A Guide To Toronto’s Vegan Restaurants
Vegan food has come a long way, and there’s no better proof than the array of Toronto restaurants specializing in plant-based cuisine. Thanks to the talents of imaginative chefs, going meat-and-dairy free is not just easier than ever, it’s more delicious too.
133 Richmond St W; rosalindarestaurant.com
This Mexican cantina in the heart of the Financial District is a newer addition to Toronto’s dining scene. Set amidst potted plants and green velvet booths, Rosalinda’s menu features creative takes on traditional Mexican dishes like tacos, plus new favourites like the black bean Rosaburger topped with smoked eggplant chips, avocado salsa and chipotle mayo. The cocktail menu is just as inventive, with a wide selection of mezcals, tequilas and rums. Be sure to save room for dessert: try the triple chocolate mousse or spiced churros.
The Hogtown Vegan
1056 Bloor St. W; thehogtownvegan.com
You won’t find a lot of greens on the menu at this junk food mecca. Instead, people flock to The Hogtown Vegan for its rib-sticking versions of bar food staples like bacon cheeseburgers, chili cheese fries and hot wings. Here, thinly sliced seitan – a meat substitute made from wheat gluten – plays the role of roast beef, shredded soy with house-made BBQ sauce stands in for pulled pork, and the unChicken burger does a good impression of the real thing. You can’t have salad for every meal, right?
1122 Queen St W; hello123forever.com
This cozy Queen West eatery comes from the team behind popular lunch spot Kupfert & Kim, and is an ideal setting for a romantic dinner or late-night snack. In addition to an eclectic menu of sandwiches, bowls and small plates, Hello 123 also boasts an impressive selection of environmentally-conscious, low-intervention wines from around the world. The brunch selection is equally welcoming, with a chickpea-kale omelette, small-batch coconut yogurt and, of course, avocado toast.
1221 Bay St.; plantarestaurants.com
There’s something for everyone at this modern vegan restaurant in the heart of Yorkville. The menu highlights different cuisines with dishes like Southern Crispy Tofu, Singapore Fried Noodles and Eggplant Lasagna. Planta also boasts an extensive brunch menu that includes Fried ‘Chickn’ Mushroom Tacos, and the Planta Burger, an item so popular it spawned its own spinoff restaurant.
Parka Food Co.
424 Queen St W; parkafoodco.com
Faux burgers and other imitation meats are missing from the menu at this modern Queen West diner. Instead, the menu features an assortment of veggie-forward takes on classic comfort foods, plus house-made fruit sodas, cocktails and craft beer. Highlights include a portobello mushroom burger topped with onion rings, lightly-battered fried cauliflower, and vegan mac and cheese. It’s all the food you loved as a kid, minus the meat.