Whether you overindulged on the turducken this past holiday season, are a diehard herbivore or are simply looking to up your intake of foraged fare, we’ve got you covered.
Porter House, Toronto
A Brit-style craft beer pub on Dundas West in Little Portugal, Porter House serves up a comfort food menu sans meat and faux proteins. Chefs Rick Hardisty and Ross Corder offer a ton of British staples that nod to Hardisty’s British roots, like the chip butty—a potato-fries sandwich—and the savoury lentil and ale pasty.
Must try: The Ploughman’s Lunch includes stuffed fennel, pickled carrot and endive salad, miso tofu, pickled candy cane beets, cranberry sauce, beer gravy and bread.
Offering a mostly organic and locally sourced menu, Heartwood is one of the only vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Halifax. For those not partaking in Dry January, enjoy your meat-free meal with a Pump House & Propeller craft beer or a glass of organic wine from Parés Baltà.
Must try: The Wildcard Pizza. Sit back and let the chef create your za using organic, seasonal ingredients.
Le Cagibi, Montreal
Surrounded by eclectic art, plants and antiques, nurture your inner hipster as you chow down on some hearty veggie fare at this downright trendy joint (open late) in Montreal’s Mile-End. Culture-loving herbivores will enjoy the regular evening lineup of DJs, live bands, film screenings, book readings and more.
Must try: The Chili Deluxe comes with nachos, cheese, salsa, yogurt and hot peppers.
The Coup, Calgary
A mainstay of 17th Avenue, The Coup has been drawing vegetarians in with its local, organic, made-from-scratch cuisine for over a decade. Catch a DJ set every Friday and Saturday night starting at 7:30 p.m. Hungry and in a hurry? The entire menu is available from the takeout counter.
Must try: The Falafel Quesadillas packed with hummus, tahini, sheep feta, carrots, pickles and more.
Nosh Eatery & Tap, Saskatoon
In the heart of Saskatoon’s historic Nutana area, Nosh is an upscale eatery serving nourishing fare and a mean weekend brunch. While the menu at Nosh is primarily vegetarian, chef and co-owner Justin O’Reilly does offer a couple of locally sourced meat and fish dishes to tempt your meat-loving pals into joining you.
Must try: The Black Bean and Quinoa Burger topped with garlic aioli, avocado, lettuce and tomato.
The Naam, Vancouver
The Naam in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood is the city’s oldest vegetarian restaurant serving up fresh, natural food since 1968. This cosy, rustic spot is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so it’s perfect if you’re craving a protein-packed dragon bowl at 3 a.m. It’s a popular spot, so be prepared to wait.
Must try: The Burger Platter, your choice of veggie burger served with sesame fries, miso gravy and salad.
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