By:  Monica Kucharski

For organic food converts, and for those who are simply trying to eat healthy, wholesome meals, whipping up an organic meal at home is getting easier. These days, most grocery stores have shelves and even aisles with organic produce.

But dining out on organic fare is still a little less commonplace.  Luckily, there are a few places in Mississauga offering tasty cuisine based solely on organic ingredients.

RawAura
94 Lakeshore Rd East, Port Credit

All of RawAura’s meals, drinks and desserts are made from scratch, using only locally sourced, or organic or both, ingredients, and their fare is entirely vegan, and gluten and sugar free.  The resto’s ambiance is hip and cool, with wooden tables, comfortable chairs and a rustic feel.  You can dine in, eat on the patio, or just order to go.

The Cold Pressery
4310 Sherwoodtowne Blvd #5, Central Mississauga

More a vegan café and fresh juice bar than a dining venue, The Cold Pressery nevertheless offers imaginative, if limited, menu that includes smoothies, hot and cold drinks, lunch-size entrees, and baked goods. The place has a modern vibe with board games for those who like to linger over their…, oh let’s say, Açaí bowl with hemp seeds, crunchy pumpkin flax granola, and hot Matcha Green Tea Latte.

RawBlendz
215 Lakeshore Rd East, Port Credit

Set up as a store where you can purchase or order organic products not readily available anywhere else (customized Juice Cleanser, anyone?), RawBlends does have some counter seating and tables outside, weather permitting.  The place offers a wide selection of 100% naturally organic and healthy juices, salads, wraps, soups, to eat in or take home, but it’s definitely not a dining venue.   Still, their Buddha Bowl makes a divine dinner entree.

Studio.89
1065 Canadian Place #104, Tomken and Eglinton

This place is not your average café — it’s really a community hub and fair trade cafe.  Studio.89 is non-profit.  It provides free space for events with activist causes, and sells coffee and yummy treats to support their organization.  Their coffee, as you might have guessed, is no ordinary coffee – it’s fair trade, organic, bird-friendly, and rain forest certified coffee, and all of their fruit, vegetable, bakery and dairy products are organic.  You can eat in and enjoy their cozy, collegial venue, or get food to go in their biodegradable containers.

Many restaurants in Mississauga offer vegan/vegetarian, gluten-free options – especially those specializing in Asian fare.  But if you are a purist when it comes to organic food, these four places should make your palate happy and your conscience clear!