The Roasted Nut - Brewed at a Distance

Updated: Jan 23

Consider yourself nuts about coffee? Probably not as much as this café.


The Roasted Nut is a café and nuttery located at 768 Queen St W, next to Toronto’s famous Trinity Bellwoods Park. The Roasted Nut is a snack lover’s paradise (unless you’re allergic to nuts, then sorry!). Delicious snacks PLUS coffee… it’s a match made in heaven.


The café is open Monday-Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday 10am-8pm, and Sunday 10am-6pm.


ATMOSPHERE


The café has a modern design with exposed brick and lighting fixtures. Mixed with pops of green from small plants and framed nut facts hung across the walls, it’s a very cute spot.


Also cute? The café’s coffee cups adjourned with nutty puns like the one below.



Not only is it pretty to look at, but the space is also functional (by offering free Wi-Fi) and interesting – with large glass panels, guests are able to watch the nut roasting process*.


As of right now, all of the café’s indoor seating is currently closed off, but there are 3 tables-for-two outside the café, along with Trinity Bellwoods Park a few steps away. There’s nothing like grabbing a coffee and walking around a park on a beautiful day.


MENU & OFFERINGS


The Roasted Nut serves PILOT coffee, a notorious Toronto roaster. Drinks at the café start at $2.50 and go up to $5. However, the café’s specials can be more costly. On my latest visit, I splurged and got their new iced cashew butter latte for $7.49. Despite the high price tag, this drink did not disappoint. It was very creamy & nutty; I was trying to get every last drop of cashew butter at the bottom of the cup.


If it wasn’t obvious, the café also offers dairy substitutions for your coffee (for +$0.75). Other extras include ice ($0.25) and an extra shot of espresso ($1.50).


As for the café’s namesake, their nuts, you can buy them to snack on, in bulk, or in a butter.



There are around 20 flavours to choose from when visiting the café, ranging from typical to eccentric. Some of my favourites include the everything bagel cashews & the naughty squirrel mix. Nuts are artisanal and roasted on location, and as so, are on the pricier side - but their taste are well worth it.


To snack on, you can get cones in small (1 flavour) or large (up to 3 flavours) starting at $4 and $6, respectively. More premium mixes can be $1/$2 more. The shop also sells good ol’ peanuts, almonds, and cashews in small/medium/large quantities.


As for bulk nuts, these can be purchased in 100 gram quantities. Granola can also be purchased in bulk.



Their nut butters start at $5, but the majority are priced around $9/$12 for a small container. The flavours, like the nuts, range from ordinary to unique. There is plain peanut butter, but also the rarer white chocolate pistachio butter.

They also serve other healthy treats like black bean brownies and power bliss balls (in peanut butter & jelly, matcha pistachio, lemon coconut). Everything sold in the café is a healthier snack alternative than those you’d traditionally find in a coffee shop.


The Roasted Nut believes people “shouldn’t have to choose between flavour and nutrition”.



Note: some popular goodies at the café, including their build-a-bowl and mylks, are currently unavailable.


WAYS TO SUPPORT THEM


With its long hours and amazing location, why not support the café by patronizing it? Consider picking up some coffee and nuts for a stroll in the park – maybe you can even share with Toronto’s infamous white squirrels.



Another way? Stock up on nuts & butters for future snack spreads or breakfasts. You can even order from the café online for curbside pick-up or contactless delivery.


Want to support a small business and make someone’s day? Send a gift box! Not only is it filled with a variety of flavours, but the purchase also comes with free shipping.


Personally, I know my snack game will never be the same now that I know about The Roasted Nut. I hope you give them a chance to elevate yours too.


SUMMARY


The Roasted Nut is not your typical roastery – because it roasts nuts instead of coffee. This café and snack haven is located on Queen St W next to Trinity Bellwoods Park. The café serves Pilot coffee, and drinks range from $2.50-$5 (not including speciality drinks). The coffee is good, but their nuts are the real showstopper. With around 20 flavours to choose from, you can grab a cone’s worth to snack on, buy in bulk, or try their house made nut butter. The Roasted Nut believes people “shouldn’t have to choose between flavour and nutrition”. The café is the perfect stop to grab sustenance for a walk in the park, or to enhance your future snacks and breakfasts.



*Given the COVID-19 pandemic, hours and offerings depicted in this post may be skewed as businesses adapt to better serve its staff, customers, and community.

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