It was time for Toronto to finally get an allergy-aware fast casual restaurant and bakery. Hype Food Co.’s kitchen is free from wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, soy, sesame and seafood.
Meet our Co-Founder Pauline Osena, Food Allergy Advocate and Creator of Safe Spaces for Allergy-friendly Foodies:
WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY ABOUT US
"This is truly a gem for anyone affected by food allergies. There food is free of the top most common allergens - and is delicious! As someone who has multiple food allergies, it can be hard to find a safe meal option that is also nutritious. Although... I admit that I did grab a cupcake for dessert! It was wonderful! I love the family-friendly atmosphere, but it truly has something for everyone. I highly recommend Hype Food Co. and will definitely visit every time I'm in Toronto."
"1) The food is great. The bowls are fresh and healthy. The bakery stuff is fresh and delicious, if not healthy. 2) Just amazing with food allergies. Everything is free of the top allergens (and some other things like gluten). And there's clear labeling and cross-contamination protocols for other allergens. Because it's build-your-own bowl, the building block ingredients are simple, they print your allergens on the order, and you can the bowl being assembled, you can feel confident working around allergens. 3) Very kid-friendly. There's a play area in the back with toys, drawing boards, books, etc. And the food is good for kids too. Again the build-your-own bowls makes it easy to adjust for preferences. Plus there's cupcakes and soft serve Dole Whip."
"I came to Hype because I'm eating dairy-free, soy-free and egg-free. This diet is new to me and I was eager to try a restaurant that catered specifically to people avoiding common allergens. The staff was friendly and eager to chat about the menu. The owner explained how his children had food allergies leading his family to cook without common allergens. I went a little crazy and bought almost everything they have. For lunch I got a protein and veggie box. You can mix and match from a bunch of options. I also picked up some baking for later. And dairy-free London Fog. And my son and I both enjoyed pineapple dairy-free ice cream. It was a bit of a haul. I'll also mention this place is stroller- and baby-friendly. There is a ramp and automatic door opener. There is space to park your stroller right by the tables. There are change tables in the two unisex bathrooms. It's also great for young kids because there is a train table and Duplo table set up right beside the dining tables. Really I can't wait to go back with my 4 year old."
"Hype Food Co was awesome! My son and I have multiple food allergies so were excited to have a place to safely eat in Toronto. Not only were the bowls delicious (our entire party of 7 ate here and loved it), but the cupcakes were the best allergy-friendly ones we have ever eaten. The frosting was light and fluffy and the cake was tasty & had a great texture. I had an opportunity to speak with the owner when we were there about the challenges of having a child with food allergies. It's an amazing concept and she has hit it out of the ballpark! Can't wait to visit Toronto again to eat at Hype Food Co."
"Great food! Very family friendly - spaces for kids to play and draw! Egg-free, dairy-free and nut-free food that is safe for anyone with food allergies. My kids especially LOVED that they could choose anything they wanted to eat and it was wonderful as parents to be able to go to a restaurant and be worry-free. My oldest especially loved the strawberry Dole whip ice cream. My youngest loved the strawberry shortcake cupcake. And all of us loved the rice bowl combinations we made. Love it! And we will definitely be returning again soon."
"I'm from New Hampshire in the U.S. I was visiting family in Toronto with my son who has food allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, and sesame seeds. When I found out my family was buying a cake for a celebration I scrambled to find an alternative for my son. As I searched the internet, I found Hype Food. I was amazed to find a shop that could accommodate all of my son's food allergies. When I arrived to quickly pick up what I was able to order online, I immediately wished I could have brought my son with me so that we could have dined in the sweet set up they have! Too bad this was a last minute purchase. The owners were so nice and welcoming. I could have talked to them for hours. The goodies I selected were so delicious and loved by my son! I wish so much we had this place closer to where we live. I will certainly be back when we visit our family again!"
"I have a child with life threatening food allergies and eating out as a family can be challenging. At Hype Food Co we were able to eat and not stress about what we were eating. We all had the chicken which was sooo tender and flavourful and a choice of several different veggies. The coconut curry sauce was the best I have ever had and my husband enjoyed the jalapeño lime. My other son who is a picky eater loves the chicken and rice. If you leave here not trying the Dole whip you will regret it. We were from out of town and grabbed a few pieces of the zucchini/carrot loaf for breakfast the next day, they were so moist and delicious and not overly sweet. We can’t wait for our next visit to Toronto to return again! Thank you Hype Food Co for providing a safe place with delicious food."
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