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The top 30 vegetarian restaurants in Toronto by neighbourhood

vegetarian restaurants torontoVegetarian 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.

See also: The best vegetarian restaurants in Toronto

Live Food Bar specializes in all organic plant-based foods and is known for pizza made on almond crust, mung bean pancakes, and pulled burdock burritos.

Vegetarian Haven offers a pan-Asian menu that lists miso wonton soup and chapchae alongside curry pad thai and Moroccan wraps. The sunny patio is a bonus.

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.

Through Being Cool Vegan Baking Co. is home to dairy-free pizza rolls, enchiladas, and doughnuts, so many doughnuts.

Zucchini & kelp noodle pad thai, and, watermelon slushies are among the house faves on the menu at Rawlicious.

The vegetarian deli counter at the Big Carrot is well stocked with readymade meals. Order grain salads and greens by weight and dig in at the cafe or take it to go.

vegetarian torontoDUNDAS WEST
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.

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Thrive Organic Kitchen is a sprawling vegan cafe equipped with a large patio, indoor fireplace, couches, cafe tables, and all-day menu of burgers, tacos, salads, and desserts.

Kupfert & Kim is the popular pick in The PATH. Multiple locations keep things interesting with a variety of breakfast options, lunch boxes, and daily specials.

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.

Hibiscus Cafe is great little lunch spot where menu highlights include the savoury buckwheat crepes, and delectable vegan ice cream.

Wagamama is a bakery cafe that's especially vegan-friendly. At lunch, find an array of sandwiches, soups, and salads, plus a vegan chocolate cake that'll make you swoon.

Apiecalypse Now! Pizza and Snack Bar is situated across from Christie Pits making it an ideal spot to grab a vegan slice to picnic on at the park.

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.

South Indian cuisine at Udupi Palace is done entirely vegetarian. The eatery on Gerrard is best known for its dosa, though the curries and rice dishes are worthwhile too.

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.

Pulp Kitchen is a source for juices, soups, salads and sandwiches. The signature PK sandwiches is a fave - it comes loaded with tofu slices, avocado, and hummus.

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.

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.

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.

Urban Herbivore in the food court of the Eaton Centre is an oasis of good eatin' in a sea of junk foods. Expect to find sandwiches, salads, and bowls made to order.

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.

The Vegan Duchess is a raw, gluten-free and vegan takeout counter that serves up salads and pizzas, wraps and raw zucchini noodle dishes.

What did I miss? Disagree with my selections in the comments.

by Liora Ipsum via blogTO

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