Vegan dining in Toronto has never been more delicious. Tasty plant-based food can be found throughout the city, with unique dishes to satisfy all cravings.
The Hogtown Vegan
There are no hogs on the menu at The Hogtown Vegan, but you will find scrumptious Southern comfort foods at this busy spot in Bloordale Village near Dovercourt—open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Large portions and reasonable prices contribute to Hogtown’s popularity, as does its vegan take on classic comfort dishes such as Phish ‘N Chips, “Beef” and Dumpling Stew, Shiitake Fried “Clams,” and the delicious Chili “Cheese” Fries.
Must-try dish: Unchicken and Waffles served with sweet potato mash and collard greens. Still have room for dessert? Try a chocolate chip cookie coconut ice cream sandwich.
Live Organic Food Bar
This gluten- and refined-sugar-free restaurant is well known for using only whole food ingredients without preservatives. Located in the popular Dupont and Spadina area, directly across from the subway, Live is often packed with smiling locals who have travelled across town for a hearty vegan meal. Highlights include the samosas, tacos, hot bowls served with rice or quinoa, and pizza on a veggie almond crust. Beer, wine, and cocktails are also available—the gingersnap cocktail comes with whisky and fresh cloves.
Must-try dish: Start with the Plantain Cakes appetizer—grilled plantain fritters served with black beans, mango salsa, cashew “sour cream,” green onions and chili sauce. Then move on to the Pulled Burdock Burrito served with burdock, guacamole, kimchi, spinach and tempeh.
Everything is made from scratch, using local and organic ingredients, at this trendy eatery with three locations around the city—Kensington Market, College Street, and the Eaton Centre food court. Menu highlights include plant-based sandwiches, creamy soups, thick stews and the custom bowls. Bonus: All of Urban Herbivore’s takeout packaging is biodegradable—the bowls and lids are made from sugarcane and the straws, cups and cutlery are made from corn.
Must-try dish: The tempeh, avocado and pesto sandwich and, for dessert, go for the vegan Hostess cupcake made with chocolate fondant, vanilla icing, and filled with cream.
Green Earth Vegan Cuisine
Green Earth, on the corner of Broadview and Gerrard, is a great option for a casual, intimate meal. The family-owned restaurant puts a vegan spin on international cuisines—think Italian, Mexican and Chinese—with dishes like fettuccine Alfredo, quinoa sushi and crispy eggless rolls.
Must-try dish: The Quinoa Fiesta, a salad served with organic quinoa, kale, peppers, pumpkin, tofu and zucchini. For dessert, the chocolate and green tea cheesecake will have you coming back for seconds.
You know you’re close to this quaint bakery, located in the heart of the Beaches, by the delightful smells wafting along Queen Street East. Tori’s started out serving vegan baked goods like vanilla donuts, blueberry lemon scones and chocolate croissants, but the bakery was so successful that it now moonlights in the evening as Canada’s first organic vegan wine bar. Thursday to Sunday evenings, wine, beer and cocktails are served alongside delicious sharing plates.
Must-try dish: The Cheese Slab: air-dried smoked cheddar, peppercorn chèvre and brie, served with shaved smoked beet, preserves, pecans, seeds, and herb, gluten-free crackers. Yes, it’s all vegan.