Our first real dining adventure in Toronto took us to an all veg, chain restaurant, Fresh. The location we visited is nestled in the up and coming area of Yonge and Eglinton, dubbed Yonge and Eligible because of the migrant of young, twenty-something eligible professionals to the neighborhood. Amid construction, littered streets and new high-rises, we had a typical couple’s date out, movie and dinner, twice in the location.
Yonge and Eglinton
Stepping out of the TTC, Toronto’s metro, it was a change of scenery from our neighborhood. Right away we were haggled by the many street dwellers. Like we had read, Toronto is a massive city. With any ginormous city, there are nice areas and the not-so-nice parts. The demographics of each area will be different as well. And already, we observe this in the different parts we’ve explored. I wouldn’t say Yonge and Eglinton is a bad area. It’s just a section of the city where yard work is in progress, as weeds get pulled so beautiful flowers can fill their spots.
We had dinner at Fresh twice now, and it was a fusion of fresh, savory, tasty, and sweet experience. On our first visit, we both gravitated towards the Black Bean Burrito Wrap. This isn’t the typical burrito, but we enjoyed the fresh twist to it. Because of the fresh and raw veggies combined with the savory beans and wrap, it was more refreshing. All of their wraps also come with a side of kale slaw, which was pretty tasty as well.
All of Fresh’s desserts are made by a local dessert company, Sweets from Earth, that uses organic ingredients and unrefined flours and sugars. We shared and indulged in the Chocolate Fudge Cake. Moist, soft, scrumptious, and not overwhelmingly sweet were the traits of each bite. I think I may have enjoyed this better than my meal!
On our second outing at Fresh, Nick liked the Black Bean Burrito Wrap too much to try anything else. I wanted a different taste but didn’t stray too far, either. My dish this time was another wrap, the Holiday Wrap. I enjoyed this better than the Black Bean Wrap. The taste was even fresher, and I loved the touch of pickles in there. Also, the taste slightly reminded me of my mom’s spring rolls.
We didn’t get a chance to order the chocolate cake again because we were running late for the movie. Instead, we picked up a couple of treats to-go: chocolate chip cookie for myself and a walnut brownie for Nick. Nick said his brownie was super delicious. I liked my cookie but favored the chocolate cake better. Bottom line: Sweets from Earth makes good quality baked goods. If you ever have a chance to taste their goodies, try it! Your sweet-tooth self will be pleased.
As for Fresh, they use both local and organic ingredients but aren’t all organic. Their menu is extensive. Whether you’re a health-conscious eater, a junkie lover, or someone who prefers macrobiotic or is raw-focused, there is something for everyone.