The BaroThe Baro is long overdue. Now open on Queen West, this adorable eatery is aiming to change your perception of fast food. The new concept marries healthy and local eating with a smörgåsbord of options and flavours. Everything is made in house, including the fixtures- apparently co-owners and BFF’s Bill and John can not only wield a mezzaluna, but also a drill.
Besties since childhood, the duo ditched their corporate gigs to give Toronto just what it needs, a good dose of our 5-10’s a day, and well, an actual choice in grab and go eateries. The Baro has a menu broader than most salad spots, with choices that go beyond vegan or not vegan. With more of us encountering real (or otherwise) food intolerances, it’s good to have a safe middle ground where you can munch on meat while your vegan pal crunches on kale.
I got to sample two salads on my visit to the shoppe, giving both meat and non-meaty salads a try. All salads start off with choosing your leaves, your toppings and dressing. John and Bill have created an easy and concise menu with the classics (think cob, greek and Caesar) to more exotic fare like the Mississippi Flyer ($12.90 below). Hefty and satisfying, the Mississippi Flyer brings spicy breaded chicken, pickles, olives, grapes & monterey jack cheese, tossed in spicy ranch sauce. Tossed is a bit of a misnomer, the method for blending all their salads is chopping by hand. Ingredients are assembled on a cutting board first, and hand chopped- with a mezzaluna, naturally.
This method distributes the goods throughout, ensuring the dressing coats the leaves and everything else- which also guarantees no oily mess at the bottom of your compost friendly bowl. Hand crafted and made with love!