New Vegan Restaurants
Karmah (343 Kerr St., Oakville, 905-808-8560, www.karmah.ca) is a “plant-based eatery revolutionizing the way quick service food is created.” Open in April, Karmah serves up freshly made signature dishes like bowls, tacos, and salads, and features a cold pressed juices, and raw, vegan baked goods. “Pairing ambiance with highly nutritious and vibrant food, our handcrafted meals are made daily and on-site by highly skilled chefs. Karmah’s on-site bakery and cold-pressed juicery provide the freshest culinary experience possible in the most convenient and accessible way.” Open Mon – Sat 10:00am – 8:00pm. Watch for Karmah’s upcoming After Hours and Sunday brunch menus. Visit the website for complete menus and to learn more about their multiple detox programs, and follow Karmah on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
The Grow-Op (222 Ossington Ave., 416-532-9999, www.thegrowop.ca) is a vegetarian eartery that opened at Dundas and Ossington about 6 months ago, serving up fresh juice, salads, breakfast and lunch bowls, and sandwiches. With options like a vegan Reuben Sandwich (with marinated chickpea tempeh, avocado, spinach, sauerkraut, shredded carrot and cucumber), the Peanut Butter Acai Bowl (with acai berries, organic peanut butter and coconut whip, fresh pressed hemp milk, banana, blueberry, maple syrup, gluten-free granola, shredded coconut and peanut butter chocolate crumble), and a variety of smoothies, juices, and organic kombucha, we don’t know how we missed this place for so long! Visit their website for a full menu, and follow on Instagram for mouth-watering pics of their delicious options.
New Vegan Bakery
Ripe Bakery (770 St. Clair Ave. W., 416-770-0385, www.facebook.com/ripebakery) is a new all vegan bakery that opened in late April serving up vegan sweet treats and daily lunch specials. “Ripe Bakery was created because we believe in wholesome, natural, vegan friendly sweets and treats. Small batches, best quality!” Choose from delicious pies, donuts, tarts, cakes, and plenty of other baked goods, as well as savoury meals, (including a weekend brunch). All selections include tons of gluten-free and raw options. Lunch specials include burgers, bowls, tacos and more, all made with healthy ingredients and plenty of fresh veggies. Follow Ripe on Facebook and Instagram to see what’s on the menu today, and drop by Wednesday–Sunday, 10am-3pm.
New Vegan Food Trucks
Sweet Teeth (www.sweetteethvegan.com) is a new vegan dessert truck (the first in Canada!) coming to Toronto this summer! Sweet Teeth will be serving up gourmet waffles and dairy-free frozen treats including soft serve, sundaes, milkshakes and a chocolate waffle topped with banana, chocolate, peanut butter drizzle and icing sugar. “Just because we sell desserts it doesn’t mean they aren’t healthy. Our entire menu is made from scratch, this means our products are jam packed with nutritious plant based food. We use ingredients that we would be proud to serve our family, some staples include organic fruit, wholegrain oats, nut milk, and raw cacao. Our waffle batter follows a basic recipe with absolutely no cholesterol, no saturated fat, and no cruelty!!” Visit Sweet Teeth’s Kickstarter page to help out and support this up and coming business, and visit them on Facebook for updates about their upcoming July launch.
The Vegan Extremist (289-400-8240, www.theveganextremist.com) is a new Toronto-based food truck specializing in vegan curries. “The Vegan Extremist is a vegan food truck with the best curry around. We serve classic Indian, Thai & Asian dishes, and we’re 100% Vegan.” The menu boasts a wide variety of items including Lemon Coconut Chana Masala (their signature dish), Baingan Bharta (hearty and delicious mashed eggplant dish) and Panang Curry (creamy Thai tofu curry). Additional menu items include samosas, paratha, rice and freshly made desserts which vary on a daily basis. Follow The Vegan Extremist on Facebook and Twitter to find out where they’ll be, and visit their website for a full menu, and to book for catering and events.
Rawlicious (2122 Bloor St. W., www.rawlicious.ca) on Bloor West is moving! The original location of Ontario’s most popular raw restaurant has closed its doors as of the end of May. The location will be moving to the Annex at 785 Bathurst at Bloor later this summer. “…thanks to each and every one of you who made the past 5 years in Bloor West Village possible. We have the nicest and healthiest customers and we hope many of you will visit us at our new space!” Stay tuned to the Rawlicious Facebook and Twitter pages for more details on the grand opening of the new location.
Souk Tabülè (www.tabule.ca), Tabülè’s new third location is opening in mid-June in the new Canary District. This third location of Tabülè will offer the same delicious vegetarian options, with a few exciting new additions. “We’ll be doing things a little differently with the menu and will feature an all day Middle Eastern Brunch!” Try a pita sandwich, fresh juice, and veggie-loaded falafel dishes, available for dine-in or take-out. Stay tuned to Tabülè’s Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on the opening day!
Windsor Arms Hotel – The Living Room (18 St. Thomas St., 416-971-9666, www.windsorarmshotel.com) takes vegan dining to a new level with its new vegan menu items. The new menu, available for lunch and dinner, includes selections such as Fritti Vegetali with Broccolini, Zucchini, Artichoke and Lemon Aioli, Pepperoni Ripieno- Stuffed Peppers with Brown Rice, Eggplant, Zucchini, Broccoli, Tomato Basil Sauce, and delicious desserts. Visit the Windsor Arms website to view the complete menu.
Vecado Premium Pet Foods (1-800-256-1518, www.vecado.ca) is the new name for Evolution Diet vegan pet food. “Our store sells vegan pet products for cats and dogs, and our goal is to make vegan products as accessible to all Canadians as possible. Vecado delivers visible health benefits to your pet, allowing them to live longer and happier lives.” Visit Vecado’s online store at www.vecado.ca.
Rawlicious Burlington (496 Brant St., Burlington, www.rawlicious.ca) has closed its doors as of mid-April. “To our very loyal customers of Burlington, we are sorry to say that this location is now closed permanently. It was a pleasure to be part of this great community serving you the most delicious and healthy food possible.” Visit one of the other Rawlicious locations in Toronto and the surrounding area. Visit the online Vegetarian Directory for the full list of Rawlicious locations and contact information.
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