Quick spots for a grab-and-go lunch in Toronto’s downtown

Long gone are the days when a limp sandwich was all you could get for a quick bite downtown. Now, you can satisfy your wildest cravings with everything from gourmet burgers to vegan salad boxes, and still be back at the office on time for that afternoon meeting.

iQ Food Co

100 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5K 1J3

You’ll get your daily fibre by picking up some fruit, vegetables and grains at IQ. There are five staple options that include themed mixes of fresh produce, quinoa and brown rice – along with a few seasonal takes on healthy grub using ingredients of the day. IQ Food exclusively uses whole grains, lean proteins and good fats in all of their sweet and savoury food. Just reading their list of smoothie ingredients will make you feel healthy.

Z Teca Gourmet Burrito

130 King St, York, ON M9N 1L5

This spot focuses on a handful of items and does them well. Pick up a burrito bowl with all the familiar ingredients minus the tortilla shell. You can also get a regular burrito with grilled chicken, steak or shrimp. There's a vegetarian version, as well. Taco lovers can enjoy a selection of fillings and guilt-free, low-fat sour cream. If a spicy cup of soup is your thing, be quick because they only make one batch a day.

Thai Island

C255-181 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5J 2T3

You’ll have to join the queue here, but it’s one of the fastest-moving lineups in the Financial District. That means you’ll have ample time to enjoy your pick of a mix of meat, veggie and tofu dishes that feature rice or noodle combos. Head back to the office with one of the top picks at Thai Island – Thai chicken on pad see ew noodles or the green curry chicken served with steamed rice.

Soup Nutsy Canada Inc

222 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5K 1K7

Soup hits the spot in so many ways, which makes it ideal for a quick lunch break. You can drink it so there's no need for fiddling around with plastic cutlery on the go. The convenience factor makes it obvious why Soup Nutsy has three different spots in Toronto’s central hub. Each location features 12 different meat, fish and veggie soups that change each day. They serve gluten- and dairy-free options, plus low fat varieties, too.

Paramount Fine Foods

253 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 1N8

Some of the most delicious and satisfying food for on-the-go lunches originates from Lebanon. Drop by Paramount Fine Foods on Yonge for made-to-order falafel sandwiches and chicken shawarma packed with parsley, lettuce, onions, tomatoes and tahini. These Middle Eastern sandwiches make a healthy take out lunch, as do the fillings and tasty tabbouleh or Fatoush salads. Everything is perfect with a yogurt drink or non-alcoholic beer.

South St. Burger

260 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A 4L5

Sometimes you just want to sink your teeth into a good old Canadian burger. South St. has an answer to this with their True North burger, which features bacon- and maple-infused onions. There are several other options, with offbeat and tempting toppings on the menu, alongside a mushroom patty for vegetarians. Sides include reliable New York fries and onion rings. If you prefer gluten-free buns, just ask. You can order by fax and collect your lunch in the takeout line.

Just because you don't eat meat doesn't mean you can't eat a great burger. At these Victoria restaurants you'll find unique and delicious veggie burgers that may even convert the carnivores in your dining party.
Those who can’t have gluten can sometimes struggle to find good eats, but that’s rarely an issue in Victoria. Here, gluten-free cooking has been welcomed with open arms, and those who can’t have gluten can find a wide range of foods to enjoy. From fresh-baked treats to home-style pizzas, these restaurants offer all of the flavour, with none of the gluten.
Thirsty? Sure, you could reach for a sugary soda or lean on the caffeine crutch of coffee, but why not treat your body (and your taste buds) to something better? Packed with energy-enhancing nutrients and bursting with fresh flavours, a healthy jolt of juice may be the answer. Find it at one of these fine local juice bars.
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