Toronto is one of the most vegan-friendly places on the planet. You’ll find vegan meetups, the Toronto Vegetarian Association, a plethora of vegan bloggers, and the tastiest restaurants offering healthful vegetarian and vegan meals. This week happens to be Compassionate Week in Toronto where compassion is celebrated “through fabulous food, exceptional art, and informative workshops.” What a great thing and a great reason to feature Toronto in this month’s HappyCow City Spotlight!
We polled our readers on Facebook and Twitter to get the inside scoop on your favorite vegetarian/vegan restaurants across the city. The top choice was Fresh, but since we featured them in our Top 5 Places to Take New Vegetarians, we are giving you the other best of the best in Toronto.
64 Oxford Street (at College, in Kensington Market)
Toronto Ontario M5T1P1
Meghan on Twitter says the Sesame Tempeh is the best sandwich she’s ever had and supposedly they are known for their massive muffins, which is pictured above courtesy of Lisa of Vegan Culinary Crusade. The sister restaurant to Fressen, Urban Herbivore is a more casual dining spot with creative sandwiches and salads that you get to create yourself with various toppings. And you can order a juice or lemonade to wash it all down.
638 Dundas St W (at Bathurst St)
To get your Pan-Asian fix and fill your belly with a hearty inexpensive meal visit Greens. You’ll find many mock meat dishes, like sweet and sour “chicken”, but also traditional Asian foods like dumplings, Pad Thai, veggie fried rice, and noodle dishes from different Asian countries.
264 Dupont Ave
Toronto Ontario M5R 1V7
For a little bit of raw food love, visit Toronto’s premiere raw food restaurant Live. There are a few cooked options, but they are known for their creative, innovative raw dishes that everyone will love. The bright happy atmosphere along with the light food will leave you feeling refreshed and peppy.
478 Queen St W
Toronto Ontario M5A1T9
For something on the fancier side, a must try in Toronto is Fressen. It has a tapas, small plate kind of menu for dinner and the brunch is reported to be delicious. The ambiance is nice and cozy making it the perfect date place, but the service can be slow. So don’t go if you are in a hurry and be sure to make a reservation.
160 Baldwin St, Unit 1 (at Spadina Ave )
To get your heartier, junk food vegan fix visit the newest takeout place Hot Beans. It not only has a cute name, it has some of the tastiest tacos and burritos in town, all vegan style. The yuba tacos, featured above and on BlogTO, are a big hit. And they have donuts. Yes, vegan donuts. The use biodegradable packaging which is a big plus for a take-out restaurant, but I’m sure you could bring your own if you wanted!
So we ask you, where is your favorite place to dine in Toronto?