A restaurant that turns ugly produce into gourmet smoothie and salad bowls is expanding again

How many times have you visited the grocery store and noticed that nearly every single piece of produce looks superficial and shiny?

Apples are polished to the point they sparkle, timed sprinklers evenly mist the organic produce section, and it’s rare to find a yellow banana that shows its first signs of spots, or the odd disfigured carrot you might get if you pulled one up straight from the soil.

Founded by partners and siblings May and Jeff Dang, ImPerfect Eats has a two-fold purpose—to provide healthy, nourishing meals at an affordable price, and to prevent perfectly good produce from ending up in the garbage. By creating a menu that uses “imperfect” fruits and veggies, local farmers and producers are also able to earn extra income.

Following the success of their original location at 318 Adelaide St. West, and the recent opening of a new location at 477 Queen St. W. this past July, ImPerfect Fresh Eats is opening an additional spot just down the street, located at 1048 Queen St. W. Currently, the spot has a “Coming Soon” banner in the window. With the addition of the new location, the chain now has a total of five restaurants throughout the city, indicating that the demand for healthy, affordable meals that taste good and do good for the planet are on the rise.

The Food

Using bruised and blemished fruits and veggies that would otherwise be discarded, ImPerfect has created a menu that features signature bowls, wraps, smoothies, and smoothie bowls.

Charred chicken bowl with forbidden black rice.
The lemongrass tofu bowl.
The portabello mushroom bowl.
ImPerfect sells a variety of smoothies, healthy salad bowls, and wraps.

Along with a selection of signature bowls, you can also build your own bowl using unlimited fresh toppings, like baby alfalfa sprouts, edamame beans, and mashed sweet potatoes.

You can stop by their 477 Queen St. W. location Monday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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