Vegetarian restaurants in Toronto have been sprouting up all over the place, giving meatless eaters more choices and better variety than ever. Whether looking to eat clean and raw, or indulge in plant-based comfort foods, there's a little something for everyone on this list.
Here are my picks for the top vegetarian restaurants in Toronto by neighbourhood.
Tori's Bakeshop is an organic vegan bakery during the day that transforms into a swank little wine bar on select evenings. Stop in to satisfy cravings for cupcakes and cookies, scones and sandwiches; or book a table after hours to dine on pizza and gnocchi with a glass of wine.
Hogtown Vegan knows that just because you don't eat meat, doesn't mean you don't like to get down and dirty on occasion. The menu features gluttonous brunch options and pubby junk foods like unchicken & waffles, and phish & chips.
Dundas West vegetarians are spoiled for choice with Veghed and The Goods both on the strip. Porter House is still my favourite, it's cooking up scratch foods like BBQ jackfruit sandwich and quinoa polenta, and serving it up in a cozy, beer-enabled environment
Simon's Wok is a vegetarian kitchen that is all about the mock meats. Expect to find meatless versions of classic Chinese dishes including hot and sour soup, sweet and sour faux pork, and vegetarian cashew chicken.
Irie Veggie is a no frills take out counter near Eglinton and Keele that dishes out a smorgasborg of delicious Caribbean-vegetarian eats. Expect to find chunky stews, rice combos soups, and porridge.
The menu at The Beet might not be entirely meat-free, but it keeps the local vegetarian population well fed and well caffeinated with an abundance of options. Standouts on the menu include the spicy tempeh tacos, as well as burgers crafted from mushrooms, walnuts and quinoa.
Oats & Ivy gained acclaim as a lunch delivery service but now operates out of a flagship outlet on Liberty. The menu is predominantly meat-free and features lunch boxes packed with quinoa or kamut noodles, plus cold press juices and snack foods like Tuscan bean dip and hummus with crudités.
Woodlot isn't exclusively vegetarian but it offers a menu tailored to meatless eaters that's sure to impress. Expect rustic seasonal dishes like spring pea empanadas, and broccoli cheddar stuffed agnolotti.
Doug's Public Kitchen wants to make vegan food comfortable, nourishing and mainstream, and he does it by appeal to our collective love for brunch and comfort foods. The menu is always changing, but expect to find everything from buffalo cauliflower to raw poutine to taco salads.
Grasslands is the answer for vegans looking to enjoy bar snacks and cocktails in a chic setting. The menu bills social dishes to share like a vegan take on charcuterie along with entrees including pastas, burgers, and chimichurri tofu.
Gourmet Vegetarian Restaurant offers a menu of Chinese food favourites including hot pots with taro and faux chicken, and tofu and mushroom in black bean sauce. Dine in or carry-out available.
Cardinal Rule on Roncy is the kind of place where vegans and carnivores can break bread together. About 50% of the menu is devoted to vegetarians and offers dishes like three bean chili and smoked tofu club sandwiches.
Ital Vital is a go to for followers of the Rasta lifestyle and vegetarianism is integral. The restaurant specializes in West Indian dishes like veggie stir-fry, fried rice, and, veggie BBQ.
ST. LAWRENCE MARKET
Cruda Cafe is a magnet for vegans looking for alternatives to the market's primarily meat heavy options. The vegan cafe is dedicated to using fresh, organic ingredients and is known to put out cowls of vegan chili, fresh salads, and wraps.
WEST QUEEN WEST
Fresh has been around since 1999 and is as popular as ever. The all-vegan menu offers everything from brunches to burgers and tacos, plus salads, rice and noodle bowls, and green smoothies.
YONGE & BLOOR
Salad Days offers a dizzying array of dishes for vegetarians. Customize salads at the counter with vibrant medley of ingredients including protein-packed hummus, hard boiled eggs, and chickpeas.
What did I miss? Disagree with my selections in the comments.
by Liora Ipsum via blogTO