The Toronto area includes a number of kosher (dairy) restaurants. One is vegetarian and the rest are almost entirely vegetarian. Many include vegan options. They are mostly along Bathurst St north of Eglinton and in Thornhill.The reason most of them aren’t entirely vegetarian is explained by Tom Salsberg: “A lot of almost-vegetarian kosher restaurants include tuna in the options. The underlying problem here is that ancient rabbis extrapolated from a biblical injunction not to boil a calf in its mothers milk the injunction not to serve milk and beef at the same meal.  To make sure that the community followed this rule, they also ruled against serving together dairy and meat from any mammal.  They went further and ruled against serving dairy and meat from any bird.  Fish, being so different from beef, they decided to leave out of the ruling.  This led to Jews thinking of fish as not being meat.  The reasoning … leads to a false conclusion, namely, that vegetarians eat fish.”

“Kosher” is a Hebrew word that means “fit”, as in fit to use. Since meat and diary are only eaten at separate meals another word and symbol,  “parve”  is used for food products that do not contain any meat (from land animals) or dairy products and can be served at any meal. This is very useful for vegans and people with dairy allergies. But be sure to read the ingredients, as foods containing fish or eggs are considered parve, according to Jewish dietary laws.

Thanks to Hagit for providing most of the following listings. They are all kosher restaurants according to COR.ca.
[rest.] Dairy Treats
3522 Bathurst St (at Baycrest), 416-787-0309
www.dairytreats.com
~~Kosher cafe and bakery that serves a full vegetarian dairy menu.
~~Reasonable prices – breakfast special at $4.99. Hagit writes: “Very pleasant early-morning atmosphere.”

[cafe] King David Pizza
3020 Bathurst St (s. of Lawrence), 416-781-1326
kingdavid-pizza.com
~~Vegetarian pizza, Bourekas and Falafel.
~~Hagit writes: “This restaurant makes the best bourekas and cheese-less pizza I have ever tasted. The Whole wheat pizza is really nice. The service has been consistently pleasant.”

[cafe] King Kosher Pizza (middle-Eastern)
3774 Bathrust St (n. of Wilson), 416-633-5678
~~Hagit writes: “The Pizzas here are fresh and tasty and the service is quick and accommodating.”

[rest.] Milk ‘N Honey
3457 Bathurst St (n. of Lawrence), 416-789-7651
~~Kosher restaurant has a full dairy menu.
~~Hagit writes: “Nice friendly place to go. Salads, pastas and low-cal menu available. Fair prices. Their lasagna is quite good and the French onion soup isn’t too salty. Parking can be a challenge.”

[cafe] Not Just Yogurt
2997 Bathurst St (s. of Lawrence), 416-782-2424
~~Frozen yogurt, ice-cream and nondairy ice-cream, as well as a variety of light lunches.
~~Hagit writes: “Kids favorite fun place to go for a treat. Interesting sundaes and toppings, plus they have sandwiches and other lunch-type items if you’re looking for something a little more serious than yogurt. The wraps are delicious!” Low-cal/ low fat dessert options available.

[cafe] Omni 2 – Jewellery and Java
2793 Bathurst St (at Glencairn), 416-783-7604
~~Kosher Veg/Dairy restaurant.
~~Hagit writes: “A nice place to visit. great food, nice menu. Attentive and friendly service. Nice atmosphere.”

[cafe] Tov-Li Pizza & Falafel – c
5982 Bathurst St (s. of Steeles), 416-650-9800
~~Pizza choices include cheeseless and gourmet. Take-out, delivery, or eat-in at one of the dozen or so tables with hardbacked chairs. All vegetarian except for one sandwich.
~~Hours (9/17/2009): closed Fri sunset to Sat sunset.

[rest.] Cafe Sheli
7700 Bathurst St (n. of Steeles), 905-762-0640
www.dairytreats.com/cafesheli/info.html
~~Kosher vegetarian-friendly family restaurant
~~Hagit writes: “Great family restaurant, great food, large portions. Inexpensive brunch specials. The restaurant is always packed. Be prepared to wait! Worth the trip just for the Fettuccine Alfredo and their French Toast.
~~Hours (): Sun-Thu 7.30am-8.30pm, closes early of Fridays.

[cafe] Goldstiens Bakery and Restaurant
390 Steeles Ave W, Thornhill, 905-707-1442
~~Kosher bakery serving breakfast and light lunch. Dairy.
~~Hagit writes: “A great stop for coffee and cake. Nice for breakfast and light lunch. The restaurant part is open till 4pm.”
~~Hours (): Sun-Thu 7am-8pm close early on Fridays.

[cafe] King David Pizza
Disera Dr next to Wal-Mart plaza, 905-771-7077
~~Vegetarian pizza, Bourekas and Falafel.
~~Hagit writes: “This restaurant makes the best bourekas and cheese-less pizza I have ever tasted. The Whole wheat pizza is really nice.”
~~Hours (): Opening soon. .

[veg cafe] My Zaidy’s Pizza
441 Clark Ave (e. of Bathurst), Thornhill, 905-731-3029
~~Falafel and pizza with 6 toppings. Kosher. Limited seating.
~~Take-out service is fast. Hagit reports that their ‘soya’ pepperoni pizza is superb. Tom reports: “There is no fish whatsoever… They serve walk-ins pizza slices that have cheese on them. For cheeseless pizza, one must order a whole pizza which takes 20 minutes. Delivery is an option.“ Extra toppings include: mushrooms, eggplant, green or black olives, tomatoes, pineapple and a few more. For seating there are six padded stools and a side counter. There is no washroom but they have a sink for hand washing. Tom suggests that one could eat at a bench in a parkette on the north side of Clark at Hilda. Also just to the west of the plaza is a community centre. It has five benches out front and many more benches indoors, as well as public washrooms. There is ample parking.
Note: there is a similar named place called My Zaidy’s Bakery at 7241 Bathurst (south of Clark) that is just a bakery (but they do sell three varieties of vegan soup in plastic containers to take home).
~~Hours (): 11am-8:30pm. Closes early on Friday. Closed Saturday.

[cafe] Not Just Yogurt
7117 Bathurst St Unit109 (n. of Steeles), 905-889-1598
~~Frozen yogurt, ice-cream and nondairy ice-cream, as well as a variety of light lunches.
~~Hagit writes: “Kids favorite fun place to go for a treat. Interesting sundaes and toppings, plus they have sandwiches and other lunch-type items if you’re looking for something a little more serious than yogurt. The wraps are delicious!” Low-cal/ low fat dessert options available.

[cafe] Yehudale’s Falafel & Pizza
Chabad Gate Plaza, 7241 Bathurst St (n. of Steeles), Thornhill, 905-889-1400
~~Kosher take-out pizza, falafel, and more. Limited sitting.
~~Tom Salsberg writes, “They serve pizza (whole wheat option), bourekas, falafel & other Israeli sandwiches, salads, French fries, soup, onion rings, bagels. Unfortunately tuna is an option for sandwiches and salads. It is, however, not emphasized. There are stools and a side counter for people who want to eat in. COR kashruth heksher. Yashun flour. Pat Yisroel pita (white flour & whole wheat options). All products cholov Yisroel.” Hagit reports: “Without a doubt the best Tunisian sandwich available anywhere”.
~~Hours (): Sun-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri 9am-4pm, Sat open a half hour after Shabbos (once it is dark) to 10pm.

[store] Kosher Food Warehouse – d
75 Doncaster Ave (Yonge and Steeles), 905-764-7575
~~Certified kosher (COR 175). Bulk, natural and organic food store. Online shopping is available.
~~Hours (): Closed Sat.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 09 May 2010 )