Toronto leaves nothing for want when it comes to vegan eating.
What was once a sea of salads and side dishes has recently evolved into a vibrant landscape of cross-cultural comforts, greasy bar snacks, burgers, fine dining and brunch.
Here is the ultimate vegan dish bucket list to try in Toronto.
Toast is trending at brunch at Doug’s on weekends. The precursor to vegan Benedicts and banana French toast is available on a choice of sprouted grain bread or gluten-free chia bread and comes topped with seasoned farmers’ veggies and an optional vegan egg.
Address: 561 Marlee Avenue, Toronto
The flagship restaurant on Spadina is home to this Chinese rice poridge. Here the steaming bowl comes packed with brown rice, bok choy, kale, carrots, mushrooms, and zucchini then topped with a medley of sesame seeds, scallions, dulse and kimchi.
Address: 140 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
Vegan fine dining with a fun twist is the specialty at this Yorkville restaurant. Here, crispy roasted carrots stand in for sausage on a bun and get dressed in mustard and sauerkraut with a pickle and fries served on the side.
Address: 1221 Bay Street, Toronto
Who says vegan eating has to be healthy? D-Beatstro proves vegans like to get down and dirty as much as their meat-eating peers. The menu boasts deep fried delicacies like seitan wings, cashew sticks and other favourites smothered in hot sauce.
Address: 1292 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Comfort foods at this Bloorcourt eatery include house-fried nachos blanketed in “cheese” sauce with black beans, guac’, tomatoes and sunflower sour cream.
Address: 1056 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Vegans longing for a taste of McD’s will find what they’re looking for at this Parkdale snack bar. Two patties with cashew cheese, special sauce, “shred-uce”, onions and pickles taste remarkably like the real thing.
Address: 1263 Queen Street West, Toronto
Satisfy cravings for noodles and sauce at this raw, vegan chain of restaurants. This pasta dish is actually pasta-less, featuring spiralized zucchinis tossed in tomato marinara, pesto and crumbled nut loaf.
Address: 785 Bathurst Street, Toronto
Near Christie Pits park, this vegan snack bar slings dairy-free slices and whole pies. Look forward to options like the Fat Mac, essentially a vegan Big Mac in pizza form.
Address: 735 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Like butter chicken without the chicken… or butter. This comforting bowl of tofu in a cashew cream sauce comes served over a base of quinoa or brown rice.
Address: 705 College Street, Toronto
Crispy chickpeas, hemp seeds and smoky coconut top this delicious kale salad tossed in a creamy caesar dressing.
Address: 1255 Dundas Street West, Toronto
The seasonal menu from this DuWest take-out counter is always in flux. Tell your taste buds to expect the unexpected.
Address: 1199 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Raw, no-bake, vegan and gluten-free desserts are what Sweet Hart Kitchen does best. While there’s no brick and mortar space to direct you towards, online orders are available with just 48 hours notice.
Wrap your fists around one of these massive sandwiches from the locally famous lunch counter. Standouts include the Potato Club with coconut bacon and cheeze crafted on house baked bread.
Address: 967 College Street, Toronto
Address: 64 Oxford Street, Toronto
Address: Eaton Centre, 220 Yonge Street, Toronto
Curry fries, kimchi fries, chili “cheese” fries are all on the menu from this vegan eatery with locations on College Street and in the Junction.
Address: 3080 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Address: 310 College Sreet, Toronto
Guacamole, black beans, brown rice, sweet potatoes, cilantro, spinach, and a creamy chipotle cashew sauce all play into this massive wrap at the plant-based cafeteria in Etobicoke.
Address: 3473 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto
Join the club at this Annex cafe where grilled tofu comes stacked on a triple decker sandwich with bean n’ buckwheat bacon, sliced tomatoes, lettuce and sriracha mayo.
Address: 873 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Mmmmm. D’oh-nuts. Need I say more?
Address: 1277 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Vegans like to yum cha too.
Address: 6980 Maritz Drive #6, Mississauga
The vegetarian cafe offers buckwheat crepes for vegans folded around daity-free mozzarella, tomato, basil and spinach, as well as a vegan cheddar-chutney-pecan-pear variation.
Address: 238 Augusta Avenue, Toronto
Get your vegan lunch box over-loaded with channa, rice, chow mein, mac and cheese a more when you visit this take-out joint in Kensington Market.
Address: 14 St Andrew Street, Toronto
Is it possible to visit Fresh and not get an order of quinoa-coated onion rings. I wouldn’t know. I never have.
Address: 326 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Address: 147 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
Address: 894 Queen Street West, Toronto
Address: 90 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto
This fusion dish features vermicelli tossed with a medley of beans and veg with a blend of Moroccan herbs and spices.
Address: 90 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto
Start the day off right with this hearty, handheld breakfast from this bakeshop in The Beach(es).
Address: 2188 Queen Street East, Toronto