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So, gluten’s become kind of a “thing” lately. Suddenly, more and more people are choosing to go for the gluten-free lifestyle, thinking that it’s healthier or some other nonsense. Let me tell you something: It’s bullshit, and it sucks. When I found out I was gluten intolerant, I thought my diet of mac and cheese and assorted hamburgers was about to go down the drain. Alas, as I was in my mourning period, I discovered a few places around the city that make being wheatless not half bad.

arepa

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Arepa Cafe

490 Queen St. West

Another Queen West favourite, this place offers gluten-free corn meal bread (arepas) from Venezuela, which are naturally gluten-free, so you don’t need to struggle when trying to decipher a menu (trust, I’ve been there). Word on the street is, this place is pretty good, and its adorable outside aesthetic just makes me want go in more.

MAGIC OVEN

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Magic Oven

270 Dupont St

I’ve heard both good and bad things about this place, mostly from the assorted mishmash Celiacs and vegans that I tend to associate with. The verdict, however, seems to be that it’s pretty darn good. And let’s be real: all pizza is good pizza.

hibuscus

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Hibiscus Cafe

238 Augusta Avenue

Holy snap, I thought my days of eating crepes were over, but then I found love in a terrible place. Hibiscus makes hella amazing buckwheat crepes and plates them in absolutely beautiful ways. Not only is the entire place just adorable, but it’s super Instagram-worthy. We all know that’s what you’re really after.

bunners

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Bunner’s Bake Shop

3054 Dundas St. West + 244 Augusta

If you’re into overly sweet pink stuff, this is the place for you. Bunner’s has also opened up a Kensington location as well, where everything they bake, from cupcakes to cakes and brownies and donuts, is 100% gluten-free and vegan. Which, let’s be real, is a bit hard to find. I’ve had a few of their cupcakes, and I’ll be honest: the hype is worth it. Next on my list is their gluten-free vegan cinnamon buns, because I used to LIVE for Cinnabon. Alas, that time has passed.

hogtown

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Hogtown Vegan

834 Bloor St. West

Though I’ve yet to actually go myself (even though this girl I’m seeing and I have been making plans to go since we met months ago), I’ve heard nothing but positive things about Hogtown, which, while focusing on being vegan, does have gluten-free options available. We really have to go, though-- what I wouldn’t give to taste good mac and cheese again.

feast

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Feast

881 Queen St. West

The first time I set foot into this West Queen West treasure, I cried a little. A single tear rolled down my cheek because this entire place is allergen-free (including even my personal food aversions, like soy!), sells the best, thickest gluten-free vegan donuts I’ve ever had, AND has a little fridge of gluten-free pasta that doesn’t take like the grocery store cardboard I’m used to choking through. Basically gluten-free heaven on Earth.

heroburger

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Hero Burger

Queen & Spadina intersection + Church & Wellesley intersection

There’s a few of these around the city, and they’re the business. I literally get Hero Burger at least once a week. It’s shameful. The gluten-free bun they offer is made with egg bread, so it’s not vegan, but it tastes almost as good as real bread. God, I miss real bread.

kensington-cornerstone

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Kensington Cornerstore

2A Kensington Ave

EVERYTHING IS GLUTEN-FREE. NO SEARCHING. EVERYTHING IS GLUTEN-FREE.

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