The Hogtown Vegan

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 71 reviews )
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1056 Bloor St W (at downtown), Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M6G1M2

Vegan comfort food in downtown Toronto, near Dufferin subway station. Relocated in 2014 from old location 834 Bloor St. Open Mon-Fri 12:00pm-11:00pm, Sat-Sun 11:00am-3:00pm, Sat 4:00pm-11:00pm, Sun 4:00pm-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Western, Fast food

71 Reviews

First Review by starla

Great Vegan Comfort Food! - Edit

On our visit to Toronto, my friends let me choose places to eat since I’m the only one with strong food preferences. I didn’t think they would be interested in an all-vegan place but they were down. We all ordered different things and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Of course they didn’t think it was the best food they’d ever had, but for their first all-vegan place I think they liked it just fine.

We shared the fried Oreos for dessert and we all LOVED them. I definitely recommend!

Also, our server was friendly and the atmosphere was nice!

Pros: Awesome variety of foods , Fried. Oreos.

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YOU will go AGAIN! - Edit

UPDATE: Gone many times and food was amazing (chickn and waffles really is super) and the service was great. Actually it's a place where I've never had rudeness/attitude. Not like OTHER places in this city!.

As everyone else in the downtown core I was psyched for this place to open. I have been hearing stories about good food and lousy/rude service. My experience was slightly different. I got take out and got the Sweet Potato Sandwich and the biscuits/gravy/sausage. I liked both but found the sandwich a too greasy and the other dish sort of seemed like it had been sitting under the heating lamp too long. I got collard greens and ceasar salad as sides - both were great.
So, a wee disappointed, but even at that I LIKED the food and will go back. I wish it was a TAD cheaper - like competing with Sadie's prices - but hey, vegans need to make a living too. I am keen to try the chickn n waffles and cheesecake next. I think of myself as a vegan cheesecake connoisseur who's tried them from coast to coast and north and south. We shall see... ;)
(OH, and there was no attitude from either of the workers I dealt with :) )

Updated from previous review on 2011-07-28

Pros: location, all vegan comfort food, has potential to blow my mind

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Amazing!!! - Edit

Maybe my favourite or joint-favourite vegan place in Toronto. Everything I tried here was fantastic, and as I went with friends I got to try a lot. I got the chicken and waffles which was delicious, and the quesadilla was good too. Nice drinks and amazing desserts. They were very busy when we went but were accommodating and fast with service. Wish I could have gone back. Only downside was the decor, which was strange to say the least.

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Waiting times, Decor

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best of both worlds! - Edit

This place is ok. Has the best of both worlds when it comes to vegan junk food and healthy options.

They had a stew as a special once that I ordered for my non-vegan mom. The stew was absolutely disgusting, I could not even figure out what it tasted like. When we told the server and asked what our options were, we were pretty much left with ordering and paying for a whole other meal just so my mom could eat! My mom was definitely turned off from vegan food and has not wanted to go to another vegan restaurant with me!

Most options on the menu are good, there are a few that are hit or miss. Do not forget to try the deep fried oreos....

Updated from previous review on 2017-10-24

Pros: nice atmosphere, friendly staff, great food / price

Cons: stew was unedible

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Quick Service - Edit

We came here for lunch and I tried the unchicken waffles whilst my partner had the quesadilla. Both were nice without being out of this world. We also had dessert. I took an ice cream sandwich. The cookies were lovely and the ice cream was nice but it was a bit hard. My partner enjoyed the deep fried banana split. If you’re in the area, try it!

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Awesome place - Edit

I really enjoyed Hogtown Vegan. It is really what you call 'comfort food'. I had Bacon Cheeseburger which was amazing! One of the best burgers I had. The fries were yummy too. Also I had my very first Mac n' Cheese and I absolutely loved it. Never tried the non-vegan version before but their's definitely yum. Don't skip this place!

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tasty diner experience - Edit

Tasty, certainly not healthy, but a great vegan treat!

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Cool Place! - Edit

Fell in love with their mac and cheese! It's listed as an appetizer but the portion was very filling!

Pros: Delicious Mac and Cheese, Large / Filling portions

Cons: Was not a fan of the poutine

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Delicious!! - Edit

I came for Sunday brunch. Was able to be seated almost immediately. Had the Brekkie Plate and deep fried oreos!! The food was very tasty! Main meal came pretty quickly, 1/2 hour wait for the oreos. Nice staff, busy place... would definitely recommend stopping here!

Pros: All vegan!

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Beer and Dinner - Edit

This is the place for vegan comfort food with awesome local beer.

Pros: Beer choices

Cons: None

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What the hell. Not good at all. - Edit

We were 3 people and we ordered 4 dishes. The salad was very good, the shawarma was ok, but the other two were hideous. I asked the waiter for the most popular and recommended dish because I wanted to play it safe. Awful. Do not order the dish with the "chicken nuggets" because it was so so dry and had a weird powder on it that made me cough with every bite. The mac n' cheese was so so, had an artificial taste to it but edible. the last dish was sour to the point that we were wondering if it was off. Not going back there.

Pros: Nice salad

Cons: Bad food overall

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Some good menu items - Edit

I've been here a few times and the food is always good (except for their fake bacon that I had in a veggie chickun wrap which was only the white fatty part of bacon....bleh). I would still recommend their chickun though. They do serve a good butter chicken roti and deep fried mushroom appetizer. There is a pretty good selection of beer on tap. I usually get the Boneshaker. I'm going to have to take points away for the reliably bad service and need to pick through their menu for the good food items.

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No A/C but great food - Edit

We're regulars here so I'm biased but they've got some good, filling meals. Their cheeseburger and their chicken & waffles are my go-tos.

Staff's also very helpful.

Pros: Rotating beer tap, Large portions

Cons: No A/C, Kinda dive-y

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Ah-Ma-Zing!! - Edit

I came to The Hogtown Vegan for my bachlorette dinner. We had fantastic service!!

Two of the ladies we were with are not vegans and they absolutely LOVED their food!

I ordered the Phish 'N Chips. Wow, so delicious!

Highly recommended for sure! I cannot wait to come back to try more of your dishes!!

Pros: Fantastic service , delicious food, tons of options

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Filling food - Edit

After seeing such great reviews online, I decided to try out the food. The best part of the meal was the buffalo wings! The unchicken and waffles were good, though I wasn't a big fan of the yams. Tried the chili cheese fries, which were yummy. I especially loved the guacamole and cheese. Overall, a good experience.

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Love this place - Edit

I love this place. It's delicious and relaxed. I almost always order the Southern Combo, and sub the sweet potato mash for the collard greens (which are good nonetheless). I have had the fish and chips; it came undercooked so I haven't had it again. The desserts are awesome. Be prepared for a wait: even with the new location, it's always rammed. Brunch is amazing.

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Great staff, great food - Edit

My dad who has just recently gone plant based is not a picky eater at all but is not used to the different flavors and tastes vegan food has to offer. So he was quite disappointed with the food. But myself (vegan) and the rest of my family (omni's) LOVED the food here!! The unchicken is to die for and the grilled tofu salad had the BEST tofu I've ever had on it! The desserts were so amazing I wanted to cry. There were only two wait staff working the whole restaurant and they never ceased being super friendly and happy despite running around constantly. Major props to them. I love this place, will deff be coming back.

Pros: Wait time on food is fast , Comfort food, Desserts are ON POINT!

Cons: Restaurant setting was depressing-like a hole in t, Cesar salad was disappointing and not appetizing

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Scary real chicken - Edit

Vegan comfort food, I got the unchicken and waffles and I was one of the best meals I've ever had. The chicken was crispy fatty and stringy like real chicken it scared me a little. Waffles were amazing so were the collars greens and sweet potato mash! Also got deep fried bananas and ice cream. Need to go here again asap!

Cons: service was kinda slow

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Great Vegan Comfort Food! - Edit

We are vegans from the UK and were thrilled to find Hogtown Vegans on our travels. We had the English Stew and Unchicken and Waffles dishes - first time we'd had a savoury and sweet dish on one plate, but loved it! The chocolate mousse was wonderful too! Thanks guys and thanks to Kurt, who served us. Nice, informal place. :-)

Pros: Great, tasty food., Informal atmosphere.

Cons: Ashame it's not in the UK!

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Great sandwiches - Edit

Only been here a couple of times, mostly because their location is in an area I don't visit frequently. But the food is great!

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BOMB AF - Edit

Food is great for transitioning vegans/vegetarians and non-vegans!

Pros: drink menu, open late

Cons: sketchy feeling part of town

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Always a good choice - Edit

All their food is very good! Their southern combo is always a good choice.
I am obsessed with Cesar's and they have the best Cesar I everrr had.
Service is always friendly and helpful.

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some good some okay - Edit

Love the unchikn, the mac n cheese and the deep fried Oreos. Everything else is so so. They don't have many drink options or plum sauce for the unchikn.

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Slightly disappointed - Edit

Overall a disappointing experience (well I was seated next to a window with a uncomfortable cold breeze, which didn't help); I ordered the waffle but I found it rather dry and bland. I could have made a better choice, I suppose.
This said, they have an amazing range of local beers and wines.

Pros: friendly staff, local beers and wines

Cons: packed, food was disappointing

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so good! - Edit

all I need for the rest of my life are their chicken and waffles

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Deleriously delicious junk food! - Edit

I went all in with the bacon cheeseburger and chilli cheese fries. So good, so rich and satisfying! Juicy burger and crazy rich umami chilli on the fries.

A great once in a while treat!

I would like to bring my meat eating father along some time - I think that even a hardcore meat eater would like this place.

Pros: Tasty, Huge Portions!, Attentive Service

Cons: Decor was more punk than pub

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So tasty - Edit

I have such a love/hate relationship with this food because it's so ding dang delicious I keep coming back and it's pretty sinful. The pulled pork sandwich is absolutely DELISH though messy and deserves a better bun! I also enjoyed the seitan steak sandwich. The apple pie dessert is possibly the best apple pie I have ever tasted, vegan or not. The sandwiches seem to be their strongest options. The venu is also very comfortable and the music is hip. This is a great place to take carnists!!

Pros: Satisfying heavy food, Great sandwiches, Hip venu

Cons: Unhealthy/greasy

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