it's full name).

    Live Organic Food Bar and Cafe 668 have better food and nicer rooms at the same price point. Note that Cafe 668 is no longer at 668 Dundas West - they moved a few blocks west but kept the name.

    Cafe 668
    885 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J1V9, CA

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

    1. l
      looosia Apr 19, 2011 06:05 PM

      I'd say that if you want vegetarian food, I'd recommend either Fressen on Queen West for a creative and tasty tapas in a nice setting, or Cafe 668 on Dundas West for fresh Asian vegetarian food in a more casual setting. I personally don't think Fresh is all that great, and some of their salads are alright but it's nothing to write home about.

      Toronto is very vegetarian friendly, so unless your friend is vegan or you go to a steak house or a charcuterie, you'll find lots of options for your friend.

      Cafe 668
      885 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J1V9, CA

      478 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V2B2, CA

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      1. re: looosia
        jrabbit2727 Apr 19, 2011 07:05 PM

        Cafe 668 is great - I agree. But I have never had a good meal at Fressen - despite really wanting to like it and trying it several times. The menu never changes and often the things I wanted on the menu weren't available (??)

        For a new hip and total foodie place.....you might want to try Woodlot on Palmerston. They have a regular and a veggie menu that mirror each other. The place is hopping.....so make reservations.

        Cafe 668
        885 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J1V9, CA

        478 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V2B2, CA

        1. re: jrabbit2727
          ggom1 Apr 19, 2011 08:39 PM

          I agree with jrabbit - I enjoyed Cafe 668 but found both Fressen and Fresh mediocre to bad. Woodlot is awesome though, I was just there tonight with a vegetarian friend and she loved it (the non-veggie options are also excellent).

          Another spot I like is Hibiscus in Kensington Market - tiny, no reservations, they serve crepes (sweet or savoury), soup and the best salad ever (it's like a combination of lots of different types of salad).

      2. p
        piccola Apr 19, 2011 05:42 PM

        Fresh is great for a weeknight dinner when you're craving produce and healthy foods. But it's not a destination restaurant, in my opinion.

        1. j
          jrabbit2727 Apr 19, 2011 02:09 PM

          Yes it is VERY casual and only serves veggie food....actually I believe it serves mostly vegan food. As far as is it worth it....well I like the one on Queen, but don't like the one on Bloor which is CRAZY busy with not great service. There are no reservations so you will probably wait a bit....but the one of Queen is a nicer place to sit and enjoy your food. BTW - the sweet potato fries are AWESOME!! My hubby is not a veggies and is always happy to go there as there are lots of substantial meals that even a meat eater would like.

          As for other places to take a veggie in Toronto....Live on Dupont is good. Mostly raw food but really inventive with some cool items. Again casual and the service is slow to say the least....but you just kinda gotta go with the pace there. This one is more for the veggies. My hubby will go there....but only when he's feeling like a lighter meal or a rice bowl with veggies etc.

          Does your friend eat fish, dairy, eggs? If so....there are LOTS of places that can accomodate them without having to necessarily go to "veggie" places.

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