This year, UeaT will be featuring articles on all of our different locations on campus so that students can get to know the options available to them. To start off our new location series, we went straight to our newest location: the vegetarian and vegan cafe, the Green Beet!
Built over the summer, the Green Beet is located in the lower level of Gerstein Library on King’s College Circle. The brand-new space has plenty of comfy chairs, tables, and booths for students to study at while they eat their lunch. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner most days (for a complete list of hours, click here). The Green Beet prides itself for being U of T’s first exclusively vegan and vegetarian restaurant, and they offer many gluten-free options as well.
Although the location has only been open for a few months, the cafe was full of students eating, studying, and trying to decide between the gluten-free brownie and the red pepper and brie panini. Students were also excited about getting their coffee fix with Marley Coffee, which is served at the Green Beet (yes, the coffee growers are related to THAT Marley).
One student I spoke to said, “I really like this place, because I have a ton of classes in this area. I’m also gluten-intolerant though, and the Green Beet has really yummy options that I can actually eat!”
The Green Beet serves a range of delicious options that you can eat in or take out. The Green Beet participates in UeaT’s Eco Tray initiative, so if you want to take your food to go, you can sign up for a $5 membership to use their containers and return it when convenient. They also participate in Lug a Mug, where students who use their own mug get 25 cents off their drink. With a comprehensive recycling and composting program, the Green Beet is committed to sustainability.
There are also microwaves in the Green Beet, so if you are heating up your own lunch from home, you can still sit and enjoy the atmosphere.
There is plenty of seating, so it makes for the perfect study zone. Despite the large amount of students who were in the Green Beet, I noticed the service was very quick, and wait times were short.
Have you been to the Green Beet yet? Let us know what you think @ueatoronto on Twitter, or send us your foodie photos on Instagram @ueatoronto. We hope you enjoy the new location, and bon appetite!