Best Restaurants for Vegan Fare in Toronto

Even just a few years ago, vegan fare was hard to find. Now, thanks to its growing popularity (Thug Kitchen, anyone?) and celebrities such as George Stroumboulopoulos, Ellen Page and Pamela Anderson illustrating that you can eat very well without consuming animal products or animal-derived items (eggs, honey, gelatin, etc.), vegan food is almost mainstream.

The Hogtown Vegan

1056 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1M3

Hogtown Vegan was the first vegan restaurant where I didn’t miss meat. Their “chicken” in the Unchicken and Waffles ($14) isn’t “mock” chicken and tastes like chicken. In fact, the mouthfeel is replicated too. Shiitake Fried “Clams” ($8) might be a basket of breaded, fried shiitake mushrooms, but you’ll sure feel like you’re on the Cape. Even dishes without a “meat” component like the Tortilla Salad ($11) with crisp romaine, black beans, diced tomatoes, guacamole, corn tortillas, sunflower sour cream and scallions in a chili-lime dressing, are divine.

Doug McNish's Public Kitchen

561 Marlee Ave, North York, ON M6B 3J6

Being a vegan chef, Doug McNish is fiercely commited to health and organics. At his Public Kitchen, you not only can shop ingredients, you can get an finely comprised and delectable organic, plant-based meal while you’re at. For brunch, try the Vegan Peameal Benedict ($19) with gluten free English muffin, sautéed white wine garlic spinach, slow roasted tomato, brined cornmeal crusted tofu, soft poached "egg" and of course, hollandaise sauce.

Thrive Organic Kitchen and Café

3473 Lake Shore Blvd W, Etobicoke, ON M8W 1N5

Thrive Organic is about offering a highly nutritious menu through the use of “superfoods and clean cooking techniques.” With a menu that is 90% organic, and local produce used when available, you know you’re eating super healthy. There’s no guilt in ordering a burger with the Classic Sprouted Burger ($10) , a grain & nut patty on a sprouted bun, topped with eggless basil mayo, micro greens, onions, and tomatoes.

The Goods

1255 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1X6

Clean fast takeout for breakfast, lunch and dinner means you’re guaranteed to eat healthy while at work or on the go. And while The Goods menu might seem small at first glance (Smoothies, Salad Bowls, Soups and Hot Cereals), their meals pack a punch:

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