Despite popular belief, Calgarians don’t eat Grade A Alberta Beef for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Some of us actually don’t eat any meat at all, so it’s great to know there are some incredible vegetarian dishes to try in restaurants and cafes scattered across the city.
Here are 10 vegetarian dishes to try in Calgary – whether you’re a meat-eater or not.
1. Salad and Veggie Patty from dirtbelly
All of the salads from dirtbelly are stellar, and most of them are vegetarian, but the charred carrot salad stands out as one of the best. Combine that with one of the eatery’s delicious veggie pattys and you have one hell of a lunch.
Address: #3, 1111 3rd Street SE
2. Falafel Quesadillas from The Coup
These falafel quesadillas from The Coup’s lunch menu are made with hummus, tahini, sundried tomato, goat feta, purple cabbage, carrot, house pickles, black olive, and banana peppers in a sprouted tortilla and served with tzatziki. This dish can also be made gluten free and vegan on request.
Address: 924, 17th Avenue SW
3. Fig Pizza from Earth Cravings
Voted the best gluten free pizza in Calgary, Earth Cravings knows how to make a stellar pie. This za has a gluten free vegetable-based crust with fig sauce topped with caramelized onions, mozzarella cheese, soft goat cheese, and fresh organic greens.
Address: 14555 Symons Valley Parkway NW
4. Buddha Burger from Cafe Koi
The Buddha Burger from Cafe Koi consists of a hand-crafted black bean, almond, and mushroom patty topped with beets, spinach, shaved gruyere, and onion marmalade served in a naan bread. You can get this burger on a gluten free bun upon request.
Address: 100, 1011 1st Street SW
5. Mardi Gras Veggito from Veg-In YYC
Veg-In YYC is all about pure vegan and vegetarian homemade cuisine, and this smashed samosa veggito is a must-try item off the menu. This is one of the cafe’s three vegetarian burritos, so you may find youself coming back to try them all.
Address: 215, 6th Avenue SE
6. Garden Burger or Smokie from Clive Burger
You can make your burger or smokie from Clive vegetarian by request, and you’ll still be able to finish your dish with all of the delicious toppings available like Clive Sauce, ketchup, jalapeno, sauerkraut, and a fried egg to name a few.
Address: 736 17th Avenue SW
7. The Les and Peter from Raw Eatery & Market
The Les and Peter consists of a chilled, stuffed avocado with Thai quinoa, cranberries, and peas. Served with sourdough toast, this dish is perfect for fuelling your day. The vegetarian options at Raw are pretty incredible, so it’s worth making multiple trips.
Address: 1145 Kensington Crescent NW
8. Mushroom Pizza from UNA Pizza & Wine
One of the most popular dishes at UNA, the Mushroom Pizza is a perfect mixture of roasted cremini mushrooms, smoked mozzarella, grana padano cheese, fresh arugula, and truffle oil. Tip: if you’re not into sitting down, grab a slice of this pizza from UNA Takeaway located right next door.
Address: 618 17th Avenue SW
9. Oyster Mushroom from White Rose Kitchen
The Oyster Mushroom dish from White Rose Kitchen is a cider glazed king oyster mushroom served with purple potato, lovage, black truffle, and a hen egg.
Address: 6512 Bowness Road NW
10. Cauliflower Wings from Broken City
This popular nighttime hangout also has a large menu with a great selection of vegetarian dishes. One of these items is the Cauliflower Wings: fresh breaded florets tossed in your choice of sauce such as chipotle or BBQ.
Address: 613 11th Avenue SW