Where can you get your paleo-inspired fix in the west end? Enter: The Simple Kitchen, a fast-casual restaurant bringing healthy eats and-go products to Roncesvalles.
The Simple Kitchen is the brainchild of co-owners Erin Baric and Joe Meireis, and we had the opportunity to chat over a Mighty Coffee with Baric to find out how their concept came to life.
A teacher for many years, Baric also had a passion for design. When she went part-time as a teacher, she also tried her hand at real estate, flipping houses. She was on the road often and couldn’t find many healthy fast food joints for a quick bite.
Traveling often to cities like New York and Los Angeles which are packed with healthy fast-casual dining options, she wondered why Toronto wasn’t up to par. So she decided to be the change she wanted to see and in 2017, The Simple Kitchen was born.
Merging Baric’s love for design and eating healthy, with Meireis’ love of building things, they created a place where Torontonians can stop by for quick, healthy, delicious, and simple food on the west side.
The mission of The Simple Kitchen is, well, simple: “Getting good healthy food out to people, fast,” explained Baric.
Although the kitchen is paleo inspired, you don’t need a label to eat there.
Rich and flavourful, you can taste the love that goes into making their popular bone broth. The first time we I tried it, we kept taking baby sips so to savour it longer. Its recipe includes BERETTA chicken, peppercorns, carrots, celery, apple cider vinegar, ginger, thyme and parsley. You can also select some add-ons like chicken, beef, turmeric and ginger.
The Simple Kitchen also has a few specialty drinks. The Mighty Coffee is the classic coffee with grass-fed butter and Bulletproof MCT oil. Then it gets better. The Bulletproof Latte features espresso, grass-fed butter, Brain Octane MCT oil and steamed milk. The most creative option is The Bulletproof Mocha: espresso, grass-fed butter, cocoa, brain octane MCT oil and hardwood xylitol (a natural sweetener).
Simple Boxes at Simple Kitchen
The Simple Kitchen has a variety of boxes to choose from including the Energy Box which is brown rice, BERETTA beef and broccoli. The Vegan Box has brown rice, a plant based option, mushroom, and broccoli. You can even build your own box by picking one protein and two sides or one protein and three sides. They also have a variety of sauces to add to spice up any option.
For the sweet lovers, you can choose a simple bowl. A small includes five toppings while the large includes seven toppings. The base options are vanilla chia pudding, gluten free oats, acai (house special) or vanilla coconut ice cream. There are over 10 toppings to choose from like coconut whip, pumpkin seeds, paleo granola, almond butter and banana.
Yes, you read that correctly! Options include freshly squeezed orange juice with a splash, or two, of champagne.
The Simple Market
You know all those awesome products in the U.S. that everyone just goes wild over but we have to hunt for down here? Well, The Simple Kitchen has them! Think: Vital Proteins, Bulletproof, Siete, Nutpods, Simple Mills and more.
Working Together at The Simple Kitchen
The Simple Kitchen has set an additional mission to collaborate with other local health and wellness professionals. In November, they hosted an event for wellness entrepreneurs, creating a space to connect with colleagues and fellow wellness influencers over product sampling, prizes and amazing swag bags.
We look forward to watching the growth of this exciting new wellness destination.