Vegetarian Brunch and Breakfast Guide 2013

May 17, 2013

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It is always a treat to wake up and go out on the town for a satisfying breakfast or brunch. If you find yourself tired of mainstream brunch spots that rely heavily on eggs and bacon, you have come to the right place! Fortunately, there are delicious and creative vegetarian and vegan menu options in restaurants and cafés all over the Toronto area. Whether you’re in the mood for a light, fresh and healthy start to your day, or are in need of a good old fashioned classic breakfast with all the fixins, you’ll find what you’re looking for here!

Below is a list of Toronto and area restaurants and cafés that serve brunch or breakfast. You may wish to call ahead for details- some only serve brunch on certain days and between certain hours. Click on the name of each restaurant to be taken to a full listing, including a location map.

Find yourself looking for a sweet patio to take in some summer weather and delicious vegetarian fare? Check out our Vegetarian Patio Guide 2013 while you’re at it!

-d = offers a discount to Vegetarian Discount Card holders

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d-Vegcv Belmonte Raw
1022 Queen St. E., 647-340-1218
Breakfast served: Monday-Friday 7:30am-6pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm
Toronto’s premier source for Organic Juice and Raw food Cleanses is now open super early for breakfast, so you can supercharge the start of your day with delicious fresh food and cleansing juices! “Our most popular juice is our Uplift Juice; made of the best organic Cucumber, Parsley, Spinach, Apple, Lemon, Ginger. It’s great for anti-inflammation, to alkalize the body, and to boost the immune system.”

d-Vegcv Cruda Café -d
St. Lawrence Market, 92 Front St. E., 905-447-6501
Breakfast served: Saturdays 7am-5pm.
From their website: Enjoy “Scrambled curried tofu in an enchilada wrap, Vegan pancakes with wild blueberry, Vegan crepes with coconut cream and seasonal fruit. Raw hot chocolate. Smoothies and freshly squeezed juices.”

d-R Disgraceland
965 Bloor St. W., 647-347-5263
Brunch served: Saturday & Sunday 11am-4pm
“All dishes can be made vegan!” Scrumptious menu loaded with filling, classic breakfasts. Some brunch options include Tofu Scramble (with sweet peppers, onions, garlic, cumin, chill, black beans, corn and jalapenos), Cinnamon French Toast, and a Veggie Bennie and much more. Sides of bacon can be replaced with cornmeal fried tofu.

d-R  Free Times Caféfreetimesbrunch -d
320 College St., 416-967-1078
A la Carte Brunch: Saturday.
From their website: “Eggs – any style, Frittata, Omelet, Eggs Benedict, and Challah French Toast, as well as Bella’s combo plate with Blintzes, Latkes, Bagels with cream cheese to choose from.”
Brunch served: Sunday 10am-3pm.
From their website: “The famous Free Times Sunday Brunch Buffet includes over 50 Homemade Items – Potato latkes, blintzes, challah, french toast, sour cream, apple sauce, bagels, cheese, salads galore, fresh fruit, cheeses, cakes, sweets, tea, coffee and much more!!! Reservations are strongly recommended.”

d-VegR  Fresh on Bloor -d
326 Bloor St. W., 416-599-4442
Brunch served: Saturdays & Sundays, Holidays from 10:30am.
TVA says: “Menu includes: pancakes, tempeh florentine, tex-mex tortilla scramble, and traditional brunch plates all made vegan; featuring scrambled tofu, tempeh bacon, vegan sausage, etc. Extensive juice bar with fresh squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, power shakes, immune elixirs, green smoothies and organic espresso. Many items are gluten allergy friendly.”

d-VegR  Fresh on Crawford -dbanananutpancakes-Fresh-300x225
894 Queen St. W., 416-599-4442
Brunch served: Saturdays & Sundays, Holidays from 10:30am.
TVA says: “Menu includes: pancakes, tempeh florentine, tex-mex tortilla scramble, and traditional brunch plates all made vegan; featuring scrambled tofu, tempeh bacon, vegan sausage, etc. Extensive juice bar with fresh squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, power shakes, immune elixirs, green smoothies and organic espresso. Many items are gluten allergy friendly.”

d-VegR  Fresh on Spadina -d
147 Spadina Ave., 416-599-4442
Brunch served: Saturdays & Sundays, Holidays from 10:30am.
TVA says: “Menu includes: pancakes, tempeh florentine, tex-mex tortilla scramble, and traditional brunch plates all made vegan; featuring scrambled tofu, tempeh bacon, vegan sausage, etc. Extensive juice bar with fresh squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, power shakes, immune elixirs, green smoothies and organic espresso. Many items are gluten allergy friendly.”

d-VegRv  Grasslands
478 Queen St. W., 416-504-5127
Brunch served: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 am to 3 pm
A full brunch menu that includes salads, a daily soup, hot sandwiches, and of course classics like stuffed french toast, scrambles, hashbrowns and an amazing Tofu Benny. If you’re in the mood for something really decadent, try the Red Velvet Pancakes!

d-Vegc  Hibiscus -dhibiscusbuckwheat-crepe
238 Augusta Ave, 416-364-6183
Breakfast items served: 7 days a week, 11am-6pm
TVA says: “Vegetarian and vegan crepes with 15 filling ingredients to choose from (including seasonal fruit) plus soup and several cold salads such as quinoa tabouli, pasta, potato and others. Many gluten-free options. For dessert there is an excellent selection of vegan cookies, brownies, and homemade vegan ice cream along with coffee and tea.”

d-VegRv The Hogtown Vegan
834 Bloor St. W., 416-901-9779
Brunch Served: Saturday & Sunday, 11am-3pm
This all vegan spot serves up classic comfort food, and the brunch options are no exception. Make your weekend with dishes like the Tofu Rancheros with fried tofu “egg” on crispy corn tortillas topped with black beans, salsa, avocado and sunflower sour cream, the PB & Banana Stuffed French Toast, or Unchicken and Waffles. You will leave full and happy.

d-C  Hotel Gelato
532 Eglinton Ave W., 416-932-2663
Breakfast served:  Monday to Friday from 8am-11:30am.
Brunch served: Saturdays and Sundays from 9am-3pm.
“Some Breakfast options include our Breakfast Yogurt Parfait served with seasonal berries, house-made granola and a mango-passion fruit drizzle. We also serve a Multigrain Waffle served with caramelized bananas. Brunch favourites include our Lemon Ricotta Pancakes as well as our Challah French Toast served with a berry medley.”

d-C  Karine’s All-Day Breakfastkarine'sbrunch
109 McCaul St., Inside Village by the Grange, 416-591-0863
Breakfast served: Everyday, all-day.
“We serve Mediterranean, European and Lebanese fresh cuisine, and feature such as Vegan Stuffed French Toast with Home Made Mixed Berries Preserve, multiple Egg Beni’s with delicious and lightest version of Hollandaise or Mediterranean sauces, Pesto crushed organic Tofu, Vegan Tofu Beni, Mushroom Delight, Sandwiches, Vegan, Vegetarian and Celiac home cooked platters, Fit for life salads, and much more….” Food Court style seating.

d-Vegcv Kupfert & Kimkupfert&kimmenu
100 King St. W. (First Canadian Place, Marketplace), 416-504-1233
Breakfast served: Monday through Friday, 7:30-10:30am.
“We offer a variety of comfort-food breakfast bowls, such as gluten-free steel cut oats, sweet quinoa, or a house-made granola, finished with fresh daily toppings of your choice. Paired with our fresh brewed coffees and lattes made with Stumptown Coffee direct trade coffee beans, or a tasty green smoothie, it’s the perfect way to start your day!”

d-VegRv LIVE – Organic Food Bar -d
264 Dupont St (at Spadina), 416-515-2002
Brunch served: Saturday & Sunday, 11:00am-3:00pm.
“Live is proud to offer an array of completely gluten-free and vegan of course delicacies. Half the menu is sweet and half the menu is savoury. In our sweet side, choose from items like our cooked funnel cake with coconut fluff, or our raw chocolate crepes filed with cashew vanilla bean cream. On the savoury side we have omelettes, quiche and more. All of our mains come with salad or potatoes. Our brunch is very popular and people love it”
Note: You can also grab breakfast to-go items and fresh coffee at the new Liberty Village location at 134 Atlantic Ave. (at King)! Opens at 8am. 

d-VegRv The Naked SproutRaw_Pancakes_bordered_420x281
4040 Palladium Way, Unit 11, Burlington, 905-319-2293
Brunch served: Sundays, 11am-3:30pm.
Burlington hotspot for vegan, gluten-free, and many raw options. The Sunday brunch menu includes Raspberry Banana Pancakes (raw), Chocolate Coconut Crepes, and Almond Butter and Jam French Toast just to name a few! All beautifully crafted dishes made with organic and often local ingredients, and there is also a selection of in-house made juices and smoothies.

d-VegR  Sadie’s Diner & Juice Bar -d
504 Adelaide St. W. (east of Bathurst), 416-777-2343
Breakfast and Brunch served: Monday-Friday 7:30am-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-10pm
TVA says: “All-day every-day brunch menu includes organic free-range eggs, tofu scramble, veg & vegan sausages, waffles, buckwheat pancakes, breakfast burrito, cereals, baked beans, homefries… with options for vegan cheese & vegan sour cream!”

d-Vegc  Teatree Cafe and Eatery -d
867 Danforth Ave., 416-901-9089
Brunch served: Saturday & Sundays starting at 10am.
From their website: “Brunch menu includes Rum French Toast, Vegan Cornmeal Pancakes, Gluten-free Quiche and the Breakfast Greens plate (two eggs, a homemade black bean patty, toast, and organic greens with avocado), and more!”